Amazon… the very sound of it evokes images of jungle adventure, igniting the imagination like no other region in the world! Now you may discover the mighty Amazon Rainforest in comfort and style on board the MV Desafio. M/V Desafio, a fully renovated classical schooner boat has been carefully restored with its original old world features, and fitted with motors to ensure free and secure movement along the Amazon River and its tributaries. The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world (after the Nile), stretching over 6.000 km; but it is largest when it comes to volume. The Amazon River contains 20% of the Earth’s fresh water, which it carries from high up in the Andes Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, it picks up rich soil that flows into dozens of streams and small rivers. The Amazon Basin has two freshwater systems, the igapo (blackwater) and the varzea (whitewater). The varzea contains a large amount of minerals that fertilize the land, helping trees and other vegetation to grow. This river starts in Peru, but it becomes the Amazon in Manaus. The Amazon Region brings together a diverse clientele, regardless of age, all share a spirit of adventure and curiosity for the immense, lush green and secrets of the flora and fauna of the Amazon Forest, the green lungs of the world. The M/V Desafio cruises offer the better of two worlds: the convenience and comfort of a pre-arranged group program and the joy of personal discovery. Small enough for everyone to be on a first-name basis; by the end of the first hours, our passengers feel at home in the heart of the Amazon. Our specialized hosts are glad to tell the travelers every single detail about the wildlife, the vegetation, the flooding and the seasonal shifts from the flooding and the torrential rainfalls from November to March as well as the low water level of the Amazon during the rest of the year. Cruises depart from Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, a city in the jungle that prospered during the rubber boom last century. There is a four-day cruise visiting the Anavilhanas Archipelago, the largest river archipelago in the world, and its igarapés – permanent river channels – and igapós – non-permanent river channels. Due to its acidic waters, mosquitoes are practically non-existent. The cruise also includes daily explorations and activities in motorized canoes into the jungle, as well as a rich Amazonian cuisine served in the ship’s restaurant.
The best way to explore the Amazon is through its rivers. The cruise will start in the main city in the Amazon, Manaus, and onwards deep into the Amazon, where you will feel the essence of the Rain Forest. M/V Desafio (which in English means “Challenge”) is a great 34-meter three-masted sailing ship, it provides the highest standard service available in the Amazon Region. With only 12 cabins, M/V Desafio accommodates a maximum of 24 passengers, ideal for those who want to explore the Amazon with privacy, comfort and the unique intimacy of sharing the experience of a lifetime with a handful of new-found friends and the ability to discover the deserted tributaries of the Amazon in ways not possible for larger vessels. The right size to get into the Amazon and the right number of cabins, will ensure the intimacy and privacy to enjoy the cruise.
On board the MV Desafio, you will explore the heart of the Amazon. Starting from Manaus, you will reach places not many people have seen before. There are many things to experience while in the Amazon, daily explorations and activities in small-motorized boats into the jungle where you can learn how to fish for piranha or how to spot crocodiles in the water even in the deep black of an Amazon night. Some cruises also include meeting the locals in expeditions to local islands and treks through the Rain Forest. