Brazil

Remote Amazon Birds and Wildlife Cruise

A two week birds and general wildlife holiday cruising in remote Brazilian Amazonia on a comfortable air conditioned river boat

Run in collaboration with our sister brand WildWings, this exciting and exclusive charter spends two weeks exploring one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet, the Brazilian Amazon. Whilst many visitors to the rainforest base themselves at a single lodge and then visit the surrounding area, this trip is very different, as we will travel and sleep on a comfortable air conditioned river boat giving us the ability to explore more widely and visit a diverse range of remote habitats.

During our holiday, we will cruise side channels, larger tributaries and the main rivers, visit river islands and both varzea (annually flooded) and terra firme (never flooded) forests, as well as cruising past mile after mile of untouched forest.  This will allow us to look for a wide range of birds and animals including colourful macaws, parrots, trogons and manakins as well as several species of monkeys, both species of Amazon river dolphins, some amazing butterflies and much much more.

Our planned stops include Anavilhanas which is one of the world’s largest freshwater archipelagos with 400 largely uninhabited river islands and a maze of channels and waterways. Further upstream, we plan to visit the Jaú National Park which is considered one of the most pristine reserves in Brazilian Amazonia where we hope to see yet more fantastic birds and other wildlife.

Another highlight of this amazing adventure is a visit an eco-tourism project where there is an opportunity to stand in the water with wild Amazon (Pink) River Dolphins as they gently swim around us – a truly unique experience and one which previous participants have described as comparable with visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Africa or Grey Whales in Baja California!

Join Chris Collins and Regina Ribeiro for a birds and general wildlife holiday with a difference and explore one of the most untouched and amazing parts of our planet.

Tour Dates & Prices

Fri 2nd September 2022

Sun 18th September 2022

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Fri 30th August 2024

Sun 15th September 2024

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Tour Cost: 17 Days from £4295 excluding flights

Deposit: £1000Single Supp: £1350Land Only: £4295Group Size: 18Leaders:  Chris Collins & Regina Ribeiro
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Please note that only two cabins are available at the single supplement price quoted above. Once these are sold, singles will only be available at the full cabin price.

What's Included?

  • Two Limosa/WildWings Tour Leaders
  • Expert resident wildlife guide
  • 14 nights accommodation in Brazil, including 13 on the comfortable air-conditioned river boat Iracema
  • All main meals with drinking water provided during the day
  • Visit to Canopy Tower on outskirts of Manaus
  • All entry fees, all tour-based tips (including boat staff, drivers, local guides) and taxes

Cost Excludes

Flights (international and internal), insurance, drinks, airport meals/snacks and other items of a personal nature.

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Notes

The Land Only Tour Cost is the amount you will pay Limosa.

For flight details, we recommend that you contact Sacha Barbato who is a highly experienced independent travel agent working under the ATOL bonding of Travel Counsellors. Sacha’s contact details are as follows: sacha.barbato@travelcounsellors.com and 01603 360099

Limosa Holidays and Sacha have agreed which flights are most suitable for each trip and we encourage you to book through him as you then have support if there are any problems such as flight cancellations or delays.

Sacha will also be advised by Limosa when the trip is a confirmed departure and in many cases can hold flights for you until then.

We also plan to offer a short extension to look for Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock and several other species we are unlikely to see on our main tour. Details are yet to be finalised but please contact us if you are interested in being notified when these are available.

Tour Cost: 17 Days from £4550* excluding flights

Deposit: £1000Single Supp: £1450*Land Only: £4550*Group Size: 18Leaders:  Regina Ribeiro & to be announced
Enquire about this tour

* The price for our 2024 tour will be confirmed in late 2022. Please note that only two cabins are available at the single supplement price quoted above. Once these are sold, singles will only be available at the full cabin price.

What's Included?

  • Two Limosa/WildWings Tour Leaders
  • Expert resident wildlife guide
  • 14 nights accommodation in Brazil, including 13 on the comfortable air-conditioned river boat Iracema
  • All main meals with drinking water provided during the day
  • Visit to Canopy Tower on outskirts of Manaus
  • All entry fees, all tour-based tips (including boat staff, drivers, local guides) and taxes

Cost Excludes

Flights (international and internal), insurance, drinks, airport meals/snacks and other items of a personal nature.

View or Download Tour Info Pack

Notes

The Land Only Tour Cost is the amount you will pay Limosa.

