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Amazon Jungle: 3- or 4-Day Tour at Ipanema River Guest House

1. Amazon Jungle: 3- or 4-Day Tour at Ipanema River Guest House

Enjoy an amazing adventure through the beautiful and diverse Amazon Jungle to the enigmatic Ipanema River area, spotting the unique Amazonian flora and fauna. Pension of the Ipanema is 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Manaus, an approximate driving time of 3 hours by car and speedboat. The Lodge is on the banks of the Negro River and has a guest lounge area, restaurant, and seating for up to 50 guests. Packages include accommodation, round trip transfer from Manaus, all meals (full board), and bilingual guided activities as outlined below. Day 1: 8:00 AM: Pick-up at your hotel and transfer to the port 8:30 AM: Speed boat ride passing through where the rivers Negro and Solimoes meet 9:00 AM: Transfer to the guest house, arrive at 11:00 1:00 PM: Lunch  3:00 PM: Go down the river and observe pink and grey river dolphins and other wildlife 7:00 PM: Dinner  8:00 PM: Cayman spotting Day 2: 8:00 AM: Breakfast  9:00 AM: Depart on a jungle hike and learn about rainforest plants 1:00 PM: Lunch 3:00 PM: Fishing expedition for peacock bass or piranhas (depending on the season) 7:00 PM: Dinner  Day 3: 5:30 AM: Rise early for a bird-watching sunrise tour 8:00 AM: Breakfast 9:00 AM: Visit a native family and learn about their culture and various tropical plants 1:00 PM: Lunch 2:00 PM: Return trip to Manaus, or when choosing the 4-day option, depart for a guided overnight camping in the jungle  5:00 PM: Arrive at Manaus When the 4-day option is selected Day 4: 8:00 AM: Breakfast 10:00 AM: Return to the lodge 1:00 PM: Lunch 2:00 PM: Return trip to Manaus 5:00 PM: Arrive at Manaus The rooms feature mosquito screens, balcony nets, natural water showers, twin beds for up to 3 guests per room. Daily breakfast features a buffet with seasonal fruits and juices, bread, milk and coffee. Lunch and dinner feature grilled meat or chicken, regional fish, salads, pasta, rice, juices and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not included.

From Manaus: 2, 3, 4 or 5-Day Jungle Tour at Tucan Lodge

2. From Manaus: 2, 3, 4 or 5-Day Jungle Tour at Tucan Lodge

Day 1: At 8 AM, you will be picked up from your hotel and transported to the Port of Ceasa, where you’ll board a boat to see the magnificent confluence of the waters at the junction of the Rio Negro and The Amazon rivers. The trip will continue for 1.5 hours by car on the highway to Ubim Lake. Continue by speed boat on a 30 to 50-minute ride (depending on the level of the waters during the time of year of your visit). Arriving at the lodge, you will be welcomed with refreshments as your accommodation is prepared. At noon, lunch is served. Afterward, there is a little time to relax and to prepare things for the activities of this first day. At 2:30 PM the group will depart in a motorized canoe for piranha fishing, bird watching, and a wonderful sunset from the middle of the river. Back at the lodge, dinner will be served at 7 PM. After dinner, depart again by motorized canoe, this time to spot Cayman. Your guide, using only his bare hands, will capture a Cayman and explain this most-feared animal of the Amazonian rivers. There will be opportunities to get great photos of this beautiful creature. Day 2: Between 5:30 AM - 6:30 AM, board a small canoe to witness nature waking up with the first rays of the sun. Marvel as the silence is slowly broken by the songbirds and creatures that call this area home. At 7 AM breakfast is served at the lodge. From 8 AM - 11:30 AM, embark on a jungle trek as your guide explains about the flora, fauna, and medicinal plants found only in the Amazon. There is also a chance to observe spiders and other animals. At noon, head back to the Lodge for lunch. If you choose the 2-day trip, in the afternoon it will then be time to head back to your accommodation in Manaus. For longer trips, at 2:30 PM the group will depart to visit an indigenous community where you will attend an indigenous ritual celebration of dancing and singing. This is a great opportunity for photos and videos! Afterward, return to the lodge arriving at 5:45 PM. Dinner is served at 7 PM. Day 3: After breakfast, between 8 AM and 11 AM, explore local streams via kayak. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to not only see but swim with the dolphins, the wonderful and legendary mammals of the Amazonian rivers. This is also a fantastic opportunity to get once-in-a-lifetime photos and video. After your swim, head back to the lodge for a midday meal. If you have chosen the 3-day option, at 2:30 PM begin your journey back to Manaus with arrival scheduled at 4:30 PM. Your tour will conclude at your hotel or the airport. For longer tours, get prepared to camp for a night in the forest where you will sleep in hammocks with mosquito nets. Camping will give you a chance to show off your cooking skills as the food will be prepared by guests as well as guides. Learn some local legends and survival techniques such as finding water and food at dusk. Day 4: After breakfast in the forest, have a trek around the campsite. If you have chosen the 4-day option, return to the lodge by 11 AM and at 2 PM begin your journey back to Manaus. Arrive at around 4:30 PM where you will be taken to the airport or your hotel accommodation.If you have chosen the 5-day option, learn survival techniques and how to find food and water in the rainforest. You will also learn about the creatures that only come out at night, and hopefully be able to see some of these animals that only exist here, in the rainforest. You’ll also have an opportunity for some night trekking and wildlife spotting.  Day 5:  On the last day, return to the lodge in the morning, arriving at approximately 11 AM. Then, simply relax while lunch is prepared. At 2:30 PM, begin your journey back to Manaus with arrival scheduled at 4:30 PM. You tour will conclude at your hotel or the airport.

