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This exciting 22-night expedition cruise with Silversea Cruises that takes you from the vibrant city of Buenos Aires to the enchanting port city of Manaus. The door-to-door package includes airfare from Calgary and all shore excursions. Admire the breathtaking views of the Rio Grande do Sul region, where you can immerse yourself in Brazil's rich culture and scenic natural beauty. This expedition cruise ensures an extraordinary journey that you'll never forget.
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Buenos Aires to Manaus 22-Night Expedition Cruise Including Airfare

DEPARTURE DATE: March 22, 2024
Countries Visited: Argentina, Brazil
Departure Port:Buenos Aires, Argentina

OVERVIEW

The sights and sounds of Brazil come alive on this cruise. Kicking off in Buenos Aires, sail first to Punta del Este’s stunning stretches of shining sands. A day at sea brings you to a three-week discovery of Brazil’s infectious energy. From legendary biodiversity to rhythm-filled cities and coral-fringed beaches, not forgetting a trip up the Amazon River plus an overnight stay in the richest rainforest habitat on Earth, this is a trip worth taking.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
March 22, 2024from $16,198 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • Included Private Executive Transfers - Private chauffeur driven transport from home to airport and back again (applicable for distance up to 80 km)
  • Roundtrip Airfare from Calgary
  • 22 night cruise from Buenos Aires
  • Included Shore Excursions
  • Included Food & Beverages - Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining. Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, selected wines and spirits
  • Included Personalised Service - Butler service in every suite and In-suite dining and room service
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Fri Mar 22Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
2Sat Mar 23Punta del Este
3Sun Mar 24Rio Grande do Sul
4Mon Mar 25Day at sea
5Tue Mar 26Porto Belo
6Wed Mar 27Paranaguá, BRAZIL
7Thu Mar 28Ilha de Anchieta
8Fri Mar 29Paraty, BRAZIL
9Sat Mar 30Rio de Janeiro
10Sun Mar 31Day at sea
11Mon Apr 1Porto Seguro
12Tue Apr 2Ilheus, BRAZIL
13Wed Apr 3Day at sea
14Thu Apr 4Natal, BRAZIL
15Fri Apr 5Fortaleza, BRAZIL
16Sat Apr 6Day at sea
17Sun Apr 7Day at sea
18Mon Apr 8Belem, BRAZIL
19Tue Apr 9Cruising Breves Narrows, BRAZIL
20Wed Apr 10Curua Una, BRAZIL
21Thu Apr 11Rio Balaio, BRAZIL
22Fri Apr 12Cruise Amazon River, BRAZIL
23Sat Apr 13Manaus, BRAZIL

Day 1 – Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

Passionate, and alive with an infectious crackling energy, the Argentine capital is a breathlessly romantic city, which blends old-world colonial architecture with a down-to-earth Latin American clamour. Famed for steamy tango interplays, and expertly seared steak slabs, a visit to Buenos Aires is a fiery fiesta for the senses. Parque Tres de Febrero is a 400-hectare oasis where 18,000 rose bushes bloom, and skyscrapers give way to still lakes and pretty paths of rollerblading locals. Mighty palm trees – that look like exploding fireworks – stand tall in Plaza de Mayo, the heart of this sprawling cosmopolitan capital of 48 barrios. The square has served as the stage for many fundamental events in this country’s history, and the location where the seeds of independence were sewn continues to serve as the city’s gathering point – and is a place for solidarity, rebellion and revolution. The presidential Casa Rosada’s salmon-hued Palatial Palace borders the plaza, while nearby Museum Nacional de Bellas Artes houses the largest collection of public art in Latin America. Teatro Colón, the opulent 1908 opera house, is one of the world’s finest venues – musical performance here take on an ethereal quality, with the exceptional acoustics transferring every quiver of bow, and tremor of vocal cord, to the audience in spine-tingling clarity. The gargantuan, precipitous terraces of Bombonera Stadium form another of Buenos Aires’s incredible venues, and a wall of noise emanates from it when Boca Juniors take to the field. Juicy steak and punchy Malbec flow in the city’s parrillas – steakhouses – while glitzy bars and thumping nightclubs welcome revellers late into the night. It’s not just the meat that sizzles here either – tango dancers fill milongas – dance halls – to strut passionately until the early hours. Sip steaming mate, the country’s national drink, shop in covered markets, and explore Cementerio de la Recoleta – a city of grand graves and intricate memorials honouring presidents, politicians and notable Argentine heroes from history.

