Cruise through Anavilhanas National Park

A private cruise on a typical boat of the Amazon through the islands of the Rio Negro

Discover the largest fresh water archipelago in the world and its 400 islands brimming with unique flora and fauna

A private cruise on a typical boat of the Amazon through the islands of the Rio Negro

The Anavilhanas Archipelago is situated on the Rio Negro, half a day’s boat ride away from Manaus. When the river level is at its highest, half of its islands are submerged, to create a floating forest in front of your eyes.

You will discover countless creeks and canals. A dense vegetation which harbors birds, monkeys, iguanas, rodents and snakes. With its unique black waters, it is extremely rich in aquatic life: numerous species of fish come here specially just to reproduce. Here you will find the pirarucu and piranhas as well as caimans, dolphins and even the giant otter of the Amazon.

A cruise in which you can view the flora and fauna from your boat as well as discovering the islands by canoe or on foot.
A sublime destination to discover the jungle and its ecosystem. Discover our unique itinerary in South America.

Suggested Duration for a cruise on the Rio Negro

5 days

Number of participants

From 2 to 8 persons

Recommended period to visit Anavilhanas National Park

All year round
The river is at its lowest in November
The river is at its highest in May


Description of your private cruise

Destination Brazil! Observe the treasures of the Amazon: the vastness of the Rio Negro, the unique flora and fauna of the Anavilhanas National Park, unique encounters with local communities… a trip that is out of this world!
Travel to the heart of the Amazon rainforest and discover all the beauty of an extraordinary destination. This river cruise will take you in contact with nature, between Amazonian dolphin, giant otters, monkeys and birds to accompany you in your activities.

A 5-day private river cruise for couples, families or groups of friends as we navigate along the Rio Negro.

An experience which will allow you to:

Dive into the heart of the Amazon with the comfort of a traditional privatized boat
Cross the Anavilhanas archipelago and its 400 islands
See the meeting of waters, where the waters of the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimões meet to form the Amazon
Go hiking through the forest
Spot the flora and fauna with a specialist guide whether by foot or by boat, at day and at night
Spend a night in a hammock in the jungle under the canopy
Meet the “Botos cor de rosa”, dolphins of the Amazon
Go on nighttime outings to look at the fauna
Spend some time with local communities
Marvel at the vastness of the Milky Way


Where will you sleep and what will you eat?

Several options are available for sleeping. You can sleep in a hammock on the deck of the boat or in an air-conditioned cabin.

Meals will be prepared by the chef aboard the boat. You will eat vegetables and fruits accompanied by freshly caught fish and local meats. Water and fruit juices are provided for your entire stay (alcoholic beverages are not included).

Participant profile

This cruise is intended for all profiles of participants, it is our most accessible adventure. Families, couples and groups of friends will enjoy this expedition.

What is included in your private cruise in the Anavilhanas National Park

The price includes :

Pick-up from your hotel or Manaus airport;
Bilingual guide for the entire duration of the stay and all activities
Privatized boat with crew composed of a captain, a machinist and a cook
Entry into the national park of Anavilhanas
Hammocks and mosquito nets for sleeping in the rainforest
Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of our tour

The price doesn’t include:

National and international flights
Hotel accommodation or lodge and restaurants in Manaus before and after our tour in the jungle
Travel insurance
Alcoholic beverages

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    Program of your river cruise in the Amazon

    The program gives you an idea of how your trip will unfold. You are the protagonist of your adventure, and we will adapt to fulfil your wishes.

    The people you will meet, the animals you will see, the landscapes that will pass before your eyes, the unique moments you will share that are out of this world are impossible to convey in their intensity on this page.
    Each one of these elements, will, in our view, make your journey to the Amazon Rainforest complete.

    Days 1 and 2: Heading to Anavilhanas National Park

    Day 1 : On the first day of our adventure, we will come to pick you up from your hotel or the airport early in the morning and we will stop off at the Manaus market, by the port. Next activity: meeting the waters! We will then board our boat and head off toward the confluence of the Solimöes and Rio Negro rivers which form the Amazon River. Their waters, clear on one side and dark on the other, run along next to each other for miles without mixing.
    During the afternoon you will discover the Janauari Ecological Park in the afternoon before we travel back up the Rio Negro cape on the Anavilhanas Archipelago.

    Day 2 : After breakfast, which is served aboard the boat, we will set off to find the Amazon pink dolphins in the Rio Negro. If you wish, you can get into the water with them.
    We will then meet a local community where we will have lunch before taking a walk in the rainforest. This hike will be devoted to spotting the flora and fauna. It is an ideal opportunity to discover medicinal plants and herbs.
    At the end of the day we will set up camp in the jungle to spend the night underneath the stars and sleep in our hammocks around the fire as is the custom in the Amazon. You can also sleep on the boat if you prefer.

    Days 3 and 4: In the heart of the Amazon basin

    Day 3 : We will navigate through the Anavilhanas Archipelago.
    You can then explore the islands by canoe or on foot according to the time of year and water levels.
    We will then reach the Ariaú river along which we will continue our exploration activities by canoe for a spot of bird and monkey watching. You will have the chance to try your luck at piranha fishing.

    Day 4 : We will visit the Acajatuba lagoon to meet members of a local community. We will go to see the manioc plantations and learn how manioc flour is made.
    The afternoon will be devoted to relaxing on a river beach (praia grande) where you can go for a swim. A nighttime outing to look at the caimans will wrap up our day.

    Day 5: Back to Manaus

    Day 5 : To end our trip on a high note, we will cross the archipelago’s islands by journeying down the Rio Negro after breakfast.
    We will meet the Amerindian tribe, the Umukomasã, also known as Desana. We will take the time to talk with them and find out about their traditions during our excursion.

    At the end of the day, we will return to Manaus with an expected arrival at the port there of 5:00 p.m. From the port, we will take you to your hotel, lodge or to the airport.