JAMESTOWN, RI – June 17, 2019 – Expedition cruise line, Amazon Nature Tours, is celebrating the end of the visa requirement to Brazil, which takes effect today, by introducing new “Into the Wild” four-day sailings. The small ship expedition company, that sails further into the Brazilian Amazon basin than any other line, are adding these sailings as an enhancement of their previous shorter cruises, going deeper into the Amazon basin. This allows guests a greater opportunity to explore the dense forests and small tributaries within the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, The Central Amazon Conservation Complex.
Amazon Nature Tours is the only line to offer four- and six-day sailings in the Brazilian Amazon basin, exploring the least inhabited major river in the Amazon basin, the Rio Negro. While most lines sail the Peruvian Amazon or do day trips on the Brazil side, Amazon Nature Tours goes far into the Brazilian rain forest. These true expedition cruises are led by trained naturalists and include kayak and launch excursions into the “flooded forests,” rainforest hikes, visits to native villages, fishing for piranhas, outings to the beach and more. Highlights of the four-day trip include:
- Deep wilderness exploration far from other travelers and human settlement
- The Anavilhanas Archipelago, a reserve that includes the world’s largest system of river islands and also areas of tall dense rainforest called the igapó, the black water flooded forest where dense forests grow right out of the dark water of the Rio Negro.
- “Encontra das Aguas,” a stark several mile-long line where two of the world’s largest rivers, the Amazon and the Rio Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon.
- Search for nocturnal creatures such as the Caiman, the Amazon’s crocodiles, and the large night birds such as a Potoo, with its bulging eyes and large mouth adapted to swallow the huge Mariposa Moths
While the four-day sailings explore more of the region than before, the price has remained unchanged, with rates starting at $1,750 per person. Guests sail on the Motor Yacht Tucano, an 18-passenger boat that has been completely refitted to make it one of the most sustainable vessels in the region. A significant portion of the energy used on board is generated by solar panels. Solar energy is used to heat water for showers, refrigeration in the galley, to make ice, and to power the ship’s launches. There are “solar hours” each day, when all generators are turned off and the ship operates by solar energy alone. Amazon Nature Tours has eliminated all plastic onboard and now provides guests with complimentary, reusable aluminum water bottles that can be refilled at large dispensers. All staff, food and linens are sourced locally. For these efforts, the company received the Latin American Travel Association Sustainability Achievement Award for Latin America’s most sustainable tour operator.
“The Brazilian Amazon is one of the greatest ecosystems in the world and still largely undiscovered,” said Mark Baker, President of Amazon Nature Tours. “We hope that the elimination of the visa requirement makes it easier and more enticing for travelers to visit Brazil and explore its magical rain forest. Our four night “Into the Wild” expedition cruises enable travelers to have an authentic experience within the Amazon wilderness and still be able to experience some of the other iconic destinations within Brazil. And for those that would like the quintessential Amazon expedition cruises, we also operate a six-night cruise that explores some of the farthest reaches of the remote Amazon rainforest.”
The expedition cruises of Amazon Nature Tours go farther and deeper into the rainforest than any other cruise vessel – anywhere in the Amazon. The voyages explore deep into a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in the least inhabited major river system in all the Amazon Basin, the Rio Negro — and out there, among the greatest collection of flora and fauna in the world, it’s just the passengers and guides. The area where guests explore has one of the most varied environments of any place in the entire Amazon. There is high forest with towering trees, mysterious flooded forests that stretch for miles upon miles of dark still water, grasslands where crocodiles rest in the day, and at a certain times of year, there are beautiful deserted beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. This is one of the most beautiful parts of all the Amazon.
Amazon Nature Tours operates four-night “Into the Wild” and six-night “Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon” sailings on the Motor Yacht Tucano round-trip from Manaus, Brazil year-round. The nine outside staterooms offer five large double, two single, and two double-berth rooms. Pre- and post-city and historic tours of Manaus are also available. For more information or to book a sailing, visit www.amazon-nature-tours.com.
About Amazon Nature Tours / Ecotour Expeditions, Inc.
Amazon Nature Tours / Ecotour Expeditions, Inc. began in the early 1980’s as company importing tropical lumber from the Amazon. Its founder and President, Mark Baker, imported lumber from sawmills in the rainforests of the Amazon and distributed it to manufacturers and lumber outlets in the United States. But by 1988 Baker became convinced that rainforest conservation was one of the most important goals of our time, so in 1989, he closed the lumber company and began to offer some of the first “ecotours” in the entire tourism industry.
On the Motor Yacht Tucano travelers can voyage deep into remote wilderness in considerable comfort and style. Cruises on the ship offer intensive and authentic wilderness exploration, but with comfort and elegance. The company is based in the State of Rhode Island with offices in Manaus, Brazil.
For more information about the company and its expedition cruises, please visit: www.amazon-nature-tours.com