NATURE OF BRAZIL
NATURE OF BRAZIL
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
5 Day/4 Night M/Y Tucano - Amazon Odyssey
1 Night Cuiaba Deville
2 Nights Araras Eco Lodge
2 NIghts Belmond Das Cataratas
STARTING FROM $3,680 PER PERSON
- Brazil's 3 Most Impressive Ecosystems
- Inclusive Activities aboard M/Y Tucano
- Inclusive Pantanal Activities
- Tour of Brazil & Argentina Falls w/Macuco Safari
- Daily Breakfast
- Full Board at Tucano & Araras Lodge
- Roundtrip Transfers at all destinations
- English Speaking guides on all activities
- Hotel, Lodge & Cruise Accommodation for 9 nights
DAY 1 - Manaus/Amazon
Welcome to Manaus! Upon arrival you'll be transferred to Tropical Hotel for embarkation of the MY Tucano at 4:00pm. We depart on the Rio Negro and as the vessel glides upstream we will have our first talk about Amazon environments.
By late afternoon we enter one of the world’s largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The boat will weave along a winding channel with rainforest on both sides in a riot of brilliant vegetation. Weather permitting, we will go for a launch excursion inthe gnarled and dense flooded forest known as the igapó. Along the river bank we may see some Squirrel Monkeys and we may hear the other-worldly growls of Howler Monkeys echoing through the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collection of birds in the world and we are sure to see some of these brightly colored jewels perched in the treetops.
We return to the M/Y Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner we will embark in our launches in search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians. We may also see one of the large night birds such as a Potoo with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa Moths. (D)
DAY 2 - Amazon
Shortly after sunrise this morning we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Here we will see the strange environment called the igapó, the black water flooded forest where dense forests grow right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro. Mid morning we return to the vessel for a hearty Brasilian breakfast. After some time to relax, weather permitting we will disembark at mid-morning and will go for a walk in the type of rainforest known as the Terra Firme. Here we have a good chance to see the markings, if not the animals themselves, of some of the Amazon’s great mammals like peccaries (wild pigs) or even a jaguar.
Around mid-day return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon we will excursion in our launches along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight we will have an excursion to spot caiman (the Amazon’s crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. We very often see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs. (B, L, D)
DAY 3 - Amazon
This morning we awaken to another remote rainforest area where we will explore in our launches early in the morning, and walk in the forest in mid morning. During the middle of the day the vessel will venture downstream to a small village on the east bank of the Rio Negro. Late this afternoon we will visit this community to learn how traditions help families survive in the remote interior.
Later this evening our vessel will weigh anchor and we will voyage downstream through the night to the Xiborena Peninsula that divides the two of the world’s most storied rivers: the Rio Negro and the Amazon River. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 - Amazon
Rising early, we excursion in the Lago Janauari Ecological Park, a dense forest that is flooded with the coffee colored water of the Amazon River. We explore a labyrinth of small channels overhung with gargantuan trees and vines. Listening to the chatter of creatures in the undergrowth we also keep our eyes open for monkeys, Three Toed Sloths, and the occasional Collared Anteater.
By mid morning we return to the M/Y Tucano for a hearty breakfast and some time to relax. Later this morning we foray off the vessel again to explore this environment rich in life. Following lunch we navigate to the “Encontra das Aguas”, the several mile long joining of two of the world’s greatest rivers, the Rio Negro and The Amazon. The dark and light waters run side by side for several miles without mixing. Often Pink River Dolphins and also Grey River Dolphins leap and cavort along this stark line of contrasting currents. We then will turn our bows upstream to cruise on the Amazon River until the late afternoon. On Brasilian maps this river is given the name Rio Solimões - but it is the same vast, turbulent, mighty river that we know of as the Amazon.
At this point in its course it has truly become the most magnificent river on the planet and carries fully 20% of all the fresh water on Earth. Late afternoon we will have another launch excursion in a fascinating environment known as the Varzea where we may angle for piranhas or thrill at brightly colored birds that hunt in the vast fields of waving grass. At sunset we slowly begin to ascend the Rio Negro, cruising along but not stopping at the Porto de Manaus, one of the world’s great ports. More than a thousand miles from the sea, Manaus is the major port for much of the entire Amazon. We will see boats of every imaginable shape and purpose that serve this continent sized forest. Tonight we will sample the national drink of Brasil, the Caipirinha and have a farewell dinner. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 - Manaus / Cuiaba
Early this morning (7:30am) travelers will disembark the vessel at the riverside dock of the Hotel Tropical.
Transfer out to the airport for your flight to Cuiaba. Arrive Cuiaba, met by your guide and transfer to your hotel for overnight. (B)
DAY 6 - Pantanal
Along with the Amazon Basis, the Pantanal is one of the last virgin areas on the face of earth. A huge lowland plain, it is entirely overgrown by luxuriant vegetation dotted by thousands of rainbow colored flowers which bloom during the rainy season (December to March). It shelters innumerable rivers and crystal clear lakes. Along their shores are rare species of animals such as jaguars, peccaries, bob-cats, wild boards not to mention flocks of ducks, Gray Teals, pigeons, partridges and herons who live in total and undisturbed freedom protected by the laws that created the National Parks.
After breakfast at the hotel you'll be transfered to Araras Eco Lodge. While crossing the area, it is possible to spot and appreciate the local flora & fauna. Late afternoon hike through a surrounding area to a 12 m observation tower and a spectacular view of sunset. After dinner, night walk to observe the South Hemisphere sky, hear and feel the nocturnal environment and watch some nocturnal animals. Overnight at Araras Eco Lodge. (B, L, D)
DAY 7 - Pantanal
After breakfast there are two options tours: or canoe tour to spot aquatic wildlife, birds, flora and possibility of piranha fishing; or Horseback Riding that is the most traditional way of becoming acquainted with Pantanal. It’s given the chance to explore areas of difficult access, where it is common to witness the harmonious convivial between cattle and the wild fauna. Time to lunch at Araras Lodge. After lunch, hike to 25m /82 ft high Howler Monkey Tower for sunset. Dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
DAY 8 - Pantanal / Iguassu Falls
Early morning hike for sunrise - The daybreak in the Pantanal occurs amid the symphony of night and daytime birds celebrating the arrival of a new day. It precedes the sunrise and presents an important appeal, because it happens only in this moment of the day. It can not be missed.. Breakfast at pool side, before your photo safari transfer to Cuiabá. Drop off at airport for your flight to Iguassu. Arrive Iguassu, met by your guide and transfer to your hotel for overnight. (B)
DAY 9 - Iguassu Falls
Embark in the morning for a tour of the Brazilian side of the Falls. Located inside the Brazilian side of National Iguassu Park, a walk is undertaken inside the sub-tropical forest for approximately 45 minutes. In the afternoon, enjoy the Macuco Safari boat tour. Towed by jeep, visitors are driven through the forest watching birds, wild animals and exotic vegetation. At the end of the two-mile ride, a boat takes visitors upstream the nearest possible under the thundering water wall. Overnight at hotel. (B)
DAY 10 - Iguassu Falls / Home
On your last day, cross borders to the Argentinean side of the falls, located inside that country's side of the National Park. Enjoy a walking tour through the falls. In the afternoon, check out of your hotel and transfer to airport for your flight to Sao Paulo or Rio to connect for your international flight back home. (B)