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Adventure in the Heart of the Amazon by Private Riverboat

Discover the wonder of the Amazon on board a luxury riverboat and learn about rich biodiversity, intricate rivers, sustainable farming and a jungle metropolis alongside local experts.
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Brazil

Adventure in the Heart of the Amazon by Private Riverboat

Discover the wonder of the Amazon on board a luxury riverboat and learn about rich biodiversity, intricate rivers, sustainable farming and a jungle metropolis alongside local experts.
Length
10 days
Starts at
4,299
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 21982 RJ
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Oct 12 - Oct 21, 2021
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Oct 12 - Oct 21, 2021
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Nov 9 - Nov 18, 2021
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Dec 7 - Dec 16, 2021
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Dec 14 - Dec 23, 2021
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Feb 15 - Feb 24, 2022
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Mar 8 - Mar 17, 2022
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Apr 12 - Apr 21, 2022
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May 10 - May 19, 2022
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Jun 14 - Jun 23, 2022
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Oct 4 - Oct 13, 2022
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Nov 8 - Nov 17, 2022
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At a Glance

Discover the very heart of the Amazon — the biggest, most biodiverse rainforest on Earth — on this private riverboat adventure. Led by naturalists, walk the jungle to find giant trees and exotic plants. Take morning canoe excursions to search for tropical birds as the forest wakes up. After dark, use the boat’s spotlights to see nocturnal jungle-dwellers like caimans. Encounter pink dolphins and even fish for piranhas.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to one mile over uneven, potentially slippery terrain in tropical conditions; some unavoidable stairs. Climbing in and out of the riverboat's flat-bottomed, large, 16 passenger motor canoes.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Navigate the Amazon, the dark-watered Rio Negro and narrow tributaries on an exclusively chartered riverboat.
  • Join naturalists for jungle walks and canoe excursions in search of incredible wildlife like toucans, hoatzins, caimans and pink dolphins.
  • Explore Manaus and its iconic Amazon Theatre opera house, an isolated metropolis in the heart of the jungle once made rich by the rubber boom.
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Wolf Wink
Wolfhard Wink was born in Germany and after police training, studied public relations and worked for 19 years in social insurance. Nature has always been his passion since the age of 6. After becoming a self-trained naturalist, Wolf moved to Manaus, Brazil for family reasons in 2007. While living in Manaus, he has been working ever since as a naturalist expert in the Amazon. Wolf married a Brazilian and has two children.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Wolfhard Wink was born in Germany and after police training, studied public relations and worked for 19 years in social insurance. Nature has always been his passion since the age of 6. After becoming a self-trained naturalist, Wolf moved to Manaus, Brazil for family reasons in 2007. While living in Manaus, he has been working ever since as a naturalist expert in the Amazon. Wolf married a Brazilian and has two children.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Journey of the Pink Dolphins, An Amazon Quest
by Sy Montgomery
In this magical, mystical journey in the Brazilian Amazon, Montgomery (Spell of the Tiger) sets off with river guides, shamans and conservationists in search of the strange bouto, a beaked dolphin that inhabits much of the Amazon and Orinoco river drainages.
Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide
by L.H. Emmons
Compact enough to slip into your daypack, this field guide to the mammals of Central and South American features 29 color plates of more than 200 species.
Culture Smart! Brazil
by Sandra Branco
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture.
Tree of Rivers, The Story of the Amazon
by John Hemming
Hemming captures the ambition, greed and awe of naturalists, explorers and missionaries -- and their devastating impact on native peoples -- in this absorbing human history.
Birds of Tropical America
by Steven Hilty
An ornithologist and veteran leader of birding expeditions, Hilty serves up short essays on how to find and better appreciate the dizzying variety of neotropical birds, their habits and habitats, diversity and distribution in this well-loved book.
Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice
by Mark Plotkin
In this marvelous book, Plotkin recounts his work documenting the use of medicinal plants among remote tribes in the Northwest Amazon. A portrait of people and their environment, a tale of adventure and a moving example of science in the service of preservation.
Tropical Nature
by Adrian Forsyth, Ken Miyata
Two uncommonly observant and thoughtful field biologists offer a lucid portrait of the tropics through 17 marvelous essays that introduce the habitats, ecology, plants and animals of the Central and South American rainforests.
One River, Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon
by Wade Davis
A spellbinding, sprawling tale of explorers, botanical secrets and larger-than-life personalities in northwest South America.
Amazon Map
by Nelles
This double-sided map (1:2.5 million) shows both detail and the expanse of the great river basin from the Andes to the Atlantic.
The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon
by Michael Goulding, Ronaldo Barthem, Efrem Ferreira
This beautiful, profusely illustrated atlas of the river includes its major tributaries and 150 full-color maps. Goulding (Floods of Fortune) and Brazilian biologists Barthem and Ferreira provide the accompanying text.
In Trouble Again
by Redmond O'Hanlon
As funny as he is insightful, O'Hanlon starts his comic masterpiece of a journey between the Orinoco and the Amazon with a litany of the insects, protozoa, snakes and predators that can do you harm.
Brazil: Amazon & Pantanal, Travellers' Wildlife Guides
by Les Beletsky, David Pearson
A comprehensive handbook to the flora, fauna and habitats of Brazil. The 100 color plates feature 90 species of amphibians and reptiles, 310 birds, 70 mammals, 30 insects and 50 common trees and plants.
The Brazilians
by Joseph Page
A clear, comprehensive and compelling introduction to Brazil, covering politics, history, economics, ecology, conservation and culture.
Edge of the Jungle
by William Beebe
A collection of 12 essays on the Amazon and its ecology and wildlife. A scientist-explorer with the soul of a poet, Beebe wrote dozens of books about his adventures in tropical America and Guyana.
Insight Guide Brazil
by Insight Guides
A profusely illustrated overview of the country, this guide features concise essays by well-regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture. With hundreds of photos and maps.
Naturalists in Paradise, Wallace, Bates and Spruce in the Amazon
by John Hemming
The story of the Alfred Russel Wallace, Henry Bates and Richard Spruce, three pioneers of biology who made amazing discoveries in Amazonia. Includes 70 black-and-white and color illustrations.
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10 days
9 nights
24 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program, Arrive Manaus, Late Night Check-in
Manaus
TRYP by Wyndham Manaus

