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Rio Negro: Our most recommended tours and activities

Manaus: 2, 3 or 4-Day Amazon Jungle Tour in Anaconda Lodge

1. Manaus: 2, 3 or 4-Day Amazon Jungle Tour in Anaconda Lodge

Spend 2, 3, or 4 days in the Amazon, and discover the lush rain forests containing nearly 40,000 plant species and an incomparable variety of animals and birds. Choose between private cabins with fans or air conditioning to enjoy the most of this Amazonian adventure. Visit Jungle Lodge Anaconda Island Inn on the banks of the Rio Negro. Use the guest lounge, swimming pool, and restaurant, with rooms with mosquito screens and natural water showers. Enjoy daily breakfast buffet features 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. Day 1: Start with pickup from the lobby of your hotel and travel from Manaus by speed boat to Cacau Pirera. Travel by car to the village of Paricatuba. From this village, travel by motorized canoe to the Lodge. After lunch, with the bilingual guide, take a canoe trip through small creeks and go fishing for piranhas. A nocturnal expedition will allow you to see alligators and other wildlife that are hidden during the daytime.   Day 2: Enjoy breakfast, followed by an educational jungle walk. During the walk, the guide will teach you about medicinal plants and the trees of the Amazon rainforest. The high altitude means different plant life, bigger trees, and denser forest. After this, return to the lodge for lunch and free time for swimming in the tea-colored waters of the Rio Negro. If a 3 or 4-day option booked, take a paddling canoe trip through small channels (Igarapés) or flooded lands (Igapós), depending on the season. Day 3 (optional): Take an early sunrise tour, breakfast, and then visit the home of local natives. These "Caboclos" maintain a traditional lifestyle and they are proud people who are happy to share their way of living. Here the guide will also explain about local farming techniques. If 4-day option is booked, have lunch, and depart for overnight camping in the jungle with a local guide. The experienced jungle guide will show you all you need to know about extracting everything that is needed from the rainforest without destroying it. There will also be an opportunity to see some wildlife and you will be able to listen to the chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and other animals at night. Day 4 (optional): Have breakfast in the jungle, and then travel back to the lodge. After lunch, you will have free time to swim in the tea-colored waters of the Rio Negro. Prepare to travel back to Manaus, arriving in the late afternoon.

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

2. 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: Multi-Day Amazon Trip at Tapiri Lodge w/ Speedboat

3. Manaus: Multi-Day Amazon Trip at Tapiri Lodge w/ Speedboat

Explore the Amazon jungle on this multi-day trip with your guide. Travel by speedboat and canoe, trek through the jungle, sleep outside on a hammock, and more. Experience life with a family from the area and spot all types of insects, animals, and plant life. Day 1:At 8:00 AM you are transferred from your hotel to the Ceasa port where a speed boat takes tourists to the meeting of the waters, the point where the Rio Negro and Solimões Rivers meet. During the Journey, there is a stop to visit the Fish Farm of the Arapaima gigas (pirarucu). From there you are taken to the Careiro Village on the other side of the Solimões River. The excursion continues by car (van) for about one hour to the Mamori River.  A final trip by speedboat takes you to the lodge, arriving there at approximately 11:30 AM. At 03:00 PM, the activities begin. Leave the lodge by canoe for dolphin and bird watching, and piranha fishing, and end the day watching a spectacular sunset around 6:30 PM, and then head back to the lodge for dinner. At night, you will enjoy a thrilling experience of Cayman spotting. Day 2:At 5:30 AM, you are taken by canoe to watch the sunrise of a new day in the Amazon rainforest. Return to the lodge around 7:00 AM for breakfast. Shortly after, you will do a jungle trek that takes up the rest of the morning. During the walk much is learned about medicinal plants, trees, and insects such as spiders and there is even a chance of seeing monkeys. If the 3, 4, or 5-day option is booked, the afternoon activity starts at 3:00 PM. Spend some hours quietly passing through the Amazon jungle on a canoe while observing the flora and fauna explained to you by native guides. During the dry season, this trip is done on foot, since there is no water from August to March. When we finish, it’s back to the lodge for dinner. Day 3:From 8:00 AM-11:00 AM, visit the home of a local family to learn about their simple but fantastic way of life in the forest. Return to the lodge for lunch, if the 3-day option is booked, and depart for Manaus at approximately 1:30 PM, arriving at approximately 4:30 PM. If the 4 or 5-day option is booked, explore the small channels and spot some birds, monkeys, Caymans, and dolphins. At 3:00 PM, leave the lodge to sleep out in the Amazon. Your guide will provide you with hammocks and mosquito nets to camp and help you prepare dinner in a remote part of the jungle. After dinner, you will have the chance to do some spearfishing. Day 4:Learn survival techniques and plenty of facts about the forest. Have the opportunity to trek, and canoe. Return to the lodge, where lunch is served. If the 4-day option is booked, leave for Manaus after lunch, and arrive at around 4:30 PM. If the 5-day option is booked, prepare yourself to camp out in the woods and spend the night in the forest escorted by a professional guide. Day 5:Return to the lodge at around 11:00 AM. After enjoying lunch, leave the lodge and head back to Manaus.

