On board MS HANSEATIC from Belem to Iquitos

Expedition Amazon - Expedition in the purest sense – the mystery of the Amazon

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The world’s largest river runs right through the biggest rainforest and on this cruise you will follow the river from its mouth to deep into the jungle. Only a small, manoeuvrable expedition ship like the HANSEATIC can penetrate so deep into the green treasure chest of the Amazon, in which nature has produced a unique level of variety. The Zodiacs will ensure a particularly intense jungle experience - getting right up close to the myth of the Amazon.

from Belem to Iquitos

Cruise dates:from 22.03.2016 to 12.04.2016 (21 days)
Cruise number: HAN1605

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.


Tue, 22.03.2016

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Sao Paulo – Belem

Wed, 23.03.2016

Overnight stay with breakfast (mid-range hotel)

Thu, 24.03.2016

City tour
Belem/Brazil, departure 18.00 hrs (subject to the tides)

The Amazon: the exotic lifeline
In Belem, you will board the HANSEATIC to follow the winding course of the Amazon for more than 4,000 km. Depending on the weather conditions and currents, the Zodiacs will be constantly in use and you will be able to explore the narrow tributaries of this mighty river, which weave their way through the dense jungle and remain hidden to other travellers.

Fri, 25.03.2016

Day trip through the Breves Channels

Here you can explore the secrets of the Amazon from close quarters – always accompanied by experts who will show you the wonders of nature in the Breves Channels.

Sat, 26.03.2016
- Wed, 30.03.2016

Upstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings
(including Guajara, Alter do Chao, Parintins, Canacari)

In the lush tropical vegetation on the river banks, including buriti and acai palms, you might see swallow-tailed kites and black vultures, whist around the small settlement of Guajara, various species of heron and buzzard can be observed. The mighty water buffalo, which stand deep in the water to graze on the water plants, are an unforgettable sight. You may be surprised by the sandy beach, almost like a Caribbean beach, in Alter do Chao. Enjoy some relaxing time spent on the warm, white sands and take a refreshing dip in the emerald-green Rio Tapajos.

Cultural treasure trove of the tropics
Colourful costumes and intoxicating music: the inhabitants of Parintins revel in the atmosphere of the “Bumba-meu-boi” dance festival. Embrace the exuberant joie de vivre, before going on an atmosphere Zodiac tour of Canacari. In the floating water grass, you can see the world’s largest water lily whose circular leaves can grow to diameters of 3 m.

Thu, 31.03.2016
- Fri, 01.04.2016

Manaus (Amazon)/Brazil

Accompanied by a concert of birdsong and the noises of the jungle, the HANSEATIC glides on up the river of life to Manaus (Amazon). As the centre of the rubber trade, the city achieved its legendary prosperity in the 19th century, and this is still reflected today in the treasures of the magnificent theatre, Teatro Amazonas: the splendid interior with crystal chandeliers and marble portals was brought to the jungle from Europe. Explore the city’s history and opera house*, and on an aerial tour above Manaus*, discover a spectacle of nature from a breathtaking perspective: at the famous Meeting of the Waters, the “black” Rio Negro and the muddy yellow Rio Solimoes flow alongside each other for several kilometres. An encounter with pink dolphins* in the water offers a very special experience. 

Sat, 02.04.2016
- Sat, 09.04.2016

Upstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings
(including Badajos, Cuxiu Muni, Rio Jutai, Leticia, Pevas, Nauta)

Natural wonders in the heart of South America
Only small, manoeuvrable expedition ships like the HANSEATIC can navigate the upper reaches of the Amazon beyond Manaus. Thanks to its shallow draught, the ship can continue westwards and provide you with some unforgettable opportunities to observe the natural surroundings and wildlife. Depending on local conditions, the crew and experts will take you on numerous Zodiac rides and landings right into the green lungs of our planet. Be on the lookout, for example, for the famous pink river dolphins and the horned screamer birds at Badajos. Tiny hummingbirds zip through the air, and the cry of the howler monkeys can be heard from the treetops. In Cuxiu Muni and other places, you can visit a typical village of the native inhabitants – and go on a late-evening Zodiac tour for an intense experience of the magic of the jungle at night. Listen to the chorus of hundreds of frogs and cicadas, and observe caymans and nocturnal animals such as bats. With the Zodiacs, explore the Rio Jutai, where brightly coloured toucans and magnificent varieties of orchid can be seen on the banks. The hustle and bustle of the lively markets and the traditional dances and ceremonies of the inhabitants are what characterise the Colombian city of Leticia and the Peruvian native settlement of Pevas.

Sun, 10.04.2016

Iquitos/Peru, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Lima
Overnight stay with breakfast

In the middle of the evergreen jungle, more than 4,000 km away from the estuary of the Amazon, your adventure ends in Iquitos in Peru.

Mon, 11.04.2016

City tour
Scheduled flight Lima – Frankfurt

Tue, 12.04.2016

Arrival in Frankfurt

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.

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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:



A biology specialist in the team of experts

The plants and animals of South America are what biologist Claudia Roedelis passionate about. With her in-depth knowledge of native Amazonian tribes and having completed survival training with the Brazilian army, she is the perfect person to accompany you in the jungle.