Evening: Upon arriving at the hotel, check in and get your room assignment. The Group Leader will be on hand to provide assistance as needed. Then get a good night's rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Explore Manaus, Embark Amazon Clipper River Boat
Amazon River
B,L,D
Amazon Clipper's Amazon Clipper Premium

Activity note: Short periods of walking in Manaus at certain sites.

Breakfast: In our private meeting room at the lodge, enjoy an extensive buffet. During breakfast, the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions. Field trips and program-related activities will be led by the Group Leader or a member of the boat’s staff, all of whom are naturalists. We will embark and disembark the ship on foot. We will have field trips before breakfast most days, returning for our meal and other activities of the day. We have set aside free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Morning: This morning we will enjoy a lecture- Brazil, the World’s 7th Largest Economy. This lecture will provide a brief overview of the country’s founding and history, as well as the economic layers that are tied to the country’s history. After the lecture, we will check out of the hotel and depart by bus for the Amazon Theater. Fueled by the rubber barons, the gaudiness of Manaus is typified by the lavish Amazon Theater. It was built in the 1890’s with materials imported from Europe. We will step inside the Theater to learn why its Renaissance-style architecture gave it a reputation is the “Jewel of the Amazon.”

Lunch: At a local restaurant, water is included.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will transfer to and embark the Amazon Clipper Premium, our privately chartered river boat and home for the next seven nights. Thanks to the boat’s small size, boarding is a quick and easy process. As the boat begins its journey navigating from Manaus to the upper stretches of the Amazon River — known locally as the Solimões — we will meet the crew and on-board naturalists and receive a safety briefing.

Dinner: Aboard the riverboat, enjoy a plated meal featuring local foods plus coffee, soft drinks, water.

