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. This is where the Rio Negro and Solimoes run side by side for many miles clearly delineated by their respective colors.
You’ll take an approximately one-hour riverboat ride down the dark waters of the mysterious Rio Negro and see the huts of the ribeirinhos (river people) clustered on the riverbanks.
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.
The riverboat is equipped with restroom facilities, although these may be basic. 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 advisable 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.