WHY THIS TRIP
This is a true expedition voyage that explores deep into some of the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon. The M/Y Tucano is the only vessel that travels into a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site: The Central Amazon Conservation Complex. Venture far up the least inhabited major river in the Amazon Basin on the Tucano expedition vessel. Weave in and out of small channels on the Rio Negro to explore areas very rarely visited and to seek out the mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest and in the heart of wild nature.
Truly the best way to get to know the Amazon is on an expedition cruise. On the M/Y Tucano we have a passion for exploration and we hunt deep into the small tributaries that weave their way into the wilderness. On these heavily forested streams the Amazon’s most interesting creatures still thrive …. as they have for millions of years. Our expedition cruises enable travelers to experience magnificent flora and fauna that are almost always invisible to travelers on more typical cruises.
Our small-ship is in many ways specifically designed for this kind of deep forest exploration. The M/Y Tucano with a shallow draft, a fleet of exploration craft, and comfortable accommodations, is the ideal way to go farther and deeper into the Amazon. Our mariners are also pilots because some of the remote tributaries that we explore are literally uncharted waters. We almost never see any other people or other boats. This is what has preserved the natural environment and what makes our cruises spectacular experiences that few people ever will be able share… in their entire lives. On the M/Y Tucano we Go farther, go deeper, and go for it!
LOCAL OPERATOR: AMAZON NATURE TOURS
Amazon Nature Tours had their beginnings in the lumber business. In the early 1980’s they would buy lumber from sawmills in the Amazon and distribute it to factories and outlets in the United States. By 1988 they became aware and convinced that rainforest conservation was one of the most important goals of our time, so in 1989 they did an about face and used their business to offer some of the first “ecotours”.
The first ecotours were rugged expeditions into the Amazon and guests had to be prepared for inconvenience and discomfort. Nowadays travelers can voyage deep into remote wilderness in considerable comfort. The M/Y Tucano retains the essential elements that make a wilderness cruise successful: small groups, deeply skilled guides, remote and unspoiled places to explore, a comfortable vessel, and operations that have minimal environmental impact and are sustainable. Most importantly, Amazon Nature Tour’s staff in the Amazon have prospered. For many of the crew members, their children are the first in their families to be able to go to school.
The many years of operation show not only that ecotourism has struck a chord with the travelers, but also proves the success of a compelling idea: that small scale nature tours can help support local communities while at the same time helping protect the environment. Though not all trips promoted as “ecotours” meet this standard, mostly the goals of ecotourism are being met. Travelers worldwide are helping local communities gain income while preserving the environment.