The Amazon clipper fleet specializes in Amazon River Cruises; Clipper cruises depart from Manaus. Our own traditional Amazon Clipper riverboats offer basic comfort such as double cabins with bunk beds, private facilities and night time air-conditioning, our Clipper Premium, the newest addition to our fleet, offers additional luxury with the comfort of a five star hotel.
We offer regular guaranteed departure cruise schedules (no minimum amount of passengers required) with tours departing on Mondays and Wednesdays lasting 2, 3 and 5 nights. Our fleet is made up of 4 boats, each boat has unique characteristics, however, each provides the tourist with the ultimate in safety, comfort, and reliability: “Amazon Angler” (10 passengers), “Amazon Clipper” (16 passengers), “Selly Clipper II” (20 passengers) and our newest luxury boat, the “Premium” (32 passengers).
Natural History Cruises
On board our natural history cruises we will explore the “igarapes” (river creeks) and “igapos” (flooded forests) by powered canoes, visit the natives and see their way of life, hike in the forest, as well as fishing, bird watching and swimming in the river. Lectures on the Amazon round up our program.
Sport Fishing Cruises
On board our air-conditioned houseboats, you are welcome to one of the most exciting, and unique fishing adventures on the planet. Due to our boats shallow draft and ability to enter the more remote fishing areas, you will always have the very best fishing available regardless of the water conditions. You will be fishing from our comfortable bass boats and head out for several hours of tackle-testing excitement in search for Peacock Bass, not only one of the most beautiful of all fresh water fishes, but also one of the strongest and most acrobatic in the world.
Special Interest Cruises
Beyond our regularly scheduled departures, Amazon Clipper Cruises also outfits special cruises. Our company hosts a yearly tour on behalf of the Margaret Mee foundation, trips to the Parintins festival, special botanical field trips, and other speciality excursions. We do our best to meet the needs of speciality tour groups, while also adhering to a timely and rigorous departure schedule.
We have itineraries of 3 and 4 days, this one is an example itinerary:
Meeting at the lobby of the Tropical Hotel at 14:00 hrs. Boarding and depart toward Amazon River while we enjoy a welcome drink and listen to the information about route and facilities. After a snack we meet us in the leisure room for lectures about Amazon where we will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology while the vessel take us the Amazon upstream. Before dinner we may already ordered a caipirinha, the national drink of Brazil. After dinner we will explore the river’s edge with powerful searchlights and we see caiman, close relatives of crocodile, sometimes incluiding night-hawks, snakes, toro-rats, sloth and frogs.
We wake up in the Janauaca Lake and start an early exploration by canoe of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for birds and enjoy the Pink River Dolphins. We return for breakfast followed by a walk in the forest and a visit to the inhabitants of the lake who live from manioc plantations, fishing, diverse fruit trees, rubber, Brazil-nut trees, wood and other extractive products. The piranha fishing in late afternoon is not only for passionate anglers then there are good chances of seeing Hoatzins and large flocks of egerets. After dinner we will explore the forest in our canoes with the possibility of observing nocturnal animals and admire at the millions of stars and constellations of the southern hemisphere.
An early exploring for bird-watching and good chances to see the Victoria Regia, the giant water lilies in the Janauary Ecological Park. We will visit several kinds of forest including the strange and beautiful seasonally flooded forest known by Amazon Indians as the Igapó and the fantastically rich varzea forest. While we enjoin breakfast the boat starts navigation toward the “Meeting of the Waters”. The light colored water of the Amazon and the dark water of the Negro do not readily mix and the two rivers flow sidr by side for many miles. Now we navigate the Rio Negro upstream while we past Manaus port, with views of the floating docks, market, old custom house and the dome of the Opera house. After lunch we meet us in the leisure room for lectures about the Amazon, where we will get a good start on understanding Amazon preservation and ecology. After dinner we will explore the forest in our canoes and listen to the chorus of birds and frogs with the possibility of observing nocturnal animals.
Early morning we explore the rain forest along the waters edge in our canoes while we mainly find fruit eating birds like parrots and toucans. After breakfast we go for a walk in the forest where we espacially focus on the ways that plants and animals have evolved in the rain forest and relations between the plants and their phisical environment. Around midday we return and we may go for a swim, before lunch. In the afternoon we navigate through the Anavilhanas National Park, one of the world’s largest fresh water archipelagos, more then 1000 miles from the ocean. In the late afternoon we embark in the canoes and learn more about this wonderful nature park.
If there are anglers among us, spend a little time fishing this early morning. After breakfast we visit a “Natives Community”. A walk through their gardens is always interesting as many of these settlers are of Indian ancestry and the breadth of their knowledge of the rainforest is enormous. We learn about the preparation of manioc flour and the health and education situations of the children. After lunch we are landing on one of the white sandy beaches to swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water and enjoy the Pink River Dolphins. Exploring by canoe and scout for wildlife in the late afternoon. On the way toward the Amazon River will be served dinner.
Early this morning we explore the Lago Janauary Ecological Park. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife and chances to see the “Victoria Regia” the giant water lilies. While we have breakfast we navigate to the “Meeting of the Waters”, where the world’s two largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Now is time to return to the Tropical Hotel landing-stage while we join fine views of Manaus’ waterfront. Arrival at 11:30 hrs. End of services.
Selly Clipper II
Description.: 05 double air conditioned cabins with bunk berths and private toilet facilities. Covered saloon, dinning area, bar and library. Panoramic sundeck with 360 panoramic view.
Crew.: 01 captain, 01 sailors, 01 cook, 01 english speaking field guide
Description.: 08 double air conditioned cabins with bunk berths and private toilet facilities. Covered saloon with dinning area, bar and library. Panoramic sundeck with 360 panoramic view.
Crew.: 01 captain, 02 sailor, 01 cook, 01 English speaking field guide
Selly Clipper II
Description.: 10 double air conditioned cabins with bunk berths and private toilet facilities. Covered saloon with dinning area, bar and library. Panoramic sundeck with 360 panoramic view.
Crew.: 01 captain, 03 sailors, 01 cook, 01 english speaking field guide.
Description.: 16 double individual air conditioned cabins with lower berths and private shower/toilet facilities. Saloon with dining area, bar and library. Panoramic sundeck with 360 views.
Crew.: 01 captain, 04 sailors, 02 cooks, 02 guides, 01 barman and 01 housekeeper