Day 2 – Punta del Este

The fingertips of a showstopping sculpture, emerging from Punta Del Este’s golden sands, is the perfect example of this chic beach city’s creative outlook. Stunning stretches of shining sands line the peninsula’s coast, attracting the great and glamourous from across Uruguay and Argentina. Drawn to the beautiful beaches of this seaside city, the well-heeled visitors are joined by a flotilla of yachts, which park up for summer in the ‘Monaco of the South’ – the continent’s city to see and be seen. One of Punda del Este’s main beaches, Playa Mansa, enjoys calms seas and a sun-soaked location – overlooked by a soaring lighthouse, which is orbited by gliding sea birds. The sand is soft and inviting, so lie back to soak up the intense sun, before views of Gorriti Island just offshore. On the other side is Playa Brava, where the city’s signature artwork, ‘The Hand’ – one of many quirky sculptures that litter the streets – grasps at the sky. Relax your way – whether that’s cracking golf balls along coastal courses, cycling beside washing waves, or swimming in tempting waters. Bustling nightlife, art galleries, and museums give Punta del Este an artsy, eclectic atmosphere. Close to the port, you can discover fancy restaurants, serving up stacks of fresh seafood – and enjoy opulent meals while relishing golden views down over the port, where lavish yachts and modest fishing boats mingle. Head down to the harbour to see fishermen selling freshly caught produce and sea lions gathering to feast on the scraps.

3 Included Shore Excursions

Casapueblo & its Private Atelier
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Seawolves Island
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Birdwatching at the Arroyo Maldonado Wetlands
ACTIVITY LEVEL Extensive

Day 3 – Rio Grande do Sul

A short tidal channel does not sound like it deserves the name of Rio Grande. The ‘river’ joins the estuary waters of the large Laguna dos Patos to the Atlantic Ocean. The city of Rio Grande de Sul is named after the river, so recognises the importance of this aquatic link. Established in 1737 by the Portuguese to support and protect colonisation, the city is a great place for walking to admire historic squares and architecture, including the all-important churches. The outer banks of the lagoon face the sea with the Praia do Cassino Beach, at 240 kilometres (150 miles) the longest in the world. Now, it is a playground for wind powered land boats. Protecting the coast, dunes and wetlands between the lagoon and the sea, an hour south of Rio Grande de Sul, is Taim Ecological Station. This diverse collection of habitats supports many aquatic wetland plants and fauna. Explore the area and you may spot water-loving mammals, such as Capybaras and Coypus, sharing the wetlands with Broad-snouted Caimans, turtles and waterbirds. Spoonbills, ibis and storks tower over smaller birds at the water’s edge. Ashore, the forests and grasses support their own bird and plant life. The passion of farming, which drove the colonization of the land, still thrives in rural areas beyond the city. Farmers are always keen to demonstrate their agricultural successes, by showing off the farms and presenting the products in culinary feasts. You cannot beat a Brazilian BBQ, which is seldom without music, movement and colour.

3 Included Shore Excursions
Historical Pelotas & Charquedas Sao Joao
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

VIEW
National Reserve of Taim & Sail Wagon Experience
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

VIEW
Explore Rio Grande
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate

Day 4- Day at sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 5 – Porto Belo

