M/V Desafio

FACILITIES:

Air-conditioned panoramic restaurant and bar.

Large sundeck with outdoor bar.

 

CONSTRUCTION - A GREAT 34-METER BRAZILIAN MADE THREE-MASTED SAILING SHIP
Wooden Hull
Fully-equipped kitchen
Fully air-conditioned
VHF, SSB, Radar, Depth sound Eletronic Compass
Satellite Telephone
Once a year the boat is dry-docked for necessary maintenance

 

DESAFIO ITINERARIES:

All cruises depart from Manaus, the capital of the State of Amazonas, a city in the jungle that prospered during the rubber boom of the last century. 

GRAND MAGUARI AMAZON CRUISE - A 6-day cruise visiting the Anavilhanas Archipelago and the Lower Amazon, navigation through the real Amazonas River, discovering the power of the nature through the river waters, uncountable species of birds and plants. 

The Grand Maguari Amazon Cruise departs from Manaus and it is a perfect combination of the Maguari Cruise that explores the Negro River, visiting the Anavilhanas Archipelago, and the Real Lower Amazon Cruise, transporting you to visit one of the most incredible regions of the Amazon rainforest, the Kings Lake. A complete cruise, an option to see more the Brazilian Amazon has to show.

THE REAL AMAZON RIVER - A 3-day cruise exploring the Amazon River.  This is a three-day cruise visiting the Kings Lake, a rich region surrounded by incredible nature.

MAGUARI - A 4-day cruise visiting the amazing and unique Anavilhanas Archipelago. The cruises depart from Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, a city in the jungle that prospered during the rubber boom last century. This is a three-day cruise visiting the Anavilhanas Archipelago, the largest river archipelago in the world, and its igarapés (permanent river channels) and igapós (non-permanent river channels). Due to its acid waters, endemic mosquitoes are practically inexistent. The cruise also includes daily explorations and activities in safe motorized boats into the jungle, as well as a rich Amazonian cuisine served in the panoramic restaurant.

MAGUARI EXPRESS - A 3-day cruise visiting the amazing and unique Anavilhanas Archipelago.

 

 

 

 

 

CRUISE ITINERARIES

GRAND MAGUARI AMAZON CRUISE

DAY 1 - THURSDAY WELCOME TO THE AMAZON

Depart from the pier in Manaus to board the M/V Desafio at 2pm, your floating hotel for the next three nights. Once on board, a welcome cocktail with snacks and drinks will be served while the guide provides useful information about the Amazon, the boat and details of the program. Start sailing bound the archipelago of Anavilhanas, the largest river archipelago in the world. Dinner. In the evening, guests will enjoy a pleasant walk in motorized canoes for local recognition, an opportunity to hear the sounds of the jungle.

DAY 2 - FRIDAY THE ANAVILHANAS ISLANDS

Early morning, boat ride to admire the sunrise in the forest and the birds singing in their diversity. Return on board and breakfast while starts the navigation towards an indigenous community whose visit is an opportunity to meet the indigenous lifestyle and habits. Return on board and navigation towards Jaraqui village. Stop in land for an interesting jungle trekking to explore the fauna and flora. Return on board.

DAY 3 - SATURDAY MEETING OF THE WATERS

Breakfast on board and sail to Acajatuba village. On the way, stop at the floating station to interact with the pink dolphins, and feed the famous fish Pirarucu. Lunch on board. Departure and navigate along the Negro River towards the borders of the Solimões until reach the “meeting of waters”, where the Negro and Solimoes rivers meet to form the great Amazon River, followed by another exciting experience, fishing the piranha. Dinner. Evening canoe ride along the streams in search of caimans and other nocturnal animals with flashlights.

DAY 4 - SUNDAY EXPLORING THE RIVER

After another tropical breakfast, departure to see the giants and beautiful Amazonian water lilies while navigating back to the city of Manaus. After quicky stop in Manaus, lunch will be served on board while navigating straight down the Negro River, through the waters of the Amazonas River, to continue the expedition towards the Kings Lake, located in the city of Varzea Careiro of the Amazon, a place which economy is based on artisanal fishing activity and agriculture, surrounded by an indescribable nature. Arrival to Kings Lake, dinner will be served. After dinner, departure for a reconnaissance motorized canoe ride to explore the region at night in search for alligators of the specie jacaré- and other nocturnal animals with flashlights.

DAY 5 - MONDAY DISCOVERING THE LAKE

Breakfast on board and departure to visit the Kings Lake local community with its unique culture,u the multiple species of birds of the region, and also for an exciting piranha fishing, the dreaded Amazonian fish. Lunch will be served on board while navigating to another side of the lake. Dinner served on board. After dinner, excursion by canoe to explore the lake looking for nocturnal animals.

DAY 6 - TUESDAY UNFORGETTABLE SUNRISE

Early morning, boat ride to admire the sunrise and the birds’ awakening. Return on board for breakfast while navigating back to Manaus arriving at 11am.

 

MAGUARI

DAY 1 - THURSDAY WELCOME TO THE MIGHTY AMAZON

Depart from the pier in Manaus to board the M/V Desafio at 2:00pm, your floating hotel for the next three nights. Once on board, the multilingual naturalist guide will host a “welcome to the Amazon” briefing highlighting the broad spectrum of life in this unique region. The guide will assist in the identification of the flora/fauna, provide a historical framework and enrich your ecological understanding of this unusual destination and of the natural world. Start sailing bound "Tres Bocas", located in the archipelago of Anavilhanas, the largest river archipelago in the world, with its lakes, islands, creeks and flooded forests. Dinner on board. In the evening, guests will enjoy a pleasant walk in motorized canoes for local recognition, an opportunity to hear the sounds of the jungle.

