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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: One-Day Amazon Jungle Experience

2. 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.

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

3. From Manaus: 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 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. 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 an arrival scheduled at 4:30 PM. Your tour will conclude at your hotel or the airport.

Manaus: Presidente Figueiredo Caves and Waterfalls Tour

4. Manaus: Presidente Figueiredo Caves and Waterfalls Tour

Your adventure starts at your hotel at 8:00AM, from where you will take to the road. You will drive north for about 1.5 hours, after which you will eventually arrive to the municipality of Presidente Figueiredo. Once your reach the Iracema Park, you will start a 20-minute jungle walk to reach a breath taking scenery while also developing an understanding of the Amazon Jungle. During your hike, walk through one of the most beautiful grottos in Brazil that was the setting for many films and documentaries and see the fauna and flora of this remarkable region. Enjoy a relaxing swim at a big and beautiful waterfall, visit the grottos, and see the Amazon jungle. Following your cave exploration, you will visit a restaurant by the rapids of Urubuí where you will enjoy a lunch consisting of delicious fish and other delicacies from the region. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a refreshing break at the Sanctuary Waterfall until it is eventually time to head back to Manaus. You will later arrive back to your hotel at around 5:00PM.

Manaus to Belem 5-Day Local Boat Trip

5. Manaus to Belem 5-Day Local Boat Trip

Experience life in the Amazon River aboard a river cruise boat, and sleep in a hammock or cabin as you make your way through the rainforest from Manaus to Belém. Benefit from a service that is the most popular budget mode of transport in the Amazon, with hygiene and safety features monitored by the Brazilian marine authorities. Get plenty of advice and insider tips on which boat and route to take to make the most of your trip. Cruise through the rainforest to see the tropical flora and fauna from a different perspective.

Amazonas: Boat Ride with a Local Amazonian

6. Amazonas: Boat Ride with a Local Amazonian

See over a hundred houses floating on a lake, built on logs of a local tree that lasts for over 50 years in the water. Visit a "Pirarucu" fish farm, navigate through the flooded forest, known as "Igapó" and discover the phenomenon of two rivers meeting together. Enjoy beautiful scenery, while passing by boat at the same level of the canopy of some trees, with rivers reaching over 15 meters high. Visit a "Pirarucu" fish farm of the largest fish, reaching over two meters long and as heavy 250 kilos. Play with these river monsters with a fishing rod (without hook, so you don't harm them) and have fun, while feeling the power of their bite. Marvel at one of the most impressive and intriguing world phenomenons, when two rivers, so different in color, velocity, temperature and density run side by side without mixing their waters. Be invited to touch the waters, while passing from one river to the other and feel the clear difference of temperature. Return to your hotel after this great experience, with unforgettable memories.

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

7. 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.

Belém: Ilha do Mosqueiro River Beach Trip with Lunch

8. Belém: Ilha do Mosqueiro River Beach Trip with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day tour to the bucolic Mosqueiro Island, approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Belém by car. Sunbathe on the beach and take a dip in the calm waters. Benefit from included lunch and hotel transfers. Mosqueiro Island is connected to the mainland by the 1.5-kilometer (0.9-mile) Sebastião de Oliveira bridge. The 243-kilometer² (94-mile²) island is located on the eastern coast of the Pará River (the southern arm of the Amazon), in front of Marajó Bay. On your day trip, discover some of the island’s 16 beautiful freshwater beaches with waves and tides, over 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) of clear sands, and lush vegetation. Much of the island’s tourism is entirely organic: people go there because it’s a charming natural place with distinctive gastronomy. Lunch is included, and your day is all about having free time to swim and sunbathe on the calm beaches.