Beautiful beaches attract many to Porto Belo, but there are other natural attractions. The Atlantic forest of the Brazil coast has a great variety of plants and birds, including many found nowhere else. It is second only to the Amazon in diversity. But most of the forest has been cleared for agriculture. Trekking in the surviving forest near Port Belo puts you amid the super-rich and rare ecosystem. Azorean culture has become a source of pride to locals in recent years. Between 1747 and 1756, Portugal sent nearly 7500 immigrants from the Azores and Madeira to the state of Santa Catarina. They were enticed with money, land, agricultural tools, seeds, livestock and weapons to populate and secure the Portuguese colonial territory from local indigenous people and rival Europeans. They settled and flourished in settlements such as Porto Belo for ten generations. You can still find Azorean cultural influences in cuisine, holy ghost festivals, colourful boats and architecture seen at Praça dos Pescadores (Fishermen’s Square) in Porto Belo. German influence is strong in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. From the early 19th century, Germans emigrated and made up over 50% of immigrants to the state. Adapting to tropical conditions was hard, but many coped with farming and excelled in producing children. Today towns like Blumenau maintain a strong German influence in architecture and festivities, and especially in the essential tradition of locally brewed beer and classic German sausages.

3 Included Shore Excursions

Blumenau Exploration
ACTIVITY LEVEL Minimal

Kayaking at Porto Belo
ACTIVITY LEVEL Extensive

Eco Trail at Porto Belo Island
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Day 6 – Paranaguá, BRAZIL

Atlantic rainforest draws us inland from the Paranaguá port, and it is fun exploring it by boat, coach, foot or even up a tower! Much of the rich and diverse forests of Brazil’s Atlantic coast has been cleared but here the largest surviving tracts are preserved in national parks and reserves. The uniqueness and rarity of the forest’s biology led to the declaration of the Atlantic Forests of South Eastern Brazil World Heritage Area. Dramatic rainforest-covered mountains have scenic wonders with names like Devil’s Throat Canyon and Véu da Noiva Waterfall, describing the ruggedness of the landscape. One way to experience the Atlantic forest is by boating along waterways amongst the trees. Local people still live with the forest and they help us understand their traditional links with the flora and fauna. Birds are a feature of the Atlantic forests with many species not found elsewhere. Private reserves with a focus on environmental education and leisure help visitors appreciate the forest. Walking trails, guides and a viewing tower help us to spot and identify the diverse avifauna and exuberant flora. It is hard to decide whether to try to photograph a hummingbird hovering at a flower or concentrate on the flower, because it doesn’t move. Within the forests of the coastal range are historic towns like Guaraqueçaba and Morretes. Here, we meet the colourful Brazilian culture. Colonial architecture, friendly people and a little relaxation with good local food are added to the day’s mix of experiences.

2 Included Shore Excursions

Morretes by Jeep
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Paranaguá Walking Experience
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Day 7 – Ilha de Anchieta

Times change. What once was a place of punishment is now a destination for pleasure. Ilha de Anchieta is the site of a former presidio (prison) with a violent history. The ruins of the presidio are now included in the Ilha de Anchieta State Park which also protects the island’s Atlantic forest and unspoilt coastline. Walking tracks access views, beaches and give unmissable contact with the Atlantic forest, adorned with palms, orchids and bromeliads. Walks include the Saco Grande Trail (2.8 km round trip), the Praia do Sul Trail (2.2 km round trip) and the Represa Trail (0.7 km round trip).

The island has a tragic past. In 1926 Bulgarian immigrants were housed here but 100 died from eating untreated cassava. Japanese immigrants were imprisoned at the presidio in the aftermath of World War II. In 1952 the prisoners were criminals and political detainees. They were treated so badly they rioted, resulting in a bloodbath of 118 deaths. The prison closed shortly after. You can wander reflectively around the large prison and the nearby barracks and village where much fighting took place.

The clear waters allow good snorkelling to look for fish, like the Atlantic Goliath Grouper. Swimming Green Turtles may even be seen from the trails. The Sao Paulo Zoo introduced several Brazilian animals to the island. Look for capybaras, marmosets and coatis. Of course, birds are a feature in Atlantic forests, with tanagers and hummingbirds bright highlights. Today you don’t need to be a criminal to visit the island.

