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From Manaus: One-Day Amazon Jungle Experience

1. From Manaus: One-Day Amazon Jungle Experience

Start your day with pickup from your hotel at approximately 8:00 AM. Drive west from Manaus for about one and a half hours until you reach the Ubin lake where your host will be waiting for you. Take a speedboat heading towards the jungle to begin a 2-hour trek. Learn more about Amazonian fauna and flora, medicinal plants, and jungle survival techniques.  From this walk, visit a project for the protection of pink river dolphins. Learn about these beautiful and friendly creatures, and the conservation efforts underway to protect them. Take the unique opportunity to enter the water to interact with them. Visit the host’s home and enjoy a delicious lunch with his family. Learn more about the local people’s culture and Amazonian history in general. Next, enjoy a boat ride through the flooded forest to go piranha fishing and catch these famous ferocious water beasts. As night falls embark on a search for alligators and other reclusive nocturnal wildlife species. Return to the road and head back to Manaus, arriving at your hotel at approximately 8:00 PM.

Manaus: Full-Day Tour on the Amazon River

2. Manaus: Full-Day Tour on the Amazon River

Spend a day in the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin and the source of one-fifth of all free-flowing fresh water on Earth. Its rainforests are the planet’s largest and most luxuriant, and home to – amazingly – one in ten of Earth's known species. Containing nearly 40,000 plant species, the Amazon sustains the world’s richest diversity of birds, freshwater fish and butterflies. One of the world’s last refuges for jaguars, harpy eagles and pink dolphins, its thousands of tree species are home to southern two-toed sloths, pygmy marmosets and Goeldi’s monkeys. Your tour will begin with a pick-up at your Manaus hotel, or airport. From there you will enjoy a boat cruise to Lake January to see the meeting of the waters at Negro and Amazon Rivers. Switch to canoes and enter the waterway for dolphin observation and to visit the famous Victoria Regia water lilies. Sail by speedboat to an indigenous village, where you will interact with the indigenoue peoples of the Dessanos and Tucanos. Visit a jungle pharmacy and watch villagers going about their daily activities. Meet the shaman of the tribe, and see and purchase lovely handmade indigenous handicrafts.

From Manuas: Full-Day River Tour

3. From Manuas: Full-Day River Tour

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel at approximately 8:00 AM. Drive west from Manaus to a comfortable boat waiting for you. First, make a visit to an indigenous tribe to see a performance of their traditional ritual. Next, visit a project for the protection of pink river dolphins. Learn about these beautiful and friendly creatures, and the conservation efforts underway to protect them. Take the unique opportunity to enter the water to interact with them. Explore a beautiful beach of white sand and warm waters before enjoying lunch on a floating restaurant, complete with a buffet and natural juice.  After lunch, visit a lake full of water lilies for some fantastic photo opportunities. Marvel at a village on stilts, a typical style of construction along the Amazon. Get to know a floating village and visit a Pirarucu fish farm containing the largest freshwater fish in the world. Try your luck at catching some of these giant beauties before passing the meeting of rivers. Get dropped off back at your hotel around 5 PM.

From Manaus: 3 or 4-Day Rio Negro & Anavilhanas River Cruise

4. From Manaus: 3 or 4-Day Rio Negro & Anavilhanas River Cruise

This boat was built using traditional Amazon techniques. It is 50 feet long and almost 10 feet tall. It has 2 bathrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 kitchen, 1 cabin with 2 twin beds and plenty of space to tie a hammock. The second floor is used for meals and observation only, but guests can also tie a hammock there. The boat accommodates a maximum of 15 people in hammocks and 2 people sleeping in the cabin. During the 3 or 4-day cruise (depending on which option you pick), the local crew will prepare typical Amazon dishes for your meals. You can enjoy sunset cocktails on the upper deck while listening to the amazing sounds of the Amazon jungle. At the stops along the route, native English-speaking guides will show you the amazing variety of the Amazon’s wildlife. Day 1: After a hotel pick-up in Manaus, enjoy a boat tour to Janauri Ecological Park and a jungle hike where you can spot huge Samauma trees, giant water lilies, and alligators. After lunch, get back on the water to Acajatuba Lake and swim with pink and grey river dolphins before enjoying dinner. Day 2: Get started with a sunrise tour to the Anavilhanas Archipelago and a hike before fishing for piranha and other fish. After dinner, you’ll have the thrilling opportunity to spot alligators in their natural habitat. Day 3 (for the 3-Day option): Visit a native family to observe manioc production and see tropical fruit trees. You’ll arrive back in Manaus at 5:00 PM. Day 3 (for the 4-Day option): Spot monkeys and sloths from a canoe before learning survival techniques for the jungle. Day 4: After exploring Tupé beach, visit an indigenous community where you’ll get to see incredible tribal dances. Arrive back in Manaus at 5 PM.

