Amazon Expedition Cruise
The Amazon expedition cruise on the M/Y Tucano is called Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon and we venture deep into this new reserve. Over 7 days and 6 nights you will explore the narrow rivers and wilderness rainforest looking for wildlife. With naturalist guides and a thoughtful itinerary, the guests observe exotic plants and animals for which the Amazon is famous.
Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon is the most thorough, detailed, and sophisticated trip offered in the entire Amazon. The guides are accomplished naturalists and on the trip guests see creatures almost never seen by other visitors. The trip is an active trip and guests explore the rainforest on foot and in the ship's launches. Actually, the passengers are split into 2 groups for the excursions - 1 group for those who want to be more active and 1 group for those who want to take it easy. The small groups will be led by skilled naturalist guides so that participants will be able to experience the wilderness in the most authentic way possible.
The Amazon is a destination that lives in the world's imagination. There will always be travelers interested in visiting the wildest rainforest the world has ever known. This boat, the M/Y Tucano, goes farther into the forest than another other vessel, deep into the heart of the greatest wilderness on earth. Now with kayaks to give you the option to be more active !
Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon -
This is the most exploratory cruise in the entire Amazon - and is the Amazon’s only true expedition cruise. We venture along hidden uninhabited rivers deep into the wild woods where the magnificent plants and animals of the rainforest reign supreme. Voyages on the M/Y Tucano are quite active. Together with our naturalist guides we get out into the forest and explore----not simply watch from the deck of the vessel. There are daily walks in the forest and we scout the small streams that branch off the main river using our electric powered launches or optionally by kayak. Some days we swim off deserted beaches in water as pure and clean as rainwater and we are always treated to vistas of wild rainforest stretching as far as the eye can see.
By day and by night we seek out the mysterious life that stirs in this vast wilderness forest. The Motor Yacht Tucano is comfortable and nimble and enables us to voyage far up the least inhabited major river in the Amazon Basin: The Rio Negro. We venture farther than any other visitors into the UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, the Central Amazon Conservation Complex. With our small group, (a maximum of 18 travelers), our skilled naturalist guides, and our expedition itinerary, we observe creatures almost never seen by other visitors. Far off the beaten path, we also visit small villages where the rhythms of life are tuned to the cycles of the wilderness. On the last day of the cruise we visit the Encontro das Aguas, the confluence of the world’s two largest rivers, the Rio Negro and the mighty, magnificent, Amazon River itself. This experience is well beyond any ordinary cruise and way off the grid - the quintessential Amazon expedition cruise.
Day 1 Saturday, 07:30am: Meet at the departure / arrival lounge, Tucano Rendezvous, 208 Sete de Setembro, Praça Dom Pedro ll, Centro, Manaus. Following check-in, health screening, and baggage sterilization, travelers will be transferred to the M/Y Tucano. The Tucano Rendezvous is open on departure days from 06:00am until embarkation. Pre-boarding of the vessel is not possible. Complementary transfer to meeting point: At 07:00am, by pre-arrangement, transfers to the Tucano Rendezvous are provided from two hotels: the Hotel Juma Opera and the Hotel Villa Amazonia. These transfers must be arranged at least 7 days prior to departure. Travelers that are not staying at either of these hotels should proceed directly to the Tucano Rendezvous.