DAY 2 - FRIDAY THE ANAVILHANAS ISLANDS

At 05:30am, boat ride to admire the sunrise in the forest and the birds singing in their diversity. Return to the ship and breakfast. In motorized canoes, walk along the river to a site trails for a walk with purpose to observe the flora and fauna of the region. Return to the ship. Lunch on board while cruising towards the indigenous community "Terra Preta", whose visit is an opportunity to meet the lifestyle and habits of the Indigenous. Return on board and navigation towards Jaraqui' village. By motorized canoes, after a pleasant river expedition, stop in land for an interesting jungle trekking to explore the fauna and flora. Return on board. Dinner on board.

DAY 3 - SATURDAY THE MEETING OF THE WATERS

Breakfast on board and sail to a local village named 'Acajatuba'. On the way, stop at the floating station 'Recanto dos Botos' to interact with the pink dolphins, and feed the famous fish 'Pirarucu', known as the cod of the Amazon. Lunch on board. Departure and navigate along the Negro River towards the borders of the Solimões until reach the “meeting of waters”, where the Negro and Solimoes rivers meet to form the great Amazon River. The cruise continues to 'Janauari' Lake for another exciting experience, fishing the piranha, the dreaded Amazonian fish. Dinner on board. After dinner, canoe ride along the streams in search of caimans and other nocturnal animals with flashlights. Return aboard. Overnight.

DAY 4 - SUNDAY EXPLORING THE RIVER

After another tropical breakfast, departure to see the giants and beautiful Amazonian water lilies, another opportunity to explore the Negro River. Return aboard starting the return trip to Manaus arriving at 11:00am in the city.

 

THE REAL AMAZON RIVER 

DAY 1 - SUNDAY EXPLORING THE RIVER

Embark in Manaus. Lunch will be served on board while navigating straight down the Negro River, through the waters of the Amazonas River, to continue the expedition towards the Kings Lake, located in the city of Varzea Careiro of the Amazon, a place which economy is based on artisanal fishing activity and agriculture, surrounded by an indescribable nature. Arrival to Kings Lake, dinner will be served. After dinner, departure for a reconnaissance motorized canoe ride to explore the region at night in search for alligators of the specie jacaré-açu and other nocturnal animals with flashlights.

DAY 2 - MONDAY DISCOVERING THE LAKE

Breakfast on board and departure to visit the Kings Lake local community with its unique culture,u the multiple species of birds of the region, and also for an exciting piranha fishing, the dreaded Amazonian fish. Lunch will be served on board while navigating to another side of the lake. Dinner served on board. After dinner, excursion by canoe to explore the lake looking for nocturnal animals.

DAY 3 - TUESDAY UNFORGETTABLE SUNRISE

Early morning, boat ride to admire the sunrise and the birds’ awakening. Return on board for breakfast while navigating back to Manaus arriving at 11am.

 

MAGUARI EXPRESS

DAY 1 - MONDAY WELCOME TO THE ANAVILHANAS ISLANDS

Depart from the pier in Manaus to board the M/V Desafio at 2:00pm, your floating hotel for the next three nights. Once on board, the multilingual naturalist guide will host a “welcome to the Amazon” briefing highlighting the broad spectrum of life in this unique region. The guide will assist in the identification of the flora/fauna, provide a historical framework and enrich your ecological understanding of this unusual destination and of the natural world. Start sailing bound "Tres Bocas", located in the archipelago of Anavilhanas, the largest river archipelago in the world, with its lakes, islands, creeks and flooded forests. Dinner on board. In the evening, guests will enjoy a pleasant walk in motorized canoes for local recognition, an opportunity to hear the sounds of the jungle.

DAY 2 - TUESDAY MEETING OF THE WATERS

At 05: 30am, boat ride to admire the sunrise in the forest and the birds singing in their diversity. Return to the ship and breakfast. sail to a local village named 'Acajatuba'. On the way, stop at the floating station 'Recanto dos Botos' to interact with the pink dolphins, and feed the famous fish 'Pirarucu', known as the cod of the Amazon. Still in Acajatuba, after a pleasant canoe ride, stop in land for an interesting jungle trekking to explore the fauna and flora. Return and lunch on board. Departure and navigate along the Negro River towards the borders of the Solimões until reach the “meeting of waters”, where the Negro and Solimoes rivers meet to form the great Amazon River. The cruise continues to 'Janauari' Lake for another exciting experience, fishing the piranha, the dreaded Amazonian fish. Dinner on board. After dinner, canoe ride along the streams in search of caimans and other nocturnal animals with flashlights. Return aboard. Overnight.

DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY EXPLORING THE RIVER

After another tropical breakfast, departure to see the giants and beautiful Amazonian water lilies, another opportunity to explore the Negro River. Return aboard starting the return trip to Manaus arriving at 11:00am.

 

 

 

12 CABINS DIVIDED INTO 6 UPPER DECK (EXTERNAL) AND 6 LOWER DECK (INTERNAL) WITH PRIVATE BATHROOMS:

Cabins: 10 twins and 2 double/twins - 3m x 3m
Fully air-conditioned
Showers with amenities
Closets
Every room is equipped with safe-deposit box
Bed lights

 

SUN DECK

A PLACE TO WATCH THE SUNSET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE JUNGLE

 

 

 

UPPER DECK

PANORAMIC RESTAURANT AND BAR

 

 

LOWER DECK

SLEEP IN THE COMFORT OF A RIVER SAFE BOAT

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