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The Amazing Amazon
23rd December 2014

Fred River Cruises can take you to some of the most beautiful and breath-taking parts of the world, but the river we are focussing on in this blog post has to be the most amazing of all. As one of the longest rivers in the world, holding the largest amount of water, and winding its way through some of the planet’s most remote landscapes; the Amazon has fascinated locals and tourists alike for hundreds of years.

We can offer two different Amazon River cruises from experienced operator Amazon Nature Tours. Both of these depart from Manaus and enable you to explore parts of the Brazilian rainforest, with the opportunity to sail the Rio Negro and venture into the heart of the Amazon if you wish.

But what does an adventure like this involve? Here are some of the things you could be experiencing on your river cruise.

Discover Exotic Wildlife

A large part of your Amazon River cruise will involve going on the hunt for wildlife. The unique habitat that the rainforest creates means that this part of the world is home to a range of exotic creatures which will captivate you and bring your adventure to life. Day and night excursions will take place so that you will have a chance of spotting animals which are active during daylight and those slightly more intriguing creatures that are nocturnal.

Although no sightings are ever guaranteed, it is not unusual to see and hear howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, caimans, pink river dolphins, toucans, frogs, wild pigs and even jaguars. There is also a plethora of native birds which are sure to brighten the skies and treetops with their vibrant colours.

Gaze At A Perfect Starry Sky

Away from the light pollution that major towns and cities produce, there’s a real opportunity to gaze up at a sky full of stars in the middle of the rainforest. If you are not too busy samba dancing on the top deck of Tucano, why not grab a caipirinha and watch the glorious diamonds in an unbroken night’s sky.

Marvel At Mother Nature

Amazon and Rio Negro Meeting

As well as the wildlife on display, there is sure to be a whole host of natural wonders to enjoy. For example, as you leave Manaus you will pass through the world’s largest river island system; the Anavilhanas Archipelago. As well as the beautiful flora that lines the banks of the river, including magnificently tall trees, you will also get to see a striking natural phenomenon.

Where the murky brown water of the Amazon River reaches the crystal clear Rio Negro there is a clear line that marks the meeting of the two. It’s as if the rivers refuse to flow into each other. The name of this place, ‘Encontro das Águas’, even means ‘meeting of waters’.

Swim In These Infamous Waters

In places which it is deemed safe by the experts, there is a chance you will be able to take a swim in the iconic waters on which you are sailing. Your river vessel will stop for a while so that you can cool off in some of the cleanest and most refreshing waters in the world. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and will bring you closer than ever before to the Amazonas region.

Visit Remote Communities

Amazon Village

Although this part of the world is largely uninhabited, there are a few remote communities that thrive along the banks of the river. Novo Airão is one such village which you may get to explore. Away from the reaches of modern technology and everything else that comes with the 21st century, this boat-building community flourishes. The people here welcome anyone who wants to learn about what life is like for those that live in the rainforest. As well as maritime handicrafts, the locals make their money by offering tourists the chance to swim with dolphins.

As you can see, there are many amazing experiences to be had on our Amazon River cruises. If you would like to book your adventure with Fred.\ River Cruises then please call us today or submit your enquiry online.

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