Early this morning all guests board the vessel the Motor Yacht Tucano and depart upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning we will cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck we scan the magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water’s edge. By mid-afternoon the vessel has gone beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness area. Both shores are covered by dense rainforest. Though we cannot predict what we will see, we likely observe pink river dolphins, primates and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly we will be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon we embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water. (LD)
Day 2 Early this morning we divide into small groups and explore the rainforest in our launches or kayaks, each group with a naturalist guide. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys and we should hear a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast we go for a walk in the forest where we will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday we return for lunch and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon we will again explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, frogs and howler monkeys. (BLD)
Day 3 This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for sloths... on most trips we see them often. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. M/Y Tucano will travel during the middle of the day and we stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the night sky crowded with stars. (BLD)
Day 4 After our morning excursions The M/Y Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. We may stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon we will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jaueperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting, we will have a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures. (BLD)
Day 5 Today we will voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in our launches and walk in the forest. Weather and water depth permitting, we will explore areas rarely visited by anyone else. Tonight the M/Y Tucano goes downstream, and will enter an east bank affluent of the Rio Negro and explore on deep into the rainforest on this small river. After our nocturnal exploration of the rainforest in our launches we return to the Motor Yacht Tucano for “Caipirinha Night” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck. (BLD)
Day 6 We begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brasilian breakfast. We will then go one last time into the forest. In the mid-afternoon we will begin to journey downstream. We should arrive late in the day at the “Encontro das Aguas” -a stark, several-mile-long line where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. At sunset the M/Y Tucano will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to our overnight anchorage north of the City of Manaus. As we pass in front of Manaus, we will marvel at the scale of one of the world’s largest and most vibrant port cities, over a thousand miles from the sea. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning. (BLD)
Day 7 Friday, 07:30am: Depart the vessel and transfer to the departure / arrival lounge, Tucano Rendezvous, located at 208 Sete de Setembro, Praça Dom Pedro ll, Centro, Manaus. Unless other arrangements are made, this is the end of services. On the day of disembarkation the Tucano Rendezvous is open from 06:00-15:00 hours (06:00am - 3:00pm).
Early Disembarkation: Due to port regulations, early disembarkation is permitted by pre-arrangement and only when accompanied by staff members and transportation of the M/Y Tucano.
Post-Cruise Hotel Transfers: On disembarkation at the end of the cruise, travelers staying at the Hotel Juma Opera or the Hotel Villa Amazonia will be transferred by prearrangement to their hotel without expense. Travelers with evening flights are highly recommended to book a hotel for this day to avoid long waits at the airport.
Please note that the day to day schedule must be considered approximate. The exact order of the days and specific features may be altered due to navigational considerations.
Cabin Categories: There are 3 cabin categories on the M/Y Tucano:
Land Cost for 7 day Expedition cruise (per person, double):
2022 departures: Green Category Cabins: $3150. Yellow Category Cabins: $4665. Blue Category Cabins: $4665
2023 departures: Green Category Cabins: $3450. Yellow Category Cabins: $4800. Blue Category Cabins: $4800
Land Cost for 5 day Compact cruise (per person double)
2022 departures: Green Category Cabins: $1750. Yellow Category Cabins: $2600. Blue Category Cabins: $2600
2023 departures: Green Category Cabins: $2000. Yellow Category Cabins: $2750. Blue Category Cabins: $2750
Single supplement: there is no single supplement if you are willing to share a Green cabin
Prices include: accommodations, and meals as indicated in the itinerary. Bottled water and fruit juices are served on the boat. Prices and itineraries are subject to change without notice. On joining the group on Day One, passengers board the vessel on a short walk from the lobby of the Hotel Tropical.
Prices Do Not Include: airport transfers, airfare, departure taxes, visa fees, soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, or items of a personal nature.
Triple Cabins: Some of the cabins on the M/Y TUCANO can accept three travelers. This is helpful for families. In cabins “3” and “4” a third narrow bed can be placed between the single beds. Cabin “0” has a queen size bed and also a single bed. There is no discount for triple occupancy; passengers pay the double rate.
Quadruple Cabin: One of the cabins on the M/Y TUCANO can accommodate four travelers. This is helpful for families. Cabin “0” has a queen size bed, a single bed and another single bed in a small adjoining room with a private interconnecting door. All four travelers share the single small bathroom of Cabin “0”. Each passenger in quad occupancy must pay the double rate.
Deposit: Confirm the reservation with a nonrefundable deposit of $300 USD per passenger.
Note that airport transfers to and from the Tropical are not included on the cruises. We can add transfers to the cost.
