Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Lima
Overnight stay with breakfast
Charter flight to Iquitos (Amazon)/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 – from Iquitos in Peru to the mouth of the river at the Atlantic. The small HANSEATIC 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. Depending on the weather conditions and currents, the Zodiacs will be constantly in use, taking you down beautiful side branches to discover pristine natural beauty and hidden villages.
Downstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings (including Libertad, Leticia, Panelas, Rio Jutai, Cuxiu Muni)
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 on deck or in 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.
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 HANSEATIC 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 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. More than 400 mammals call the Amazon home, including sloths, giant otters and water buffalo. One exotic 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 more than 1,000 species of birds 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, arrival 5.00 hrs (subject to the tides)
Scheduled flight from Belem to 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:
* 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. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.