Amazon cruise operator expects increase in UK business

Amazon river cruise specialist Rainforest Cruises is predicting a boost in bookings from British travellers following the launch of a new programme of cruises to tie in with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio (August 5-21).

The company saw the number of bookings from UK sports fans more than double during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and is expecting the Rio Games to have a similar impact.

Although the Amazon river cruise capital of Manaus is a four-hour flight from Rio (return flights start from around £180 per person in August 2016), Rainforest Cruises director Jeremy Clubb said the draw of the jungle should prove irresistible to visitors who’ve flown out to Brazil.

“Rio is one of the most fascinating cities in the world and there will be a real carnival atmosphere during the Olympic Games, but Brazil is a huge country with many fascinating landscapes and an adventure along the Amazon is one of its unmissable draws.

“With a range of cruises scheduled to tie in with visits to the Olympics, we can give travellers the chance to explore the world’s most famous river and see the spectacular jungle and wildlife up close.”

The Tucano is a traditional riverboat with just nine cabins, designed to explore small tributaries and hidden channels that are out-of-reach to bigger boats. The five-day cruise along the Negro River – the largest Amazon tributary – follows streams and grasslands deep into the forest. Morning kayak excursions bring guests closer to plants and wildlife. Prices start from £1,299 per person. Departs August 1st and 15th.

The Jacaré-Açu has special authorisation to operate in some of the most remote parts of the Brazilian Amazon, allowing her to undertake thrilling itineraries. The action-packed four-day cruise includes a canoe expedition to spot river dolphins and exotic birds, a search for pirarucu – the largest scaled fish in the world, climbing giant trees, and a night in a hammock sleeping under the stars. Prices start from £759 per person. Departs August 12th and 26th.

The M/V Desafio is a classical schooner with old world charm and a comfortable, intimate atmosphere. A three-day ‘Express’ cruise includes the chance to see the spectacular ‘Meeting of the Waters’, where the different coloured Negro and Solimoes rivers meet to form the Amazon. There’s also fishing for piranha and a nighttime canoe trip in search of caimans. Prices start from £729 per person. Departs on August 1st and 29th.

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