Brazil: The Amazonas River Route

The Amazonas River Route

Rio de Janeiro – Amazon Cruise

Day 01 – Arrival to Rio de Janeiro
Day 02 – Full day in Rio
Day 03 – Arrival Santarem
Day 04 – Amazon Cruise
Day 05 – Amazon Cruise
Day 06 – Amazon Cruise
Day 07 – Amazon Cruise
Day 08 – Amazon Cruise
Day 09 – Amazon Cruise
Day 10 – Amazon Cruise
Day 11 – Amazon Cruise
Day 12 – Farewell

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Detailed Itinerary

The cruise itinerary will depend on the boat you choose and the dates available, this is an example itinerary.

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Day 1: Arrival to Rio de Janeiro

Arrive in Rio for your stay, located on Copacabana Beach. Enjoy the rest of the day in this wonderful city.

Overnight: Selected hotel.

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Day 2: Full day in Rio

After departing from the hotel, the tour takes a scenic drive from Copacabana beach, continuing along Botafogo beach and passing the Palácio Guanabara, official residence of the Rio de Janeiro State Governor, on the way to…

…Corcovado Hill (704m), and the greatest national icon – The Christ Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro.
Here, guests will have time to enjoy panoramic views of Rio and appreciate the giant statue, which was recently named as one of the seven new wonders of the world.

The tour then continues on to the district of Urca and the world famous Sugar Loaf, where passengers will board the first cable car to the top of Urca Hill (215m), offering spectacular views of Guanabara Bay. A second cable car will take guests on to the Sugar Loaf (395m), giving them a chance to take in the spectacular 360 degree views of the City and surrounds. Upon descending from the Sugarloaf, passengers will pass through the famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema en route to a traditional Brazilian lunch in a local restaurant.

Following lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the Maracanã Stadium, briefly stopping at Bellini´s statue and the Hall of Fame. Next, a stop at the Sambadrome (the stadium for the city´s main Carnival parade), before making our way to the City’s historic downtown area, where passengers will have a chance to see the Duque de Caxias Palace, Itamaraty Palace, Tiradentes Square and Lapa Arches, followed by a visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. After passing throughCinelandia, the tour continues towards the Church of St. Benedict. From here the tour will also make a quick stop for passengers to visit Selaron Stairs, an amazing urban work of art by the late Jorge Selaron. On way back to the Hotels, along Aterro do Flamengo, the tour passes by the Museum of Modern Art, the Monument to the Fallen in World War II, Church of the Outeiro da Glória, the beaches of Flamengo and Botafogo before returning to the hotel.

Overnight at Selected Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 3: Arrival Santarem

Upon arrival in Santarem, guests are welcomed at the airport and transferred by air-conditioned coach to the landing stage. The trip to the quay where the boat is moored gives you the opportunity to discover…

…the city, located at the confluence of the Amazon and the Tapajos rivers. On arrival, the cruise director welcomes you on board the Amazon Dream. You settle into your cabin. Smiles are everywhere, music is playing somewhere, you are in Amazonia. Drinking fruit juices with amazing flavours, you meet the crew. Your guide presents the cruise itinerary and gives a few explanations concerning the logbook. The Amazon Dream casts off and glides gently towards the confluence. For miles, the blue waters of the Tapajos interlace with the yellow waters of the Amazon without merging, as in a vast piece of lace. It’s one of the favorite playgrounds of the pink dolphins (boto) and the grey dolphins (tucuxi). One last glance at this amazing scene and you cruise towards the mouth of the of the Ituqui river, a channel parallel to Amazon. (3 hours).

Sunset and drinks on the third bridge, Short presentation by the guide about the next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings. First contact with the noises, the cries and murmurs of the Amazon Rain Forest. We stop for the night at the mouth of the Ituqui.

Meals: Dinner

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Day 4: Amazon Cruise

At sunrise, the forest awakens: a noisy and multicoloured ballet of parrots, toucans, and a variety of other birds. With the dawning of the day, the birds take possession of their realm again. We start early, boarding…

…motorboats to observe birds and flora with your guide on the Maica Lake, followed by Piranha fishing. Everyone receives a fishing rod, bait, and follows the sailors’ advice to try their hands at one of the main activities in this place: fishing. After returning to the ship, we cruise by Ituqui River and the Amazon River toward the mouth of the Curua Una River (3h).

Sunset and drinks on the third bridge, then a short presentation by the guide, explaining the next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings.

