• Explore the Rio Negro upstream
  • Our voyage sails through the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon
  • Learn about the plants and animals you see during the day time 
  • Enjoy as you sail through three different rain forests: igapó, terre firme,and varzea.
  • See large collections of plants, animals and birds.
  • Visit the local settlers that live deep in the forest
  • Explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest.

This Amazon expedition voyage explores some of the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon. It is a nine day trip where we travel by riverboat far up the Rio Negro to an area very rarely visited, exploring the mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest and in the heart of wild nature. We visit quite remote forest that has very few settles so the flora and fauna is very little disturbed.

Trip Description

Our basic plan will be to first explore the Rio Negro upstream as far as the Rio Jauaperi, a very interesting tributary coming in from the north. We end the trip with a visit on the Amazon River itself. It is important to explore the tributaries of the Amazon, since the main river has many settlers along its banks. Over several days we will gradually explore the rainforests for up to 200 miles away from our starting point. This region has some of the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon and is the least inhabited place on the planet.

We will visit several kinds of forest including the strange and beautiful flooded forest known by Amazon Indians as the Igapó [ee-gah-poh]. In the Igapó, the dark water seasonally floods into the forest, at times for several miles. Orchids and bromeliads cling to the limbs of overhanging trees, which are home also to many fishing birds and iguanas. We will also explore the other two kinds of rainforest of the Amazon: the tall terre firme forest and the fantastically rich varzea forest. We will see amazingly colorful birds, magnificent rainforest trees draped with vines and carpeted with orchids, and occasional monkeys chattering and cavorting in the tree branches.

The rainforest in this area has very unique plants and animals and our aim is to both observe them and describe their astonishing habits. We will get out into the forest and explore----not simply watch the river banks from the deck of the boat. We will walk in the forest and scout in our launches the small streams that radiate off the main river. We will swim off deserted beaches in water as pure and clean as rainwater and be treated to vistas of wild rainforest stretching as far as the eye can see.

On our walks in the rainforest we will observe magnificent plants of every imaginable shape and size. We will listen to the exotic calls of birds and mammals and watch them from the shaded forest trail. In the evenings we will have a brief discussion on creatures that we observed during the day and about the extraordinary ways in which these plants and animals have evolved to live in this ancient rainforest.Some nights we will explore the river's edge with flashlights and we will see caiman, close relatives of crocodiles. Their eyes have a reddish glow in reflected light.

Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Rio Negro
Ship Name
  • Motor Yacht Tucano

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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon



A memorable trip January 2015

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I loved this trip . The Tucano is a great little ship, and if the weather's good you can eat out on the top deck and watch the river and rain forest go by. The guides were terrific -- they knew the area well, and could tell you about the use of medicinal plants or even take you piranha fishing. There were plenty of opportunities to go on shore and occasionally we'd visit an isolated village. My only disappointment was that it's hard to spot wildlife, though we did see some of the famous pink dolphins, heard plenty of howler monkeys, and, at night, spotted some sloths in the tree by spotlight.
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Day 1:

Early this morning all guests board the vessel the Motor Yacht Tucano and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning we will cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck we scan the magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water’s edge. By mid-afternoon the vessel has gone beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness area. Both shores are covered by dense rainforest. Though we cannot predict what we will see, we have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly we will be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon we embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water. (LD)

Day 2:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the waters edge in our launches. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys and we should hear a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast we go for a walk in the forest where we will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday we return for lunch and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon we will again explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs.

Day 3:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for monkeys... on most trips we see them often. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. M/Y Tucano will travel during the middle of the day and we stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the night sky crowded with stars.

Day 4: 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After our two morning excursions The M/Y Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. We may stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon we will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jaueperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting we will have a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures.

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we will voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in our launches and walk in the forest. We will explore according to the weather and water depth areas rarely visited by anyone else. Tonight the M/Y Tucano goes downstream to arrive by morning near the confluence with the Amazon River. As we glide through the starry darkness this is a good night to sip the national drink of Brasil, the “Caipirinha” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck. (BLD)

Day 6:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife. Around midday the vessel will travel to the “Encontra das Aguas” a stark several mile long line where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. In the afternoon we scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon’s beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning.

