General

Desafio Amazon Cruise Duration 4-Day

Brazilian Amazon Aboard a Classical Schooner

Overview: The M/V Desafio is a classical schooner that offers guests old world charm and a comfortable, intimate atmosphere on Brazil’s mighty Amazon. She has recently undergone a major refurbishment and her cabins have been enlarged and facilities updated so your stay will be even more comfortable!

With only 12 cabins, the boat is small enough to explore remote areas and for passengers to get to know their fellow travellers; but still spacious enough to provide comfort and casual elegance.

Cruises begin in and end in Manaus, exploring the Anavilhanas Islands, the majestic Rio Negro and the legendary Amazon River, by canoe and on foot, along the way. Guests enjoy home-made regional and international cuisine, and daily expeditions by motorized boats with an experienced trilingual guide who will happily share their knowledge of the area and its biology. There are also visits to local river communities to learn about their unique culture and lifestyle.

The Desafio offers two itinerary options, a 4-day Maguarí itinerary departing most Thursdays, and a 3-day Maguarí Express Cruise departing most Mondays, ideal for those short on time. The Desafio is also available for charter at other times.

Desafio: 4-Day Cruise

 

4-Day (or 3-Day) Maguarí Schooner Cruise

This four-day (or three days) cruise departs from Manaus and visits the Anavilhanas Archipelago, the largest river archipelago in the world, and its igarapés – permanent river channels – and igapós – non-permanent river channels.

We explore these in daily excursions on small motorized boats that are ideal for the environment. Onboard, passengers can enjoy rich Amazonian cuisine in the panoramic restaurant, and plenty of relaxation in comfortable cabins or well-appointed public areas.

Notes:

Owing to the natural acids in the river water, mosquitoes are much less of an omnipresence as elsewhere in Amazonia. The itinerary below is dependent on the river water level, weather conditions, wildlife behaviour, and accessibility to locations, so may vary. A 3-day Maguari itinerary is also available, disembarking a day earlier, for those short on time

Day 1: THURSDAY

Depart Manaus – Welcome to the Amazon
After meeting at 13.30pm in the Tropical Manaus Lobby, you will be transferred to the nearby Marina Aguas Claras and the awaiting Desafio, your floating hotel for the next 3 nights. We start sailing bound for the “Tres Bocas”, located in the archipelago of Anavilhanas, the largest river archipelago in the world.

As we sail, the multilingual naturalist guide will host a “Welcome to the Amazon” briefing highlighting the broad spectrum of life in this unique region. Throughout your cruise the guide will assist in the identification of the flora/fauna, provide a historical framework and enrich your ecological understanding of this exotic destination, and indeed the natural world.

Dinner on board.

In the evening, we will enjoy a pleasant excursion by motorized canoe to explore the archipelago’s lakes, islands, creeks and flooded forests, an ideal opportunity to see and hear the remarkable sights and sounds of the jungle.

Day 2: FRIDAY

Anavilhanas Archipelago
Today we wake up early around 5.30 a.m. for a morning skiff excursion to admire the sunrise and the waking wildlife, especially the active birds and their melodious songs.

Return to the ship and breakfast.

Later we’ll head out for a jungle walk to spot and observe the flora and fauna of the region with the help of our eagle-eyed guide.

Lunch will be served on board whilst we continue cruising towards the indigenous community of Terra Preta, who we will visit to learn about the lifestyle and way of life of the remarkable tribe.

We return to the Desafio and navigate towards Jaraqui’ village. By motorized canoes, after a pleasant river expedition, we’ll hop out for another fascinating jungle trek in a different rainforest setting.

Dinner on board.

Day 3: SATURDAY

Meeting of the Waters

Breakfast is served on board as we sail to a local village named ‘Acajatuba’.

On the way, we stop at the floating station ‘Recanto dos Botos’ to interact with the perennially smiling pink dolphins, and feed the famous giant ‘Pirarucu’ fish, known as the cod of the Amazon.

Those on the 3-day Magauri itinerary will be transfered back to Marine Águas Claras at around 11am.

