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|Price From:||2,799 USD|
|Ideal Age Range:||Suitable for Children (under 15), High School (15 to 18), 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51|
|Fitness Needs:||Light Impact|
|Program duration:||7 days|
Adventure is calling! Join a thrilling opportunity to explore the Amazon Jungle of Brazil, the diverse culture, and variety of plants and animals. Start your journey in the city of Manaus, nestled in the state of Amazonas. The natural beauty around you will absolutely blow your mind!
Later, climb aboard the beautiful riverboat you’ll call home for the next week. Discover the roads (or rivers) less traveled, and see things you never thought you’d have the chance to witness! Join a team of experts and enjoy this family-friendly cruise with plenty of opportunities for fun! Take a variety of exciting, nature-friendly, kid-friendly activities, fit for any age! Enjoy the cultural immersion into local Amazonian communities, creating memories of this incredible travel experience for years to come!
Here are a few of the exciting experiences that are in store for you:
Experience the lush Brazilian Amazon while learning about responsible tourism, and how to travel in a way that is beneficial not only to you, but to the local community, the environment, and the local plants and animals. This family adventure is crafted with the idea in mind of creating conscious, self-aware and globally-aware citizens.
Welcome to Brazil! After arriving at the Manaus Airport, you'll be picked up and dropped off at Casa Teatro, right in the heart of the Amazonian city, Manaus.
If you arrive early enough in the day, you may be able to take a guided visit of the beautiful Amazon Theater which is just around the corner of the hotel. Built in the late 1800s, during the rubber boom, the theater offers guided tours (not included.)
Tonight, we enjoy dinner at Caxiri, for some local and tasty treats.
Wake up early this morning. Around 8:30 you'll be picked up from the hotel and taken to the riverside town of Novo Airão. You'll arrive in the early afternoon, and receive a briefing on the Amazon's history, biology and the things you may have a chance to see.
Later, you'll board the Jacaré-Açu, and start sailing through the spectacular Anavilhanas Archipelago and enjoy lunch on the boat.
This afternoon, take a ride on a motorized canoe through the island and lagoons of the archipelago. This is an area rich in wildlife, and you may see two species of river dolphin, as well as multiple species of birds, such as herons, egrets, macaws, parrots, caciques, oropendolas and jacamars.
After, return to the boat and set sail to Madadá observatory, an incredible lookout over the Rio Negro.
After enjoying dinner on board, you can choose if you want to spend the night in your cabin or in a hammock at the Observatory.
After a delicious breakfast, enjoy a 3-hour hiking trip through the rainforest to the Madadá Caves, where you'll receive a mini jungle survival course. A shorter option is available for parents with younger children.
Later, visit an Amazon farmhouse to learn about farming techniques, crops and local culture.
In the late morning, you may have a chance to cool off with a dip in the Rio Negro. After lunch on board, set sail toward Jau National Park area and try your hand at piranha fishing before sunset. Once back on the boat you'll sail to Sleepy Beach where you'll anchor for the night and enjoy dinner. Fall asleep to the sounds of the Amazon.
Today you'll sail to the Jaú National Park Ranger Station, and then along the Rio Jaú, a river of reflecting waters, with possible sightings of aquatic mammals and birds. The Park contains three major rivers - Unini to the North, Carabinani to the South and Jau in the middle - along with countless smaller black water tributaries. The water level varies drastically during the course of the year and the igapó forest found near the waterways can be flooded for up to eight months of the year. This type of forest is tropical and humid, with as many as 200 species per hectare.
Activities today include a hike to the Samaúma, the biggest tree on the Rio Negro, which can grow to be over 50 meters tall. For many children, a face-to-face meeting with this “Queen of the Forest” is among their favorite trip highlights.
In the rainy season, you'll anchor the boat and take the canoes through the Park’s creeks, looking for families of Giant Otters. In the dry season, explore the Rio Pauini, a tributary filled with boulders and waterfalls.
After breakfast, visit the Cacheira community where you'll learn more about the traditional life in the Amazon, as well as local projects. The children of the village are extremely happy to interact with travelers, so be ready to get involved in swimming or a game of soccer.
As a group, you'll bring school supplies, learn about their current challenges and find out about their existing projects (more info will be provided on what to bring and how you can help).
Once back on the boat, you'll have lunch on board before sailing out of Jaú National Park.
As you come towards the end of your cruise, you'll sail from Jaú to Novo Airão. Along the way, you may have the once in a lifetime chance to swim with Pink River Dolphins.
Once back in Novo Airão, it is time to leave the Jacaré-Açu and check into the beautiful Mirante do Gaviao lodge for some pampering and relaxation.
After lunch, take a city tour to see the ship-building, the craftsmanship, and other attractions of this Amazon River town, followed by a special workshop at Almerinda Malaquias Foundation.
Enjoy the rest of your day lounging by the pool. In the evening, meet for a farewell dinner.
As you arrive back to Manaus for your departure day, an air-conditioned taxi/van will take you to the Manaus airport this morning.
A few things to note:
|Population||205,338,000 (2015 estimate)|
|Climate(s)||Tropical Rainforest, Monsoon, Equatorial, Warm Desert, Warm Semi-arid, Oceanic (Warm/Temperate), Subtropic Humid|
|Major Airport(s):||Guarulhos International Airport (GRU), Galeao International Airport (GIG), Brasilia International Airport (BSB)|
|Economic Driver(s):||Agriculture, Tourism, Manufacturing, Energy (Oil)|
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