Day 7: 

Meals: Breakfast

Early this morning, after a hearty breakfast, all guests disembark from the M/Y Tucano.

Comparing the Seven Day and Eight Day Cruises:

Both of these expedition cruises are good ones! The difference between them is that on the seven night cruise there is an additional day and night spent in the upper reaches of the vessel course. Both cruises go farther into the rainforest and experience more wild nature than any other cruise in the entire Amazon.

What happens on the additional day? We are exploring! This day does not have a rigidly defined location. Instead in the morning we further explore a tributary of the Rio Jaueperi and in the afternoon begin to head downstream on the Rio Negro. We will have several excursions during this extra day in different rainforest habitats. Weather permitting, tonight we will continue our hunt for nocturnal wildlife.

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Ship Name

Motor Yacht Tucano

Ship Stats

1) Ideal Spaces to Observe the Forest:

A Spacious Design

The Tucano is a big boat, over 80 feet long. There is plenty of space to spread out, study the forest nearby, and contemplate the wonders of nature. Click Here for Deck Plans of Tucano Why a riverboat?

A Generous Salon

The Salon of the Motor Yacht Tucano is at the forward part of the vessel and is surrounded by a broad balcony. Thoroughly paneled and lighted by brass lamps, this room serves as our vessel library and dining room. It is a good place to observe the forest, read or relax. From this large space, filled with windows and situated at the front of the boat, you can see the fantastic forest around us. [more about Salon]

Large Observation Deck

The top deck is open and has a large sun canopy --a wonderful place to spot wildlife or soak in the vastness of the Amazon. There is also space to catch some sun and watch the Macaw parrots screeching across the afternoon sky.  Forward Mid-Deck Balcony

The middle deck has a wide balcony around the entire front of the boat. Passengers can see where we are going and observe monkeys jumping from one vine to another.

2) Comfortable and Private Cabins

Comfortable Cabins: All of the 9 cabins are comfortable. Most cabins have individual beds and some have above and below beds. Private Bathrooms: Each cabin on Tucano has a private bath with a shower, toilet, and a sink. We have hot water pressurized showers.

Windows to See the Forest: There are 76 large windows on Tucano and all of them open and close. There are large insect screens, though generally there are very very few mosquitoes on our voyage. Air-Conditioning: All the cabins and the Salon are air-conditioned. Every cabin has its own thermostat and individual controls. Your cabin can be as cool or as warm as you wish. We encourage travelers to from time to time turn off the air-conditioning and smell the blossoms.

3) And Last but not Least, a Bit of Elegance

Beautiful Woodwork: All of the walls in the cabins and the Salon have solid wood raised paneling... varnished and absolutely superb. Lovely Decks: The decks in the cabins and living room are a deep brown natural finished wood that is kept highly polished.

Ship Description

The Motor Yacht Tucano experience is comfortable, intimate, efficient and fun. The vessel is not a luxury vessel, but then, this is not at all the best way to experience the Amazon rainforest environment. The best way to experience the Amazon is to get outside of the enclosed glass aquarium bubble that defines luxury cruising and dive in and embrace the environment - to experience to the fullest the exotic sights and sounds of this greatest wilderness on earth. The Motor Yacht Tucano is specifically designed to do just that.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Middle Deck:

Tucano Mid Deck

Main Deck:

Tucano Main Deck

Trip Includes
  • Accommodations
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Prices and itineraries are subject to change without notice
  • Bottled water served free of charge.
  • On joining the group on Day One, passengers board the vessel on a short walk from the lobby of the Hotel Tropical.
Trip Excludes
  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare
  • Departure taxes
  • Visa fees
  • Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages
  • Items of a personal nature.
Meals Included:

6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Maximum of 9 cabins
Start City
End City

Trip ID#: VoyHeaNat

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