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Brazil
Adventure in the Heart of the Amazon by Private Riverboat
Discover the wonder of the Amazon onboard a luxury riverboat as you learn about rich biodiversity, intricate rivers, sustainable farming and a jungle metropolis alongside local experts.
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Program No. 21982RJ
Length
10 days
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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
Tropical Manaus EcoResort

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Evening: Upon arriving at the lodge, check in and get your room assignment. Then get a good night's rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Explore Manaus, Opera House, Embark Amazon Clipper
Amazon River
B,L,D
Amazon Clipper Premium

Activity note: 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.

Breakfast: 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.

Morning: 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.”

Lunch: 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.)

Afternoon: 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.

Dinner: 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.

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 Premium

Activity note: Boarding 16-passenger motor-canoes from river boat via 2 steps; no hand railings, but steps are not steep. Easy to moderate walking in rain forest and at village, generally flat surface.

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

Morning: Rising before sunrise, we set out by motor-canoe to explore Lake Janauacá and the waking forest. Keep your eyes peeled for birdlife and pink river dolphins. Returning to the small boats, we dock on the riverbank and take a walk through the rainforest to visit local caboclo, inhabitants of the lake who make their living from manioc, fishing, rubber extraction, and harvesting fruit and nuts. Caboclo is the Brazilian term for those of mixed indigenous and African or European ancestry, similar to mestizo in Latin America.

Lunch: Aboard the riverboat.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, we reboard our 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 Premium

Activity note: Easy walking on flat, dirt terrain at the January Ecological Park.

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

Morning: Setting out at sunrise, we explore the igapó - flooded forest - and take a canoe ride through Victoria Regia Lake for a close-up inspection of the beautiful Amazonian water lily. After breakfast, we come to 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 Premium

Activity note: Entering and riding in canoes, easy to moderate walking on flat, dirt terrain in a tropical climate.

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

Morning: Rising early before sunrise, we 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. After breakfast, 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 learn about the relationship plans and animals share in their physical environment. Before 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 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 Premium

Activity note: Moderate walking on flat, unpaved terrain in a tropical climate.

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

Morning: Morning Rising pre-dawn, we set out in canoes with our naturalist to experience the dawn chorus of local birdlife. After breakfast, Our Study Leader 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 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 begins 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 Premium

Activity 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: Rising early, we take a canoe ride to look for petroglyphs in the area. After breakfast, we walk through the small settlement of Novo Airão, famous for its pink dolphins. We may be able to observe the dolphins up close. We meet with local woodworkers and learn about life in this remote settlement.

Lunch: Aboard the riverboat.

Afternoon: Our Study Leader presents 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, Local Lunch, Day Room, Program Concludes
In Flight
B,L,D

Activity note: Walking on busy city streets in the market area.

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

Morning: Morning Rising early we explore Lake Acajatuba by canoe. After breakfast, we prepare for departure and bid farewell to the riverboat crew as we navigate towards the hotel pier. Check in and drop our luggage at the Tropical Manaus Ecoresort, then board our private motorcoach. We return to the center of Manaus for an opportunity to browse independently through the Central Market and nearby streets bustling with vendors and daily life.

Lunch: Enjoy the authentic atmosphere and fresh fish in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We return to the hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free to relax, enjoy the pool, or explore the eco-resort’s zoo.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Transfer via motorcoach to Manaus International Airport for overnight 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!

DAY
10
Arrive North America
In Flight





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