You’ll head downstream, to the ‘Meeting of the Waters’. This is where the Rio Negro and Solimoes run side by side for many miles to create a curious natural phenomenon of a two-coloured river, marking the start of the mighty Amazon.

En route, observe the ribeirinhos, or river people, carrying out their day-to-day activities, pass floating markets, and observe the commercial life on the riverbanks. 

Upon arrival at Lake January-an ecological park situated between the two rivers, disembark and continue on foot along raised walkways. With luck, and river conditions permitting, you may be able to admire the Victoria Regia water lilies, the leaves of which can measure up to three feet across. Exotic birds, monkeys and wild orchids are also found here. 

Back at the landing stage, you’ll have a little free time to purchase local native arts and crafts before re-boarding the riverboat. 

Your exploration now heads upstream as you pass by the floating port of Manaus and underneath the immense Ponte Rio Negro. This 2½ mile wide bridge was opened in 2011 to link Manaus to the fertile land south of the river, and has become an iconic symbol of the Amazon region and its expansion. 

Continue to the Ponta Negra neighbourhood with its upscale residences and golden beaches. The local floating port on the grounds of the Tropical Hotel will allow you step ashore and stretch your legs before your return journey to Manaus. 

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