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

3. 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 to Santarém: 36-Hour Ferry on the Amazon

4. Manaus to Santarém: 36-Hour Ferry on the Amazon

Utilize the mode of transportation used most by locals and hop on a boat going down the Amazon. After pickup from your accommodation in Manaus, you’ll head down to the dock for your 36-hour journey to Santarém. Choose between options to stay on a hammock, or upgrade to a private, 2-person cabin with air conditioning and a private bathroom. Gaze out across the mighty Amazon as you float down the river during your voyage. Look out for unique flora and fauna. Once you arrive in Santarém, stay in town, or select transportation to Alter do Chão.

Manaus: Amazon Jungle Half-Day Walking Tour

5. 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.

From Manaus Cruise Terminal: Amazon Rainforest Highlights

6. From Manaus Cruise Terminal: Amazon Rainforest Highlights

Spend a shore excursion soaking up the sights of Manaus and the Amazon. Get picked up from Manaus Cruise Terminal and head to your selected attractions (depending on the option booked). Choose between 3 route options of different lengths to explore Manaus and the Amazon in 1-day: Route 1 - Day Tour with Meeting of Waters, Dolphins & Indian Village (8 Hours) Discover the unique phenomenon of the Meeting of the Waters of the Rio Negro and Amazon River, or Rio Solimões, as the upper section of the Amazon River is known in Brazil. The full-day tour from Manaus sails by speedboat to a local village, where you will interact with the indigenous Dessanos and Tucanos peoples. Visit a jungle pharmacy and watch the indigenous peoples going about their daily activities. Meet the shaman of the tribe, and see and purchase lovely handmade handicrafts. Pause for lunch at the Jungle Queen floating restaurant to sample regional food, before continuing to the Meeting of the Waters, where the dark waters of the Rio Negro mix with the sandy colored waters of the Amazon. Take a canoe trip into the flooded forests, where piranha fishing is a popular activity. Go to a pirarucu fish nursery to see one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world. Admire beautiful water lilies, look out for sloths and anaconda in the trees, and jump in to swim with the shy pink river dolphins of the Amazon rain forest. Route 2 - Day Tour to Presidente Figueiredo Amazon Waterfalls (6 Hours) After being picked up from your ship in Manaus, venture deep into Amazon jungle on a 1-day excursion. Start the tour by marveling at the incredible cascade of water at the Presidente Figueiredo waterfalls. Go inside the Gruta do Refugio cave, a captivating natural formation home to native wildlife such as alligators, turtles, fish, and bats. Explore the stunning cave, swim in the refreshing water, and learn about the area’s ecology from your professional guide. A shallow stream runs through the entire cave, providing a serene background for your expedition. Outside, beautiful waterfalls transport you to a jungle paradise straight out of a dream. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant which is included in the price of the tour. At the end of the trip, enjoy a convenient return transfer back to your hotel in Manaus. Route 3 - Half-day Manaus City Tour (4 Hours) Located in the north of Brazil, Manaus is the capital of the Amazon. It is one of the most important places of departure to explore the Amazon Rainforest, the world’s richest and most-varied biological reservoir, and contains several million species of insects, plants, birds, and other forms of life. After pick-up from your hotel in Manaus, the tour will visit some important landmarks in the city, such as The Amazon Opera House (also known as The Amazon Theatre). Inaugurated in 1896, it is a historical landmark that currently accommodates the Amazonas Philharmonic and plays host to the annual Amazonas Opera Festival. The Indian Museum is the biggest museum of Brazilian indigenous history and houses more than 3,000 pieces made by Amazonian tribes. After your tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Manaus.