On regular departures, children 12 years and under are eligible for a 50% discount off of the normal price. 8 years is the minimum age.
Group Size: Maximum of 18 passengers, minimum of 8
Availability as of June 14, 2022:
Jul 02-08 (2022) (6N) / Full
Jul 11-15 (2022) (4N) / 8 Staterooms
Jul 25-29 (2022) (4N) / 1 Staterooms
Jul 30-Aug 05 (2022) (6N) / Call
Aug 08-12 (2022) (4N) / 6 Staterooms
Aug 13-19 (2022) (6N) / Call
Aug 22-26 (2022) (4N) / 8 Staterooms
Aug 29-Sep 02 (2022) (Ship in Port)
Sep 03-09 (2022) (6N) / Call
Sep 12-16 (2022) (4N) / 6 Staterooms
Sep 26-30 (2022) (4N) / 4 Staterooms
Oct 01-07 (2022) (6N) / 6 Staterooms
Oct 10-14 (2022) (4N) / 7 Staterooms
Oct 15-21 (2022) (6N) / 3 Staterooms
Oct 24-28 (2022) (4N) / Call
Oct 29-Nov 04 (2022) (6N) / 3 Staterooms
Nov 07-11 (2022) (4N) / 4 Staterooms
Nov 12-18 (2022) (6N) / 4 Staterooms
Nov 21-25 (2022) (4N) / Call
Nov 26-Dec 02 (2022) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Dec 05-09 (2022) (Ship in Port)
Dec 10-16 (2022) (6N) / 6 Staterooms
Dec 19-23 (2022) (4N) / 7 Staterooms
Dec 24-30 (2022) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Dec 30-Jan 03 ('23) (4N) / Full
Jan 01-06 (2023) Ship in Port)
Jan 07-13 (2023) (6N) / 8 Staterooms
Jan 16-20 (2023) (4N) / Call
Jan 21-27 (2023) (6N) / 6 Staterooms
Jan 30-Feb 03 (2023) (4N) / 8 Staterooms
Feb 04-10 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Feb 13-17 (2023) (4N) / 6 Staterooms
Feb 18-24 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Feb 27-Mar 03 (2023) (4N) 8 Staterooms
Mar 04-10 (2023) (6N) / 5 Staterooms
Mar 13-17 (2023) (4N) / 8 Staterooms
Mar 18-24 (2023) Ship in Port)
Mar 25-31 (2023)(Ship in Port)
Apr 01-07 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Apr 10-14 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Apr 15-21 (2023) (6N) / 4 Staterooms
Apr 24-28 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Apr 29-May 07 (2023)(Ship in Port)
May 08-12 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
May 13-19 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
May 22-26 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
May 27-Jun 02 (2023) (6N) / 8 Staterooms
Jun 05-09 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Jun 10-16 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Jun 19-23 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Jun 24-30 (2023) (6N) / 8 Staterooms
Jul 03-07 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Jul 08-14 (2023) (6N) / 8 Staterooms
Jul 17-21 (2023) (4N) / 7 Staterooms
Jul 22-28 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Jul 31-Aug 04 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Aug 05-11 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Aug 14-18 (2023) (4N) / 7 Staterooms
Aug 19-25 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Aug 26-Sep 01(2023)(Ship in Port)
Sep 02-08 (2023)(Ship in Port)
Sep 09-15 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Sep 18-22 (2023) (4N) / 7 Staterooms
Sep 23-29 (2023) (6N) / 8 Staterooms
Oct 02-06 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Oct 07-13 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Oct 16-20 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Oct 21-27 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Oct 30-Nov 03 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Nov 04-10 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Nov 13-17 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Nov 18-24 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Nov 27-Dec 01 (2023) (4N) 9 Staterooms
Dec 02-08 (2023)(Ship in Port)
Dec 09-15 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
Dec 18-22 (2023) (4N) / 9 Staterooms
Dec 23-29 (2023) (6N) / 9 Staterooms
"It was an amazing trip. I really enjoyed it. The accommodations and food were excellent. The guides really knew their stuff - I learned a lot. Saw tons of wildlife, more than I expected actually. I'd do it again with the family. If I do, I'll do the exact same cruise. I guess that sums up how it went! Bert C. Smith