Manaus: 2-Day River Tour With Overnight Stay

5. Manaus: 2-Day River Tour With Overnight Stay

On the first day, be picked up from your hotel and head into the jungle. Go trekking for 3 hours, discover the local fauna and flora, and learn some survival techniques. From here, see the beautiful pink river dolphins and enter the water to get up close and personal with these creatures. After lunch, go for a paddle and canoe along the river. Then, experience piranha fishing before sunset. In the evening, go out in the dark and search for caymans and other nocturnal jungle creatures with your guide. Spend the night in a local river dweller's home. Begin the second day early to watch the sunrise. After breakfast, go for a ride to visit an indigenous tribe and learn about their history and culture. Stop to buy some souvenirs here if you want, and depending on the season, ride to a local sandy beach for a swim. Next, travel to January Lake, where you'll have lunch at a floating restaurant. Visit the floating village of Catalão and the Pirarucu fish farm (the biggest freshwater fish with scales on Earth). See the lake with water lilies, and depending on the season, ride through the flooded forests. Finally, witness the incredible phenomenon of the Rio Negro and Amazon rivers running side by side without mixing their colors. Return to your hotel around 5 PM.

Manaus: 3-, 4-, or 5-Day Jungle Tour at Amazon Boto Lodge

6. Manaus: 3-, 4-, or 5-Day Jungle Tour at Amazon Boto Lodge

Discover the Amazon Rainforest on a 3-, 4-, or 5-day trip from Manaus to Amazon Boto Lodge, a Jungle Lodge where all activities and meals are included. Ride a speedboat, walk through the jungle, search for native wildlife, and more. Stay overnight in private air-conditioned rooms. The lodge is located 120 kilometers south of Manaus by lake Juma, an area surrounded by a virgin forest. The lodge was built on stilts in an isolated area in the jungle with a view of the lake and jungle. The location does not disrupt the natural environment. Sleep in private suites with air-conditioning and bathrooms. The Lodge is a simple and clean place, perfect for groups interested in exploring the Amazon Jungle. Rest assured you won't be overrun by guests: the lodge hosts no more than 18 persons at a time. Lunch and dinner are generally made up of regional fresh fish, chicken, beef, beans, salads, rice, vegetables, and fruits. At breakfast, enjoy bread, cheese, eggs, coffee, milk, juice, tea, and fruit. Day 1:Following morning pickup, head to the Ceasa Port and take a speedboat to the Meeting of Waters, the point where the Rio Negro and Solimões River meet. From there, you’ll be taken to the Careiro Village on the other side of the Solimões River. This excursion continues by car or van for about 1 hour to Maçarico Lake. A final trip by speedboat takes you to the lodge. In the afternoon, the day’s activities begin. Leave the lodge by canoe for dolphin and bird watching, as well as piranha fishing. End the day by observing the sunset before heading back to the lodge for dinner. At night, go caiman (cayman) spotting, a truly thrilling experience. Day 2: Start the morning by traveling by canoe to watch the sunrise in the Amazon Rainforest. Return to the lodge for breakfast before heading out for a jungle trek that takes up the rest of the morning. During the walk, learn all about medicinal plants, trees, and insects. Along the way, you might even see some monkeys. Your day continues with afternoon activities, including a canoeing adventure in a flooded forest. From September to February, enjoy a guided trekking activity. Spend a few hours quietly passing through the exuberant Amazon jungle while learning about the flora and fauna from your guide. After dinner, go out on a motorized boat for the night safari and spot some wildlife along the rivers and small channels. Spend the rest of the night at the lodge.  Day 3:For approximately 3 hours in the morning, visit the home of a local family to learn about their simple but wonderful way of life in the forest. Return to the lodge for lunch, then return to Manaus if you chose the 3-day option. If you booked the 4- or 5-day option, after lunch, go out to explore some more small channels and spot birds, monkeys, caimans, and dolphins. Optionally, learn about nocturnal wildlife by staying overnight in the forest and going spearfishing.   Day 4: After breakfast, go trekking in a different area where you’ll learn survival techniques and plenty of facts about the forest. If the 4-day option is booked, end your trip by returning to Manaus after lunch at the lodge. If you chose the 5-day option, go camping in the woods and spend the night in the forest with your guide.   Day 5: Following breakfast, go on a canoe trip to explore and swim in the lake. Return to the lodge for lunch before heading back to your pickup point in Manaus.

