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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Program No. 21982RJ
10 days
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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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