"Absolutely wonderful! Best trip of my life. The entire crew of the Tucano was terrific and did a wonderful job making us feel welcome and assuring we enjoyed the trip. Edgebon, our tour guide has a great personality and he is extremely knowledgeable. It was highly educational and entertaining. I also enjoyed the Hotel Tropical, a very nice hotel. The food there was good, (we ate Brazilian style), and it had a first class staff. " Phil Sutherland
"What an amazing trip! We all LOVED it! We really liked the Tucano boat and their guides and their crew. The boat was a perfect size, homey, well-maintained and was airconditioned. It was clean and didn't smell. The kids all agreed that this was truly a trip of a lifetime and really spectacular. The guides were fantastic. We absolutely loved the glassy water and isolation of the Rio Negro and appreciated the plentiful wildlife of the Amazon. We definitely loved the wilderness and the parts of our trip where we were the only people as far as the eye could see." Lori Evenson
"The trip was fantastic! The crew was exceptional; they thought of everything. The boat and excursions were perfect. Outstanding trip! We have already recommended it to friends. Thanks for your attention to the details." Jerry, Bryan and Nohline
"The trip was wonderful!! The guides and crew are terrific; the other passengers were fun to be with; the Rio Negro environment was fascinating, and the cook, Wilma, must be a magician because she turned out 3 wonderful meals a day from a tiny little cooking place.
All of the excursions were well planned and carefully executed, adapting to the limitations of some of the passengers very well. One of the "mariners", Andre, very sweetly accompanied one of the women who had balance issues everywhere she walked on land and she very much appreciated that. Our guides (Souza and Edevan) were both so very knowledgeable and their styles compliment each other very well. The crew made sure to help every one of us in and out of the skiffs carefully.I loved the early morning kayak trips as an option. Listening to the world wake up while in a kayak on the river will remain most memorable for me." Lesa
"The trip was great. Luckily only six guests on the boat so we were able to do everything together and no need to take turns on kayaks, for example. It would have been a squeeze with a full tour.Weather was great, and the crew very friendly and helpful. Food was tasty and plentiful. We saw a fair amount of wildlife but you had to work at it! Thanks for your advice and help re: booking." Howard
"The cruise was excellent. We had an absolutely wonderful time and can't say enough good things about our guides, Edgy and Souza. We really enjoyed the way the days were laid out, the great food, and the entire experience. We would highly recommend this to other people (and have already told our friends and family about how great the trip was!). Thank you for checking in with us! " Neha
"I thought it a fine trip --- the Amazon is another world; the guides were expert in spotting the birds and other wildlife; the ship, the intimacy of having just 12 and very jovial passengers, and the interaction with the crew added appreciably to the total experience. My fears that we would come back disheartened by burning fires and de-forestation were not realized, although the Amazon downstream is severely threatened. I am super pleased that we went on this trip. thank you for your help and attention to the travel details. " Jim
"I had a fabulous week and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. The ship was great and the crew were amazing.
Thanks for all your help setting it up." Mariana
Into the Wild Amazon - 5 days
This expedition cruise endeavors to capture the spirit and essence of the Amazon in a relatively short amount of time. We mostly voyage on one of the most magnificent rivers in the Amazon basin, The Rio Negro. Over three and one half days we walk in the forest, explore in our launches, and visit local communities along the edges of this wild and largely uninhabited river.
