How about starting 2023 in a paradise setting and fully connected with nature? Board the exclusive Barco Zaltana and experience days of immersion in the Amazon to explore the 400 islands of Anavilhanas National Park. A turning point that promises unforgettable moments with the ones you love, to start a new year the way we want it to be: with lots of adventures and emotions!
If jumping seven waves brings good luck, imagine turning the year into the Rio Negro, the seventh-largest river in the world. In the Amazon, every song of a bird will awaken you to a new way of living, free and giving value to what really matters: living in the present moment!
5 days /4 nights. Departing December 29th, 2022.
Immerse yourself in one of the most biodiverse biomes in the world, with flora with more than 30,000 plant species, some even still unknown by the scientific community. We will have the opportunity to take speedboat tours to go out into the forest to see the diversity of these plants and trees and understand the forest cycle.
The fauna is just as rich, with more than 30 million species of animals, such as toucans, parrots, and macaws, which are easily seen in the treetops, as are amazon river dolphins in the water and monkeys in the branches. Of the 100 species of fish in Latin America, 85 are found in the Amazon, including the Pirarucu, which can reach 3 meters in length.
Life Aboard Zaltana
Opening the curtain of your room and enjoying nature at any time is an amazing feeling. Have a relaxing but exciting time onboard the exclusive Zaltana Boat. With 10 air-conditioned suite cabins, the Zaltana boat has the capacity to accommodate up to 20 people so you can enjoy your amazon adventure with ultimate comfort.
Navigate on a quiet, stable, and safe boat, through the waters of the 7th largest river in the world: Rio Negro. Zaltana was built for the most demanding clients, the friendly crew works carefully so you can feel at home in a tailor-made experience.
From the moment you get on board this exclusive boat, the crew will warmly welcome you with daily tropical juices and prepare freshly made meals with Amazonian local ingredients and flavors for all dietary preferences.
There are many spots that were made for you to relax on the Zaltana. You can count with a bar on the main deck, a living room on the superior deck, and best for last: the upper solarium deck. Where you can enjoy the best panoramic views, a shower room, tables, and chairs to get tanned.
We will cruise through the Amazon Forest, contemplating its beautiful landscapes, learning about its rich biodiversity, tasting the culinary delicacies of the region, and getting to know the local culture while interacting with indigenous communities. This Amazon River Cruise in Brazil is an experience that you will never forget!
The Zaltana crew will welcome you on board for the start of this great adventure. During navigation in Amazonian waters, a meeting will be held, giving instructions, clarifying doubts, and demonstrating practices of minimal impact during the trip.
Contemplating its water we will visit Encontro das Águas (Meeting of the Waters), where Rio Negro (black waters) and Rio Solimões (brown waters) run side by side for more than 9 km.
We will enjoy a delicious lunch onboard. In the afternoon, we will go on a speedboat ride to explore Lake Janauari, an ecological Park that has more than 9 thousand hectares, a region full of Amazonian species, such as the water lily, mucuris, bromeliads, orchids, and the famous Sumauma's trees, as well as the most common fish on the menus of Manaus: tambaqui and pirarucu.
Still in the afternoon, we will visit the indigenous community, where true treasures of Brazilian cultural diversity are concentrated, to watch a singing and dancing performance.
Opening the curtain in your room and enjoying nature at any time is an indescribable sensation! We start the day by going on a speedboat ride through Ariaú River to meet the amazon river dolphins, the most beloved character of the Amazon, docile mammals that are at risk of extinction and that are only found in the Amazon. An exciting experience!
After lunch onboard, contemplate the wonders of the Rio Negro while sailing to the community of Nova Esperança, located on the banks of the Cuieiras River, an ecological cradle that houses several species of animals and centuries-old trees. This will be our opportunity to get to know the local culture, learn about their habits, and exchange knowledge.
Today we say goodbye to 2022, waking up to the sound of birds for another day in Amazonian waters. After breakfast, we'll take a speedboat to explore the islands of Anavilhanas and take a trip to 3 Bocas, a place where the islands' vegetation is reflected in the dark waters, creating a surreal scenery.
We will have an abundant lunch aboard before arriving at Novo Airão, the closest city to the Amazon National Parks. An optional stop for a walking tour of the city to visit the local handicraft factory and by afternoon we will take a tour by speedboat to discover some more of the 400 islands of Anavilhanas.
At the end of the day, we'll begin preparations for our themed luau with a bonfire on Praia Grande, surrounded by lush Amazonian vegetation. We will enjoy a special New Year's Eve dinner, including fish, shrimp, sparkling wines, and wines, celebrating the new year in style.
Start 2023 immersed in the largest tropical forest on the planet and its exuberant nature. Today we will have all day to explore Praia Grande by speedboat, an extensive stretch of sand that forms at the time of the ebb of the river and relax in its warm waters, and, with luck, interact with the dolphins that appear.
After returning to the boat from Zaltana, we will have dinner while sailing along the Rio Negro enjoying the colors of the Amazon sunset and the sound of wild animals. A perfect time to relax in the hammocks and feel the peace of being isolated in direct contact with virtually untouched nature.
The waters that gave us "welcome" will now give us a "see you soon" and we will leave to Manaus, returning to the starting point of this Amazon River Cruise expedition in Brazil, starting 2023 with the certainty that we started it in the best possible way.
We will enjoy a delicious farewell lunch while enjoy navigating through the waters of Rio Negrio, enjoying the last moments of this great adventure.
With renewed energy, we return home with the certainty that traveling through the Amazon on the Zaltana Boat is a unique adventure, which will make us reflect on how much we must protect the greatest natural heritage in the world. Join us in this exclusive Amazon River Cruise in Brazil, a lifetime experience!
Opening the curtain of your room and enjoying nature at any time is an amazing feeling. With 10 air-conditioned suite cabins with an amazing panoramic view of the Amazon, the Zaltana boat has the capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 20 people. The private bathrooms are accompanied by a hairdryer and amenities like shampoo, shower gel, and tissue.
What is included
- 5 days and 4 nights aboard the Boat Zaltana;
- New Year's Special Dinner
- Coffee, lunch, and dinner (including snacks);
- Beverages (Sparkling Water, soda, tonic water, natural juice, beer, vodka and cachaça, caipirinha and campari);
- Support boat for the transport of passengers, according to the planned itinerary;
- Full crew: captain, river machine sailor, deckhand, cook, kitchen boy, waiter, cleaning assistant, maid, tour guide and manager;
- Gasoline necessary for navigation, including the support boat;
- All activities described in the itinerary
- The fees related to the presentation of the Indians, walking along the trails and meeting amazon river dolphins;
- 1-night accommodation in Manaus with breakfast;
- 3 transfers (Airport > Hotel Manaus > Zaltana Boat > Manaus).
What is not included
- Medical Aid;
- Satellite phone calls (service paid separately R$ 15.00/ min);
- Drinks not mentioned as included;
- Tips and gratuities.
Join us in the Amazon
Explore the Amazon rainforest in this exclusive river cruise. Join one of our groups or pick your own date: