Heart of Amazonia
A 13 day tour of Brazil
from our Northeastern issue,
Photo: Ariau Amazon Towers
|Small boat tours make it easier to explore Anavilhanas Archipelago’s 400 islets.
Perfect for smaller groups, this Brazil itinerary explores some of the most untouched rainforest in the entire Amazon River Basin.
With the help of accomplished naturalists and tour companies, groups can see creatures rarely seen and visit places that have not changed in eons.
Arrive in Manaus, a cosmopolitan city of 1.8 million. Explore sites like the Teatro Amazonas opera house built in 1896.
Board the motorized yacht Tucano and depart upstream on the Rio Negro.
Spend the next week sleeping, eating and cruising through the Amazon River Basin.
The first stop is the world’s largest river island system, Anavilhanas Archipelago.
As the boat enters Amazon wilderness areas, guests will likely see the rare pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds.
Spend the early morning exploring the water’s edge. Listen and look for howler monkeys along with a morning serenade of toucans.
Stop again in the late afternoon and explore the forest, listening to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.
Travel the Rio Negro
Start with a jungle exploration.
Bright-eyed visitors are likely to see monkeys as they head down the Rio Negro, the largest of the Amazon’s tributaries.
Navigate the heavily forested banks of the Rio Negro, scouting for wildlife. See a bit of the local life, stopping at a settler’s home.
Proceed downstream, spending most of the day on the boat.
During times offshore look for launches, walk in the forest and scan the shores for wildlife.
Cross the west bank of the Rio Negro. Stop at the boat-building village of Novo Airão and see how the 19th century thrives in this remote corner of the globe.
The Meeting of the Waters
Explore Lago Janauari Ecological Park.
Stop and see the Meeting of the Waters, where the Amazon River begins.
Manaus and beyond
Disembark from the Tucano and rest up before heading deep into the rainforest to stay at Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, Brazil’s largest protected area conserving flooded forest ecosystems.
Photo: Brazil Eco-Travel
|Guests to Brazil’s Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve stay at the eco-friendly Uakari Lodge.
Arrive in Tefé
Take the 80-minute flight to Tefé and explore the Mamirauá Project and the all-inclusive, floating Uakari Lodge. Look for pink river dolphins along the way.
Start out by discovering the reserve’s interpretative trail and learning about the flooded forest ecosystem.
During rainy season, all trails can be explored in canoes operated by guides.
In the evening, dinner is followed by a discussion on the work and research of Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute.
Flooded forest tour
Explore the marshland on foot with a guided tour.
Spend the afternoon on a motorized canoe on Lake Mamirauá and watch for dolphins, hoatzins and pirarucu fish.
Head back to Uakari Lodge before sunset and enjoy an after-dinner documentary about the flooded forest ecosystem.
Visiting with locals
Head out to the village and spend the afternoon with a local guide learning about the region’s culture.
Later, help researchers with their fieldwork.
Then, enjoy a 40-minute night tour of the flooded forests. Spot nocturnal fauna like tarantula spiders and three-toed sloths.
Depart for home
Depart the lodge and head to Tefé Airport to catch a flight back to Manaus.
Manaus, Brazil, and Amazon River Basin
Ecotour Expeditions Motor Yacht Tucano
Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve
+55 (92) 3584-4475
Teatro Amazonas opera house
+55 (92) 3232-1768
Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel
+55 (97) 3343-4160
+55 (21) 3265-9992
Embratur, The Brazil Tourism Board
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