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Boating Tour for a Week, Brazil

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 - 16 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Brazil  
Specialty Categories: Boating and Sailing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1155 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1895 US Dollar (USD)

The tour is aboard one of our multi-cabin regional houseboats. This more comfortable boat-based adventure tours feature the same river and rainforest programs as our classic riverboat tours plus all meals, beverages (except alcohol), accommodations in simple air-conditioned double cabins, 2 nights accommodations in Manaus city at the new Atlantica Go Inn, and airport transfers in/out.

The 6 day tour portion of the 8 day program can actually be broken down into a 3 day Amazon River tour (Sunday-Tuesday) + 3 day Rio Negro River tour (Wednesday-Friday), and the 10 day tour portion of the 12 day program into a 3 day Amazon River tour (Sunday-Tuesday) + 7 day Rio Negro River tour (Wednesday - Tuesday).

This 7 night program tour features one of our air-conditioned* Houseboats. The program focuses on tropical rainforest and rivers of the Amazon River and Lower Negro River including the Rio Negro State Park and the “new” Anavilhanas Archipelago National Park (an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003), Highlights include classic Amazon boat cruising, and excellent trekking and canoeing excursions in really pristine Amazon rainforest conditions. Daily canoeing excursions, rainforest walks and home-cooked meals are included. Other attractions include sport fishing, wildlife photography, swimming, beach Barbecues, and visits with the local Amazonian river people known as “caboclos”.

Day 1. Arrival and Transfer in to hotel.
Overnight in Manaus at Saint Paul Hotel or similar.

Day 2.
After breakfast (0900 hrs) we depart from the floating port in our boat, a classic Amazon houseboat, fully outfitted with food, drink, and crew. From Manaus we travel an hour to the stunning meeting of the waters where the Negro River flows into the mighty Amazon River but the two do not mix due to differences in velocity, density and temperature. At the meeting of the waters we often see grey and pink river dolphins, and plenty of local fishermen. Second stop is Lake Janauari, a vast area of floodplain (varzea) receiving water from both the Amazon and Negro rivers. We will visit a restaurant run by local "caboclo" river people and walk through the treetops on a walkway to view giant Amazon waterlilies in a quiet lagoon. Here we might also see monkeys, hawks, alligators, iguanas and morpho butterflies.

After lunch in the boat we will travel a short distance on to the Amazon river, here called the Solimoes. to a group of islands called the Parana (inlet) of Iranduba, an area full of birdlife, alligators and monkeys. We will visit some local familes, see how they live, and have a look at some rubber trees, brazil nut trees and guava trees full of parrots and parakeets. Later we take to the canoes and go fishing for piranha in the nearby creeks (“igarapes”) which ring the area. We will have dinner on the boat and then take to the canoes once more in the evening to go "alligator hunting", though only to see and photograph them. We will spend the night at Iranduba in our boat sleeping in beds in air-conditioned cabins.

Day 3-4.

Early in the morning the boat will make its way up the Negro River to the homestead of Tania's family near the river and village of Arara. Here we will go for long treks deep into the jungle to study medicine plants. We will go canoeing on the Jaraqui and Ariau Rivers- igarapes (small rivers) near Tania’s home and on the opposite side of the Negro River across “Anaconda Bay”. At night we will search for tarantulas, bats, alligators, night birds and other creatures. Beyond the lodge we will visit the first islands of the vast Anavilanhas Archipelago, the largest group of freshwater islands in the world and now a national park. In the dry season we will go walking and canoeing amidst the islands to see monkeys, toucans, iguanas and dolphins. In the rainy season we will explore the flooded forest (“igapo”), and the unique treetop world hidden above the flooded islands. Overnight accommodations on the boat or in a rainforest camp (optional).

Day 5-7.
After further travel up the Negro River and through the Anavilhanas Archipelago National Park the boat will travel up the Cuieiras River, a rich, watershed tributary inside the Negro River State Park. Here we will go trekking and canoeing in various locations, and visit our private, rainforest reserve where we work supporting a number of local river families. Overnight accommodations in the boat and/or in a rainforest camp (optional). Return to Manaus. Optional overnight in Manaus at Saint Paul Hotel or similar.

Day 8.
Morning free to sightsee historic Manaus City. Transfer out to Airport for Departure.

* On tour we run the generators aboard our boats for electricity, lights and air-conditioners during the evenings only, and turn them off if guests request that.

Tour Guide Credentials:
Swallows and Amazons Tours (since 1992)

Director, Incoming Tourism (2005-2010)
Brazilian Association of Travel Agents-Amazonas

Regional Coordinator, Amazonas Commission (2008-2010)
Brazilian Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Cost is based on 2 person minumum booking; discounts are available for groups.

About This Supplier
Location: Brazil
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2002

Swallows and Amazons is a Brazilian adventure tour company based in the historic city of Manaus, Brazil and run by the husband and wife team of Tania and Mark Aitchison. No other tour company in Brazil offers the variety of small group adventure tours and services that Swallows and Amazons do. In 2012 Swallows and...

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