Overnight at the mouth of the Curua Una River.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 5: Amazon Cruise

After a breakfast at sunrise, we once again board the motor boats to observe wildlife and flora with your guide on the Curua Una River. Many pink dolphins are generally present in these waters. Our…

…navigation takes us towards the village of Pacoval on the Curua-Una River. This little village provides a singular example of everyday life in Amazonia. You visit the community “Quilombolas” (descendants of African slaves in the 18th century, refugees in the Amazon) and meet with the local people. We then cross over the Amazon River in the direction of Santarem. On the river banks, you can see the houses on stilts of the caboclos, the “water people”, a population descended from the mix of Indigenous peoples and their Portuguese conquerors in the 16th and 17th centuries. The evening finishes with a short presentation by the guide about the next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings. Overnight in the Piapo Chanel, near of the Monte Alegre Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 6: Manaus – Pantanal

After breakfast, a morning outing in motorboats to observe the fauna and flora on the small tributaries, which link the Amazon River to the Monte Alegre Lake. You arrive at the Santarém river…

…terminal. You visit the town and discover its herbalists, harbour bazaars, stalls selling multicoloured hammocks, and its inhabitants’ hectic life.

Back on board the Amazon Dream and navigation towards Alter do Chao, the “Caribbean in the heart of Amazonia”. Dropping anchor at the tip of Cururu or near the green lake; a local Indian legend has it that a magic stone hidden at the bottom of the lake gives it this extraordinary blue- green luminescence. After a well-earned sunset drink, our guide will give a short presentation regarding the next day’s activities and the area where the boat has made its moorings.

Overnight in Alter do Chao.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 7: Amazon Cruise

Following breakfast, we take a short walk to the top of the hill “Terra Amor” from which you enjoy an unrestricted view of the surroundings and what is regarded as the most beautiful river beach in the…

…world. We then board motorboats with our guide to explore the green lake and the “Enchanted forest”. Late in the morning, visit the village and its Indian handicrafts and caboclo shops.
In the afternoon we navigate towards the mouth of the Jari River. This small tributary linking the Amazon to the Tapajos River is bursting with dolphins, birds, and caimans. Here we drop anchor and the guide gives a brief outline of the next day’s program and the local region.

Overnight at the river mouth of the Jari.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Overnight on the boat.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner

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Day 8: Amazon Cruise

Following breakfast, we embark in the motorboats for a full-scale expedition, exploring the Jari River. You visit the community living on the banks of the Jari and observe the local fauna and flora. After…

…lunch, we navigate to Icuxi Bank, on the Arapiuns River. Here we have the chance to bathe in the Arapiuns waters. Evening navigation toward the d’Urucureá cove (45 mins). Overnight in Urucurea cove.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 9: Amazon Cruise

Early morning outing in motorboats for an in-depth exploration of the Ururea forest. You visit the community and observe the local fauna and flora. Navigation toward Maguari, a village on the shore of…

…the Tapajos National Forest. The boat weighs anchor and navigates on the blue waters of the Tapajos which, at that point, is over 20 kilometers (12 miles) wide. A new ecosystem, new riverscapes and landscapes: here begins a new cruise into the heart of the Amazon as you have never imagined it, where white sand beaches (from August to January) and lakes make up a magnificent setting. Short presentation by the guide regarding the next day’s activities and the area where the boat has made its moorings.

Overnight Maguari.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 10: Amazon Cruise

After an early breakfast, we leave for a hike in the primeval forest with native guides from the community of Maguari, in search of gigantic trees. You observe a variety of birds, kings of the canopy…

…blue butterflies, and maybe even a glimpse of agile monkeys and sloths. After the long walk, we return to the boat for swimming and relaxation. After lunch, we coast down the right bank of the river to Lake Marai (2hrs). We are on the trail of the expedition Langsdorff, close to one of the villages of the Munduruku Indians, painted by Florence in 1828. Their descendants, anxious to preserve and make known their traditions, open their doors to receive visitors under ecotourism programs. At dusk, we board the motorboast on the Bragança lake for bird watching at the sunset. Short presentation by the guide about the next day and the area where the boat has made its moorings. Munduruku ritual.

Overnight on Bragança Lake.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 11: Amazon Cruise

Morning wildlife observation using canoes on the Tauri lake, accompanied by local guides. You visit a local village and observe the daily life and activities of the Cabocles: preparing the manioc (cassava)…

…flour, which forms the basic ingredient in all local dishes. We observe the local fauna and flora while canoeing down an Iguarapé, a little river that meanders through the forest. Aftenoon navigation towards Alter do Chao for our final night in the heart of the Amazonian forest.
Traditional dancing and music on one of the beaches of Alter do Chao.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 12: Farewal

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the Amazon. Disembarkation at Alter do Chao and transfer to Santarem airport or navigation towards Santarem, depending on the return flight schedule.

Meals: Breakfast

Included

• Accommodation specified as per itinerary above.
• Meals specified as per itinerary above.
• All Tours and excursion accompanied by accredited bilingual guides
• Private transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
• All Entry fees and local taxes

Not included

• International Flights / Domestic Flights
• Visa costs
• Travel Insurance
• Meals not specified.
• Gratuities and Personal expenses
• Beverages for included meals unless specified otherwise.

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