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Amazon River Cruises in Brazil

Amazon River Cruises in Brazil

Manaus serves as the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon—a jumping-off point for river cruises on the mighty Amazon and Rio Negro, its largest tributary at 1,386 miles (2,230 kilometers) in length. Whether you only have time for a day cruise through the rain forest or a multi-day exploration of this remote region, here’s what you need to know.

Day Cruises

Travelers with limited time can still get a taste of Amazon River cruising with a boat trip down the Rio Negro to where it meets the muddy brown waters of the Amazon. In as little as half a day, visitors can cruise to the “Meeting of the Waters,” explore the January Ecological Park, and eat a traditional Brazilian lunch at a floating restaurant. Nighttime tours offer the opportunity to take in a sunset from the water, practice some piranha fishing, and look for alligators with the help of a flashlight after dark.

Multi-Day Cruises

Multi-day itineraries into the Brazilian Amazon allow travelers to spend plenty of time on the water—whether canoeing the small tributaries of the Rio Negro or speedboating through the jungle—with the option to spend the night on a small cruise vessel or in one of many area jungle lodges or campsites. No matter where you choose to sleep at night, these trips often include rain forest hikes, visits to local indigenous villages, and ample opportunity to spot wildlife, including alligators, piranha, and nocturnal wildlife.

Things to Know

  • Day cruises along the Rio Negro typically last around 5 hours, while multi-day itineraries last anywhere from three to five days.

  • There are fewer rain showers during the dryer season (June to November), but some of the smaller tributaries are not navigable. Rivers open up during the wet season (December to May), but some jungle trails will be flooded.

  • This region tends to be hot and humid throughout the year, so remember to wear loose clothing and pack wet weather gear.

  • Bring some small currency on your cruise in case you want to purchase anything at the local villages.

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4 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour

4 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour

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Explore the Amazon rainforest on a 4-day jungle adventure tour from Manaus. Paddle a canoe through the small tributaries of the Rio Negro to fish for piranhas. Set out after dark to see alligators and other nocturnal nightlife in the jungle. Trek through the forest with a nature guide to learn about medicinal plants and their traditional uses. Learn about the traditional farming methods during a visit to a local indigenous tribe, the Caboclos. Spend the night out in the virgin forest camping with a local guide and learn to extract everything you need to survive from the jungle. Accommodation, meals and round-trip transportation from Manaus are included.
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  • 4 days
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$400.00
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Manaus to Santarém by Boat

Manaus to Santarém by Boat

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Cruise along the Amazon River from Manaus to Santarem on a riverboat. This one-way private transfer is the best way to experience life along the river and in the rainforest. Observe the diverse flora and fauna from a different perspective as you leisurely travel down the river. Budget travelers love this journey, which takes a little more than a day, to traverse the Amazon.
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  • 3 days
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$650.00
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3 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour

3 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour

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Explore the Amazon Rainforest on a 3-day jungle adventure tour from Manaus. With a local guide, cross the Rio Negro by speedboat and arrive at a jungle lodge near the village of Paricatuba. Paddle a canoe through the small tributaries of the Rio Negro to fish for piranhas. Set out after dark to see alligators and other nocturnal nightlife in the jungle. Trek through the forest with a nature guide to learn about medicinal plants and their traditional uses. Learn about the traditional farming methods during a visit to a local indigenous tribe, the Caboclos.
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  • 3 days
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$300.00
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4-day Amazon River Boat Tour From Manaus

4-day Amazon River Boat Tour From Manaus

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Set sail on a 4-day Amazon adventure and cruise down the Amazon River from Manaus. Along the way, spot wildlife like sloths, anaconda, alligators, and Tucuxi dolphins; experience Amazonian life in Paraiso village; try fishing for piranhas; and go canoeing around the Igapós. Tour includes accommodation and meals on-board.
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  • 4 days
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$1,200.00
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Amazon Negro River Half-Day Expedition Tour

Amazon Negro River Half-Day Expedition Tour

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Explore the Rio Negro and Januari Ecological Park by boat on this half-day expedition from Manaus. Travel by riverboat to the meeting of the waters, where the Amazon and the Rio Negro run side by side for a few miles and you can glimpse both pink and gray river dolphins. Learn about the native Brazilian people who make their lives along the river, the ecology and wildlife of the area from your local guide. Disembark at the Januari Ecological Park for a walk through the forest, then tour the narrow creeks via motorized canoe to see the Vitoria Regia water lily. Eat lunch at a floating restaurant before returning to Manaus.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River

Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River

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Cruise down the Rio Negro to view the 'Meeting of the Waters', where the black Rio Negro and the muddy brown Amazon converge, on this full-day excursion from Manaus. This stretch of water, where the two differently colored rivers flow separately for a few miles, makes for spectacular photographs. Eat lunch at a floating restaurant and stop to see the Victoria regia water plant at an ecological park.
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  • 4 hours
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$47.02
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5-Day Amazon Manaus Jungle Adventure

5-Day Amazon Manaus Jungle Adventure

Stray from the beaten path and go deeper into the Amazon than most visitors on a 5-day tour from Iquitos. The ultimate choice for nature lovers, this extended trip takes you to the heart of the Amazon jungle and dramatically increases your chances of spotting rare wildlife. Plus, all permits, accommodation, meals, and transfers are included for a seamless experience.
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  • 5 days
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$563.00
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Manaus to Belém by Boat

Manaus to Belém by Boat

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The Amazon Rainforest, the lungs of the world, with parts still unmapped and known only to natives. The best and often only means of access is by riverboat, but the options are daunting if you're unfamiliar with the routes. Take the guesswork out of the equation by booking this Amazonian journey tailored to fit your needs and expectations.
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  • 4 days
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$366.00
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Amazon Adventure - Night tour

Amazon Adventure - Night tour

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Explore the heart of the Amazon on this 5-hour private tour from Manaus. Head out on the Amazon River by speedboat and discover the wildlife that lives in this massive forest. See where the Rio Negro and Amazon River meet and learn why the rivers are two different colors. Go piranha fishing and search for Amazonian alligators while listening to commentary from your guide about the region and its history.
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  • 5 hours
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$140.00
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Amazon River Boat Adventure from Manaus

Amazon River Boat Adventure from Manaus

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Beginning of the journey to the Meeting of the Waters , where we will observe the Rio Negro and Solimões that together form the Amazon River. Next we will visit the January Lake, where we will see the floating houses located on a inundated area because of the the flood period of the river.
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  • 3 days
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$900.00
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$900.00