For flight details, we recommend that you contact Sacha Barbato who is a highly experienced independent travel agent working under the ATOL bonding of Travel Counsellors. Sacha’s contact details are as follows: sacha.barbato@travelcounsellors.com and 01603 360099

Limosa Holidays and Sacha have agreed which flights are most suitable for each trip and we encourage you to book through him as you then have support if there are any problems such as flight cancellations or delays.

Sacha will also be advised by Limosa when the trip is a confirmed departure and in many cases can hold flights for you until then.

We also plan to offer a short extension to look for Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock and several other species we are unlikely to see on our main tour. Details are yet to be finalised but please contact us if you are interested in being notified when these are available.

Tour Highlights

  • 13 night cruise on a comfortable river boat exploring Brazilian Amazonia
  • Visit to the 'meeting of the waters' where the Rios Negro and Solimões merge to form the mighty Amazon
  • Cruise past mile after mile of untouched forest
  • Explore the pristine Jaú National Park using our vessel's three comfortable motorised canoes
  • Look for a spectacular range of birds including macaws, parrots, trogons and manakins
  • Explore after dark looking for nocturnal mammals and birds
  • Visit to an amazing canopy tower on the outskirts of Manaus where we will see canopy species at eye level

Outline Itinerary

  • Depart UK for Manaus via Sao Paulo

  • Arrive in Manaus with local afternoon birding if flight timings allow. Manaus (1 night)

  • Early morning visit to Canopy Tower. Board vessel (Iracema) and sail. Visit to the ‘meeting of the waters’ where the Rios Negro and Solimões meet to form the Amazon. Night on Iracema

  • Explore river islands, varzea forest, terra firme forest along the Solimões and Negro and tributaries. Visit Anavilhanas, the world’s largest river archipelago, explore Jaú National Park. Interact with wild river dolphins. Iracema (12 nights)

  • Disembark in Manaus. Fly to UK via Sao Paulo.

  • Arrive in UK

Overview
Itinerary
Trip Info
Trip Reports
Sungrebe Remote Amazon CPC 6S4A0764.JPG
Sungrebe, Amazonian Brazil © Chris Collins

Often described as “the green lungs of the planet”, the Amazon rainforest is the most biologically diverse place on Earth and on this exciting tour run in collaboration with our sister brand WildWings, we plan to spend two weeks in this wildlife paradise.  Whilst many visitors to the rainforest base themselves at a single lodge and then explore the surrounding area, this trip is very different, as we will travel and sleep on a comfortable river boat giving us the ability to explore more widely and visit a diverse range of habitats.

Our adventure starts in Manaus, home of the famous 19th Century Opera House, where we will board our specially chartered live-aboard and home for the next two weeks.  Manaus sits close to the confluence of the Rios Negro (a “black water” river) and Solimões (a “white water” river) and this is where the two merge to form the mighty Amazon.  The rivers do not, however, mix for several miles and we plan to visit the ‘meeting of the waters’ to witness the extraordinary spectacle of the two seemingly flowing next to each other, separated only by their different temperatures, acidities and speeds.

We then plan to begin our adventure exploring side channels, larger tributaries, river islands and varzea (annually flooded) and terra firme (never flooded) forests.  This will allow us to look for a wide range of birds and animals and our live-aboard comes equipped with motorised canoes to give us maximum flexibility.  Whilst the vessel can carry 24 passengers, we are limiting this cruise to only 18.  In addition, the motorised canoes can carry up to eight people, but we will limit these to six each plus a guide.

One of the places we plan to explore along the Rio Negro is Anavilhanas which is one of the world’s largest freshwater archipelagos with 400 river islands and a maze of channels and waterways.  Only accessible by boat, these islands are almost entirely uninhabited and home for many interesting birds.  We hope to see several localised specialities here including Klages’s and Leaden Antwrens but there are also many colourful and or spectacular species to look for, such as the gleaming red, black and yellow Wire-tailed Manakin or extraordinary looking Amazonian Umbrellabird.

Further upstream, we plan to visit the Jaú National Park which is considered one of the most pristine reserves in Brazilian Amazonia.  There is plenty of wildlife to look for here too including the range-restricted Spix’s Black-headed Uacari, an impressive black and chestnut monkey which we have seen on all our previous visits.  The rare Rufous Potoo and Nocturnal Curassow were also both found on our inaugural tour (with the potoo seen again in 2018) but there should be plenty of colourful wildlife to enjoy as this region is, for example, an excellent place to find Blue-and-Yellow Macaws.

