Amazon River boat cruise on the M/Y Tucano

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Duration (in days): 5

From: Manaus

To: Manaus



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Discover the depths of Brazil on this 4-night, small-ship Amazon River cruise on board the Motor Yacht Tucano. With just nine cabins on board, the yacht offers an expedition cruise experience of discovery, with all meals and excursions included. Sail in the company of knowledgeable, bilingual staff on board a sustainable vessel that’s designed specifically for deep forest exploration in the Amazon.

You’ll cruise along the waters of the Rio Negro and the Amazon through dense jungles, filled with native wildlife from monkeys to caiman, with guided excursions to help you spot as much wildlife as possible. Visit an indigenous community and find out more about life in the Amazon, then sail to the meeting point of the two rivers, where the different coloured streams end into one – a fascinating sight to behold.

When you’re not exploring the jungle on foot, you can relax in the salon or admire the ever-changing scenery from the top observation deck. Why not choose to extend your adventure and book the six-night itinerary for a longer and fuller experience in this unique eco-system.

This Brazil itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements; please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

  • Explore the Rio Negro and Amazon on an intimate river cruise
  • Navigate the Anavilhanas Archipelago with its dense, low forest
  • Admire the ever-changing vistas of the Amazon River
  • Spot monkeys, three toes sloths, caimans, myriads of birds
  • Visit an indigenous community
  • Appreciate the Meeting of the Waters where the two rivers join



Itinerary in brief:

  • 4 nights on board the M/Y Tucano


Day 1: Arrival in Manaus and boarding        

On arrival at Manaus airport, you will be met and taken by private transfer to the port to board your Amazon River boat, the Motor Yacht Tucano.

Over the next few days, part of your cruise will take place on the Amazon River, but today your voyage north will begin on the waters of the Rio Negro. You’ll head into the huge river archipelago of Anavilhanas, beginning with a journey through a forest flooded by the ink-black waters of the Rio Negro.

Day 2: Anavilhanas archipelago  

Today is an exploration of the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands. You might be able to spot some of the Amazon’s great mammals including peccaries and even jaguars. You will also have a night excursion to spot caimans and other nocturnal creatures.

Day 3: Rio Negro and visit to an indigenous community

Today you’ll explore some of the more remote parts of the rainforest by boat and on foot. In the afternoon, you’ll take a guided visit to an indigenous community whose traditional life is still guided by the rhythms of the rise and fall of the river – a fascinating insight into traditional life in the Amazon.

Day 4: Meeting of the waters       

In the morning you’ll sail through Lago Janauari Ecological Park with its labyrinth of small channels that are delicately overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Keep your eyes open for wildlife including monkeys, three toes sloths and the occasional collared anteater as you pass through!

In the afternoon, the boat will navigate to the Meeting of the Waters; the fascinating intersection between the Amazon and Rio Negro’s where two differently-coloured waterways meet and gradually blend. Look out for friendly pink and grey dolphins which can be spotted here. (Full board is included today)

Day 5: Disembarkation       

After breakfast today, you’ll disembark, and you will be met and taken by private transfer to the airport to connect with your onward travel plans.  



The Amazon has two seasons: a dry running from July to November and a wet season from December to June. As it is a tropical jungle, however, do expect some rain throughout the year.      

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • 4 nights accommodation with full board and guided tours
  • Return airport transfers

Not included: 

  • Flights
  • Any meals not mentioned 
  • Any excursions not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities


Four nights in a standard cabin on board the Motor Yacht Tucano with ensuite facilities. There are different types of cabins on the boat so please ask what is available when inquiring. 

If you are a solo traveller, there are two cabins with bunk beds on board that you have the option to share with another passenger.

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