Evening: An introduction to the ecology of the Amazon, one of the most biologically diverse environments in the world, provides preparation for our study this evening. Using the boat’s spotlights, we will look for caiman, nighthawks, toro rats, sloth, and more as we explore Lake Janauacá.

DAY
3
Caboclos Village, Piranha Fishing, Evening Canoe
Amazon River
B,L,D
Amazon Clipper's Amazon Clipper Premium

Activity note: Entering 16-passenger canoes from river boat via 2 steps; no hand railings, but steps are not steep. Easy to moderate walking in forest and at village, generally flat surface. Rising before sunrise, we will set out by canoe to explore Lake Janauacá and the waking forest. Keep your eyes peeled for birdlife and pink river dolphins.

Breakfast: Returning to the riverboat from our field trip, enjoy a buffet including eggs, yogurt, breads, milk, juice, coffee, water.

Morning: We will dock on the side of the river and take a walk through the rainforest to visit local caboclos, inhabitants of the lake who make their living from manioc, fishing, rubber extraction, and harvesting fruit and nuts. Caboclos is the Brazilian term for those of mixed indigenous and European ancestry, similar to mestizo in Latin America.

Lunch: Aboard the riverboat.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, we will board canoes for some Piranha fishing! Learn about one of the world’s most infamous fish before throwing them back in the river. Not just for passionate anglers, this field trip affords good chances of spotting large flocks of egrets and the exotic hoatzin, also known as the Canje pheasant or stinkbird. Our naturalist will explain why.

Dinner: Aboard the riverboat.

Evening: In an isolated area of the jungle, we will have a nocturnal exploration by canoe, to observe wildlife and admire the stars and constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.

DAY
4
The Meeting of the Waters, Amazon Ecology
Amazon River
B,L,D
Amazon Clipper's Amazon Clipper Premium

Activity note: Setting out at sunrise before breakfast, we will explore the Igapó forest and take a canoe ride through Victoria Regia Lake for a close-up inspection of the beautiful Amazonian water lily. Easy walking on flat, dirt terrain at the January Ecological Park.

Breakfast: Aboard the riverboat after returning from the early morning field trip.

Morning: View the “Meeting of the Waters”, the spectacle of the light-colored waters of the Amazon flowing side by side with the dark waters of the Rio Negro. As the riverboat cruises past the city of Manaus, take in the perspective of the city’s landmarks from the water: the floating docks, Old Market, the dome of the Opera House, and the city center.

Lunch: Aboard the riverboat.

Afternoon: As the river boat navigates the Rio Negro, delve further into your Amazon discovery with a lecture by the on-board naturalist, who will discuss preservation and ecology of the Amazon.

Dinner: Aboard the riverboat.

Evening: As the riverboat ventures up the Rio Cuieiras, a tributary of the Rio Negro, relax while enjoying the scenery and watching for wildlife from the upper deck.

DAY
5
The Amazon's Flora & Fauna by Canoe, Jungle Walk
Amazon River
B,L,D
Amazon Clipper's Amazon Clipper Premium

Activity note: Rising early before breakfast, we will set out by canoe to explore the rainforest at the water’s edge, where it is common to see fruit-eating birds such as parrots and toucans. Observe the flora and fauna, such orchids and liana that line the riverside. Entering and riding in canoes, easy to moderate walking on flat, dirt terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard the riverboat after returning from the early morning field trip.

Morning: Our onboard naturalist will lead our walk through the jungle focusing on the way plants and animals have evolved and adapted to the rainforest. We will learn about the relationship plans and animals share in their physical environment. Returning to the riverboat, enjoy a relaxing swim in the Rio Negro.

Lunch: Aboard the riverboat.

Afternoon: Next, we will set out by canoe through the Anavilhanas National Park, the second-largest fresh water archipelago in the world. The park — one of the natural jewels of the Amazon — covers 875,000 acres of untouched native forest and contains some 400 islands.

Dinner: Aboard the riverboat.

Evening: A nocturnal canoe ride takes us to explores this unique ecosystem and its wildlife.

DAY
6
Jaú National Park by Canoe, Igarapé Preto
Amazon River
B,L,D
Amazon Clipper's Amazon Clipper Premium

Activity note: Getting into and riding canoes.

