Manaus - "Meeting of the Waters" Village Visit with Lunch
- Manaus: Tour the grand opera house, browse the huge Municipal Market, and see the Customs House, San Sebastian Church, Rio Negro Palace, and other city landmarks
- Speedboat ride: Head down the Rio Negro to the lands of the Desana people, where you'll be welcomed with an ancient ritual performed by a tribal shaman.
- January Ecological Park: It's a whole new take on waterfront dining when the restaurant floats. Enjoy a buffet lunch, then venture into the jungle to see the Amazon's famous giant water lilies, the Vitoria Regia.
- Encontro das Aguas: See where the Amazon begins as the dark Rio Negro meets the sandy-brown Rio Solimoes, flowing side by side without mixing for four miles.
About this Manaus tour
A visit to the biggest city on the biggest river in the world's biggest rainforest calls for big adventure, and this tour fits the bill.
Your adventure begins with a speedboat ride on the mysterious Rio Negro to the Tupe community of Desana people, known for their friendliness and willingness to interact with outsiders. Observing their welcome ritual and elaborate headdresses and jewelry, it's hard to believe that you're barely 20 miles from a bustling city of more than a million people. But the encroachments of the modern world don't bode well for the rainforest's indigenous tribes; there may only be 2,000 Desana left, so you may be among the last to get a glimpse of their way of life.
This tour includes another rare opportunity, as your boat arrives at the very spot where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimoes meet and become the mightiest river in the world. The volume of water the Amazon sends from this point to where it discharges into the Atlantic is greater than the flow of the next seven largest rivers combined. And the beginning of that incredible journey is clearly marked: Thanks to a combination of the converging rivers' different flow rates, temperature, and water density, the Amazon stays half black and half brown for four miles. It's called the Encontro das Aguas: the Meeting of the Waters.
It's a sight few will ever experience: the birthplace of the Amazon. In a day-long adventure filled with extraordinary moments, this is one of the biggest.
Whipped into manhood
The Desana Indians have many rituals, including the dance you'll see on this tour. One you won't see is the ceremony that marks the transition from boy to man. The boys lay in the fetal position on the floor as their elders whip them, a way to awaken their sexual potency and strength. Afterward, they're bathed in the river and taught how to make baskets, which they give to a prospective mate when they're deemed ready for fatherhood.
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.
Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Full Day, Walking Tour, Cultural, Private Tour, Shopping
Sedan or Van
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, 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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