About 60 miles upstream from Manaus lies the world’s largest river archipelago. There are hundreds of islands, covered in thick vegetation, with a myriad of small creeks all formed by the ever-changing waters and the seasons. When the Rio Negro is low, white sand beaches are revealed, as well as the roots and trunks of the trees. View more
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Discover the natural beauty of the Amazon during this canoe river cruise through the Anavilhanas Archipelago, with a stop at a local camp.
The Anavilhanas Archipelago consists of more than 400 islands spread out along the Rio Negro. This biological reserve is home to an extraordinary number of plant and bird species. Due to the high acidity of the waters of the Rio Negro, mosquitoes are almost non-existent in this vicinity. A cruise through the waters surrounding the Anavilhanas Archipelago is an ideal way to observe what lies down the tributaries, beyond where Silversea can sail.
Depart the ships landing platform aboard a motorised canoe for a guided cruise through the Rio Negro, taking you to the Acajatuba Village. Depending on the ship's anchorage, travel time is approximately 60 minutes. En route, marvel at the foliage as your driver safely navigates your craft through the forest tributaries, 'igapó and small creeks, igarapés. Depending on the water levels, you may be able to cruise closer to the foliage.
Next, disembark the canoe at a boardwalk or along the river banks, depending on the water levels, and trek up an unpaved trail to a native camp. You may spot some of the animals or birds inhabiting the forest.
Amazon River Dolphins
Travel to a floating house to view the Amazon river dolphins. Some years ago, two girls (daughters of the owner) started to feed the dolphins on a floating pier, drawing them closer and closer. Over time the dolphins became accustomed to the family and growing number of visitors, making it more likely to see them in the wild. The dolphins are not caged and free to come and go as they wish. To avoid overfeeding, the Brazilian Environmental Agency, working with university scientists have established fixed feeding schedules.
Your tour concludes with the short walk back to your canoe for your return to the pier.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking over bumpy and uneven terrain from the river bank to the camp. Guests must be agile and able to manoeuvre in and out of the canoes with minimal assistance. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear lightweight clothing, sun protection, sturdy walking shoes that may get dirty, and bring insect repellent and your camera. Although wildlife is frequently seen, dolphin, bird and other animal sightings cannot be guaranteed. November to February is low water season. The number of guests at the dolphin encounter is limited therefore visits to the location will be staggered. Swimming is permitted at the floating house location therefore it is recommended to wear a swimsuit under your clothing as well as bring a towel from the ship.