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Manaus, Brazil | Amazon River

Manaus, Amazonas, northern Brazil

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Manaus Amazon River

The Amazon River and Rio Negro, the Amazon’s largest tributary, are the veins of the life for the incredible diversity found in the Amazon Rainforest surrounding Manaus. The Rio Negro is the world’s largest black water river and the Amazon is the world’s largest river by water-flow. You can tour the Amazon River & Rio Negro aboard several top rated Amazon cruises from Manaus, which will take you deep into the jungle to find the Amazon’s animals and plants.

The protected areas just north of Manaus form the Central Amazon Conservation Complex, a mosaic of smaller reserves. This vast protected area contains reserves you may know by their individual names. Accessible from Manaus are the Parque Nacional de Anavilhanas (Anavilhanas National Park), Jaú National Park, Amanã Sustainable Development Reserve, and the Mamairauá Sustainable Development Reserve among others.

  • Premium Clipper cruise

    Six Days:

    Otter Premium Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Otter Premium Amazon Jungle Cruise accommodates you in spacious all-outside cabins with private bathroom facilities, & hot showers. You can choose from 3, 4, or 6 day itineraries where we will leave the vessel to explore the wilderness in small guided boats to find monkeys, birds, reptiles, & plants of the Amazon Rainforest.

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These reserves form the largest protected area in the Amazon Basin covering over 6 million hectares. The Rio Negro and Manaus Amazon River are surrounded by a constantly changing habitat of diverse and beautiful lakes, landforms, and river channels.

The animals you can find along the Manaus Amazon River & Rio Negro include Amazon manatees, the world’s largest freshwater fish, the Arapaima; pink river dolphins, grey river dolphins, turtles, river otters and giant Amazon River otters. The Central Amazon Conservation Complex contains many endemic species including the largest group of electric fish on Earth. The rivers around Manaus contain an impressive number of different fish and many species in your tropical aquarium will have originated in these waters.

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    Eight Days:

    Tucano Amazon Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Tucano 8 Day Amazon Jungle Cruise begins in Manaus, Brazil taking you to different sections of the Amazon Rainforest. You will explore the forest in small boats with professional guides & take walks in terra firme & varzea forests on the look out for monkeys, colorful birds, reptiles, & plants. 8 Day & 5 Day Itineraries.
    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections

Flying over the Amazon River, you are likely to see many different birds like the famed macaw parrots and you may catch sight of the Amazon’s most powerful bird of prey, the harpy eagle. Lurking in the river, while you take a night tour on one of the top rated Manaus jungle tours, you will search the waters for black caiman and spectacled caiman. Both of these reptiles are still common in the waters around Manaus. You will also find the fantastic giant water lilies of the Victoria-regia, strong enough to support a small child. Of course these are simply the animals and plants you can see while cruising the river, as when you enter the rainforest on guided walks available on tours like the Tucano, you will meet the main diversity component of the Amazon, that of terrestrial life.

One of the attractions of the Amazon River close to Manaus is the meeting of the waters where the Rio Negro joins with the Amazon River. You will see the different colours blend together caused by differences in sediment. You will be able to see the meeting of the waters on most river tours from Manaus.

  • Amazon Clipper cruise

    Six Days:

    Amazon Clipper Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    Aboard the Amazon Clipper Jungle Cruise, you can choose from 3, 4, & 6 day itineraries to explore areas of the Amazon unreachable from other tours. The vessel’s shallow draught enables the Amazon Clipper to access hard to reach areas as we look for Amazon birds, monkeys, & plants. We leave the vessel on small boat tours to find iconic Amazon animals.

    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections

An interesting area along the river north of Manaus is the Anavilhanas archipelago, which includes hundreds of islands in the Rio Negro. This is the second largest archipelago of river islands in the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. There are a large number of white sand beaches on the rivers you can see during the dry season.

At the Manaus section of the Amazon River are numerous archaeological sites, of which 17 have been documented near the mouth of the Rio Negro. You can visit some of these sites aboard some of top rated tours of the rivers.

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