MV Desafio Amazon Cruises
The cruise will start in Manaus, and go deep into the Amazon, where you will feel the essence of the Rain Forest. M/V Desafio (which in English means “Challenge”) is a great 34-meter three-masted sailing ship, it provides the highest standard service available in the Amazon Region. With only 12 cabins, it accommodates a maximum of 24 passengers, ideal for those who want to explore the Amazon with privacy, comfort and the unique intimacy of sharing the experience of a lifetime with a handful of new-found friends and the ability to discover the deserted tributaries of the Amazon in ways not possible for larger vessels. The right size to get into the Amazon and the right number of cabins, will ensure the intimacy and privacy to enjoy the cruise.
This is a four-day cruise visiting the Anavilhanas Archipelago, the largest river archipelago in the world, and its igarapés (permanent river channels) and igapós (non-permanent river channels). Due to its acid waters, endemic mosquitoes are practically inexistent. The cruise also includes daily explorations and activities in safe motorized boats into the jungle, as well as a rich Amazonian cuisine served in the panoramic restaurant.
04D/03N – (THU to SUN)*
DAY 1 - Thursday
Depart from the pier in Manaus to board the M/V Desafio at 14:00h, your floating hotel for the next three nights. Once on board, the multilingual naturalist guide will host a “welcome to the Amazon” briefing highlighting the broad spectrum of life in this unique region. The guide will assist in the identification of the flora/fauna, provide a historical framework and enrich your ecological understanding of this unusual destination and of the natural world. Start sailing bound "Tres Bocas", located in the archipelago of Anavilhanas, the largest river archipelago in the world, with its lakes, islands, creeks and flooded forests. Dinner on board. In the evening, guests will enjoy a pleasant walk in motorized canoes for local recognition, an opportunity to hear the sounds of the jungle. (Meal: dinner)
DAY 2 - Friday
At 05:30h, boat ride to admire the sunrise in the forest and the birds singing in their diversity. Return to the ship and breakfast. In motorized canoes, walk along the river to a site trails for a walk with purpose to observe the flora and fauna of the region. Return to the ship. Lunch on board while cruising towards the indigenous community "Terra Preta", whose visit is an opportunity to meet the lifestyle and habits of the Indigenous. Return on board and navigation towards Jaraqui' village. By motorized canoes, after a pleasant river expedition, stop in land for an interesting jungle trekking to explore the fauna and flora. Return on board. Dinner on board. (Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner)
DAY 3 - Saturday
Breakfast on board and sail to a local village named 'Acajatuba'. On the way, stop at the floating station 'Recanto dos Botos' to interact with the pink dolphins, and feed the famous fish 'Pirarucu', known as the cod of the Amazon. Lunch on board. Departure and navigate along the Negro River towards the borders of the Solimões 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 the piranha, the dreaded Amazonian fish. Dinner on board. After dinner, canoe ride along the streams in search of caimans and other nocturnal animals with flashlights. Return aboard. Overnight. (Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner)
DAY 4 - Sunday
After another tropical breakfast, departure to see the giants and beautiful Amazonian water lilies, another opportunity to explore the Negro River. Return aboard starting the return trip to Manaus arriving at 11:00h in the city. (Meal: breakfast).
What about a combination of river cruise and an incredible jungle lodge to experience an Amazon Journey like no other? We offer M/V Desafio + Uakari Lodge as a one of a kind trip. 8 days/7 nights, Monday to Monday with a night in Manaus in between. Ask for details.
- Accommodation in cabins with private facilities and air-conditioning system
- Meals as program description
- Drinking water is free of charge
- Spoken languages on board: Portuguese, English, Spanish
- Experienced professional jungle guide included in all outside trips, trails and canoe expedition.
- A Great 34-meter Brazilian made three-master sailing ship
- Wooden Hull
- Fully equiped kitchen
- Fully air-conditioned
- VHF, SSB, Radar, Depth sound, Electronic Compass
- Satellite Telephone
- Safety Equipment as per Mercury Marine Minister's regulations, in excursion boats with 40hp engines
- Total number of cabins: 12
- Upper deck cabins: 06 (outside view)
- Lower deck cabins: 06 (no view)
- Showers and all amenities
- Every room is equipped with safe deposit box, bed lights
carpets and is fully air-conditioned
- 10 twins and 2 double/twins
- Air conditioned panoramic restaurant and bar.
- Large sundeck
DRESSING FOR THE ADVENTURE
Light clothes (jacket for the winter season); Bathing suit, sunglasses, and suntan lotion; Full-length trousers for expeditions into the jungle; Tennis shoes and comfortable walking boots with rubber sole are highly recommended; In order to travel in comfort in your cabin, take the necessary items in a carry-on case or travel bag; Larger suitcases can be stored in a locked deposit area of the boat.
2023-2024 prices per person in US$:
Jan.-July + Nov.:
Upper deck (with outside view)
$2706.00 per person sharing double cabin
$4022.00 per person in single cabin
Lower deck (with no view)
$2200.00 per person sharing double cabin
$3270.00 per person in single cabin
Upper deck (with outside view)
$3044.00 per person sharing double cabin
$4525.00 per person in single cabin
Lower deck (with no view)
$2475.00 per person sharing double cabin
$3680.00 per person in single cabin
(check with us for current price because rates can change due to the exchange rate)
2024 start dates: Jan. 4,11,25, Feb. 1,8,22, March 7,14,21,28, April 4,11,18,25, May 2,9,16,23, June 6,13,20,27,30, July 4,11,18,25, August 1,8,15,22,29, Sept. 5,12,19,26, Oct. 3,10,17,24, Nov. 7,14,21,28, Dec. 5,12,22,29