Getting on/off boat. Short periods of walking in Manaus at certain sites.
In the breakfast lounge of the hotel, we will enjoy an extensive buffet. Coffee, tea, water, juice included.
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.”
At a local restaurant; water included.
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.
Aboard the riverboat, we will enjoy a buffet meal featuring local foods plus coffee, soft drinks, water.
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.