Amazon Explorer September 2022

Based on a comfortable air-conditioned river boat, this special charter will spend two weeks exploring some of the tributaries of the mighty Amazon River. This region is considered one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world and by using a river boat as our ‘base’, we are able to visit a wide range of locations, as we cruise passed mile-upon-mile of uncut forest. No need to change hotel rooms, this is a “one centre” holiday with a difference!

Our adventure will start in Manaus and after boarding the well-appointed Iracema, our home for the next thirteen nights, we will cruise to the ‘meeting of the waters’ where the Solimoes and Negro rivers join to form the Amazon. These rivers have very different sediments in them with the Solimoes being a “white water” river whilst the Negro is “black water” and we will see the two flowing alongside each other in the one channel before they gradually mix to form the Amazon. Where they meet, we could well see the Amazon’s two species river dolphins hunting and if we happen to be there late in the afternoon, we are likely to see a host of parrots calling raucously as they fly to their nightly roosts.

 

Our plans will be entirely determined by the water levels which vary from one year to the next but most of our tour will focus on the Rio Negro and some of its tributaries. Amongst the areas we plan to visit is Anavilhanas, one of the world’s largest freshwater archipelagos with a maze of channels and over 400 islands. Almost entirely uninhabited, this is home to a myriad of species including antbirds, trogons and flycatchers but two of the special species we could see are the extraordinary Amazonian Umbrellabird and brilliantly coloured Wire-tailed Manakin.

 

Generally, we will cruise between locations by night and during the heat of the day but in the early morning and mid-late afternoon, we will use our vessel’s motorised canoes to access a myriad of different habitats including river islands, flooded forest and ‘terra firme’ (never flooded) forest. The open top deck also acts like a floating canopy tower and this gives us an excellent opportunity to look for species like the almost mythical Harpy Eagle.

 

Further upstream, we plan to visit the remote Jaú National Park, which is considered amongst the most pristine reserves in Amazonia. Here, we hope to find an impressive range of macaws, toucans and cotingas, as well as mammals such as Spix’s Black-headed Uacari and Giant Otter.

 

On some evenings, we will also offer night-time excursions to look for owl, nightjars and potoos but we may also find mammals such as Brazilian Porcupine, Brown-throated Sloth and, if we are extremely fortunate, the Silky Anteater or Jaguar.

 

This is very much a ‘holiday with a difference’ where no two trips are ever the same!

 

Further upstream, we plan to visit the remote Jaú National Park, which is considered amongst the most pristine reserves in Amazonia. Here, we hope to find an impressive range of macaws, toucans and cotingas, as well as mammals such as Spix’s Black-headed Uacari and Giant Otter.

 

On some evenings, we will also offer night-time excursions to look for owl, nightjars and potoos but we may also find mammals such as Brazilian Porcupine, Brown-throated Sloth and, if we are extremely fortunate, the Silky Anteater or Jaguar.

 

This is very much a ‘holiday with a difference’ where no two trips are ever the same!

 

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