Amazon River Adventure
The adventure begins deep within the Amazonas state, where you’ll have two full days in bustling Manaus to indulge in the ultimate exploration. Within reach of the state’s proud capital are an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime experiences: you could cruise the Rio Negro on the look-out for endemic pink dolphins; trek into the jungle to see stunning flora up-close; or even take a boat tour into the flooded forest after dark in search of elusive Caiman. [ReadMore] There’s a chance to spend a memorable evening in a stilted lodge in the heart of the rainforest too. Before heading along the Amazon Braemar will then divert to the gorgeous Anavilhanas National Park via the Rio Negro. Made up of around 400 lush-green islands, this wonderful, UNESCO-listed archipelago is one of the finest examples of the Amazon’s unspoilt landscapes. Take the day here to immerse yourself in the natural beauty on boat tours and treks; perhaps seek-out enchanting river dolphins once again; or simply relax on the beautiful beaches and make the most of the warm, tropical climate.
It’s then on to Parintins for the chance to experience the carnival atmosphere of the Boi Bumba, Brazil’s second largest festival after the Rio Carnival. Although the annual festival actually takes places in June, a special private performance of the Boi Bumba show will be put on for you and your fellow guests to sample the explosion of colour, costume, culture and music. Alternatively you could take in the city’s architectural delights and bustling markets before sailing to Santarém. As well as the inviting beaches of Alter do Chao and the Mercado Market, the unique ‘Meeting of the Waters’ is not to be missed. Here, the different coloured waters of the Tapajós and Amazon rivers flow side-by-side without mixing – a sight that has to be seen to be believed. After scenic cruising along the Amazon, your journey will continue on to the Caribbean where idyllic sun-kissed islands await you. There are opportunities to explore the volcanic interior of Grenada, home to the natural paradise of Grand Etang National Park; marvel at St Lucia’s soaring Twin Pitons and stunning botanical gardens; and discover Dominica’s breathtaking waterfalls and pools, all before disembarking in Barbados.