to go on river cruise Brazilian Amazon tours means you
have the chance to see the beauty and splendors of the
Amazon River up close and personal. River cruise Brazilian
Amazon tours also give you the chance to unwind from the
stresses of city life and you slowly meander along one
of the greatest waterways in the world.
Although most river cruise operators that operate Brazilian
Amazon tours start their journey in Manus, nearly all
operator their riverboats (or houseboats as they are also
known) for the classic one-week tour. Starting out on
the Rio Negro River, depending on the time spans selected,
tours usually end at the mouth of the Branco River. In
between travelers can revel in the spectacular scenery
of the Amazon, take time out to trek, and even have the
opportunity to do some canoeing.
Riverboats plying their trade up the Rio Negro River
all come fully equipped with food beverages and a crew
(interestingly, the crew is not always local - some coming
from as far away as the Philippines!). Shortly after departing
from Manus riverboat passengers have the chance to take
in one of the greatest sights of Brazilian Amazon tours,
the river dolphin.
entering the Amazon proper, the first destination most
riverboats head for is Lake January, which is sourced
by water both from the Rio Negro River and the Amazon
itself. At Lake January the opportunity is taken to take
in some local wildlife - monkeys, alligators, insects
and birds. From Lake January the riverboat will proceed
on to the Ariau River. Here, near the Anavilhanas islands,
before settling down for the night, you can take part
in one of the more exciting activities you're likely to
do - piranha fishing!
From the Ariau River passengers can elect to travel to
the Cuieiras River overland, giving you the opportunity
to take in some local Indian tribes on the way, or continue
on in the riverboat. Once passengers arrive in the Rio
Branco River, usually between days 4 and 8, some of the
more traditional Amazon tour activities, such as hiking
and canoeing, can be undertaken. Passengers can also use
this time to go ashore and check out some of the land
based fascinations associated with Brazilian Amazon tours.
On leaving the Rio Branco River it is time to start heading
back to Manus. The trip back is done without interruption
and usually takes 2 to 3 days - meaning the round trip
should not take much more than 12 days.
Keep in mind that whilst most of the traveling is done
on the river ways of the Amazon, one of the beauties of
river cruise Brazilian Amazon tours is that most of the
evenings are spent in lodges conveniently situated along
the waterway. As such, unless you chose to stay on board
the riverboat, you can have the luxury of staying in a
nice soft bed mixed in with the thrill of seeing the entire
selection of the Amazon's various beauties from the vantage
point of the water's edge. All of these make a riverboat
cruise tour of the Amazon a sure winner with any visitor
to the Amazon!