Our whole day tour of the Amazon exceeded all of our expectations.
The tour started at 8:00 when my brother and I, were picked up from our hotel and... read more driven about an hour to a small village where we met up with our boat operator/guide. The ensuing boat ride to the hiking trail weaved through tributaries of the Rio Negro and flooded forests for about 30 minutes until we arrived at the hiking trailhead. The hiking trail is around 2.5km to 3km long with frequent stops where our guide, Milton, talked about the native plants and animals. On our hike we were introduced to the many uses of the local plants and we encountered many different types of birds, a few monkeys, and 2 tarantulas which were quite interesting.
After the hiking trip we were taken to a nearby lodge for a hearty meal of fish, chicken, rice, and pasta. At this point of the trip, we were handed off to another guide, Fabio, who was to be our guide for the rest of the trip.
Once we finished with lunch, we got back on the boat and went to visit the pink dolphins. What makes this portion of the trip special is that the pink dolphins are not contained within a cage, they come right up to you.
Piranha fishing followed the pink dolphin stop. We were taken, again by boat, to a portion of the flooded forest where our guide gave us fishing rods to catch piranha. Being within the flooded forest, hearing the sounds of the birds and the monkeys echo through the trees is a memory I will carry with me for the rest of my life. The piranhas were plentiful and it was interesting to learn that there are different types of differing colors and sizes.
The final activity prior to returning to the car was the nighttime caymen spotting. With the sun slowly sinking into the horizon, we were taken to a portion of the forest where caymens could be found. Unfortunately we were not able to see any up close, as the water was too high, but we were able to spot another species of tarantula and nocturnal snake high up in the trees. The sounds of the forest at night, when there is not a light in the sky, is magical and is something that has to be experienced when visiting the Amazon.
After the caymen expedition, we were brought back to our disembarkation point where we met with Milton who took us back to our hotel in Manaus.
If you only have time for one tour while in Manaus and want to experience the forest in all it's glory, I definitely reccommend you book this tour. The guides, the itenerary, the food, and the landscape leaves your heart full of memories that you will carry with you for rest of your life.