Adventure Associates is delighted to be chartering the classical 20 passenger riverboat M/S Dorinha and invite you to join our exploratory voyage to the exotic Amazon River.
The Amazon River and its innumerable tributaries flow though one of the planet’s last great wilderness areas. Imagine a forest kingdom nearly the size of Australia, interlaced with creeks, streams, lagoons and rivers that flow into one main artery, carrying fresh water, from the Peruvian Andes to the Atlantic Ocean.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Manaus – Brazil|
|DEPARTURE DATES||6 February 2020 – 19 February 2020|
|DURATION||14 days/13 nights|
|PRICES per person|
US$6,950 twin share
|GROUP SIZE||20 Guests only|
Join Manaus, Brazil
Welcome to Manaus! On arrival you will be met by a representative of Adventure Associates and transferred to your hotel on the banks of the Rio Negro. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Manaus is located in the middle of the Amazon rainforest along the banks of the Negro River, it is the capital of the vast state of Amazonas, and is a major departure point for the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. Access to the city is primarily by airplane or boat, and it is this isolation which has helped preserve both the surrounding natural environment and the culture of Manaus city. D
We begin our expedition today, and our expedition vessel is already waiting at the hotel pier. After embarkation we are welcomed by the Captain and Amazon expert Moacir “Captain Mo“.
Following an expedition briefing we head downstream to encounter the “wedding of the waters”, where the tea coloured waters of the Rio Negro share the same channel with the brownish waters of the Solimões river, resulting in a striking visual phenomenon called the “Meeting of the Waters.” The combined tributaries form the Amazon River, without mixing for more than 9 kilometres, as they join the main Amazon River.
Eventually we make our way upstream on the Solimões river. We will be cruising all afternoon and during the night. B,L,D
Today we explore the area of the Bedajos River. This area has the largest number of rubber trees. The local rubber tree workers will show us how to ‘tap’ and ‘smoke’ the trees in order to send them to the factories in Manaus. B,L,D
Tefé town was once known as the old village of Ega, where the famous English naturalist, Henry W. Bates lived for many years in the mid 1800’s. Bates was most famous for his expedition to the rainforests of the Amazon with Alfred Russel Wallace, starting in 1848. Wallace returned to England in 1852, but lost his collection of specimens on the return voyage when his ship caught fire. When Bates arrived home in 1859 after a full eleven years, he had sent back over 14,712 species on three seperate ships. Most of Bates specimens were insects, of which 8,000 were believed new to science. Bates recorded his findings in his best-known work, The Naturalist on the River Amazons.
Today we are anchored behind some islands and this is one of the best locations on the Solimões for spotting sloths and monkeys. B,L,D
During the next two days we will explore the area of Coari, which happens to be the brithplace of our captain. Coari is one of the most interesting towns in the region. We explore the lake behind the town and enjoy time on the Jurupari Beach.
Our voyage continues downstream to the village of Anori. This is a very good place to see the beautiful water lilies and other aquatic plants. We take our time to visit the floating town of Anamã.
On our way down the Solimões there will be time for talks with our Captain, who will introduce us to his life on the Amazon and share some of his endless and fascinating stories. B,L,D
Return to the busling harbour of Manaus for a guided city tour through the Amazonic metropole Manaus. We visit the most important landmarks such as the Opera House Teatro Amazonico, the local fresh food market and the Cathedral of Manaus. Later we continue our voyage upstream on the Rio Negro, leaving the busy metropolis of Manaus behind. B,L,D
We take an early morning birding tour along the small river of Pagodao. This area gives a true sense of being deep in the Amazonian jungle. Enjoy a cool, refreshing swim in the safe waters of the Rio Negro, look out for dolphins, as the Rio Negro provides good opportunities to spot them. Later we motor up the Rio Cuieras to observe another kind of forest, the campinha, with scrubby trees, terrestrial orchids and bromelias, and lichens growing on the white sand.
In the evening we enjoy a specially arranged BBQ on one of the sandy beaches by a large firelight. This night you have the option of sleeping in a typical traditional hammock in a covered shelter on shore. B,L,D
We continue to travel up the Rio Cuieras, passing a small side stream and waterfalls. During the day we will take a closer look to local caboclo families providing an opportunity to learn about their lives in the Amazon jungle. Depending on the weather tonight, we will look out for the southern cross and other constellations of the southern hemisphere. B,L,D
We spend the next 2 days exploring the four hundred island district of Anavilhanas. This is one of the largest fluvial archipelagos in the world. The area is known for it’s abundance of birdlife such as toucans, parrots and macaws.
We take canoe rides among the islands in search of birdlife and other animals. An evening canoe exploration allows us to see the ever active nocturnal life. Also visit of Novo Airao, the town where the traditional Amazon ships are being built. B,L,D
Manaus – Aldeia Tupé
On our return to Manaus, we will visit the rubber tree museum Serengau Villa Paraiso where we will be able to get a glimpse into the life of the rubber barons of the 19th century. We continue to Aldeia Tupé, visiting the Dessana tribe indigenous indians, who will perform a traditional dance celebration for us.
Back in Manaus, we enjoy our final dinner at the very typical Brazilian restaurant, the Churrascaria Buffalo, and enjoy our final night aboard our floating home. B,L,D
Manaus, expedition concludes
Disembark in Manaus and transfer to the airport. B
Please note: As the above program is an expedition cruise into remote places of the Amazon river, the final itinerary is subject to changes. Possible changes to the above itinerary due to water levels and nautical reasons will be advised aboard on a daily basis.
Moacir Fortes Pereira (nickname „Mo“) was born 1943 not far away from the little village of Coari at the riverbanks of the Amazon. During his childhood in Coari he started learning English with American papers, whom he taught to speak Portuguese. Already while his apprentice as accountant in Manaus, Mo began to guide as local Amazon expert.
After running a hotel for 15 years, he started to work in his real passion in 1976, and became a professional tour guide working since then as natural expert of his region.
His first contact with the expedition industry was in 1971 while the Explorer´s first call in Manaus. Since then Mo became the most legendary Amazonian guide. He enjoys sharing information about the natural history and people of this area where he was born and spent his life
The Dorinha was inaugurated in May 2005 and is the 4th upgraded “Gaiola” of the fleet, built to accommodate passengers in a familiar, private and cozy athmosphere.
The Dorinha has 12 double air conditioned cabins with bunk beds, private baths and large windows. It has a total of 3 decks: the main deck, location of cabins, crew quarters and the galley, the upper deck, location of cabins, the wheelhouse, restaurant and the library and a top sundeck, ideal for relaxation, gatherings, workshops or stargazing at night. There is also a swimming platform off the stern, ideal for refreshing jumps into the river.
The boat also provides a library of literature on the region for those who want detailed and interesting information.
How to Book
To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or firstname.lastname@example.org, then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your USD 500 per person deposit.
|Deposit required per person:||US$500 per person|
|Balance due:||90 days prior to departure|
|If booking within 89 days of departure:||Full payment must be made.|
Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.
Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.
|More than 150 days prior to departure||US$250 per person|
|Between 149 and 90 days prior to departure||Full loss of deposit per person|
|Between 89 and 76 days prior to departure||75% of tour cost per person|
|On or within 75 days prior to departure||No Refund|
If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.