Cruising up the Rio Negro and its tributaries is certain to be a very special experience, with mile after mile of untouched forest and we plan to spend some of our time wildlife watching from the top deck as we travel along the river.  Adopting this strategy in 2015 meant we found an extremely obliging Harpy Eagle which we watched for an hour at 20 metres range.  Whilst we would be extremely fortunate to see this species so close again, the region does have a good population of this ‘must see’ raptor, so we certainly hope to find it on future tours.

Depending on the location, we also plan to go cruising after dark on a number of occasions and this will give us an opportunity to look for nocturnal birds and animals.  These trips can be really fascinating and over the course of the trip, we hope to find both Crested and Spectacled Owls, the bizarre looking Great Potoo and a host of nightjars and night mammals.  Mammalian possibilities include Common Silky Anteater, Grey Four-eyed Opossum, Three-toed Sloth, Spotted Paca – all of which have beeen found on previous trips.

The list of birds we could see during the tour runs into the hundreds and includes some of the most colourful species on the planet including macaws (Chestnut-fronted, Red-and-Green, Scarlet and Blue-and-Yellow), toucans and aracaris (Channel-billed and White-throated Toucans, Green and Black-necked Aracaris), trogons, cotingas and tanagers, as well as the more cryptically coloured antbirds, woodcreepers and flycatchers.  This trip is, however, intended to be a general wildlife experience, rather than a hardcore birding tour, so it is important to appreciate that we will not be worrying about every ‘little brown job’ during our excursions.

This trip is also not just about birds and we can expect to see both the Amazon (Pink) River Dolphin and the less well-known Tucuxi on a regular basis.  Indeed, we hope to visit an eco-tourism project where it is possible to interact with wild dolphins.  It is possible to stand in the water with the dolphins as they gently swim around us – a truly unique experience and one which previous participants have described as comparable with visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Africa or Grey Whales in Baja California.

When quietly cruising or during our walks through the forest, we can also expect to see a range of monkeys as the rivers act as natural barriers and different species often occur on opposite banks with over twenty species being possible.  We will count ourselves fortunate if we see even half of this total but the possibilities include Guianan Bearded Saki, Humboldt’s White-faced Capuchin, Pied Tamarin, Humboldt’s Squirrel Monkey, Guianan Red Howler and Spix’s Night Monkey, so irrespective of your wildlife interests, this trip has plenty to offer.

For those wanting to maximize their ‘Amazon experience,’ we plan to visit an excellent canopy tower where we will be able to watch many forest bird species (and some mammals) at eye level on the morning of sailing and prior to the cruise, there will be an optional short extension to look for Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock.

Amazon River dolphin (1) CPC
Amazon River (Pink) Dolphin © Chris Collins

Days 1 - 2

FLY TO MANAUS

Our birdwatching and wildlife holiday begins with an overnight flight to Sao Paulo, followed by an internal flight to the Amazonian city of Manaus, where we arrive on the afternoon of day 2.

We will make the short journey to our hotel where our Brazilian-based guide Regina Ribeiro will be waiting to meet us. If flight schedules allow, there will be a short (and entirely optional) trip to a remnant forest patch not far from our hotel where we will look our first birds, primates and other wildlife of our trip. This site is one of the best we know for the highly localised Pied Tamarin and locating this critically endangered monkey will be our major priority for the afternoon. Golden-faced Saki is also present and we could also find a couple of species of sloths as well as Red-rumped Agoutis.

Although only a matter of acres in size and surrounded by the city of Manaus on three sides and the mighty Rio Negro on the other, this small area of habitat is also home to some great birds and will be a fantastic introduction to some of the species we can expect to see over the next couple of weeks. The possibilities include Little Chachalaca, White-throated Toucan, Black-necked Aracari, White-eyed Parakeet, Black Nunbird and Yellow-rumped Cacique. Night Manaus

Day 3

MANAUS CANOPY TOWER, BOARD IRACEMA, VISIT TO "MEETING OF THE WATERS"

We plan to depart our hotel an hour or so before dawn so we are at an impressive canopy tower on the outskirts of Manaus as the first rays of the sun break the horizon. This 42 metre high structure is located in a forest reserve on the edge of town and whilst we will have to climb the two hundred or so steps to reach the top, the views and the wildlife opportunities make this well worth the effort.

