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Cruise the Amazon ? Waterways & Rain Forest

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 Victoria Regia water lilies, the leaves of which can measure up to three feet across. During your tour you will come to the Meeting of the Waters, where the muddy yellow water of the mighty Solimões and the clear, dark water of the Rio Negro meet and continue to flow together without intermingling, forming the Amazon River. Back at the landing stage, you’ll have a little free time to purchase local native arts and crafts, before re-boarding the riverboat.
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3 out of 6(50%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Cruise the Amazon ? Waterways & Rain Forest
Review 1 for Cruise the Amazon ? Waterways & Rain Forest
Overall Rating
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Lake January

Date:January 9, 2014
beachboots
Location:Florida,USA
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
The meeting of the waters can be seen better from the ship. You will only miss the local guide comments. Lake January was extremely disappointing. The Victoria Regia water lilies were only 18 inches in diameter and looked to be babies placed behind a log for the tourist. The water was low and I don't believe this excursion should be offered when the waters are low.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
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0out of 0found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Cruise the Amazon ? Waterways & Rain Forest
Overall Rating
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Cruise the Amazon Waterways & Rain Forest

Date:December 30, 2013
Titicaca
Location:Kentucky, USA
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
This is a good tour as long as it does not Thunder-Lighting and rain.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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0out of 0found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Cruise the Amazon ? Waterways & Rain Forest
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

An excellent adventure

Date:April 2, 2013
xexec
Location:East Dorset, Vermont
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:January
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
We were fortunate to do this trip in February when the water levels are high. We were on an uncrowded double decker boat which first gave us a tour of the Manaus harbor front. Then we proceeded to the meeting of the waters which was excellent to see close up.
Moving on to Lake January, we took a 30 minute rainforest walk before we boarded the 10 person canoes for an excellent tour complete with wonderful birds and dolphins. It was far less buggy that expected.
Those who wanted to could stop at the shopping tent located at the canoe landing before we headed back to the larger boat for the return.
Just as we got out of the canoes, the skies opened up with the hardest rain I have ever experienced. It kept raining for the rest of the day so we could not be outside for the return boat trip. Everyone took it in stride as part of the "rainforest" experience.
If there is one suggestion, it would be to serve at least some kind of snack or meal. There is a restaurant at the boat landing and the smell of the great local food was very enticing.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+6points
6out of 6found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Cruise the Amazon ? Waterways & Rain Forest
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Day & Night

Date:January 8, 2012
redhiker
Location:Oregon
Cruise Date Year:2011
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
The night before this excursion we did Lake January at night. This trip we got to see the lake in the day light. We arrived at the dock and moved to the covered canoes and toured the area. The GIANT lilly pads are huge. There was NO walking, other than moving from the boat, to the dock, to the canoes.
The meeting of the waters you can see from the ship, however on the river boat you get a much better view and have lots of time in the area. We also saw the pink dophins at this spot.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+8points
8out of 8found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Cruise the Amazon ? Waterways & Rain Forest
Overall Rating
1 out of 5
1 out of 5

Abandoned!

Date:January 2, 2011
sunray
Location:Winnipeg, Canada
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
We took this tour and were not told it would differ from the description which showed it as moderate activity. The first part, going to the Meeting of the Waters, was done. We then docked at a floating restaurant and the tour leader on our boat said for those who wanted to see giant water lilies it would be a 45 minute walk each way in tropical heat and humidity.
Asked about transferring to canoes, he said there had never been such an arrangement. On our riverboat eight people who could not make the strenuous walk had to wait for an hour and a half until the others returned. We felt abandoned. We should have been told before we left the ship
I understand this is being fixed.
Cruise Date Year:2010
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
+9points
9out of 9found this review helpful.
Review 6 for Cruise the Amazon ? Waterways & Rain Forest
Overall Rating
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Beware of difficulty

Date:December 27, 2010
Mumbles
Location:Greenville, Ga.
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Even though the brochures say the tour can be altered by the lack of rain there is no way of you knowing it. The shore excursion office should be in contact with the tour operator and let the people know.Otherwise there is a one hour twenty minute walk on uneven ground.HOT<HOT<HOT. Some people would definitely change tours if this info was available.
Cruise Date Year:2010
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
+11points
11out of 11found this review helpful.