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

4. 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.

Manaus: Amazonas Jungle Trek & Anavilhanas Archipelago

5. Manaus: Amazonas Jungle Trek & Anavilhanas Archipelago

Get picked at your hotel at 8:30 AM in the morning, and be driven by a motorized canoe for few kilometers from Manaus. Arrive in the jungle and go on an educational jungle walking tour for about 3 hours. During the walk, your guide will teach you about medicinal plants and the trees of the Amazon rainforest. The high altitude means different plant life, bigger trees, and dense forest. See the cast flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest, like scorpions, spiders, snakes and so on.  Then, visit the Anavilhanas Archipelago, which is the biggest and largest freshwater archipelago in the world. The Anavilhanas Archipelago is found on the Rio Negro, 70 kilometers upstream from Manaus where the Rio Solimoes and Rio Negro join as one river. At its widest, the river is measured at 27 kilometers wide. Later, lunch can be prepared depending on the season on the beach, in the jungle during the trek or, if rainy, can be prepared in the floating house. Experiment with local food fish “Peacock Bass or Tambaqui” with the famous manioc and rice. Arrive back in Manaus at 4:30 PM.

From Manaus: Negro River Half-Day Trip

6. 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: Old City Guided Tour Plus Amazon River Boat Tour

7. Manaus: Old City Guided Tour Plus Amazon River Boat Tour

Learn about the history and culture of Manaus, Amazona's capital in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Then take a speedboat down the Amazon River to witness the Meeting of the Waters and a floating village.   You’ll be picked up from your hotel and drive to the historical center of "old Manaus." On a walking tour through town, notice the facades of the neoclassical buildings created during the rubber boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Visit the majestic Amazon Theatre opera house in the main square, and head to the market complex to see the three buildings known as the banana market, fish market, and municipal market. Check out the Rio Negro Palace, formerly a German rubber baron's residence that is now a museum. Next you will drive through the port and embark on a speedboat to witness the most impressive phenomenon of the Rio Negro and Amazon River, or Solimões River as it is called upstream, that run side by side without mixing their waters. Then venture to the floating village where all the houses, school, churches, bars, restaurants, and other structures are built on logs to float on the lake. Disembark at a floating fish farm and have an encounter with one of the biggest freshwater fish in the world, the famous pirarucu.   Get back in the boat for a nice ride upstream heading to Lake January, filled with giant waterlilies. Have a walk on a suspended walkway as high as the canopy of the trees, and see the sumaumeira, the biggest species of tree in the Amazon.

Manaus: Amazon River Stand-Up Paddle

8. Manaus: Amazon River Stand-Up Paddle

The Rio Negro Tarumã, or Amazon Black River, is part of the world’s largest river basin that’s the source of one-fifth of all free-flowing fresh water on earth. Its rainforests are the planet’s largest and most luxuriant and play host to 10 percent of the known species on earth. Home to nearly 40,000 plant species, the Amazon sustains the world’s richest diversity of birds, freshwater fish and butterflies. Your 2-hour activity begins with a pick-up at your Manaus hotel. From there you’ll be transferred to Rio Tarumã for your stand-up paddling class. A life vest is provided, and the water’s not deep, so you’ll be safe even if you can’t swim!

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What people are saying about Rio Negro

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 206 reviews

Amazing experience. Got to swim with pink dolphins, go piranha fishing at sunset and a night time boat ride to spot alligators. Rambo the guide pulled a baby alligator out and we got to take pictures before releasing him back in. Lodges were comfortable and understandably basic given the location. Expect to see plenty of wildlife including around the lodges such as tarantulas and snakes, but all part of the experience. Thank you to all involved!

The experience was really nice! Well organised. Nice lodge and food. Everything was professional. But the bestttt part was the kind guide Roman . Present and really willing to make everyone happy. Couldn’t imagine nicer really. Thank you for the experience and the nice guide.

The trip was amazing - exceeded all expectations! Everything was organised well and ran smoothly giving us an experience of a lifetime - thank you!

It was fun activities with a good guide. Just remember to bring towels and flip flops as well :)

The guide and the crew were all skilled and experienced