FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should I start an Amazon cruise in Manaus?
Beginning a cruise in MANAUS gives you the chance to see the enormous Amazon River and at the same time enjoying canoe trips in narrow creeks during our side trips, where you learn about the sensitive nature of the Amazon Rain Forest.
In the heart of the tropical rain forest, Manaus is the main port at the confluence of the two biggest rivers on earth, the Negro River and the Amazon River, simply called the “Meeting of the Waters”. A unique spectacle where the bright colored water of the Amazon and the dark water of the Negro flows side by side without mixing for many miles.
The Anavilhanas archipelago is one of the largest river archipelagos in the world with 400 islands or more, varying according to the water level of the river as a result of the flood pulse. The Anavilhanas National Park, located on the Negro River begins about 30 miles above the city of Manaus. Amazon Clipper Cruises starts its cruises out of MANAUS and includes all of above mentioned nature highlights, the Anavilhanas National Park and the “Meeting of the waters” with the Janauary Ecological Park is included in the regular departure.
When is the best time to visit the Amazon rainforest?
What should I care about health?
The tropical sun is very intense and it is very easy to burn or become dehydrated. Appropriate clothing and headwear and high SPF sunblock are necessary. You should also take a water bottle with you at all times (Purified water always available and free on our cruises).If you are hypersensitive to insect stings, have allergies to particular medications or foods, or other medical conditions that could pose a potential problem, be certain to inform those who may need to know these things (guide, crew or fellow travelers etc.). We provide purified drinking water during your entire stay. All food is washed and prepared using purified water. Our food is prepared in a sanitary manner from fresh foodstuffs obtained daily. We take every possible measure to insure your safety, health and welfare. You are not likely to encounter any communicable disease in the course of our activities. However, as everywhere, some risk exists. Therefore one should consider whether vaccination is warranted in your case given your short and long-term travel plans. Yellow fever, hepatitis B, cholera and typhoid vaccinations are not needed unless you plan travel to more remote jungle destinations. One is highly unlikely to contact any of these diseases during a short visit. Anyway, contact your doctor or tropical medical health center. The climate is very hot and humid. Packing thin, light-colored clothing will help you feel better during the day. People seem to prefer synthetic materials, which have the advantage of drying easily without molding.
What’s the climate in the Amazon rain forest?
What should I bring?
A quick packing list…
Prescription medicines, T-shirts, shorts, slippers, long trousers for jungle walk, closed shoes and socks for jungle walk, raincoat (for sale on board), Insect repellent, bathing suit, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and binoculars
A few more arguments about your packing list…
- Small backpack (day pack for side trips) weather proof (carry always a big plastic bag)
- Prescription medicines - sufficient for your trip plus a few days
- Lightweight shirts, mainly short sleeves
- Lightweight shorts
- Slippers or comfortable sandals (aboard the boats and in canoes on side trips)
- Long trousers (pants) for jungle walk, lightweight are comfortable and easy to dry
- Hiking boots or closed tennis shoes for jungle walk. Be aware that if you are hiking on jungle trails, visiting villages, and having a real Amazon experience, your footwear will get wet and muddy (the Amazon Clipper crew cleans your shoes after returning from each side trip).
- Light poncho or rain jacket, for trips in canoes (possible to buy aboard our boats).
- Insect repellent (even there are much less mosquitoes than expected)
- Swimsuit (great experience to swim in the river)
- High SPF sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher is essential!)
- Polarized sunglasses - the glare off the surface of the black water can be very intense
- Hat with wide brim or bill (essential for the tropical sun, useful also for rain)
- Personal toiletry articles, Dental care items, lip balm, comb/brush, personal soap and shampoo (preferably biodegradable), personal hygiene items, etc
- Photographic equipment; The Amazon is a photographer’s paradise, so bring sufficient memory cards and batteries (outlets available in cabins (120V) to charge rechargeable batteries). You always should carry plastic bags with you while on excursions to protect your camera equipment from rain and moisture. Of course, a flash is essential for night photography! Remember to bring sufficient batteries for your flash.
- Binoculars; Bring a good pair of lightweight binoculars that are water-resistant or water-proof (better). Nitrogen-filled lenses also prevent any fogging problems. Your experience will be enhanced if you have the ability to examine birds, treetop flowers, dolphins, monkeys, and miscellaneous happenings along the route up close.
- water bottle (water bottle and purified water is included in our cruises)
- Ziploc bags / Big plastic bag to protect belongings from rain
- Rain jacket
- Insect repellent,
Why should I start an Amazon cruise in Manaus?
Beginning your cruise in the heart of the Amazon rain forest is an amazing start. Witnessing the confluence of the two biggest rivers on earth, the Amazon River and the Negro River, at the “Meeting of the Waters” is a lifetime journey.
Also enjoy unique activities as cruising on the Negro River, visiting the Anavilhanas archipelago, observing big water lilies, delightful pink dolphins, swimming at white beaches and discovering the magnificent flooded forest.
That’s the experience that Amazon Clipper Cruises provides.