Amazon Private River Cruise - National Parks

Amazon Jungle Cruise Off Roads Travel

highlights

  • Activities: Visit the Meeting of the Waters, swim with the pink river dolphins, Visit archipelago Anavalhanas,  View otters in national park Jaú, spot cayman, visit the remains of the rubber boom
  • Location: Rio Negro, Anavilhanas archipelago, Park Jaú
  • Lodging:  Cruzador Boat Cabin with airco and shower top deck or cabin with airco lower deck
  • Duration: 6 or 7 days
  • Price: On Request
  • Includes: Experienced jungle guide, all meals, mineral water, all transports

the journey

Day 1 - Visit the Meeting of the Waters

We will pick you up from your hotel around 7:30 AM and travel directly to the Port of Manaus. After getting settled in your cabin, you can have a look at the nearby markets. one of these markets is “Mercado Adolpho Lisboa”. This is a market that was built in 1880 and was built with the money from the rubber trade at that time.  They sell all kinds of medicinal plants and fish that come from the Amazon Rainforest. If you have some last-minute items to buy or look for some nice souvenirs, this is a good opportunity. We first cruise  towards the famous Meeting of the Waters. This is the place where the darker Rio Negro meets the muddy Salimões River. The two rivers continue next to each other without mixing for several kilometres. The jungle guide will explain this phenomenon in detail.

The ship sails upstream on the Rio Negro. After lunch on board you visit Lago das Vitoria Regias, the lake that is home to the Victoria Amazonica. You will be amazed by these big water lilies with leaves that can have a diameter up to 3 metres. This plant is able to carry a child easily.

The cruise heads further upstream towards Jacare Ubal for the night. You have dinner with local dishes and can join a discovery tour to spot frogs and snakes with a little motor boat afterwards.

After the lunch, we will go on a canoe trip. This is a lot of fun and one of the best ways to explore the amazon rainforest and river. Around 6 PM, dinner is served. When the sun has set we go alligator spotting. During the night their eyes reflect in the lights of your flashlight so, they are easier to spot. This night trip also gives you the opportunity to see the milky way in its full glory, as we are deep in the jungle with no city lights to block the view.

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Day 2 - Swimming With Pink River Dolphins

You wake up around 5:30 AM to see the sunrise over the Amazon Rainforest, a sight that is phenomenal when it is not completely cloudy. After this you do an excursion to see the pink and grey river dolphins that are numerous in this area.

Then you will have breakfast on the ship and then we will continue to Furou do Meio. This is the place for an excursion through the amazing nature with the small exploration boat. This place has a lot of parrots and monkeys. After a couple of hours you will return to the cruise ship again where lunch is made.

The Ariau river is a small river that flows into Rio Urubu. You will discover this area in the afternoon. Next you have a look at the wide variety of birds, including wild ducks, which stay on Lago do Acajatuba. If you are lucky you might also see a boa constrictor. The next event is to swim with the pink river dolphins around 4:30 PM. These animals with their characteristic long mouth and colour are friendly and you can touch their soft skin if they come close. This is a perfect opportunity to take some great pictures. 

Besides that, you can also see the pirarucu or arapaima, which is raised here as part of a conservation program. These fishes can grow up to 3 metres and are very strong! The river cruise continues upstream on the Rio Negro where we will stop on a riverbank for the night.

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Day 3 - The Lost City

The Parque Estadual Rio Negro Setor Norte is a protected area of the Amazon Rainforest that you will discover this day. This area used to be of great importance for the rubber industry, because the plantations with the trees that produced the latex were located around here. You will go on an excursion to the lost city where you see the remains of the houses that once made up this city.

In the the afternoon you will sail up the Rio Negro towards Park Jaú. After checking into the park with the Federal Police we stay here for the night. Please note that we need a copy of your passport beforehand to obtain the licence that is required to enter this park.

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Day 4 - National Park Jau

Our boat cruises further into Park Jaú where we meet with one of the few indigenous families that live here. They will tell you how they are able to live in the Amazon Rainforest for many generations. 

The afternoon we go to spot the garape da lontra, a type of otter that lives in the park. They usually live in large groups and are known as good hunters. The excursion also gives you the opportunity to view monkeys and blue macaws, beautiful parrots and caiman on the way back.

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Day 5 - Samauma Trail

You can go on a big hike on the Caminhada da Samauma, an exciting trail through the Amazon. The trees are huge in this area, because nobody is allowed to cut trees in park Jaú. You will also view an amazing waterfall along the way, where you can have a bath and take a shower.

After lunch on the ship, you visit the local people and their farm. They grow different types of fruits and vegetables like bananas, papaya and manioc and you learn what they do to survive in this remote place in the jungle.

Early in the morning at the Amazon River

Day 6 - Anavilhanas National Park

In the morning we will sail downstream to go to great Anavilhanas national park. This is one of the largest archipelagos in the world, with over 400 islands. The park certainly belongs to one of the most beautiful river archipelagos in the world. This park is a ‘must see’ and consists of hundreds of lakes, rivers and small islands. Parque Nacional de Anavilhanas is located upstream on the Rio Negro and gives a nice picture of the natural wealth of the Amazon jungle. This park has been a protected area since 1981 and this area was designated a national park in 2008.

In the afternoon we go to fish black piranhas. They are always hungry, so they are relatively easy to catch with a small piece of chicken or other meat.

You have the option to sleep in a hammock in the middle of the jungle tonight. This is a great experience as you truly immerse yourself in the sounds of the rainforest as the sunsets. We will prepare a simple, but tasty meal by roasting chicken on a campfire.

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Day 7 - Rubber Museum

You do a hike in Anavilhanas early in the morning and we set sail for Manaus afterwards. Close to Manaus, you get a tour around the Vila Paraiso Rubber museum. This gives you a great impression how rubber was produced and stored in big warehouses before it was shipped for exportation. You also see how the people who were involved in the production process.

The cruise ship heads back to Manaus harbour where we will dock between 3 and 4PM. You disembark and we bring you back to your hotel in Manaus or to the airport if you fly to another place directly after.

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