Whilst we will be able to see the city centre of Manaus distantly to our south, we will have forest surrounding us on all sides and the range of species that can be found here is extremely impressive. With the top of the tower being higher than most of the nearby trees, we will actually be looking down on canopy species which usually one has to look up at from below making this a very special and different experience. We may well see a range of parrots and macaws flying by or perched in the treetops and species we have seen previously include Caica Parrot, Blue-headed Parrot and Red-bellied Macaw.

There may also be roving mixed flocks of fruit eating birds with colourful tanagers such as the amazing Turquoise Tanager amongst the possibilities. Toucans and aracaris could well be perched in an emergent tree warming themselves as the first rays of warming sun or we could see a bird of prey sitting quietly waiting for a potential meal to appear.

After a couple of hours or so at this special place, we will reluctant retrace our steps and return to our hotel for a well deserved breakfast. Having checked out of our rooms, we will then make the short journey to the wharf where our home for the next 12 nights awaits us, the comfortable river boat Iracema.

After an introduction to our vessel and crew which will probably be done whilst we sip a delicious caipirinha (the Brazilian lime cocktail), we will leave our moorings with our first destination likely to be the "meeting of the waters". As we cruise downstream, we should be able to see the famous 19th Century Opera House which was built during the rubber boom.

Our main objective, however, is to reach the confluence of the Rios Negro (a “black water” river) and Solimões (a “white water” river) as this is where the two merge to form the mighty Amazon.  The rivers do not, however, mix for several miles and we will see the extraordinary spectacle of the two seemingly flowing next to each other, separated only by their different temperatures, acidities and speeds. There are likely to be river dolphins and both Large-billed and Yellow-billed Terns where the two rivers merge as different fish species tend not to swim from one river into the other.

As the light begins to fade, we are likely to see flocks of parrots flying over as they head for their night-time roosts but our day will not be over, as after dark (and subject to weather) we will almost certainly head out in the canoes for our first nocturnal excursion of our holiday. Every night trip is different but we are likely to visit a place where the density of Great Potoos is exceptional and we could see at least a dozen of these large birds. Related to nightjars, the cryptic plumage makes these difficult to spot during the day as they sit on a branch out of sight but after dark the birds come to the waters edge and we should get some great views. Night Iracema

Days 4 - 15

EXPLORING RIO NEGRO, ANAVILHANAS, JAU NATIONAL PARK AND MUCH MORE

We will keep our schedule as flexible as possible but over the twelve days we have aboard Iracema, we plan to explore side channels, larger tributaries, river islands and varzea (annually flooded) and terra firme (never flooded) forests.  This will allow us to look for a wide range of birds and animals.

Our comfortable air conditioned vessel comes equipped with three motorised canoes to give us maximum flexibility and whilst Iracema can carry 24 passengers, we are limiting this cruise to only 18.  In addition, the motorised canoes can carry up to eight people, but we will limit these to six each plus a guide.

One of the places we plan to explore along the Rio Negro is Anavilhanas which is one of the world’s largest freshwater archipelagos with 400 river islands and a maze of channels and waterways.  Only accessible by boat, these islands are almost entirely uninhabited and home to many interesting birds.  We hope to see several localised specialities including Klages’s and Leaden Antwrens but there are many more widespread species such as the stunning red and yellow Wire-tailed Manakin, the extraordinary looking Amazonian Umbrellabird as well as Festive Parrot, Green-tailed Jacamar and much more.

Further upstream, we plan to visit the Jaú National Park which is considered one of the most pristine reserves in Brazilian Amazonia.  There is plenty of wildlife to look for here including the range-restricted Spix’s Black-headed Uacari, a spectacular black and chestnut coloured monkey which we have seen on all our previous visits.  The rare Rufous Potoo and Nocturnal Curassow were also both found on our inaugural tour (with the potoo seen again in 2018) but there should be plenty of colourful wildlife to enjoy as this region is, for example, an excellent place to find Blue-and-Yellow Macaws.

Cruising up the Rio Negro and its tributaries is certain to be a very special experience, with mile after mile of untouched forest and we plan to spend some of our time wildlife watching from the top deck of Iracema as we travel along the river.  Some of our previous clients have described this as akin to "birding from a floating canopy tower" and adopting this strategy in 2015 meant we found an extremely obliging Harpy Eagle which we watched for an hour at 20 metres range.  Whilst we would be extremely fortunate to see this species so close again, the region does have a good population of this ‘must see’ raptor, so we certainly hope to find it on future tours.

