4 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

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  • Location:Manaus, Brazil
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

A bit worried at the start as wasn't convinced we were going to be picked up at the hotel but once that had been overcome it was well worthwhile. Look out for the sloth in the afternoon canoe tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Consider what is included in this one day tour. You are picked up at your hotel and taken in a nice bus to the beginning point for the tour. The tour, on an authenic Amazon river boat, is safe and comfortable. You have a knowledgeable guide who speaks both English and Portuguese, you see the beauties of Manaus from the river, and have a close up view of the Encontra das Aquas. On top of that, you go to a floating restaurant where you eat buffet style from a huge variety of local favorites. After eating all you want, you visit the giant lilly pads, then board a motorized canoe to see the flooded rain forest up close. From there, it's an easy return trip to Manaus, where the bus again takes you to your hotel. We had very nice weather, which was an added feature, and we highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Very happy that we signed up for this. Everything was perfect - the boat, the guide, lunch, etc. The meeting of the waters was really strange!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Great tour and tour guide. We had a good time on all parts of the tour. Interesting about the meeting of the waters!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Excellant. Exactly as described. Would highly recommend.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Very professional service and knowledgeable guide. Everything promised was delivered, including excellent meal. I was well looked after for the whole day and fully enjoyed the experience. My one and only gripe was that some of my fellow passengers had paid less for the trip than l did, in one case almost half. Not quite the 'cheapest prices guaranteed'.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Reasonable priced tour with a lot a value.
Local tour provider coordinated with my hotel in advance so I didn't need to do that.
Pickup was on time.
Bus to boat transportation was in a new bus and a city tour by itself.
Boat trip up the Rio Negra river to the Amazon and back was relaxing with a pleasant breeze. Nice snack selection and cold beverages available for sale.
Excellent guide.
Lunch buffet was great - selection was excellent.
5 minute walk to lily pad pond gave a worthy jungle perspective - you could see where you'd have to walk in the dry season.
Boat tour through flooded forest was interesting only possible during rainy season - sit in the first boat if more than one small boat will be in the convoy otherwise, you may breathe in diesel fumes from the outboard motor.
Boat trip stop at a village fish tank was well worth seeing the giant Rio Negra fish up close and you could feed the fish - May 2015 cost was 3 times to fish with a fish piece on a fishing pole for 10 local. Everyone loved the opportunity to have one of the giant fish snap up the fish piece. You were supposed to try to pick the fish up out of the water when they grabbed the fish.
We were all nice and tired out by the end of the day.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

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