ADVENTURE ON THE RIO NEGRO - We board the luxurious and exclusive 5-star hotel cruise ship IBEROSTAR GRAND AMAZON to journey deep into nature’s remotest places and experience a totally different kind of adventure. The ship makes stops in different points of the Amazon rainforest where small boats take you on excursions that explore its dense untouched vegetation.
Key Speaker - Paul Schurke
We are Dee-lighted to introduce our key speaker, Paul Schurke. During the centennial summer of Roosevelt's trek, he retraced Roosevelt's route and will bring it to life. Paul received the “Explorer Award” from the International Center for Exploration, the “Adventurer of the Year” from Outside Magazine & the "Environmental Hero" award from the Wilderness Society. Iberostar conference room onboard our vessel.
Region of Igarapés (narrow streams) of Jaraqui
After a sunrise lovers' breakfast on the upper deck or the buffet spread in the Kuarup Restaurant, we explore the Jaraqui Igarapés region to learn about the trees and plants that are of particular importance to locals for construction and the production of medicines.
Três Bocas region
Boat tours among the islands of Três Bocas region; these islands are part of the second largest fresh-water archipelago in the world. Followed by an evening boat tour to spot alligators and listen to the night sounds of the Três Bocas region.
Hike along the trails of the beautiful, high canopied Igarapé Trench and then observe pink dolphins in Novo Airão. The Amazon River dolphin, also called the boto, is the largest of the freshwater dolphins.
Visit an indigenous community in Rio Cuieiras to explore the school, the clinic, the flour mill (production of cassava flour), native dwellings and cultivated plants of this population. This is an ideal occasion to purchase local crafts.
Piranha fishing in the Rio Ariaú region
In the morning, piranha fishing in the Rio Ariaú region with afternoon boat rides in the Tupé region. This is a very scenic area where we can observe the formation of beaches with fine white sand,
Meeting of the Waters
When the Rio Negro (to the left, dark-colored due to the decomposing forest residues on it) and the Rio Solimões (to the right, its muddy waters due to the sediments from the Andes it carries) meet to form the Amazon river, its waters don’t mix right away. Rather, for miles and miles they stay separated (Rio Negro flows faster and at a higher temperature than Rio Solimões) forming the Meeting of the Waters.
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