The Rio Negro
August 3rd to 6th Matt, mom and I spent aboard the Amazon Clipper with 29 other passengers, cruising around the Río Negro.
The flooded edges of the Río Negro are filled with mysterious, tree-lined tunnels of shimmering light and elusive mammals. Our favorite moments were spent in the small boats, slipping in and out of the trees (or sometimes crashing headlong into them) for a glimpse of a bird or reptile. It's a jungle like no other, submerged in a deep, reddish-brown river.
Our days were filled with excursions interspersed with dips in the river. Day one we took a night cruise for snakes, spiders and frogs, then a morning cruise for birds, a jungle walk, followed by a swim in the rio and an afternoon cruise around some small islands. On the second day we got up early to swim with pink dolphins, we fished for piranha, swam near a beach in the Negro and took an afternoon cruise on the Ariaú tributary to see monkeys and sloths. On Saturday before we left, we took in the giant water lilies. Finally, on our way back to Manaus, we visited the encuentro — a place where the Río Amazons and Río Negro meet and continue to flow, side-by-side, for 11km.
Three days of pure, boating bliss. We hope you enjoy!