From Manaus: Negro River Half-Day Trip

7. From Manaus: Negro River Half-Day Trip

Your trip begins with a pickup from your hotel. Head to the marina where a boat will be waiting for you. Depart upstream on the Negro River to visit an indigenous tribe that came from the border with Colombia and still keep their traditions, language, and rituals. Learn from them about their lifestyle and watch as they demonstrate their traditional rituals. Afterwards, visit a project that takes care of the freshwater pink dolphins. Have the chance to enter the water and touch these amazing docile creatures. Be sure to take photos of this unforgettable moment. Dolphins frequent this location because of the care and friendliness of the locals. Enjoy the rest of your trip on a beautiful, white sand, and warm water beach of the Negro River.

Manaus: Eco City Tour with MUSA & INPA

8. Manaus: Eco City Tour with MUSA & INPA

During this botanical city tour, you will visit the two best natural parks in Manaus to get a sense of how rich and diverse the Amazon region's wildlife and nature really is. The first site to be visited is the Amazon Museum (MUSA), located in the botanical garden Adolpho Ducke, which in turn is part of the largest urban forest reserve on the planet. In this botanical garden, you will walk along a forest trail and you will visit a lagoon with water lilies (the largest aquatic plant on the planet). You will also visit an aquarium with several species of fish from region, including the famous pirarucu (Arapaima gigas). You will go to a serpentary where you can learn more about the different types of snakes found in the region, as well as several exhibitions about the fishing techniques of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. You will also have the opportunity to climb a 42 meter high observation tower from where you can see the vastness of the rich forest. After this, head to the Amazon National Research Institute (INPA), where several researchers from around the world seek to know more about the greatest biodiversity on the planet. In this open park, you will have the opportunity to glimpse various animals and plants from the region such as manatee - which for many years were hunted predatorily near to extinction and today find refuge in a project to repopulate local rivers and lakes. Besides the manatee, you will be able to see several other species like the giant otter, turtles, alligators, and electric eels.

Manaus: Piranha Fishing and Alligator Watch Evening Tour

9. Manaus: Piranha Fishing and Alligator Watch Evening Tour

A tour combining piranha fishing and alligator spotting is a good option for those who want to enjoy an exciting and authentic Amazon experience. This adventure begins at the river terminal in Manaus, where you will board the boat bound for the coast of Iranduba. On the journey you will explore more of Manaus including the palafitas (stilt houses), the landscape, the local fishermen, and the ribeirinhos (native people). Upon arrival in Iranduba, you will look for a good place to go piranha fishing. The Solimões River is much richer in fish that the Rio Negro and you are likely to catch various types of catfish. Here you can enjoy fishing with a rod made of bamboo and learn how the native Caboclos people fish. When it starts to get dark, you will head off in search of alligator. The naturalist guide will do his best to capture an alligator with his bare hands so you can take a close look at the fascinating animal. After providing information about the alligator, the instructor will then return the animal back to its natural habitat.

Manaus: Amazon Jungle Half-Day Walking Tour

10. Manaus: Amazon Jungle Half-Day Walking Tour

To begin this 4-hour program, you'll be picked up at your hotel in Manaus at 07:30 and then travel by motorized canoe for a few kilometers to the jungle. When you arrive in the Amazon rainforest you’ll be met by an experienced guide who will lead you on an educational jungle walking tour for about 3 hours. During the walk the guide will teach you about medicinal plants and the trees of the Amazon rainforest. The high altitude of the area means that you’ll see different plant life, bigger trees and a denser forest. See a variety of the rainforest’s wildlife as well, such as scorpions, spiders, snakes and more.

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What people are saying about Manaus

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4.5 / 5

based on 42 reviews

We had a fun day filled with activities. The guide was great and he was gracious and explained everything in English every time, after the Portuguese announcement, even though we were only 4 who dint speak Portuguese. That made the trip worth it as we were able to follow everything. The visit to the indigenous village was good and the pink dolphins were fun.

The tour operator was superb, helpful and flexible! The guide was fantastic! This tour was one of the best tours we’ve ever had! Highly recommend

Fabinho and Milton are very good guides. I even went out alone with Fabinho for a day, which was also very impressive

We got to see everything we wanted in our short two-day visit. It was fun.

The guide and the crew were all skilled and experienced