23708
Brazil

The Amazing Amazon: A Riverboat Adventure With Your Family

Become a jungle explorer with your family as you navigate the Amazon River aboard a private luxury riverboat and learn about colorful animals, indigenous people and more.
Program No. 23708RJ
Length
10 days
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3,999
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10 days
9 nights
24 meals
8 B 8 L 8 D
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
Orientation, Explore Manaus, Embark Riverboat
Amazon River
B,L,D
Amazon Clipper's Amazon Clipper Premium

Activity note: Getting on/off boat. Short periods of walking in Manaus at certain sites.

Breakfast: In the breakfast lounge of the hotel, we will enjoy an extensive buffet. Coffee, tea, water, juice included.

Morning: Orientation. In a private meeting room at the hotel, 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 by canoe. We will have field trips before breakfast most days, returning for our meal and other activities of the day. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We will enjoy a lecture led by our Group Leader about Brazil and its role as the world’s seventh 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 1890s with materials imported from Europe. We will step inside the theater to learn how its Renaissance-style architecture gave gives it a reputation as “the jewel of the Amazon.”

Lunch: At a local restaurant; water included.

Afternoon: We will then transfer to and embark our privately chartered riverboat 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, we will enjoy a buffet 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. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). This may mean that free time in port is limited. Regardless of the time in port, Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. River conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock or land by canoe. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice.

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

Activity note: Pre-breakfast canoe ride. Entering 16-passenger canoes from riverboat via 2 steps; no hand railings, but steps are not steep. Easy to moderate walking in forest and at village, generally flat surface, for about 2 hours.

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

Morning: Before breakfast, we will set out by canoe to explore Lake Janauacá and the waking forest, keeping our eyes peeled for birdlife and pink river dolphins. After breakfast, 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: Buffet aboard the riverboat.

Afternoon: In the late afternoon, we will board canoes for some piranha fishing! From our naturalist, we will 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 how it earned this nickname.

Dinner: Riverboat buffet.

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, led by our Group Leader and naturalist.

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

Activity note: Pre-breakfast canoe ride. Entering 16-passenger canoes from riverboat via 2 steps; no hand railings, but steps are not steep. Easy walking on flat, dirt terrain, about 3 hours total.

Breakfast: Riverboat buffet after returning from the early morning field trip.

Morning: 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. After breakfast, we will 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, we’ll take in the city’s landmarks from the water: the floating docks, Old Market, the dome of the Opera House, and the city center.

Lunch: Riverboat buffet.

Afternoon: As the riverboat navigates the Rio Negro, we’ll delve further into our Amazon discovery with a lecture by the on-board naturalist, who will discuss preservation and ecology of the Amazon.

Dinner: Riverboat buffet.

Evening: At leisure. 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: Pre-breakfast canoe ride. Entering 16-passenger canoes from riverboat via 2 steps; no hand railings, but steps are not steep. Easy to moderate walking on flat, dirt terrain.

Breakfast: Riverboat buffet after returning from the early morning field trip.

Morning: 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. We’ll observe flora and fauna, such as orchids and liana, which 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 will learn about the relationship plans and animals share in their physical environment. Returning to the riverboat, we’ll enjoy a relaxing swim in the Rio Negro.

Lunch: Riverboat buffet.

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: Riverboat buffet.

Evening: A nocturnal canoe ride will take us on an exploration of 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: Entering 16-passenger canoes from riverboat via 2 steps; no hand railings, but steps are not steep.

Breakfast: Riverboat buffet.

Morning: The riverboat will begin 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: Riverboat buffet.

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: Riverboat buffet.

Evening: We will 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: Pre-breakfast canoe ride. Entering 16-passenger canoes from riverboat via 2 steps; no hand railings, but steps are not steep. Easy to moderate walking on flat, dirt terrain, about 2.5 hours.

Breakfast: Riverboat buffet after returning from the early morning field trip.

Morning: Rising early before breakfast, we will set out in canoes with our naturalist to experience the dawn chorus of local birdlife. After breakfast, our onboard naturalist will lead a jungle walk further into the Carabinani River area. We’ll 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: Riverboat buffet.

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: Riverboat buffet.

Evening: As the riverboat continues its descent downriver, we will 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: Pre-breakfast canoe ride. Entering 16-passenger canoes from riverboat via 2 steps; no hand railings, but steps are not steep. Easy to moderate walking on flat, dirt terrain. Note: The level of interaction permitted with the pink dolphins is controlled by local authorities.

Breakfast: Riverboat buffet after returning from the early morning field trip.

Morning: Rising early before breakfast, we will take a canoe ride to look for petroglyphs in the area. After breakfast, we will 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 — we may be able to feed them. We’ll also meet local woodworkers and learn about life in this remote settlement.

Lunch: Riverboat buffet.

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

Dinner: For our farewell dinner, we will 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: Pre-breakfast canoe ride. Entering 16-passenger canoes from riverboat via 2 steps; no hand railings, but steps are not steep. Disembarkation around 10:30 a.m. Getting on/off motorcoach, driving 1/2 hour to market. Walking on busy city streets in the market area, about 1 hour.

Breakfast: Riverboat buffet after returning from the early morning field trip.

Morning: Rising early before breakfast, we will explore Lake Acajatuba by canoe. Returning to the boat, we will 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: 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: At the hotel, we will enjoy one last dinner with fellow Road Scholars. Water included.

Evening: We will take a late night transfer via motorcoach to Manaus International Airport for flights returning to North America. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!

DAY
10
In Transit From Program
In Flight





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