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Into the Amazon and Iguassu - 11 day(s), South America

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Explore the Brazilian and Argentine sides of Iguassu and venture farther on an Amazon cruise aboard a wonderful 9-cabin vessel.  Stay inside Iguassu National Park and explore remote reaches of the Amazon River with expert naturalists blazing fresh jungle trails.

What’s Included

  • Professional tour director
  • 20 meals
  • All port charges, luggage handling, and on tour transportation
  • All hotel taxes and service fees; all airline taxes and fees for included flights

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Duration: 11 Days


Day 1 - Iguassu Falls - Tour begins
Check in to the deluxe Orient-Express Hotel Das Cataratas.
Day 2 - Discover Iguassu Falls
Explore these 275 magnificent cascades, including all the best vantage points of the falls. Meals B
Day 3 - Iguassu - Manaus
Fly to Manaus. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and escorted to the Tropical Hotel where a deluxe room has been reserved for you. Meals B
Day 4 - Step abouard the M/Y Tucano
After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the pier to board the intimate M/Y Tucano, an elegant river vessel with 9 air-conditioned outside staterooms - all with large windows and private en suite bath. After settling in to your cabin, join fellow guests on the spacious Observation Deck to observe the passing scenery as the Tucano begins her voyage along the Rio Negro and through the 400 islands of Anavilhanas, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago. Later, board the ship’s launches to scout close to shore along the heavily forested river banks. Enjoy lunch in the inviting wood-paneled Salon as your ship continues beyond frontier settlements and into the true wilderness area of the Amazon. This section of the river is an excellent place to spot pink river dolphins and a large variety of exotic bird species. In the late afternoon, join your naturalist guides for a river safari to observe more jungle wildlife. Every evening, your ship’s naturalists will offer informative talks about the myriad plants, animals and eco-systems encountered on your river voyage and forest walks. Meals B,L,D
Day 5 - Exploring the rainforest
The Tucano is equipped with launches that allow for deeper exploration into the dense foliage of the Amazon jungle. This morning’s excursion explores the unique eco-system at river’s edge; the early hour is a good time to spot Howler monkeys and hear the morning call of the famous long-beaked bird of the tropics, the iconic Toucan. After breakfast onboard, return to shore for a guided forest walk as your naturalist guide broadens your understanding of rainforest ecology. Enjoy lunch and a relaxing afternoon onboard as your ship continues its river voyage. A late-day excursion into the forest is accompanied by the sunset chorus of birds and frogs. Meals B,L,D
Day 6 - Deep into the Amazon
Join our expert naturalists early this morning to explore the tall dense rainforests of the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Here you’ll find the Igapó, an unusual flooded eco-system of dense forests rising directly from the dark waters of the Rio Negro. Later, a hike through a high Amazon forest reveals a very different environment, home to its own unique flora and fauna. As weather and water-level conditions permit, you will enjoy additional late afternoon and evening excursions, a great time to spot sloths scrambling high in the limbs of the jungle. Meals B,L,D
Day 7 - Into the Varzea
Depending upon river conditions, this morning’s excursions might include a visit to a remote settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon, the Tucano navigates close to the Rio Jaueperi. Known as the Varzea (a Portuguese word meaning “flooded forest”), the water levels here can fluctuate by as much as 20 to 40 feet over the course of a year. This constant flooding-and-receding has created a unique and ever-changing environment. Your excursions along these shorelines explore extraordinary flora and fauna not found anywhere else. Weather permitting, a night safari with your naturalists guides is a chance to observe rare nocturnal creatures. Meals B,L,D
Day 8 - Downstream on the Rio Negro
Another day in the Amazon unfolds as you explore new rainforest habitats along the Rio Negro. Join your guides on forest walks and launch excursions at water’s edge. Continue your search for nocturnal species on another nighttime forest walk. Meals B,L,D
Day 9 - The villiage of Novo Airão
Sail along the western bank of the Rio Negro and step ashore to visit Novo Airão, a remote village where skilled craftsmen continue boat-making traditions that stretch back more than a century. This evening as your ship continues downriver toward the mighty Amazon, you can try a bit of Samba on the Top Deck under starry skies or sip a Caipirinha, Brazil’s celebrated cocktail. Meals B,L,D
Day 10 - Cruising Lago Janauari Ecological Park
This morning finds you exploring along the swift Amazon currents that flow through the pristine Lago Janauari Ecological Park, renowned for its diversity of wildlife. Around midday, the M/Y Tucano navigates the Meeting of the Waters, an extraordinary phenomenon where the dark inky currents of the Rio Negro join the brown waters of the Amazon and flow together for miles without mixing. Later in the afternoon, step aboard the Tucano’s launches once again to scout along one of the region’s many hidden streams. This evening, your ship navigates upstream on the Rio Negro to a quiet anchorage along the bustling waterfront of Manaus. Join your fellow guests in the paneled Salon for a special Farewell Dinner. Meals B,L,D
Day 11 - Manaus - Tour ends
Step off ship in Manaus for a city tour, including the ornate Amazon Theater, and then transfer to the airport. Meals B

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