Rainforest cruises
Amazon river cruise specialist Rainforest Cruises (www.rainforestcruises.com) has launched  a new programme of cruises to tie in with the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio (August 5-21).
Although the Amazon river cruise capital of Manaus is a four-hour flight from Rio (return flights between the two cities start from around £180 per person in August 2016).Rainforest Cruises Olympic excursions include:

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 authorization 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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