Belém: Marajó Island Day Trip with Buffalo Farm Visit

9. Belém: Marajó Island Day Trip with Buffalo Farm Visit

Visit Marajó Island in the north of Brazil and enjoy majestic rivers, beautiful beaches, exotic food, and fascinating local culture. Choose between a day trip to Souré and Salvaterra and start the day with a boat ride across the awe-inspiring Pará River. Souré Trip: Arrive by boat at Camará Port and head straight to Araruna Farm. There you’ll learn about buffalo farming and the importance of these huge animals to the local population. In fact, you may even see the police officers of the area riding a buffalo on patrol. After a snack break, visit a ceramics and buffalo leathercraft center before continuing on to Pesqueiro Beach. Relax by the beach, enjoy the waves as the Pará River meets the Atlantic Ocean and take time for a bit of lunch (not included).  Salvaterra Trip: Arrive by boat at Salvaterra and continue to the Rural Tourism Unit Açaí Nativo (UTRAN) to learn about buffalo raising and breeding. Stop at Toca do Açaí and learn all about açaí, the delicious purple Amazon fruit. From there, continue to the shores of Salvaterra and unwind on beautiful Grande Beach. Cool off with a swim, relax by the sand, then sit back as you’re taken back to Belém.

From Manaus: Amazonian Waterfalls and Caves Full-Day Tour

10. From Manaus: Amazonian Waterfalls and Caves Full-Day Tour

Explore the paradise of Presidente Figueiredo on a full-day tour from Manaus. Swim in a stunning waterfall, visit incredible caves, and get in touch with nature as you hike through the beautiful Amazon rainforest. After pickup at 7:00 AM/7:30 AM, travel along highway 174 to the Maruaga Caves Park where your tour begins.  Hike through diverse landscapes as you admire the trees, vines, and native birds. After approximately 2 kilometers, you'll reach the entrance to a giant sandstone cave that is covered by waterfall for part of the year. Enter the cave to see markings made by former residents, keeping a look out for the local wildlife.  Continue through the cave system, sometimes wading through water, to reach the fantastic Judea Cave where you can swim in the waterfall. Afterwards, return to the vehicle and drive to Urubuí to see the stunning rapids that cut through the city. Stop for bathing, and to enjoy a lunch of fish or roast beef with a soft drink.  After lunch, visit either the Santuário Waterfalls or Iracema Waterfall, some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region. Swim and relax by the falls, surrounded by beautiful scenery. At the end of the day, return to Manaus with unforgettable memories of your experience.

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What people are saying about North Region, Brazil

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 397 reviews

This was a great tour! We were only in Manaus for a few days and didn't have a lot of time to plan, but I found this at the last minute because we wanted to see the Amazon River but only had a half day. We lucked out! These guys picked us up from our hotel at 1pm and had us back by 6pm. The tour was incredible (and in english) Our guide was a delight, he took us around to see the floating villages, we stopped off and ate at one of the floating village restaurants, and we got to see some of the huge amazon river fish. We had really wanted to check out the Meeting of the Waters and that was the last stop on the tour, but even the ride back was fascinating because they take you along the port side of Manaus and you can see all the shipping container ships unloading. Very cool, highly recommend for an easy but incredible adventure packed day trip!

if you have just one day to experience the Amazon, **THIS** is the one to book! Driver delivers you 46 minute drive out of the city, where you board a small boat and head along the river for a comprehensive and SAFE jungle trek experience. Followed by swimming with dolphins, fishing for piranhas, local lunch, sunset and caiman spotting. Small and intimate group. My tour was 5 people. would HIGHLY recommend this experience as the one you want for the full package day length experience. Top 3 adventures for someone who has been everywhere and done just about everything. You will NOT regret it! Book it now!!!

We booked the 4-day tour in the hammock for two and were alone with the crew. The guide always explained everything in a super understandable way (both in Portuguese and in English when our Portuguese skills were no longer enough) and the crew did their best so that we could have a nice time. Overall it was more than we expected and a wonderful experience.

Great 3 hour tour that worked perfectly with our schedule. The guides were fantastic and friendly. They went above and beyond by giving us recommendations for our short stay (one day trip). Would use them again and do the other half of the tour (setting the pink dolphins and floating village). Thanks for a great tour!

Our guide was Kennedy. Top explanations, it was always fun, he studied biology and is very interested in nature himself. All expectations were exceeded. Everything described has been implemented. The lodge is very clean, the food is delicious.