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and embark on a cruise on the Negro River. The Brazilian city of Manaus is home to one of nature’s strangest occurrences--the 4-mile confluence of the nearly black Negro River with the sandy-colored Solimões River. Called the “Meeting of Waters,” the two bodies of water do not mix due to their differences in temperature, speed, and water density! They join to form the Amazon River, that flows for 4,000 miles to be one of the world’s longest rivers. It is here that you will board the Iberostar Grand Amazon, an all-inclusive, super luxury floating hotel and the largest ship specifically built to navigate the Amazon. You will make frequent stops in the rainforest, with small boats launched for ecological hikes and pink dolphin watching. This excitement packed takes you to experience the beauty of the rivers, the local culture, and an abundance of species from one of the crown jewels of Iberostar’s Grand Collection.
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    Embark on your amazing 5-star Amazon adventure cruise aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon. Sail on the Negro River towards the Jaraqui region, with a striking sunset at the upper deck and classical music. Captain’s welcome cocktail with presentation of the officers and crew and safety procedures drill. Welcome dinner in the Kuarup Restaurant. (D)


    Awake to a beautiful sunrise and breakfast at Jaraqui stream region. Trek through the Igarapés to observe palms and high trees used for house construction and as medicines by the local villagers. Return to the ship for lunch. Later, boat ride through the islands in Três Bocas region to see orchids, bromeliads, toucans and macaws. Dinner. Evening boat ride with a chance of seeing alligators. (B,L,D)


    Hiking trek or boat ride in the Trincheira stream region where lianas, palms and other large trees are located. Spot exotic flowers and fruits. Visit the pink dolphins in Novo Airão. Return to ship for lunch. Afternoon cruise to an indigenous community at Cuieiras river area to visit their school, medical center and homes, as well as their manioc flour and handicrafts production. (B,L,D)


    Breakfast, followed by early-morning boat ride in the Ariaú river region for bird watching. Continue along the clear water streams and lakes of Praia Grande, with monkeys and sloths about. Piranha fishing is possible at Praia Grande. Lunch, then ride through channels and lakes around Tarumazinho region including stops for diving in the Negro river. Special farewell gala dinner. (B,L,D)


    Sunrise at Meeting of the Waters. After breakfast, disembark at port of Manaus. (B)

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