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  • Location: Manaus, Brazil
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
On this full-day tour from Manaus, cruise down the Rio Negro to the Meeting of the Waters, the location where it meets the Amazon River. Be awed by this natural phenomenon, where the Rio Negro’s black waters and the Amazon’s muddy waters flow separately for a few miles. You’ll then stop at an ecological park to see the Amazon’s famous Victoria regia water plant; have lunch on a floating river restaurant; and take a motorized canoe through the small creeks of the Rio Negro.


  • 8-hour cruise on the Rio Negro from Manaus
  • Experience the Amazon Rainforest and see the Meeting of the Waters, where the Rio Negro joins the Amazon River
  • Admire panoramic views of Manaus from the boat
  • Visit January Ecological Park, where you'll see the native Amazon flower, Victoria regia
  • Take a motorized canoe ride through the small creeks of the Rio Negro with a knowledgeable guide
  • Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River

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Discover the Rio Negro and the Amazon region by boat on this river tour from Manaus. After pickup from your Manaus hotel, your cruise begins as you float past the Port of Manaus. Observe typical Amazon boats filled with goods to be delivered to the local market, and admire gorgeous views of the city from the water.

Travel along the river, making your way to point where the Rio Negro meets the Amazon River, a spot known as the Meeting of the Waters. Stop briefly to witness this amazing natural sight where the two distinct rivers flow side by side. The contrasting colors of the rivers – black and brown – stay separate for more than 3 miles (5 km).

Continue along the Rio Negro to January Ecological Park, located about 45 minutes by boat from Manaus. See the famous Amazon water plant Victoria regia, and then enjoy lunch at a floating restaurant.

After lunch, explore even more of the Rio Negro on a motorized canoe ride along the small creeks of the river. Ride through a maze of submerged trees, vines and flowers with your knowledgeable guide before hopping back on your boat for the return trip to Manaus.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This is a great tour if you only have time for one day on the rivers. You have ample time to sense the immensity of the river systems and the natural beauty of the river because we tour the Januari ecological park adjacent to the Amazon. The staff was very knowledgeable. Great trip for seniors.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Obviously, the river tour is going to be the highlight for anyone coming to Manaus, but this one exceeded expectations, I'd say. We had a great trip up the river. We were able to learn a good deal about the river, the city, the history, etc. Tour guide was open to questions and very knowledgeable. The boat was in good condition and comfortable insider tip - bring or buy a hammock, and you can travel like the locals!. The lunch buffet had fantastic local food. The walk along the lake got us up an old bridge to look closely at the plant-life lily pads and animal life a caiman hanging out near the walkway!. The motorized-canoe trip down the tributaries was fun and got us up-close and personal with the forest and river.

Only thing I'd recommend here is bringing bug-spray. There are few mosquitos by the Rio Negro and in Manaus itself, but once you get to the other river, they start biting!

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