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MV Desafio Amazon Cruise - Maguary Route

3 Night Cruise

The MV Desafio is a handsome medium-sized schooner with space for 24 passengers to cruise the Amazon in style. The vessel covers three routes, all with regular departures, two each of 3 nights duration, both from Thursday to Sunday, and a longer cruise of 7 days from Thursday to Wednesday.

Cruise the Amazon River

Take a cruise on the Amazon River, the world’s largest river system, to experience the ambience of the Amazon Jungle. Leave the boat for a closer look on jungle treks through the rainforest and canoe trips through the creeks. Take night-time expeditions to see caimans and other nocturnal creatures. Visit Amazon communities and learn how they adapt to life in the world’s largest rainforest. Awaken early to be staggered by the dawn chorus that makes every morning special in the Amazon. Feast on fruits and fish found only in the Amazon, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle at night from the deck of your boat as you Cruise  the Amazon with Brazil Adventure Tours.

The MV Desafio Amazon Cruise

The MV Desafio is a handsome medium-sized schooner with space for 24 passengers to cruise the Amazon in plenty of style, and with plenty of space too. The three-masted vessel covers three routes, all with regular departures, two each of 3 nights duration, both from Thursday to Sunday, and a longer cruise of 7 days from Thursday to Wednesday. The shorter cruises cover the Anavilhanas Archipelago as one option, plus the closest reaches of it plus the Iranduba and Meeting of the Waters region, and a quick loop of the Rio Solimoes as another. The longer cruise is a combination of all these areas. All cruises begin and end in Manaus.

  • Destinations: Amazon - Manaus
  • Duration: 3 Night Cruise
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism - Cruises

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Over the Amazon Jungle to Manaus
Wednesday. Your flight takes you over the Amazon Jungle to Manaus, flying above miles of nothing but green jungle and silver rivers for the final hour or more, a special sight if the rainforest cloud clears for you. On arrival in the city, you will be met for transfer to your hotel in the city. An afternoon tour takes you to look at the famous Teatro Amazonas, the opera house built in the middle of the jungle. You can also visit the Adolfo Lisbao Market with produce from all over the Amazon region. After returning to your hotel, the rest of the day is then free to relax and recover from your journey to the city at the heart of the Amazon Rainforest.
Day 2 : Embarking on the MV Desafio
Manaus to the Rio Negro
Thursday. After meeting in the lobby of the Tropical Hotel, you board the MV Desafio and embark on your journey up the Rio Negro. The acidic waters of this major Amazon tributary mean that mosquitoes cannot breed. An on-board welcome from your multilingual naturalist guide gives you an insight into what you can look forward to seeing in the next few days. You cruise upriver and stop to fish for piranha, the Amazon fish whose sharp teeth have many different uses for local communities, as well as providing the basis for regional soup and other dishes. A night-time trip takes you to spot caiman, the largest reptiles in South America.
Day 3 : Amazon Jungle Adventures
Anavilhanas Archipelago
Friday. You wake in the Anavilhanas Archipelago where a trip around some of the creeks and channels of the world\'s largest freshwater archipelago gives you a close up look at the ecosystem of the Rio Ariau, with your guide explaining the flora and fauna that make up the islands. After cruising up the Rio Cueiras, a hike through the Amazon Rainforest is followed by a visit to a local community. Here you can learn some of the methods used by indigenous people to adapt and survive in the largest rainforest on earth, including hunting, cooking and the use of medicinal plants. A final cruise takes you through the creeks of the Rio Apuau.
Day 4 : Amazon Encounters
Rio Pagodao to Rio Solimoes
Saturday. An early start allows you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Amazon Dawn Chorus, as the avian world of the jungle brings in each day in a cacophony of colour. A trip up the Igarape do Tupe brings a visit to witness a representation of the rituals developed by indigenous communities of the Amazon Jungle. After cruising downstream on the Rio Negro, you pass the Meeting of the Waters to cruise up the first part of the Rio Solimoes. At the Janauari Lake, you can observe the wildlife of this nature reserve, and also the Vitoria Regina giant water lilies. You may also come close to the smaller local caiman and even an anaconda.
Day 5 : Back to Manaus & Disembark
Meeting of the Waters to Manaus & Away
Sunday. A sunrise breakfast can be taken at the Meeting of the Waters where two huge rivers of different colours, the Negro and the Solimoes, meet but refuse to mix due to differences in temperature, density and flow speed. Only downstream from here is the giant river known as The Amazon. You return to Manaus and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. The MV Desafio Amazon Cruise can also be combined with any other destination in Brazil such as Rio de Janeiro, the Pantanal and Iguazu Falls. *Please note: The MV Desafio Amazon Cruise embarks from Manaus most Thursdays. This is the Maguary route, others also exist.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 1,425 US$ 1,475 US$ 1,600 US$ 1,650
Domestic Flights ** N/A

Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Amazon MV Desafio Cruise - Lower Deck MV Desafio Cruise - Lower Deck MV Desafio Cruise - Upper Deck MV Desafio Cruise - Upper Deck
Manaus On Request Go Inn Manaus Tropical Hotel Manaus Tropical Hotel Manaus - Luxury


* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

May - June - July - August - September - October - November