- Join the most in-depth expeditionary voyage operating on the Amazon River
- Explore the rainforest and tributaries and visit local communities with experienced guides
- Spot monkeys, pink river dolphins and a wide variety of exotic Amazonian birdlife
- Stay in a mansion in Manaus before the cruise, and explore bustling Rio de Janeiro afterwards
Embark on an in-depth, off-the-beaten track river journey into the heart of the Brazilian Amazon on board the comfortable MY Tucano riverboat. This explorative eight-day Amazon voyage ventures deeper into this vast tropical wilderness than any other comparative boat.
The Tucano voyage aims to spotlight the local residents and their long-lasting cultures, with visits to small fishing villages on the banks of the river as well as lively river trading towns. Explore pristine areas of the Rio Negro and the mighty Amazon both on and off the boat, discovering the forest on foot or by small boat in the company of expert naturalist guides. Travelling in a small group limited to just 18 passengers, voyagers will garner a very intimate and authentic Amazon experience. Ideally suited to those with a strong interest in wildlife and nature, the sailing provides a wonderful introduction to this world-renowned iconic destination.
Pre and Post-Cruise
Before the cruise, spend some time in a historic mansion in the heart of Manaus, harking back to the architecture of the golden rubber age, just moments away from the Amazon Theatre. Featuring a lush indoor garden and natural stone pool overhung with greenery, as well as a bar with special caipirinhas and a bistro that blends contemporary cuisine with exotic Amazonian ingredients, Villa Amazonia is a charming spot to relax before an adventure-filled river expedition.
After the sailing, travel to the sprawling seaside city of Rio de Janeiro to experience the plethora of activities on offer that include visits to Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, trips to view the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado, explorations of the colonial historical quarter and cable cars to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain.
This Amazon adventure takes place within true wilderness, and travellers will have the opportunity to witness a diversity of exotic landscapes, habitats and environments that include dark flooded forests, dense jungle, towering trees, thick undergrowth and vast open plains of waving grass. Visiting some locations that are not visited by any other vessel, and traversing extremely lightly trodden trails, the Tucano continually adjusts its landing sites so as to minimise wildlife disturbance and, in turn, encourage more sightings.
These places are home to some of the most spectacular wildlife of the Amazon, including squirrel monkeys, howler monkeys, peccaries, jaguars, sloths and a multitude of impressive and colourful birds. In the river itself, caiman, pink river dolphins and grey dolphins can be spotted.
What is given back?
With a robust interest in proactive conservation, the Tucano has a dramatic impact on the local communities. All of its crew are regular employees, not freelancers, and most of them hail from the small communities of the Amazon’s interior. The benefit of consistent wages is hugely impactful for these populations, given that there are no other methods of deriving non-extractive revenue from the rainforest.
The communities that are visited during land excursions are treated carefully so as to prevent exploitation, and outright support is given to these small communities in the form of diesel for use in their lighting and generators. Understanding that the real long-lasting impacts come from the steady income, health benefits, vacation time and support for professional growth that dependable employment can provide, the Tucano is truly committed to their crew (many have been employed for more than 20 years!)
The Tucano aims for a high-level of sustainability, achieved through a comprehensive seven-pronged approach that focuses on traveller engagement, consumables, solar energy equipment, ship design, procedures and staff commitment, responsible tour conduct and social responsibility. Believing that sustainability comes as a result of a collective effort, the crew encourage travellers to work with them as an expedition team.
By making efforts to eliminate single use plastic containers, reducing solid waste, incorporating equipment intended to reduce the carbon footprint and installing two entirely independent water systems, the Tucano aims to prove that sustainability is the future of expeditionary travel.
All cruises are accompanied by two accomplished bilingual guides, who are native to the remote communities of the interior of the Amazon. Raised by these renowned river waters, Tucano guides learned to walk in the rainforest and discovered its vital ecological importance at an impressionable age. Effortlessly distinguishing the signs, sounds and sights of the flora and fauna of the river and jungle, each guide brings their own personal interests that infuse their guiding style.
Steppes’ Value Adds
Those travelling with Steppes on the Tucano benefit from a personalised private city tour of Manaus prior to the river cruise.
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