4 Included Shore Excursions

South Beach Trekking
ACTIVITY LEVEL Extensive

Dam Trekking
ACTIVITY LEVEL Extensive

Saco Grande Trekking
ACTIVITY LEVEL Physically fit

Prison Ruins
ACTIVITY LEVEL Physically fit

Day 8 – Paraty, BRAZIL

Surrounded by dense swathes of rainforest, the gorgeous 18th century architecture of Paraty sits in a spectacular location on Brazil’s verdant Costa Verde. The pedestrianised town is a whitewashed canvas, splashed with bold blocks of primary colours, which shine above cobbled streets. Paraty and four nearby protected natural areas of Brazilian Atlantic Forest are a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their cultural and natural values. Gold is a key theme for Paraty and the region. Gold was stripped from inland mines and brought to Paraty’s port for export. Mules trains transporting the wealth reprovisioned at the 17th century Bananal Farm, with its water driven sugar mill, located 8 kilometres (5 miles) from Paraty. Gold is irresistible. English and French pirates hiding out in the nearby village of Trinidade raided the gold ships leaving Paraty. Now the modern gold is the colour of the beaches, where rainforest cascades from the hills. There are many ways to experience Serra da Bocaina National Park, whether by foot, hoof or paddle. The sounds of birds in the rainforest will accompany you as you traverse trails to gushing streams or cross the sheltered waters of Paraty Bay to tropical islands. Birds are prolific around Paraty. The Atlantic forest has 120 endemic (not found elsewhere) species of birds in addition to more widespread types. Brilliantly coloured tanagers are highlights, as are hummingbirds, toucans and parrots. When asked ‘what is your favourite bird’? Answer with ‘the next one’.

3 Included Shore Excursions

Gold Trail Hiking & Waterfalls
ACTIVITY LEVEL Extensive

Bananal Farm
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

A Walk Through Paraty
ACTIVITY LEVEL Extensive

Day 9 – Rio de Janeiro

Lie back on the golden sands to soak up the extraordinary setting – or watch on as muscled cariocas – locals – perform effortless athletic feats, during casual volleyball matches. A trip up to Rio de Janeiro’s iconic art-deco statue of Christ the Redeemer is, of course, a must do – offering an extraordinary view of the city rolling out before your eyes. You’ll also want to take a cable car to swing by the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, which juts sharply into the sky from nowhere. Brazil’s second largest city moves to an infectious samba beat, and the famous thumping Carnival floods colour and floats down its streets each year. Of course, Rio is also a city of sharp cultural contrasts – offering fun in the sun for some, while life goes on very much as it always has for others. Take a guided tour, led by a resident, to see the conditions inside these complex tapestries of colour and chaos first-hand. Tijuca National Park, offers easy-to-access tranquillity, immersing you in dense forestry and whopping birdsong. Later, watch the fiery shades of sunset spread across the sky in the city’s oh so famous evening light show. With so much to offer, you’ll quickly learn how Rio earned its other name ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ – The Marvellous City.

9 Included Shore Excursions

Art Deco & Coffee Tour
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Food Journey around Rio
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Favelas Experience & ‘Il Sorriso Dei Miei Bimbi’ Project
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Jeep Excursion & Botanical Gardens with Corcovado
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Ocean Kayaking
ACTIVITY LEVEL Extensive

Memories of Rio
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Modern & Colonial Rio
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Pedra Do Telegrafo Hike
ACTIVITY LEVEL Extensive

Sugar Loaf – Iconic Brazil
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Day 10 – Day at sea

Day 11 – Porto Seguro

Porto Seguro – loosely translated as safe bay – is known as “Brazil’s birth certificate”. The port was the first place that Alavares Cabral and his crew set foot on while on their way to India in 1500. This makes the town the oldest in the country at 500 years. With three churches and around 40 buildings (both private residential houses and public institutions), restored by the state government for the 500th anniversary celebration of Brazilian discovery, Porto Seguro wears its age well.

