Private Tour: Nighttime Amazon Alligator Encounter
- Rio Negro riverboat cruise: Glide across one of the rivers that feeds the mighty Amazon, heading for the January Ecological Park and motorized canoes.
- Lake January: The chirps, buzzes, and hoots of the nighttime jungle serenade your group as mysterious shadows dance along shore. Just stay in the boat and you'll be fine.
- The crocodile hunter: They're not quite gators or crocs; they're a related species called caimans. Your guide will reach into the water to snag one with his bare hands, plunging in if that's what it takes to give you a close look.
About this Manaus tour
For most of us, the difference between a caiman and an alligator or crocodile is like the difference between a mako shark and a tiger shark all we know is that we don't want to be lunch. Your guide will fill you in matters of biological classification, but let's be honest: You haven't boarded a small canoe in murky Amazon waters surrounded by prowling nocturnal predators to learn which species belongs to what genus. You're here to see the menacing red eyes of a large carnivorous reptile glinting in the beam of your guide's spotlight.
Well, we can't guarantee that it's going to happen; rainforest creatures don't go online to check the day's tour schedule. All we can tell you is that the place you're headed is prime caiman territory, and they're not fond of any visitors they're not chewing. But your guide knows where they lurk. When he spots one, he'll shine a powerful beam of light in its eyes, temporarily disabling it as he gently maneuvers the canoe closer. The finger on his lips tells you to stay quiet. (As if words could escape your dry throat anyway.) "This guy's a professional!" you think to yourself, noting that he still has all his limbs.
And then, with the speed of a striking anaconda, he snatches it, holding it out for you to touch it, if you dare, or at least get some snapshots: a close encounter of the caiman kind. But snap fast. These bad boys snap back.
Food for thought
The caiman is the Amazon ecosystem's top predator. Their habitat is an all-you-can-eat buffet of piranhas, turtles, snakes, birds, monkeys, sloths, armadillos, jungle cats, deer ... basically, anything with a pulse. So when your guide tells you to keep your hands and feet inside the canoe, it's advice worth heeding.
On a cruise ship? Meet your driver on the pier, in front of the ship. Please look for the GoBe Representative holding our logo sign with your name. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoTo Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
This tour requires participants to have full mobility and be able to get in and out of canoes without assistance.
Private Tour, Boat Tour, Wilderness/Wildlife, Night Life
Sedan or Van
English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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