On board MS BREMEN from Iquitos to Breves Channels
Expedition Amazon: On the River of Life
For generations it has been inspiring the fantasy of researchers and explorers: the Amazon. Renowned scientists have set off to explore the fantastic and inaccessible natural paradise on its banks. Follow their tracks, step into the Zodiacs and discover, along narrow and winding waterways, the power and magic of the gigantic river which determines the rhythm of South America.
| Wed, 23.04.2014 |
Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Lima
| Thu, 24.04.2014 |
Charter flight in the morning, transfer to Iquitos/Peru, departure 18.00 hrs
Marvellous Encounters in fascinating Nature
| Fri, 25.04.2014 |
- Sat, 03.05.2014
Downstream on the upper Amazon with Zodiac landings (e.g. Libertad, Leticia, Rio Jutai, Cuxiu Muni, Rio Negro)
The weather and currents determine the course of eventful days on which the robust inflatables are in permanent use and bring you to places such as the small Peruvian village of Portugal and the settlement Libertad. Yagua Indians live here, formerly nomads who used to go hunting with poisonous arrows and blow pipes and have now settled along the river. The friendly indigenous people offer their works of art, handicrafts and traditional masks. Leticia is also an important trading point in the border triangle of Columbia, Peru and Brazil. At the markets on the river banks you will be impressed by the diversity of tropical fruits and vegetables before the BREMEN continues sailing down the river into a veritable treasure trove of life. During spectacular Zodiac rides and landings, you will discover the green heart of South America and penetrate even deeper into the jungle along side arms and tributaries like the Rio Jutai. While the Zodiacs glide past bromeliads with stunning bright red flowers, the screams of the Amazon parrots can be heard across the water. You might see a group of blue-and-yellow macaws that have settled in the crown of a tree.
| Sun, 04.05.2014 |
Cultural Treasures and natural Abundance
| Mon, 05.05.2014 |
- Thu, 08.05.2014
Downstream on the lower Amazon with Zodiac landings (e.g. Parintins, Alter do Chao, Guajara)
Experience the rhythm and joy of life of South America in Parintins. With their magnificent costumes and their rousing music, the dancers tell the old legend about the resurrection of a bull. The exuberance of the people can easily compete with the lavishness of nature. Immerse yourself once again in the natural abundance of Amazonia when the BREMEN sets sail for the estuary of the river which is so rich in myths. Butterflies as big as plates dance through the air, tiny hummingbirds silently flap their wings over the water, and from the dense greenery of the jungle, you cannot fail to hear the chorus of many sounds coming from the birds and howling monkeys. On the fine white beach of Alter do Chao, you have the opportunity to sunbathe and swim to your heart’s delight just as you would in the Caribbean. Allow yourself to do absolutely nothing for a few hours and look forward to observing many different species of birds and powerful water buffalos in Guajara.
| Fri, 09.05.2014 |
Daytime passage through the Breves Channels
The BREMEN can once again provide impressive evidence of her strengths during the passage through the narrow Breves Channels in the Amazon delta. Here, you will sail through the dense greenery of the jungle along winding waterways – the wonderful finale of a marvellous expedition.
| Sat, 10.05.2014 |
Belem/Brazil, arrival 8.00 hrs (subject to the tides)
| Sun, 11.05.2014 |
Arrival in Frankfurt
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on local conditions.
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.
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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MACHU PICCHU - ON THE TRAILS OF THE INKA
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: RIO DE JANEIRO - THE BUOYANT METROPOLE
Expedition leader on board
The biologist Claudia Roedel
lives in Brazil and has gathered extensive experience concerning the
Amazon and its surroundings. An accomplished expedition leader, she
specialised in tropical ecology, has completed a survival training
course in the jungle and is very familiar with the indigenous tribes of