There are three or four excursions off the vessel every day. Early mornings we divide into small groups and glide along quiet channels in our launches or kayaks among giant rainforest trees draped with vines and orchids. The silence is broken only by the rustling of leaves by Squirrel Monkeys feeding or by the occasional piercing shriek of a Screaming Piha bird. During the day we walk in the forest and sometimes visit a small community. Some nights we search for nocturnal creatures in our launches out in the star-filled darkness. Into the Wild Amazon takes us to a variety of environments including dark flooded forests and high forest with towering trees and dense undergrowth. On lazy afternoons we may fish for the famous Amazon resident, the Piranha, some of whom we may see again on an appetizer plate. During our voyage we are treated to the ever-changing vistas of travel on the mighty Amazon River itself. Most travelers are astonished by the scale and grandeur of this majestic waterway that drains a continent.
On the cruise Into the Wild Amazon, we not only focus on the rainforest, but also on the culture of the people who live in this vast wilderness. We visit small fishing villages perched on the river bank where the traditional life is still guided by the rhythms of the rise and fall of the river. We also visit the homesteads of families who make and grow almost everything they need. For many travelers these visits with local settlers, whose lives are so dramatically different from ours, are some of the most memorable experiences of the cruise. Another fascinating visit is a stop at one of the bustling river trading towns. Here a vibrant river trade continues as it has for centuries. The last evening of the cruise we will coast along one of the greatest ports in the world, the Porto de Manaus. At our farewell dinner we will have the opportunity to reflect on our extraordinary experience and offer a toast to one of the most remarkable places on Earth.
Day 1 Monday, 11:30am: Meet at the departure / arrival lounge, Tucano Rendezvous, 208 Sete de Setembro, Praça Dom Pedro ll, Centro, Manaus. Following check-in, health screening, and baggage sterilization, travelers will be transferred to the M/Y Tucano. The Tucano Rendezvous is open on departure days from 06:00am until embarkation. Pre-boarding of the vessel is not possible.
Complementary transfer to meeting point: At 11:00am, by pre-arrangement, transfers to the Tucano Rendezvous are provided from two hotels: the Hotel Juma Opera and the Hotel Villa Amazonia. These transfers must be arranged at least 7 days prior to departure. Travelers that are not staying at either of these hotels should proceed directly to the Tucano Rendezvous.
At about 12pm, we embark on the Motor Yacht Tucano in Manaus, Brasil. We depart on the Rio Negro and as the vessel glides upstream we will have our first talk about Amazon environments.
By late afternoon we enter one of the world’s largest river island systems, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. The boat will weave along a winding channel with rainforest on both sides in a riot of brilliant vegetation. Weather permitting, we will go for a launch excursion in the gnarled and dense flooded forest along the river’s edge. We may see some Squirrel Monkeys and we may hear the other-worldly growls of Howler Monkeys echoing through the primitive rainforest. The Amazon has one of the greatest collection of birds in the world and we are sure to see some of these brightly colored jewels perched in the treetops. We return to the M/Y Tucano for hors d’oeuvres on the observation deck and a toast to the rainforest sunset. Following dinner we will embark in our launches in search of nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodilians. We may also see one of the large night birds such as a Great Potoo, with its bulging eyes and large mouth, adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa Moths. (D)
Day 2 Shortly after sunrise this morning we explore the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest. Here we will see the strange environment called the igapó, the black water flooded forest, where dense forests grow right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro. Mid-morning we return to the vessel for a hearty Brasilian breakfast. After some time to relax, weather permitting, we will disembark at mid-morning and dividing into very small groups we will go for a walk in the type of rainforest known as the terra firme. Here we have a good chance to see the markings, if not the animals themselves, of some of the Amazon’s great mammals like peccaries (wild pigs) or even a jaguar.
