Rollin’ On the River: Best of the Amazon’s Hotels and Riverboats

By Brazil Nuts Director ADAM CARTER

The Gateway of Manaus

If you do stay in Manaus, you have two options: Go deluxe and stay at the impressive Tropical Hotel on the banks of the Rio Negro… and within walking distance of Ponta Negra nightlife scene, some of the best live music you will hear in Brazil, on the banks of the river and under the stars. But consider upgrading to a Superior Room, as the Standards are not in best shape.

Or consider the economical and downtown-located (walking distance to the Opera House) Krystal Hotel. It is a simple 3-star but is well priced and let’s you explore the funkier side of Manaus by foot.

Now let’s go to the jungle!

There are two ways to “do” the Amazon!

Rollin’ on the River

The most romantic vision is to take a riverboat “down the river”. This is fine as long as you keep in mind the following: You don’t want to “go down the river” because it is too far and too wide and actually a bit boring – miles wide at parts! Very few people pursue their dream of taking a river boat from Manaus to Belem because once you learn more about the difficulties, time and cost involved, it simply is not worth it for travellers on a multi-city Brazilian itinerary.

Much better is to pick up a special expedition boat in Manaus and do a circular route around the Rio Negro tributary. It is smaller, more intimate, more adventurous and – since it is a black water system (as in “Rio Negro”) very few mosquitoes my friends! There are a variety of options; from the deluxe cruise ship-like Iberostar to chartering private regional styles boats for a Rio Negro Safari- ideal for groups of adventures or for families in search of smoothing different. Between these two extremes there are a couple of regularly scheduled riverboats that I recommend highly, with fixed departures and excellent facilities but a real “Heart of Darkness” vibe. One is the Amazon Clipper (and its sister the Amazon Clipper Premium). Another is the Tucano for more extended, 7 day expeditions. The Clipper group is ideal as they offer 2, 3 and 5 night programs and the itineraries are great. Read more about them on our site.

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Brazil Nuts Tours was started in 1985 on the proposition that travelers needed a travel company that combined the highest level of customer service, unmatched product expertise and competitive rates. Over the years, we have succeeded in our mission, and have developed a reputation as the experts in travel to Brazil and South America. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff has helped thousands of travelers discover the Brazil they really wanted to see, from Rio’s beaches and samba clubs through the pristine wilderness of the Amazon to the sun-drenched shores of Bahia and everywhere in between. Customer Service Our knowledgeable staff will customize your perfect itinerary free of charge; simply fill out our Trip Planning Sheet, send it to us and you’ll have an answer, generally within 24 hours Innovative Programs We were the first travel company in North America to develop and promote Pantanal programs. We were also the first to design culture tours focusing on African-Brazilian culture. And, our "Rio Like A Native", "Salvador Like A Native" and "Manaus Like A Native" programs are unequalled for the inside look they provide into the Brazilian experience. Nobody offers more interesting programs to more of Brazil than us. Support & Price We have our own office in Brazil responsible for negotiating the very best hotel and service rates possible, and then handling all our clients' needs once they arrive in Brazil. Proven Success We are the company of choice for any kind of travel needs to Brazil: Leisure Travel: Guide books and articles in travel publications consistently rank Brazil Nuts as the experts.: Guide books and articles in travel publications consistently rank Brazil Nuts as the experts. Corporate Meetings & Incentives: We handle more corporate events in Brazil than any other US travel company. From seminars for top management in Sao Paulo to an incentive program for 250 salespeople in the Amazon, we do it right.: We handle more corporate events in Brazil than any other US travel company. From seminars for top management in Sao Paulo to an incentive program for 250 salespeople in the Amazon, we do it right. Congresses & Trade Shows: Brazil Nuts has been a part of many major congresses or events in Brazil over the last three years, responsible for arranging rooms blocks, social events and PCO functions for thousands of demanding clients from around the world.: Brazil Nuts has been a part of many major congresses or events in Brazil over the last three years, responsible for arranging rooms blocks, social events and PCO functions for thousands of demanding clients from around the world. Products We pride ourselves in providing the most authentic and innovated programs to our clients. Although we specialize in travel to every corner of Brazil, our most popular destinations are: Rio De Janeiro Salvador da Bahia Amazon Iguassu Falls Pantanal Fortaleza
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