Take advantage of our attractive special rate to extend your cruise, and round off your rainforest adventure with our Atlantic crossing. After your Amazon Expedition (BRE1807), simply stay on board in Belem and remain in the cabin you have already booked. Then relax and enjoy a further nine days of comfort and service on the BREMEN. A magical ocean experience from Brazil to the Canaries.
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Lima
Overnight stay with breakfast
Charter flight from Lima to Iquitos
Iquitos/Peru, departure 18.00 hrs
Natural spectacles in the Garden of Eden
The Amazon’s legendary reputation precedes it as one of our planet’s last, yet threatened, paradises. Its wonderful diversity, which must be protected, is far more overwhelming than any description can convey. How far will your impressive expedition take you? To be exact, 4,000 km (2,485 mi.) – from Iquitos in Peru to the mouth of the river at the Atlantic. The small BREMEN is perfect for exploring this incomparable ecosystem. Its shallow draught allows you to explore even the upper reaches of the Amazon, which could not be more diverse: over 40,000 identified plant species flourish in the Amazon and form the planet’s largest rainforest – we can only guess at the number of species yet to be discovered.
Downstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings (including Libertad, Leticia, Panelas, Rio Jutai, Cuxiu Muni)
Depending on the weather conditions and currents, the Zodiacs will be in use over and over again, taking you down beautiful side branches to discover pristine natural beauty and hidden villages. Pay a visit to Libertad and the Yagua natives to gain fascinating insights while surrounded by manioc and pepper trees. The markets of Leticia also show life in harmony with nature – the scents and colours of spices and tropical fruits enchant the senses. Away from the hustle and bustle, some people are still said to live in complete isolation. Much more visible is the diverse animal kingdom, for example, in Panelas. Whether from the deck or from a Zodiac – this cruise constantly presents you with marvellous sights, for example, on the Rio Jutai. Here, the cries of parrots echo over the water from the orchid-covered jungle trees, providing musical accompaniment to the dance of countless butterfly species. On a night-time Zodiac ride through the rainforest of Cuxiu Muni, the flitting fireflies seem almost like stars fallen from the tropical night sky. The bright eyes of the caimans, which you might be lucky enough to spot in the darkness, provide another very special natural spectacle.
Manaus/Brazil ( departure at midday)
An Eldorado of fascinating contradictions
The jungle metropolis of Manaus will show you the close relationship between nature and culture on the shores of the Amazon. This is where the past and present meet. The city’s history and opera house* bear witness to the time when this former centre of rubber made its fortune. On an aerial tour above Manaus*, these impressions will intensify as the jungle and city merge.
Ride and Zodiac landings on the Rio Negro
The famous Meeting of the Waters is a natural paintbox: the clay-yellow Rio Solimoes mixes with the “black” Rio Negro – water level permitting, the BREMEN will explore its riverbanks in particular detail. In this designated conservation area, you will ride out in the Zodiacs to get up-close to the wealth of flora and fauna. This continues in Pagodao, where the wildlife chorus heralds natural diversity.
Further downstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings (including Canacari, Parintins, Alter do Chao, Guajara)
Canacari will take your natural experiences to a very special level. With the Zodiacs, you will travel through floating water grass and past the world’s largest water lilies with leaves 3 m (10 ft) in diameter. At the middle point of the Amazon, Parintins is the epitome of flourishing city life. During the “Bumba-meu-boi”, dancers in colourful costumes are accompanied by intoxicating music as they tell the legend of the resurrection of a bull. Wonders of creation
Around every bend, the Amazon seems to have something to surpass your previous experiences: for example, swim and bathe as though in the Caribbean on the fine white beach of Alter do Chao. Spend a few hours here doing absolutely nothing, and look forward to the diversity yet to be discovered. Exotic mammals call the Amazon home – including sloths, giant otters and water buffalo. One example is the pink dolphins, which might pop up around the Zodiac when you reach Guajara. Toucans, hummingbirds, macaws and hoatzins are just some of the bird species that will cause a real sensation.
Day trip through the Breves Channels
Your on-board experts will be happy to tell you which of the over 3,000 different species of fish live in the Breves Channels. They will draw your attention to the wonders of the nearby shores on this impressive daytime passage – from the art of the stilt buildings in the hidden settlements to the natural discoveries of Alexander von Humboldt.
Belem/Brazil, arrival 8.00 hrs (subject to the tides)
Linienflug Belem – Frankfurt
Arrival in Frankfurt
The following programmes can be booked.
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:
Our proven pre and post programs cover a wide range of excursions and experiences and are accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. For all travelers who like to share experiences in a group of like-minded people.
Our travel concierge will be pleased to tailor exclusive travel arrangements to your wishes. From trendy design hotels to luxury beach resorts to insider tips for the most exciting metropolises - exclusive recommendations can be found here and at www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Your travel concierge is available to you before traveling and on board.
A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
South America’s lifeline remains one of the world’s greatest secrets, with a new adventure around every bend. Take our intensive expeditions to new shores abundant with the wonders of creation. Where the dense jungle offers exotic species a habitat, where the traditional hunting grounds of the American Indians stretch out before you and tropical plants flourish in luxuriant profusion, you, the passionate explorer, are completely in your element.