Around mid-day we return to the vessel for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon we will excursion in our launches along the edges of the dense forest and listen to the sunset chorus of birds, howler monkeys, and frogs. Weather permitting, tonight we will have an excursion to spot caiman (the Amazon's crocodiles) and other nocturnal creatures. We very often see arboreal porcupines or sloths scrambling high in the limbs. (BLD)
Day 3 Today we will voyage to the west side of the Rio Negro and continue to scout in our launches and walk in the forest. We will explore, according to the weather and water depth, areas rarely visited by anyone else. Tonight the M/Y Tucano goes downstream, and river depth permitting, will enter an east bank affluent of the Rio Negro and explore on deep into the rainforest on this small river. After our nocturnal exploration of the rainforest in our launches we return to the Motor Yacht Tucano for “Caipirinha Night” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck. (BLD)
Day 4 We begin the day with a dawn excursion hunting for wakening wildlife followed by a full Brasilian breakfast. We will then go one last time into the forest. In the mid-afternoon we will begin to journey downstream to arrive late in the day at the “Encontro das Aguas” - a stark several mile long line where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. At sunset the M/Y Tucano will once again turn her bows upstream on the Rio Negro and journey to our overnight anchorage north of the City of Manaus. As we pass in front of Manaus, we will marvel at the scale of one of the world’s largest and most vibrant port cities over a thousand miles from the sea. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning. (BLD)
Day 5 - Friday, 07:30am: Depart the vessel and transfer to the departure / arrival lounge, Tucano Rendezvous, located at 208 Sete de Setembro, Praça Dom Pedro ll, Centro, Manaus. Unless other arrangements are made, this is the end of services. On the day of disembarkation the Tucano Rendezvous is open from 06:00-15:00 hours (06:00am - 3:00pm).
Early Disembarkation: Due to port regulations, early disembarkation is permitted by pre-arrangement and only when accompanied by staff members and transportation of the M/Y Tucano.
Post-Cruise Hotel Transfers: On disembarkation at the end of the cruise, travelers staying at the Hotel Juma Opera or the Hotel Villa Amazonia will be transferred by prearrangement to their hotel without expense. Travelers with evening flights are highly recommended to book a hotel for this day to avoid long waits at the airport. (B)
There are some very significant differences between the 5 day and the 7 day cruises. The 7 day goes much farther into the forest, about 230 miles upstream on the Rio Negro, deep into a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This cruise is a full six days long. The 5 day cruise is a good one, but because it begins in the afternoon on day one and ends at 0730am on day five, it is really a 3.5 day trip. So, the 7 day cruise is almost twice as long. For travelers really interested in experience wilderness forest, the 7 day cruise is really the better of the two. For travelers who would like to experience the Amazon, but think of the Amazon really as more of a part of a longer trip to Brasil, perhaps the 5 day cruise is the better one for them. It is a question of intensity.
Go Solar! They are trying to make the Tucano the most sustainable boat in the Amazon:
How do cruises on Tucano compare
to other Amazon cruises?
True Wilderness Itineraries - They go way out there: The M/Y Tucano goes farther into wilderness rainforest than any other tour vessel. They explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site and almost never see any other vessels or people. Only in these wild places can travelers truly experience the wonderful diversity of rainforest flora and fauna.
Small Group Size: Their group size is very small, usually just 12-14 travelers on a cruise. On their many daily excursions they divide into even smaller groups, each with a naturalist guide. This is of crucial importance in observing wildlife! Small is the new luxury!
Lots of Excursions: They have four, and sometimes five, excursions into the forest every day. They engage with the forest at every opportunity through forest walks, launch excursions with quiet electric motors, and even kayak expeditions. There are choices of leisurely excursions or full bore adventure!
Focus, Focus, Focus ... on Nature: Everything about their cruises is dedicated to nature: where they go, their schedule, what they talk about, and really, who they are. From the guides to the chef, all of them are devoted to observing the flora and fauna of this rainforest. All of their equipment from electric launch motors, the solar array, and the M/Y Tucano itself, were chosen to help them explore this forest in the most authentic and sustainable way possible.
Comfortable, Elegant, Sophisticated - The M/Y Tucano is an elegant, comfortable, and air-conditioned yacht-style cruise vessel. There are large public spaces, very attentive personal service, and a sophisticated cuisine. Their staff are some of the finest people you will ever meet. They don’t aim to be a luxury cruise because in some ways it detracts from what they offer their guests: a thoughtful, truly authentic, and for many of them, a deeply moving experience far into one of the last great wild places on the planet.