Depending on the location, we also plan to go cruising after dark on a number of occasions and this will give us an opportunity to look for nocturnal birds and animals.  These trips can be really fascinating and over the course of the trip, we hope to find both Crested and Spectacled Owls, both Great and Common Potoos and a host of nightjars and night mammals.  Mammalian possibilities include Silky Anteater, Grey Four-eyed Opossum, Three-toed Sloth, Spotted Paca – all of which have been seen on previous trips.

The list of birds we could see during the tour runs into the hundreds and includes some of the most colourful species on the planet including macaws (Chestnut-fronted, Red-and-Green, Scarlet and Blue-and-Yellow), toucans and aracaris (Channel-billed and White-throated Toucans, Green and Black-necked Aracaris), trogons, cotingas and tanagers, as well as the more cryptically coloured antbirds, woodcreepers and flycatchers.  This trip is, however, intended to be a general wildlife experience, rather than a hardcore birding tour, so it is important to appreciate that we will not be worrying about every ‘little brown job’ during our excursions.

This trip is also not just about birds and we can expect to see both the Amazon (Pink) River Dolphin and the less well-known Tucuxi on a regular basis.  Indeed, we intend to visit an excellent eco-tourism project where it is possible to interact with completely wild dolphins.  Standing in the water, the dolphins gently swim around us – a truly unique experience and one which previous participants have described as comparable with visiting the Mountain Gorillas in Africa or Grey Whales in Baja California.

When quietly cruising or during our walks through the forest, we can also expect to see a range of monkeys as the rivers act as natural barriers and different species often occur on opposite banks with over twenty species being possible.  We will count ourselves fortunate if we see even half of this total but the possibilities include Guianan Bearded Saki, Humboldt’s White-faced Capuchin, Pied Tamarin, Humboldt’s Squirrel Monkey, Guianan Red Howler and Spix’s Night Monkey, so irrespective of your wildlife interests, this trip has plenty to offer. Iracema (12 nights)

Day 16

DISEMBARK IRACEMA, FLY TO UK

During our final night aboard our helpful and expert crew will navigated Iracema back to Manaus and after breakfast, we will reluctantly disembark.

It is only a short drive to the airport and we will fly to Sao Paulo where we connect with an overnight flight to the UK.

Day 17

ARRIVAL IN UK

Arrival in the UK where our birding tour to the Brazilian Amazon concludes.

EXTENSION

Subject to sufficient demand, we will organise a short extension (one additional night) to visit a modest lodge 2-3 hours north of Manaus where it is possible to see displaying Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock.

A number of other species which are unlikely to see on our cruise can also be found here including Guianan Red Cotinga.

Please let us know if you are interested in this option.

Iracema CPC 6S4A1016.JPG
Iracema, Amazonian Brazil © Chris Collins

WHAT TO EXPECT

A 17-day birdwatching and general wildlife tour to the Brazilian Amazon with thirteen nights on the comfortable, but not luxurious, river boat, Iracema.

We will be spending much of our trip exploring remote regions well away from ‘civilisation’ with, for example, only very occasional access to a mobile telephone signal ! Please don't expect to be checking your emails on a regular basis on this holiday !

Our itinerary once aboard the vessel is flexible and we will adjust this to maximise on your experience with a short briefing every evening to outline our plans for the following day.

Most of our excursions will be made using our vessel’s three motorised canoes, although there will be some opportunities for some, generally fairly short, walks in the forest. We may be in the canoes for 3-4 hours at a time but are usually able to find somewhere to land to stretch our legs or for a “comfort break”.

When we do occasionally offer longer walks, there will generally be a second option of a canoe ride for those who prefer this.

Boarding the motorised wooden canoes requires reasonable mobility but should be not be a problem for average individuals. If in doubt, please contact us.

As with all wildlife tours to the tropics, be prepared for early starts, getting out in the field at daybreak, typically followed by a siesta during the hottest and least ‘birdy’ part of the day before venturing out again mid-late afternoon.

On some mornings, we are likely to have breakfast at approximately 05:30 but there will be other occasions when we go out for a couple of hours and then come back for breakfast, although there will invariably be coffee and cake available beforehand. On at least one occasion, we will aim to leave well before daybreak to be out on the river as the forest birds and animals wake up for the start of the new day.

The majority of our excursions whilst on Iracema will be by canoe but there will be some optional walks in the forest. There is no compulsion to join the excursions and you may, of course, elect to stay onboard the main vessel at any time if you wish.