From Manaus: Tucandeira Ants Tribe Ritual Full Day Trip

7. From Manaus: Tucandeira Ants Tribe Ritual Full Day Trip

This event is performed as a form of male initiation. You will leave from Manaus at 9:00 AM for a 1 hour car journey to the Parana of Ariau. Then, travel by speed boat for 45 minutes to the Trible Sateré Mawé at 11 AM. At 12:00 PM, enjoy a simple lunch of rice, flour, ants, and salad. This lunch is typical to the region. At 1:00 PM, listen to an explanation of the traditional indigenous pharmacy, including natural medication made with the leaves and bark of trees. At 2:00 PM, the tourists will help the indians to find the famous ants, or tucandeiras.' At 3:00 PM, start the presentation. Please feel welcome to film, take photos, and participate in a traditional dance. At 4:00 PM, return to Manaus, and arrive at 6:00 PM.

Amazon Jungle 3-Hour Tree Climbing Activity

8. Amazon Jungle 3-Hour Tree Climbing Activity

Head to the heart of the Amazon rainforest to experience a magical world of ancient trees, some rising higher than 70 meters, and the amazing jungle ecosystem. The spectacular trees are surrounded by exotic flowers, birds and a great abundance of wildlife found only in this tropical rainforest. Trees that are chosen for this 3-hour activity have been inspected and the climbing parts have been carefully selected. You’ll have a bilingual guide to lead you through this adventure. The guide is well trained in the use of the equipment and will ensure that you are always safe and secure. By the end of this unique activity you’re certain to have even more respect for this fragile ecosystem.

From Manaus: Presidente Figueiredo Waterfalls Daytrip

9. From Manaus: Presidente Figueiredo Waterfalls Daytrip

After being picked up from your hotel in Manaus, venture deep into Amazon jungle on a 1-day excursion. Start the tour by marveling at the incredible cascade of water at the Presidente Figueiredo waterfalls. Go inside the Gruta do Refugio cave, a captivating natural formation home to native wildlife such as alligators, turtles, fish, and bats. Explore the stunning cave, swim in the refreshing water, and learn about the area’s ecology from your professional guide. A shallow stream runs through the entire cave, providing a serene background for your expedition. Outside, beautiful waterfalls transport you to a jungle paradise straight out of a dream. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant which is included in the price of the tour. At the end of the trip, enjoy a convenient return transfer back to your hotel in Manaus.

Manaus: Folklore Amazonian Dinner Show

10. Manaus: Folklore Amazonian Dinner Show

Come and watch some of the richest manifestations of culture and folklore of the Amazon! Every Thursday, starting at 7:00 PM, there is a live performance of the Dança Vermelha Folklore Group, presenting their musical showcasing indigenous rituals from the Parintins Folklore Festival. The Thematic Dinner will serve typical regional dishes as well as delicious tropical fruit desserts. There will also be an exclusive welcome stand with snacks and the famous indigenous delicacy Tacacá.

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What people are saying about Amazon Rainforest

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 260 reviews

We had an incredible experience in the Amazon! The night sleeping in the jungle was a particular highlight- enjoyed piranah fishing, Cayman spotting and all the exciting activities. Our tour would not have been the same without our guide, Conrad- He was AMAZING! So knowledgeable and really made such an effort, personalising our tour to make sure we got the most out of everything. Highly recommended him:)

Very nice experience, beautiful landscapes. Perfect organization, the guide being a native of the Amazon, made us discover many things. I highly recommend, one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.

Excellent trip to Amazon jungle, with experience guide. Lodge is well equipped, there is a shower, air cond. meals are included. Great trip.

Great experience. Quality and attentive team Very good and local food Thanks to Junior for his know-how and his kindness

I loved the experience. Very unusual and exciting.