On board MS HANSEATIC from Iquitos to Belem

Expedition Amazon - On the river of life

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For generations, the Amazon has fuelled the imaginations of researchers and explorers. Great scientists made for its shores to explore a fantastic and hard-to-reach natural paradise. Follow in their footsteps, board the Zodiacs and navigate narrow, winding waterways to discover the power and magic of a gigantic river that sets the rhythm of South America.

from Iquitos to Belem

Cruise dates:from 09.04.2016 to 27.04.2016 (18 days)
Cruise number: HAN1606

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]


Sat, 09.04.2016

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Lima
Overnight stay with breakfast

Sun, 10.04.2016

Charter flight to Iquitos/Peru,
departure 18.00 hrs

Wonderful encounters in fascinating nature
Your adventure begins in Iquitos, Peru, in the middle of the evergreen jungle more than 4,000 km from the mouth of the Amazon. Unforgettable impressions await you in the overwhelming natural surroundings of the world’s largest rainforest. Perfect expeditionary territory for a small ship like the HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs.

Mon, 11.04.2016
- Sat, 16.04.2016

Downstream on the Upper Amazon with Zodiac landings
(including Libertad, Leticia, Rio Jutai, Cuxiu Muni, Rio Negro)

The weather conditions and currents will determine the itinerary of eventful days in which the robust inflatable boats will be in continuous use, taking you to the settlement of Libertad, for example. This is the home of the Yagua, former nomads who once hunted with poisoned arrows and blowpipes and have now settled on the river. The friendly inhabitants offer handicrafts and traditional masks. Leticia is an important trade centre in the border triangle of Colombia, Peru and Brazil. At the markets on the riverbank, you cannot fail to be impressed by the variety of tropical fruits and vegetables before the HANSEATIC continues further downstream into a true treasure trove of life. Explore the green heart of South America on spectacular Zodiac rides and landings and travel ever further into the jungle on side branches and tributaries such as the Rio Jutai. While the Zodiacs drift past bromeliads with stunning bright-red flowers, the call of Amazon parrots can be heard above the water. Perhaps you might see a group of blue-and-yellow macaws perched high up in the treetops. Cuxiu Muni is not the only place where, with a little luck, you might catch sight of the famous botos, the Amazon’s pink river dolphins. Fascinating wildlife is all around you just waiting to be discovered. Here you will see large-billed terns fishing in the water and saffron finches picking seeds out of the floating water grass. And native plants such as the red passion flower explode in fireworks of colour. You will also experience an unforgettable natural spectacle at the Meeting of the Waters, where the “black” Rio Negro joins the clay-yellow Rio Solimoes; the two rivers do not mix immediately, but flow alongside each other for several kilometres. Water level permitting, the HANSEATIC will intensively explore the untouched scenery along the shore of the Rio Negro. In this nature conservation area, you will visit small hidden settlements and relax in the river’s wonderful bays.

Sun, 17.04.2016
- Mon, 18.04.2016


Cultural treasures and natural riches
A bustling city in the middle of the rainforest: Manaus has a fascinatingly eventful history and lively present. On an excursion exploring the city’s history and opera house*, you will get to know the former Portuguese fort and missionary base. Enjoy spectacular views of Brazil’s seventh largest city and the Meeting of the Waters on an aerial tour above Manaus*, before being swept away by the rhythm and joie de vivre of South American in Parintins.

Mon, 18.04.2016
- Sun, 24.04.2016

Downstream on the Lower Amazon with Zodiac landings
(including Parintins, Alter do Chao, Guajara)

With magnificent costumes and their intoxicating music, the dancers relate the ancient legend of the resurrection of a bull, their exuberance keeping pace with their extravagance. Immerse yourself in the natural riches of the Amazon once again as the HANSEATIC sets sail for the mouth of this legendary river. Butterflies the size of plates dance through the air, tiny hummingbirds silently flap their wings over the water and the many-voiced chorus of birds and howler monkeys sounds from the dense green of the jungle. Swim and bathe as though in the Caribbean on the fine white sand of Alter do Chao. Enjoy a few hours of doing absolutely nothing, and look forward to spotting various species of bird and mighty water buffalo in Guajara.

Mon, 25.04.2016

Day trip through the Breves Channels

The HANSEATIC will be able to show its advantages to the full when passing through the narrow Breves Channel in the Amazon Delta: travel through the dense green of the jungle on winding waterways – a great end to a superb expedition.

Tue, 26.04.2016

Belem, arrival 5.00 hrs (subject to the tides)
Scheduled flight Belem – Frankfurt

Wed, 27.04.2016

Arrival in Frankfurt

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

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 biologist Claudia Roedel will fascinate you with her extensive experience of the Amazon region. An experienced expedition leader, she specialises in tropical ecology, has completed a survival training course in the jungle and knows all about the native tribes in the Amazon.