Short periods of walking in Manaus at certain sites. Walking in a hot and humid, tropical climate. Due to the acidity of the river in this region of the Amazon, mosquitoes do not breed on the river. It is therefore quite comfortable to enjoy sunset out on the deck of the riverboat.
Full buffet breakfast in the hotel restaurant, including typical Brazilian dishes, eggs, meats, cheese, fresh seasonal fruit, yogurt, breads and pastries, juices, coffee and tea.
We’ll gather in private meeting room for orientation. The Study Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome 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 your Study Leader(s), who are naturalists. For Field trips ashore, disembark the ship and board the ship’s tenders – large, flat bottom motorboats that access that shore and shallow areas. 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. Check out of rooms and depart the hotel with your Study Leader, for an overview of Manaus by private motorcoach. We’ll make stops and short walks throughout our visit. Accessible only by air and boat, Manaus greatly expanded during the rubber boom of the late 19th century when it became one of the richest cities in the world. Fueled by the rubber barons, the gaudiness of the city is typified by the lavish Amazon Theater, built in the 1890’s with materials imported from Europe. We step inside the Theater to learn why its Renaissance-style architecture gave it a reputation is the “Jewel of the Amazon.”
We return to the hotel for buffet lunch. The buffet offers choices of local and international dishes including beef, chicken, fish, vegetables, salads, seasonal fresh fruits, assorted pastries, plus coffee, juice, water. (Chef’s choice menu may be substituted based on hotel occupancy.)
After lunch, we walk down to the hotel’s pier to embark the Amazon Clipper Premium, our privately chartered river boat and home for the next seven nights. As the boat begins its journey navigating south from Manaus to the area known locally as the Solimões River, we will meet the crew and on-board naturalists. From the top deck of our intimate riverboat, enjoy beautiful sunset views.
Aboard the riverboat, enjoy a plated meal featuring local foods plus coffee, soft drinks, and water. Potable water is self serve throughout the cruise, using your own water bottle or one purchased on board.
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.