On some evenings, we will offer canoe rides after dinner to look for nocturnal birds and other wildlife. These trips may be for a couple of hours or so and occasionally longer.

There may periodically be the opportunity to go for a refreshing swim in the river and you will definitely want to bring some suitable clothes for our ‘swim’ with the river dolphins.

Birds are inevitably the most conspicuous inhabitants of the forest, so will be our primary focus on the tour but we will also look for primates, other mammals and an array of butterflies.

WEATHER

As Manaus is just three degrees south of the Equator, the climate is tropical with daytime temperatures typically reaching a high of about 33C (90F) in Manaus in August-September, although we will generally be back on Iracema from late morning until the middle of the afternoon.

Although we are not visiting during the wet season, we still may encounter an occasional and sometimes heavy downpour, so we would certainly recommend a poncho (to keep your gear dry) and an umbrella. Our experience is that “breathable” fabrics often do not work well in humid tropical conditions and your best option may be a cheaper plastic poncho.

We would certainly recommend bringing some protection against the sun and a hat with a wide brim (to protect the back of your neck) is advisable.

INSECTS

Although mosquitos and other biting insects are present and you will need to check with your GP Practice about malaria, our experience is that generally these types of insects are in lower numbers on the black water Rio Negro which is where we will spend most of our time.

BIRDS

220-260 species

MAMMALS

20-35 species

ACCOMMODATION

Our vessel has cabins on two decks and an open but covered top deck which is great for wildlife watching. All decks are connected by a staircase which have handrails.

Each cabin is for two people with a private bathroom and air-conditioning, though this is only turned on at night for sleeping and during the heat of the day if we are travelling between locations. The private bathrooms have a sink, toilet and cool-water shower (the water is not heated but it is lukewarm and refreshing). There are also reading lights by each bed.

The cabins have comfortable bunk beds with a ladder to access the top bunk. There is also a cupboard in each cabin to store your possessions.

The main deck has eight of the cabins, the second deck has the other four passenger cabins, plus the bar/dining saloon/lounge and a small library.

A limited laundry service is available onboard although everything has to be line dried so there are no guarantees how long this will take. We suggest that ideally you bring enough clothes for most of the trip. You can wash small items yourself and hang them on the top deck where there is usually a breeze or ask one of the crew to wash items for you. There are no set rates for the laundry service but they will certainly appreciate a tip for their efforts !

For our night in Manaus, we stay in a good quality tourist hotel where all rooms have private facilities.

MEALS

All main meals (and drinking water provided during the day) are included in the tour price, commencing with dinner at our hotel in Manaus on Day 2 and concluding with breakfast on Day 16 prior to disembarking Iracema and our flight home.

Meals on Iracema are buffet-style and usually comprise a tasty range of meat, fish and vegetarian options for lunch and dinner. Due to the remoteness of our trip, we are unable to cater for very specific dietary requirements but vegetarians, for example, should have no major problems.

Mineral water is available from a series of coolers and we would encourage you to bring a suitable water bottle to fill this up.

There is a modest bar aboard which sells a range of alcoholic and soft drinks. This is run on a ‘chit system’ and you can pay in cash (US dollars or Brazilian Reals) or by credit card at the end of the trip.

WALKING

Most of our excursions will be in Iracema’s three motorised canoes and we may not land on all excursions. Where we do, walks are taken at a gentle pace, however, there are only a handful of places we visit with forest trails.

Comfortable shoes or sandals should be fine when we are aboard Iracema but we would strongly recommend bringing some wellington boots for our walks as it can be muddy stepping from the canoe onto the shore and in the forest, with the possibility of occasionally having to stand in shallow water/mud to get in and out of the canoes.

FLIGHTS

Due to the pandemic, it is proving extremely difficult to predict future flight prices and schedules, especially when a trip is scheduled for beyond the period when flights can be booked. As a result, we have taken the decision to price our holidays as excluding all international flights.

To keep the process as simple as possible for our clients, however, we are now working closely with an agent from Travel Counsellors who will be able to advise you on which flights we are recommending for each holiday and he will be able to book these for you.

GROUND TRANSPORT

We will travel by private air-conditioned minibus between Manaus airport and our hotel and then when we return to the airport at the end of the trip. When on our cruise, almost all excursions will be by canoe with occasional landings.

The canoes are open, with wooden bench seats, on which two participants will sit. Cushions are available onboard. The seats have back support.

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Bronzy Jacamar, Amazonian Brazil © Chris Collins

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