The Safe Zone
To keep their travelers and crew members safe, they have developed procedures that guide every aspect of their cruise operations and shape the passengers’ experience. They call it the Tucano Safe Zone. From airport transfers all the way to ship supply, every effort possible is taken to maintain a safe zone for the community. Above all, they consider it their duty to serve as advocates for travelers and staff before, during, and after the journey. Below are summarized some of the measures that they have taken to keep everyone safe and help travelers feel comfortable in exploring with them.
Small Groups = Small Contacts The best possible nature experience is in a small group – and the safest. Normally the cruises are full when they have only 12-14 travelers. In their excursions into the forest, the groups are even smaller, usually less than 6-8 people. This is preserves the zone by keeping the contact pool smaller. The size also lends itself to Private Voyages so that a family or collection of friends can travel together.
Departure Lounge and Health Screening To make sure that all travelers and staff members are healthy, they have built a new departure / arrival lounge for health screening prior to embarkation, the Tucano Rendezvous. The screening includes a health questionnaire, an interview, and also verification of vaccination. All staff members and travelers need to provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding the vessel. Baggage is cleaned and sterilized prior to transport to the vessel. The Tucano Rendezvous also serves as comfortable for their exploration community and is available at the end of the cruise for travelers to relax prior to outbound flights. Stay in the zone!
Supply Security Fundamental to maintaining the safe zone is strict monitoring of people and materials entering the M/Y Tucano and the Tucano Rendezvous. Everyone that wishes to enter their safe zone, whether they be engine mechanics or cruise travelers, must undergo a health screening. Equally important is that all material goods such as foodstuff s and parts and supplies are sterilized remotely before delivery to the zone. Their strict ship access procedures ensure that the cruises remain contamination free.
Ground Transfers Embarkation and disembarkation transfers are effected by their own staff in vehicles that are sterilized with electrostatic fogging devices. They choreograph the arrival of people and goods to eliminate waiting and to ensure efficient boarding. Though optional, they strongly encourage that airport transfers be conducted by their trained staff in commercial sterilized vehicles. This way they can be sure that the most complete health precautions have been taken.
Housekeeping Protocols for the sterilization of their vessel, arrival / departure lounge, and all of the equipment are adapted from the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the Latin America Travel Association, and the Cruise Lines Industry of America. Their very detailed checklists and verification procedures stipulate multiple daily cleaning of accommodations spaces and constant sterilization of high touch surfaces. All the fabric components including mattresses and curtains are electrostatically sterilized. Crew quarters and utility areas of the vessel undergo the same cleaning procedures.
Emergency Planning: The M/Y Tucano has emergency response plans in the event that a cruise participant were to become ill. Pre-established relationships with medical facilities and personnel ensure that timely and appropriate medical assistance is available when needed. Evacuation contingencies are elaborated and contacts kept current. In the event that self-quarantine were to be necessary, vessel cabin space is identified and procedures for caring for ill travelers while preserving vessel health are outlined. Should self-quarantine be necessary in the city of Manaus, they have full apartments available along with plans for providing a safe meal service, continuous assistance, and health monitoring.
Traveler Advocacy: At all times they are prepared to assist travelers and advocate for their health and well being while they are in the Amazon. This extends to verifying with hotel operators that health and safety best practices are followed.
Staffing and Training: The most important of measures in implementing their safe zone is their staff . All of the marine and land-based crew members are diligent, highly trained, and have a commitment to assisting travelers. Many of their mariners have worked with them for more than 20 years. An ongoing training eff ort reminds us all of the fine details necessary to maintain the safe zone Private Voyages: These full boat cruises enable friends and family members join in an Amazon cruise exclusively for their group. This is a thrilling way to experience the Amazon and for some travelers adds additional confidence in travelling. The trip can still further be enhanced when services in the city such as airport transfers and city tours are conducted by theircompany. This ensures that travelers are always accompanied by guides and staff that take maximum care to provide a healthy experience.