You are always rich when you can see and feel the beauty of this world – Aine Belton
You want to go to the Amazon, but you’re not quite sure where to begin to plan or what type of vessel you want to go on, we at SouthAmerica.travel are here to help you find the perfect Luxury Amazon Cruise.
The Amazon River
First, some interesting facts about this amazing river. The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world. It is approximately 6400 kilometers (4000 miles) in land and runs through Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. There are over 3,000 known species of fish that live in the river and more are being discovered each year. If you are an avid birder – you will be happy to know that 20% of the world’s bird species live in the Amazon Rainforest. There are also 40,000 plant species found here as well as 2 ½ million insect species. These numbers are extraordinary and would be excited to plan a trip to see some of them!
Now that we’ve got you even more intrigued about the Amazon, let us plan your amazing voyage down the mighty Amazon River in luxury. There are two great vessels that we offer and I would like to discuss each of them.
The first vessel we recommend is the M/Y Tucano. This vessel has more of an intimate feel. It is 80 feet long and has only 9 cabins aboard. Although the ship is smaller than your typical cruise ships, it has a lot of character. The Tucano has a spacious observation deck with a large sun canopy where you can spot wildlife while cruising along the river. Or if you prefer to catch some rays, you can do so here as well. Lie under the South America sun and watch for macaw parrots flying overhead. All cabins on board the Tucano are air-conditioned and have windows that can be opened (all equipped with insect screens). It’s the perfect place to relax after your early morning excursion listening to sounds and sights of the jungle and the water lapping against the vessel as you cruise down the river. Truly breathtaking!
Dining on board the vessel is casual. The chef on board makes amazing dishes for the guests making sure to utilize the wonderful fruits, vegetables, fish and other flavors unique to the Amazon.
Iberostar Grand Amazon
The second vessel we recommend is the Iberostar Grand Amazon. This ship is larger and considered more of a “Hotel Cruise Ship”. The Grand Amazon has all the modern conveniences you would find in a hotel or other larger cruise ships. It has exclusive bars and restaurants and a large range of entertainment activities, a conference room for conventions, shops and a disco. This vessel has a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi located on the top deck. The Grand Amazon has 72 cabins. All are air-conditioned and all have private balconies. Perfect to sit and sip a nice glass of wine and watch the sunset and listen to the myriad of birds and monkeys that live in the jungle as you cruise down the river.
The Grand Amazon also has fine dining on board that of a Brazilian and international nature. The chefs also make use of the fresh fruits and vegetables and featuring outstanding local fish from the Amazon, along with excellent lamb, pork and beef.
Both vessels carry small boats for guests who want to get off the ship and explore the jungle up close. Which ever vessel you choose, it is always best to go prepared. Here is a suggested packing list to make your time in the Amazon most enjoyable.
- 1 rain suit (jacket & pants) or poncho.
- 1 jacket/windbreaker (rainjacket) can double for this) and/or sweater/sweatshirt.
- 2 long cotton or other lighter pants.
- 2 long sleeve, tight-weave cotton shirts.
- 1 pair of shorts or bathing suit.
- 1 wide brim hat for sun and rain.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 pair of lightweight hiking boots.
- 2 pair of tennis shoes or similar (Bring at least 1 old pair that can get dirty)
- Underwear, socks.
- Binoculars – a must.
- Plastic water bottle
- Personal first aid kit
- 6 large plastic bags or stuff sacks (to compartmentalize clothes, laundry, wet items within your duffel).
- Flashlight with spare batteries.
- Pocket knife.
Note: Use subdued colors in the jungle, as bright colors may scare wildlife. Long sleeves and long pants are very important for protection from sun and insects
If you’re still not sure which Luxury Amazon Cruise is best suitable for you, please contact one of our travel experts and they will be happy to plan the perfect itinerary for you. We look forward to welcoming you to the Amazon soon!