Travelers to Brazil are presented with an almost never-ending selection of outdoor activities, from surfing the Atlantic coastline to trekking in the rainforest. But no trip to Brazil is complete without taking a boat tour up the second longest river in the world, the mighty Amazon. Amazon river tours range in length, from a few days to a week or more and come in as many shapes and sizes as there are boats that cruise this vast waterway.
The Tucano is a traditional Amazon riverboat with three decks and a variety of basic cabin types. The Tucano tour is nine days in length and travels from Manaus, Brazil, up the Rio Negro fork of the Amazon to the Amazon itself and stops in many small villages on the way. The tour also explores three different types of rainforest ecology and includes stops in pristine wilderness areas, such as the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where wildlife abounds.
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Iberostar Cruise Liner
The Iberostar cruise liner is a luxury cruise ship that offers five-, six- or nine-day trips up the Amazon river from Manaus. The ship has a full-service restaurant and nightclub on board as well as a bar on the sun deck. The tour visits Lake Janauacá, where you may see sloths in the trees or caimans in the water. There is also an optional side trip on small launches that take you to the Novo Airão, where, if you are lucky, you can see the famous pink dolphins of Brazil.
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Santana Boat Company
The Santana Boat Company offers four-day cruises up the Amazon river on its luxury river boats, which have all the conveniences of a modern hotel. The tour goes up river from Manaus to the Anavilhanas Archipelago, the second largest freshwater archipelago in the world with over 300 islands. It also stops at an indigenous village and a secluded beach where there are great opportunities for bird watching.
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Article Written By Ocean Malandra
Based in San Francisco, Ocean Malandra is a travel writer, author and documentary filmmaker. He runs a major San Francisco travel website, is widely published in both online and print publications and has contributed to several travel guidebooks to South America.