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For the most part, the Amazon is not a very friendly destination for people with mobility problems. But several companies offer cruises with all the frills that include the Amazon River and, in some cases, the Negro and/or Solimões Rivers in their itineraries. Many excellent boat tours-cum-nature trips leave from Manaus and include wildlife spotting, bird watching, and visits to local communities (though generally not to Indian reservations which require special permission from FUNAI, the federal agency for indigenous affairs).

Amazon River Cruises


Brazil’s CVC offers the widest selection of cruises and departures – as many as eight per month. All cruises begin and end in Manaus and run for three or four nights.

, 011-55-11-2191-8410,
Tags: cruise | expensive | adventure | river cruise

Ecotour Expeditions

Rhode Island-based Ecotour Expeditions offers an eight-day trip up the Negro River on a comfortable 82-foot Amazon river cruiser with an observation deck and comfortable, air-conditioned cabins. Knowledgeable guides run travelers through a full schedule of outings into the jungle by canoe or on foot.

, 800-688-1822,
Tags: cruise | expensive | river cruise


Iberostar offers two options: a four-day, three-night Solimões/Amazon River Cruise and a five-day, four-night Rio Negro Cruise. Both leave from Manaus and head upriver. They include off-ship activities like trekking, caiman spotting, bird watching, and a visit to the “meeting of the waters.”

Manaus dock, 011-55-92-2126-9900,
Tags: cruise | expensive | adventure | river cruise

Silver Sea

Silver Sea offers a week on the Amazon at the end of a two-week cruise that begins in Bridgetown, Barbados – or a week at the beginning of a two-week trip that ends in Rio de Janeiro. Stops include Belém, Santarem, and the Anavilhanas archipelago (with over 400 islands).

, 888-313-8883,
Tags: cruise | expensive | adventure | river cruise

Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons, run by expatriate Mark Aitchison, runs trips up the Negro River in a six-cabin, air-conditioned houseboat for seven, 11, and 15 days. Swallows and Amazons can customize trips to include more adventurous activities like kayaking, trekking, canoeing, and camping.

Rua Quintino Bocaiúva, 189 - Sala 13, 011-55-92-3622-1246,
Tags: cruise | moderate | river cruise

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