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Amazon Clipper Premium -Sample

Brazil, Amazon

6 days

Summary

Designed exclusively for cruising on the Amazon River and its tributaries, the Amazon Clipper Premium offers the best small-ship cruising in the Brazilian Amazon. It’s an excellent option for those who wish for real comfort on board, while still enjoying unsurpassed wildlife-watching opportunities.  This itinerary will allow you to observe one of the most beautiful encounters of nature. The meeting of the waters is the point where two rivers, the Solimoes and Negro, converge but never mix.

The two-night cruise is ideal for those short on time, but still want a comprehensive snapshot of Brazil’s Amazon region. The three-night Amazon Clipper Premium cruise heads North West from Manaus up the Negro River. And, for those with more time and who want a more in-depth Amazon exploration, you can combine both cruises and spend five nights onboard.

About the Amazon Clipper Premium vessel:

It was designed exclusively for cruising on the Amazon River and its tributaries. The Amazon Clipper Premium offers the best small-ship cruising in the Brazilian Amazon. The Amazon Clipper Premium was built to be as comfortable as possible, while still providing a perfect interaction with nature. The shallow draft allows visits to locations inaccessible to many other boats. While the outboard-powered canoes that she carries are used for trips in lagoons, narrow channels, creeks, and flooded forest.
The Amazon is a year-round destination with two distinct seasons, for more information, have a look at our blog on when is the best time to travel to the Amazon?

Highlights

  • Depart to an Amazon adventure that you won’t forget.
  • Wake up and admire the immensity of the Amazon River.
  • Keep your eyes open for birds and enjoy swimming with Pink River dolphins.
  • Admire the perfect night sky andf stargaze at the million stars of the southern hemisphere.
  • Cruise through the “Meeting of the Waters” were the light coloured water of the Amazon and the dark water of the Negro mix.
  • Go for jungle walks and observe the colourful birds of the Amazon such as Parrots and Toucans.
  • Visit an Amazonian community and learn about the local’s indigenous ancestry.
  • Explore Lago Janauari Ecological Park. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife and the beautiful giant water lilies, Victoria Regia.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in selected double/ twin/ triple cabin
  • All meals while on board
  • Mineral water, coffee and tea
  • Excursions as described in the itinerary
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guides (English and Portuguese)

ITINERARY

Day 1 Manaus/Cruise

Board the Amazon Clipper Premium and depart towards the Amazon River while enjoying a welcome drink and briefing about the itinerary and facilities.
Later, meet the guides at the leisure room for lectures about Amazonia. They will give you an introduction to Amazon conservation and ecology.
Before dinner, you may like to try a caipirinha, a sugary cocktail which is the national drink of Brazil. After dinner, explore the river’s edge with powerful searchlights to spot caimans, nighthawks, snakes, toro-rats, sloths and frogs.

Day 2 Amazon/Cruise

Wake up this morning at Janauaca lake and make a dawn exploration by canoe of the rain forest, keeping your eyes open for jungle birds and pink river dolphins. You will return to the boat for breakfast. Later take a walk in the jungle and visit a village in the lake area. Learn from the local’s way of life and the way they use the jungle for their everyday needs.
You will also go fishing for piranhas in the late afternoon. Despite their fearsome reputation, they are surprisingly easy and fun to catch, so it is not only for passionate anglers! At the same time, there are high chances to see Hoatzins and large flocks of Egrets. After dinner, you will explore the forest in canoes to observe nocturnal animals and admire the millions of stars of the southern hemisphere constellations.

Day 3 Amazon/Cruise

Early this morning you will explore Janauari Ecological Park, a 9,000-acre reserve of flooded forest which is an excellent place to observe wildlife and a chance to see the famous Victoria Regia giant water lilies. Once back on the boat, you will sail past Manaus enjoying beautiful views of the waterfront – with its floating docks, market, old custom house and opera house – on your way up the Rio Negro.
After dinner, once again you will have the option to explore smaller creeks in the canoes and listen to the sounds of nocturnal animals with the possibility of observing birds, frogs, snakes and caimans.

Day 4 Amazon/Cruise

As dawn breaks, explore the river’s edge in your canoe where you will often find fruit-eating birds such as parrots and toucans. After breakfast, go for a jungle walk, during which you will discover many surprising fragrances in leaves, fruits, woods and animals.
Around midday, return and go for a swim, before lunch. In the afternoon, navigate through the Anavilhanas National Park, one of the world’s largest freshwater archipelagos, a labyrinth of waterways.

Day 5 Amazon/Cruise

Wake up this morning, and spend time fishing for piranhas and other Amazon fish. After breakfast, visit a locals community, where you will find many of the typical Amazonian fruits like Cupuaçu and Tapereba, palm trees like Açaí, Tucumã and Pupunha. Learn about the preparation of manioc flour and the health and education situation of the children. After lunch, land on one of the white sandy beaches to swim in the dark water. Exploring by canoe and scout for wildlife in the late afternoon.

Day 6 Manaus

Early this morning, explore the Lago Janaiari Ecological Park. This area is usually a great place to observe wildlife and chances to see the “Victoria Regia” -the giant water lilies. You will sail to the famous Meeting of the Waters, the confluence of two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, famous for the clear difference in colours of each river, which take many miles to mix. Then return to the pier in Manaus where your incredible Amazon cruise ends.

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