3 Included Shore Excursions

Pataxó Indigenous Reserve
ACTIVITY LEVEL Extensive

Porto Seguro Old & New
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Capoeira and Arraial D’Ajuda Village
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Day 12 – Ilheus, BRAZIL

Ilheus is the town at the centre of the Cocoa Coast. The world’s love of chocolate made Bahia state a world leader in growing cocoa. Fortunes were made from the ‘Black Gold’. The cocoa tree is native to the Amazon Basin and thrived in Bahia—until a fungus decimated the cocoa crops of Bahia in the 1990s and shattered dreams. Now a resurgence of cocoa with resistant trees is fuelling a new style of cultivation. The emphasis is on quality with flavour, sustainability and organic growing. Cocoa trees need to grow in the shade of taller trees. Originally this was in natural forest, and then under plantations of shade trees. Some farms are returning to planting in the forest where cocoa has shade, and the forest trees are protected. Cocoa is extracted from large pods growing from the trunks of small trees. The cocoa is processed locally to become the base for a selection of culinary delights. Splendid baroque and gothic style buildings in Ilheus are evidence of the golden age of cocoa wealth, although money was not shared equally. Cocoa barons battled (sometimes violently) for land and power. Meanwhile the poor worked hard. The lives of poor urban and rural communities were encapsulated by Jorge Amado, the best-known author of Ilheus and Brazil. He wrote over 25 novels, which were translated into 48 languages. Buildings described in the novels were real and still exist. Try reading ‘Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon’ or ‘Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands’ as you munch on a piece of Bahia chocolate.

3 Included Shore Excursions

Atlantic Forest & the Biosphere Reserve
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Land of Cacao
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

History of Ilheus
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Day 13 – Day at sea

Day 14 – Natal, BRAZIL

Local Brazilians flock to the sweeping beaches at Natal. As the capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, Natal has developed quickly to cater for this style of tourism. However, it has history. In 1598 the Portuguese constructed Fortaleza dos Reis Magos. The fort’s strategic location is at the mouth of the Rio Potengi, and near the easternmost and thus closest point of South America to Europe and Africa. Beyond the modern tourism strip is an older Natal with the governor’s palace, mayor’s office and André Albuquerque Square. American architectural influences persist from the time the city was a base during World War II. The city encircles a natural park of urban forest and sand dunes. The 16th century Portuguese Fort Reis Magos contains details of battles among the Portuguese, Dutch, and French. The craft centre demonstrates lace tatting and Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art developed by slaves in the 16th century. Capoeira combines dance, acrobatics and music, and often involves hands on the ground and inverted kicks. Try it on land, not the ship. Dramatic windswept bare sand dunes lie in and around Natal. The dunes at Genipabú are ever changing as the winds alter direction and speed. Dunes transform and are never in the same place for long. Amongst the dunes are clear lakes and pockets of flora. Dune buggies allow you to explore the dunes in either a ‘unemotional’ sedate style or an ‘emotional’ (read, scary adrenaline rush) style. Pitangui Lagoon allows the survivors to swim or calm down.

Day 15 -Fortaleza, BRAZIL

Lie back and let it all go in Fortaleza – a bright and breezy Brazillian beachside city of relaxation and rejuvenation. The ‘City of Light’ basks in the reliable glow of the bountiful Brazilian sun for 2,800 hours each year, and the locals make the most of it, spreading out across sweeping stretches of pristine golden sand. Nestled on the north-eastern coast of Brazil, reaching towards the equator, the city is as off the beaten track as a vast state capital can be, and it moves to its own infectious forró rhythms. Get energised for a day exploring – or relaxing – with a morning swim. Dip into the sea at Praia do Futuro, or settle on the sand to listen to the soundtrack of the waves. Fresh coconut water served up from barracas – beach bars – will keep you feeling nice and refreshed. Iracema beach is another urban favourite, while Cumbuco Beach is a tempting option outside of Fortaleza, boasting a vast stretch of idyllic white sand that’s punctuated only by the occasional leaning palm tree. Raise the pulse by skidding and roll across sand dunes while you’re out here. If you’ve had your fill of sea and sand, explore Fortaleza itself to discover more of Brazil’s fifth-largest city. Walk streets of ice-cream coloured colonial buildings, or head to Dragão do Mar Cultural Center – a mini-city of arts venues alive with culture and creativity. The Metropolitan Cathedral squeezes a congregation of 5,000 into its Neo-Romanesque architecture, and its stain glass windows blaze vivid colours across its elegant, white-wash interior.