Breakfast: Aboard the riverboat.

Morning: The riverboat begins navigating in the pre-dawn hours, further up the Rio Negro, into the Jaú River, to Jaú National Park, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. As we head further upstream, our naturalist will continue to introduce us to the intricacies of the Amazon.

Lunch: Aboard the riverboat.

Afternoon: After the hottest portion of the day passes, we will set out in our canoes to explore a small tributary of the Jaú — the Igarapé Preto — that takes us deeper into the Parque Nacional do Jaú.

Dinner: Aboard the riverboat.

Evening: Venture out on a nocturnal canoe exploration of the Jaú. The riverboat will be staying in the park tonight.

DAY
7
Birding & Exploration of the Carabinani River
Amazon River
B,L,D
Amazon Clipper's Amazon Clipper Premium

Activity note: Rising early before breakfast, we will set out in canoes with our naturalist to experience the dawn chorus of local birdlife. Easy to moderate walking on flat, dirt terrain.

Breakfast: Aboard the riverboat after returning from the early morning field trip.

Morning: Our onboard naturalist will lead a jungle walk further into the Carabinani River area. Look for the great Samaúma, an Amazonian tree that can reach almost 200 feet (60 meters) in height and has gigantic tabular roots. At the end of the walk, we’ll have an opportunity for a relaxing swim amid small waterfalls and pools formed in the riverbed.

Lunch: Aboard the riverboat.

Afternoon: Joining our onboard naturalist on the sundeck, we will learn about Amazonian birdlife. The Amazon Basin alone is home to more than 1,500 species of birds with many species passing through as they migrate for the winter. During our lecture, the riverboat will begin its return navigation down the Rio Negro.

Dinner: Aboard the riverboat.

Evening: As the riverboat continues its descent downriver; learn more about aspects of the Amazon. The riverboat will spend the night near Airão Velho. This town served as a trading post for the resources of the jungle but was mysteriously abandoned. It was replaced by a new settlement, Novo Airão, leaving Airão Velho to become overgrown with vines and trees.

DAY
8
Canoe Ride, Novo Airão & Pink Dolphins, Beach BBQ
Amazon River
B,L,D
Amazon Clipper's Amazon Clipper Premium

Activity note: Rising early before breakfast, we will take a canoe ride to look for petroglyphs in the area. Easy to moderate walking on flat, dirt terrain. Note: The level of interaction permitted with the pink dolphins is controlled by local authorities.

Breakfast: Aboard the riverboat after returning from the early morning field trip.

Morning: Walk through the small settlement of Novo Airão, famous for its pink dolphins. We will observe the dolphins up close, and — if we’re lucky — may be able to feed them. We’ll also meet local woodworkers and learn about life in this remote settlement.

Lunch: Aboard the riverboat.

Afternoon: The aboard naturalist will present a lecture on tropical flora and fruits. Then, enjoy a swim on the white sand beach.

Dinner: For our farewell dinner, enjoy a Brazilian barbecue on the beach.

Evening: At leisure as we overnight at Lake Acajatuba. Prepare for disembarkation in the morning.

DAY
9
Disembark, Transfer to Manaus, Free Time, Program Concludes
In Flight
B,L,D

Activity note: Rising early before breakfast, we will explore Lake Acajatuba by canoe. Walking on busy city streets in the market area.

Breakfast: Aboard the riverboat after returning from the early morning field trip.

Morning: Finish packing and say farewell to the riverboat crew as we navigate towards the disembarkation point. We will transfer via motorcoach to explore the main market in Manaus.

Lunch: We will have lunch at a typical Brazilian Churrascaria, water and coffee included.

Afternoon: After lunch we will transfer to the Nobile Suites Manaus, where we will check into our day rooms. Please take some time to relax and prepare for your late night departures.

Dinner: Enjoy one last dinner with your fellow Road Scholars at the hotel, one glass of beer or wine and water included.

Evening: Late night transfer via motorcoach to Manaus International Airport for flights returning to North America. This concludes our program. Safe travels! If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for the next program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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10
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