Close to the pulse of the Amazon - travel around 4,000 km (2,485 mi.) and discover exotic creatures, traditional habitats and blooming tropical plants on deck and on numerous Zodiac rides.
Scheduled flight from Germany to Sao Paulo
Overnight stay with breakfast
Flight to Belem/Brazil
Belem/Brazil, departure 21.00 hrs (subject to the tides)
Daytime passage through the Breves Channels
If nature's orchestra has created a masterpiece, then it's the Amazon. Even the name evokes a sense of temptation, risk and a yearning for adventure. But it also reminds us of the need to protect unique ecosystems. How does it feel to hear, see and sense it for the first time? Find out on board the HANSEATIC spirit and set sail for new shores. The daytime passage through the Breves Channels hints at nature's fantastic creations and mysterious wonders. The small, manoeuvrable expedition ship navigates skilfully along the narrow river. Depending on the weather and currents, the Zodiacs will allow you to explore the labyrinthine tributaries. Head into the green heart of the Amazon, all the way to Iquitos in Peru, accompanied by the calls of toucans, yellow-headed caracaras and saffron finches.
Upstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings (including Guajara, Virassaia, Alter do Chao, Parintins, Canacari)
On board and on Zodiac rides, your experts will enhance your perception and awareness of just how sensitive this biotope is. They will comment on what you see and deepen your knowledge with fascinating presentations. To date, around 40,000 plant species have been described in the Amazon region, along with around 1,300 types of bird and more than 400 mammals. Which species will you discover? With luck, you may catch sight of pink river dolphins as you travel by Zodiac in Guajara. The young are grey at first and only change colour at the age of two. In the small riverside settlement of Virassaia, look out for a special feathered friend: the indigenous hoatzin. You might even see herons and cormorants as you enjoy Zodiac rides through the species-rich floodplain areas.
New surprises await around every corner. In Alter do Chao, an almost Caribbean beach suddenly appears on the emerald-green Rio Tapajos, inviting you to relax and swim. A wonderful introduction to the Brazilian way of life, which you will get to know even better in Parintins. Pay a visit to the cathedral or treat yourself to some regional delicacies. Try tapioca, a starch extracted from cassava root that is cooked with palm fruit or banana porridge. Seek out a totally different natural treasure in Canacari. The Zodiacs will transport you through drifting pastures in search of the world's largest water lilies. Their gorgeous leaves are 3 m (10 ft) in diameter. Again and again, you will discover hidden paradises and marvel at exotic plants and creatures. The experts will enhance your experiences with their specialist knowledge - and highlight the extent to which commercial interests are taking over and endangering this natural treasure trove.
In Manaus (Amazon), you will see how closely nature and culture intertwine on the banks of the Amazon. Colonial past and global present meet in the magnificent jungle metropolis. The city's history and opera house* bear witness to the time when this former centre of rubber made its fortune, with modern glass facades sitting alongside classical and art nouveau buildings. On a scenic flight above Manaus (Amazon)*, these impressions will intensify as the jungle and city merge.
On the Rio Negro, you will bear witness to the legendary "Encontro das Aguas". The "Meeting of Waters" is the spectacular confluence between the dark Rio Negro and the pale, sandy-coloured Rio Solimoes, the name for this part of the Amazon River.
Further upstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings (including Lago Ajura (Ilha da Botija), Cuxiu Muni, Rio Jutai, Leticia, Pevas)
Your journey continues to Lago Ajura (Ilha da Botija). The Zodiac will carry you along small channels into the flooded forest. The treetops of lofty strangler figs sprouting from mighty tree trunks are reflected on the surface of the water. The lush green banks accentuate the red flowers of bromeliads and passion flowers. Will you spot capuchin monkeys doing gymnastics in the trees or well-camouflaged iguanas? Your night-time Zodiac ride near Cuxiu Muni will become even more thrilling if the eyes of caimans penetrate the darkness. This unique cruise is filled with astonishing sights - for example on the Rio Jutai, when the cries of tropical birds reverberate across the water. Visit the colourful, vibrant markets of Leticia, where aromatic spices and exotic fruits inspire the senses. In Pevas, the stilt buildings of the native Peruvian village provide a vivid insight into life in the wilderness.
Iquitos//Peru, arrival 7.00 hrs
Flight to Lima
Overnight stay with breakfast
Scheduled flight from Lima to Germany
Arrival in Germany
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
The itinerary depends on official approval and the weather conditions. The natural experiences and wildlife sightings described are possibilities on this expedition and are not guaranteed.
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.