Lunch on board.

This afternoon we navigate along the Negro River towards the confluence with the Solimões River until reach the “meeting of waters”, where the Negro and Solimoes rivers meet to form the great Amazon River.

The cruise continues to ‘Janauari’ Lake for another exciting experience, fishing for piranha, the dreaded Amazonian fish.

Dinner on board.

After dinner, we enjoy a nighttime canoe safari along the streams in search of caimans and other nocturnal animals with flashlights.

Day 4: SUNDAY

Exploration – Return to Manaus 

After another tropical breakfast, we head out on a morning excursion to see the beautiful, giant Amazonian water lilies, and get another opportunity to explore the Negro River.

We return on board and start the return trip to Manaus, arriving at 11.00 a.m. in the city.


  • Please note that all cruise itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s discretion.
  • Passengers should also be aware that animal sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the unpredictability of wildlife behavior.

Included

+ All meals while aboard your Amazon cruise
+ Mineral water (still and sparkling) with meals and boat excursions
+ Tea & coffee at meal times
+ Expert, trilingual guide and excursions
+ Transfers

Excluded

– Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages
– International or domestic airfares
– Cost of Medical Emergencies including evacuation
– Gratuities
– Souvenirs or additional services
– Travel insurance
– Cost of relevant visas
– Anything else not listed as included

ACCOMMODATIONS

12 CABINS DIVIDED INTO 06 UPPER DECK (EXTERNAL) AND 06 LOWER DECK (INTERNAL) WITH PRIVATE FACILITIES:

  • Showers and all amenities
  • Wardobes
  • Every room is equipped with safe-deposit box
  • bed lights
  • carpets and fully air-conditioned
  • 10 twins and 2 double/twins
  • Air conditioned panoramic restaurant and bar.
  • Large sundeck with outdoor bar.
Upper Deck – left side of the boat
Cabin Size Beds style
(2 beds)
Size bed 1
Length x Width
Size bed 2
Length x Width
#1 9m2
96,87 feet2
Bunk 2m x 1,25m
6ft x 4,10ft
2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
#2 9m2
96,87 feet2
Bunk 2m x 1,25m
6ft x 4,10ft
2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
#3 9m2
96,87 feet2
Bunk 2m x 1,25m
6ft x 4,10ft
2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
Upper Deck – right side of the boat
Cabin Size Beds style
(2 beds)
Size bed 1
Length x Width
Size bed 2
Length x Width
#4 9m2
96,87 feet2
Bunk 2m x 1,25m
6ft x 4,10ft
2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
#5 9m2
96,87 feet2
Bunk 2m x 1,25m
6ft x 4,10ft
2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
#6 9m2
96,87 feet2
Bunk 2m x 1,25m
6ft x 4,10ft
2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
Lower Deck – left side of the boat
Cabin Size Beds style
(2 beds)
Size bed 1
Length x Width
Size bed 2
Length x Width
#7 9m2
96,87 feet2
Bunk 2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
#8 9m2
96,87 feet2
Bunk 2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
#9 * 9m2
96,87 feet2
Twin 1,80m x 0,80m
5,91ft x 2,62ft
1,80m x 0,80m
5,91ft x 2,62ft

* The Cabin #9 may be Twin (2 separated beds)
or French bed (two beds together 1,80m l x 1,60m w / 5,91ft l x 5,25ft w)

Lower Deck – right side of the boat
Cabin Size Beds style
(2 beds)
Size bed 1
Length x Width
Size bed 2
Length x Width
#10 9m2
96,87 feet2
Bunk 2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
#11 9m2
96,87 feet2
Bunk 2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
2m x 0,80m
6ft x 2,62ft
#12 * 9m2
96,87 feet2
Twin 1,80m x 0,80m
5,91ft x 2,62ft
1,80m x 0,80m
5,91ft x 2,62ft

* The Cabin #12 may be Twin (2 separated beds)
or French bed (two beds together 1,80m l x 1,60m w / 5,91ft l x 5,25ft w)

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