1 Included Shore Excursion

A Glimpse of Fortaleza and Futuro Beach
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Days 16 & 17 – Day at sea

Day 18 – Belem, BRAZIL

The gateway to the Amazon River is how Belém, the capital of Para State, is often described. It is located approximately 100 km (60 miles) upriver from the Atlantic on the Pará River, part of the Amazon River delta. Portugal established Belém in 1616 as the first European colony on the Amazon. Belém looks like a modern city, but it has retained its older colonial heart, with squares, churches and facades of traditional blue tiles. These reflect the 17th century architecture of Lisbon. The Forte do Castelo, located high above the old city, was built to deter French, Dutch and British colonization attempts. Neoclassical architecture is also present, along with later French influences There was less colonial rivalry then. Walking is the best way to see and get the feel for the historic district. One way to grasp the variety of edible ingredients available in the Amazon region is to visit the Ver-O-Peso Market. The huge outdoor space sprawls across four blocks. It is a city landmark and possibly the largest market in Brazil. Stalls offer typical local foods, vegetables and tropical fruits, and daily supplies of fascinating freshwater fish. Of course, any food market visit stimulates the appetite for local specialties. Other products for sale include pottery handicrafts, handmade clothing, and charms made by the practitioners of macumba, a spiritual practice with African roots brought with slavery in the 16th century and sometimes labelled as witchcraft or voodoo. Maybe a good luck charm is best.

2 Included Shore Excursions

Sights & Smells of Belem
ACTIVITY LEVEL Minimal

Boa Vista do Acará community visit
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Day 19 – Cruising Breves Narrows, BRAZIL

Sailing the Breves Narrows is a chance to explore where few people visit, to immerse yourself completely in Amazonian culture. Let the adventure begin!

Possibly one of the most engaging stretches of the Amazon River, Breves Narrows, as its name suggests, consists of a narrow channel of water which meanders among countless islets. Both riverbanks which always remain always in sight, are lined with rich, lush equatorial forest. Hugging the riverbank provides a wonderful opportunity for a close-up view of the exotic flora and fauna as well as the Caboclos people who inhabit the area.

Calm and peaceful, these people are guardians of this watery world with their remarkable local knowledge, passed down through the generations. Their riverside homes on stilts have pontoons stretching to the water from which curious children launch their dugouts to greet passing ships and demonstrate their considerable skills with pirogues.

Pink river dolphins in varying shades, from soft pink to a strong flamingo hue, roaring monkeys and exotic birds of all colours, all make for a fantastic photo safari as you glide through the water.
The skyscapes are just as exotic with clouds chasing across the sky bringing rapid changes of weather. There are unforgettable, magical sunsets, painting the sky in colours as exotic as the animals you will see. Later under a night sky crowded with stars, sit back with a glass of caipirinha, the traditional cocktail of fresh limes and fiery cane spirit and marvel at the mighty Amazon.

Day 20 – Curua Una, BRAZIL

A large open flood plain extends from Río Curuá-Una behind riverside trees. Nearby are hills which are an unusual feature this close to the Amazon. Exploring in Zodiacs allows us to approach floating vegetation to see how these remarkable plants survive without attaching to the riverbed. We can get close to birds from the convenience of the boats. Watch as the birds seek insects amongst the plants or aquatic life below the water surface. Water buffalo have been added to cattle as sources of red meat for local consumption. Originating in Asia the water buffalos are well-adapted to wet conditions and are faster at putting on weight than cattle. They can damage the wetlands so they still must be moved to higher ground during the wettest times of the year. If favorable conditions allow, we will offer an outing after sunset. The ‘orchestra of the night’ created by insects, frogs and other wildlife is an experience on its own. Perhaps an owl or a pottoo will appear, as they hunt for large insects, frogs, and small birds and mammals. We will look for caimans as they search for prey near banks or floating vegetation. We spot the eye shine— the red reflection from their eyes in the beams of light. From the eyes we can then focus in on the floating caimans themselves. Two types of these relatives of the crocodile and alligator are found in the Amazon. The Black Caiman is smaller than the Spectacled Caiman which is named after a white ring around each eye and has nothing to do with the reflective eye shine.

