Cruise the Amazon Waterways & Rain Forest
Take a closer look at the meeting of the waters from a water-level perspective on board a local boat. You’ll take an approximately one-hour riverboat ride down the dark waters of the mysterious Rio Negro. Here you’ll see the huts of the ribeirinhos (river people) clustered on the riverbanks. The riverboat is equipped with restroom facilities, although these may be basic. Your Amazon River cruise takes you to Lake January. At a landing platform, board a motorized, ten-seater canoe for a close-up view of the local vegetation and trees. With luck, and river conditions permitting, you may be able to admire the Victoria Regia water lilies, the leaves of which can measure up to three feet across. Back at the landing stage, you’ll have a little free time to purchase local native arts and crafts, before re-boarding the riverboat.
There are 10 wooden steps to negotiate should you wish to be seated on the upper level of the riverboat. The upper level is only half covered. Wear lightweight clothing and comfortable walking shoes. Bring sunscreen and a hat. It takes approximately one hour (or more in certain water conditions) from the port to reach the Meeting of the Waters, another 60 minutes (approximately) to reach the canoe station, and then a further 60 minutes to return to the port. The river trip in the canoe will last approximately 60 - 75 minutes. Tour involves some effort during (dis)embarkation of the motorized canoes. Not suitable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Do not book 'The Meeting of the Waters' in addition to this tour, as the two tours are somewhat similar. The Meeting of the Waters can also be viewed from your cruise ship while approaching Manaus. The water level in the Amazon basin fluctuates seasonally. Occasionally, some tours that involve these waterways may be rescheduled or modified at very short notice. Minimum age is 5 years.
Due to low waters, ms Prinsendam December 7 and December 8, 2015 call dates will not use a motorized canoe to access Lake January. The canoe portion of the tour will be replaced with a 30 minute walking tour to visit a small lake with water lilies. On the way in and out, one may see monkeys running freely in the jungle, giant tree 'Sumauma', and rubber trees.