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Manaus (Amazon River), Brazil-port

Manaus, the “Paris of the Jungle,” is the capital of Brazil’s state of Amazonas. The former river village rests along the left bank of the Rio Negro, which merges with the mighty Amazon. Carved from the dense jungle by rubber barons in the 19th century, Manaus has become an ideal starting or ending point for visitors to the mid-Amazon region. Riverboats can be taken through the myriad of tributaries, estuaries and small creeks, where the richest wildlife can be seen. Attractions include the stunning Renaissance-style Opera House and the Customs House, prefabricated in Liverpool England complete with clock tower and known as “Little Big Ben.”

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Caiman Spotting
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Highlights of Manaus
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Manaus Jungle Trek
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Meeting of the Waters Cruise
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Rubber Museum & Indian Community
    Most Active or Strenuous

Caiman Spotting

Most Active or Strenuous

Duration: 3 hours

Tour Code: MAO-004

Begin with a moonlit riverboat cruise into the dense jungle backwaters, where you'll cross a short gangplank to a small motorized canoe. Under the expert direction of your native guide, you'll glide silently into the flooded forest and its countless overgrown tributaries. Armed only with a flashlight, your guide will attempt to locate caimans by startling them with the light, making their eyes look like rubies in the night! While the caiman is hypnotized by the bright light, you will slowly approach it until your guide is close enough to attempt to catch the caiman with his bare hands and actually lift it out of the water for all to see. When you have taken photographs, the young caiman will be returned, unharmed, to the water. After the thrill of this incredible hunt, you will transfer back to the riverboat for the return to the Manaus floating pier.

Please note: Although there is very little walking involved in this tour, guests must be able to get on to and off the riverboat (by a gangplank) and to a motorized canoe, otherwise they may be asked to remain on the main river boat. Comfortable walking closed-toe shoes are recommended.