1 Included Shore Excursion

Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Day 21 – Rio Balaio, BRAZIL

The Amazon rises annually, overflowing its main channel. We will launch the zodiacs to explore the floodplains at the Rio Balaio. With high water levels, small boats can easily travel around the wetland system. A scattering of local people live around the waterway, dependent on canoes and small wooden vessels for movement. Islands of vegetation are magnets for birds. Watch for flying parrots, both small and large, and the occasional birds of prey. On the ground look for Black-bellied Whistling-ducks, the Jabiru Stork and the Horned Screamer (yes, that is a bird!). Larger areas of trees support a variety of forest birds and monkeys. Monkeys love the trees but seldom travel on the ground and generally hate the water and avoid swimming. The large rivers of the Amazon Basin have acted as barriers for many species. The monkeys we are most likely to see are Squirrel Monkeys which energetically move about the trees in small groups. Howler Monkeys are larger than most monkeys and sit in the trees and howl, loudly. You always hear the distinctive call before seeing them. Fishing is important for locals seeking protein. Fish thrive in the Amazon waters. The sheer size of the Amazon Basin and the variety of habitats has allowed a huge diversity of fish to evolve, with 1500 species having been recorded in the vast catchment. The best way to appreciate the fish is to watch the locals catch them or see the catch at their settlements or on the way to a local market (the biggest got away).

1 Included Shore Excursion

Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL Moderate

Day 22 – Cruise Amazon River, BRAZIL

The mighty Amazon River over 6,400kms long, meanders through some of the most extreme natural environments and biologically diverse regions of our planet.

Sailing down the wide waters passing the dense greenery of rainforests, there’s never a shortage of magical moments but often the greatest thrill is catching sight of an exotic creature. Look out for pink river dolphins playfully breaking through the water by the side of the boat, colourful parrots as they flash through the trees and sloths going slowly about their day. Cameras at the ready to film mischievous monkeys leaping through the rain forest canopy. Even when you can’t see the wildlife you can hear it. The echoing cries of birds, insects and animals ring through the air.

The Amazon is home to a diverse population of indigenous communities, some of whom are happy to share their culture with visitors, opening up their river side villages.

Witness the Meetings of the Waters, one of South America’s most captivating natural phenomena. The dark waters of the Rio Negro meet the sandy coloured Rio Solimoes to form the Amazon River but refuse to mix. The colossal two rivers flow side by side for 6km until they eventually accept to mix.

The world’s longest river, nurturing the largest rainforest on earth, is home to more than a third of all known species, yet is still one of the least explored regions on earth. No matter how impressive the statistics are, they can never do justice to the Amazon, you need to see it for yourself.

Day 23 – Manaus, BRAZIL

Lying in the heart of the Amazon, hundreds of miles upriver from the Atlantic, Manaus is a busy port city surrounded by the richest rainforest habitat on Earth. Placed strategically at the confluence of two rivers, the town was founded as a fortress by the Portuguese Navy, but quickly became a trade hub for the surrounding area. By the late 19th Century, Manaus was the centre of Brazil’s booming rubber industry, and grew rapidly into one of the largest cities in Brazil. During this period, many of Manaus’ grandest buildings were constructed by the city’s ‘Rubber Barons’, including the Public Market, and the Amazon Theatre, a vast decadent opera house. Today, Manaus is a cultural melting pot, with a diverse population. A complex system of free trade rules has turned Manaus into one of the wealthiest cities in the Brazil, with heavy industry developing alongside traditional livelihoods such as river fishing, and gathering the bounty of fruit, nuts and medicinal plants which the rainforest bestows. However, it is the surroundings which give Manaus its unique character. The famous Meeting of Waters, where tannin-rich water from the Rio Negro combines with milky water from the Rio Solimões to form the Amazon, can be seen just outside town, and the jungle beckons visitors to explore and discover. Excluding Manaus, the state of Amazonas is extremely sparsely populated, and in the largest rainforest on Earth, it is easy to forget the hustle and bustle of the city and simply enjoy the wonders of nature.

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We would love to help you plan and book your next travel escape!  We appreciate you taking the time to reach out and will be in touch as soon as possible.