Rating: Mid-range Price from: £2165 pp for 8 day/7 night cruise
Tucano is an elegant Amazon riverboat with 3 decks and ample space for guests both inside and out. Tucano was built in 1997 in the style of the traditional Amazon riverboats and has beautiful woodwork throughout. The 9 cabins all have large windows offering views of the river and riverbanks. Each has an ensuite bathroom with shower, basin and toilet.
The main salon on the middle deck is an elegant area, surrounded by large picture windows and with a large balcony where guests can sit, relax and watch their surroundings. Meals are taken in the salon. These are delicious and freshly prepared in the galley. The salon also acts as a library, housing a range of science and nature reference books as well as works of fiction. All indoor areas and cabins are air conditioned. The observation deck on the top deck has an open sun deck plus a canopy area providing shade and is a great place to enjoy a cool drink while watching for wildlife on the riverbanks. There is a swim deck on the lowest deck.
A trip on the Tucano is different from other Amazon cruises. The owners are keen to put this forward as an 'expedition cruise' which means that you get the chance to explore far into the forest. You are likely to see wildlife that is normally well hidden to other visitors. This cruise is informative and active, with several excursions off the boat every day. Every morning you walk in the forest. But this need not be too strenuous for older travellers because when you go into the forest they divide the party into small groups, each with a private guide. Excursions are led by Tucano's resident naturalists and can be easy walks or moderately strenuous hikes. Alternatively guests are free to remain on the yacht whenever they wish.
Operates: All year.
Location: The Tucano is located on the Amazon River, based in Manaus.
Rooms: There are 9 cabins all with en-suite facilities. Most have individual beds and some have bunk beds. All cabins are air conditioned. They all have large windows.
Activities: Exploring the rainforest in motor launches and on foot with expert naturalist guides, guided nocturnal walks, swimming in the river and visiting local settlers in the forest. There are also stops at and tours of towns on the route.
Facilities: The Tucano has a spacious forward facing salon with a wide balcony. This room also serves as library and dining room. The observation deck is on the top deck. It has a large sun canopy providing shade an there is an uncovered area for sun seekers. There is a good electrical supply on board.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: Malaria prophylactics are recommended for the Amazon.
Communication: There is no Wi-Fi internet access on Tucano.
Experience the Amazon from the comfort of your own motor yacht plus the exciting city of Rio.
A cruise with the Tucano brings direct economic benefit to local communities, and also impacts in terms of environmental education in the region.
"No hot water (and no-one warned us before we tried to take a shower!) but otherwise excellent Overall it was better than expected The staff really tried hard to accomodate the vegetarian member of our party, especially given the limited catering facilities available"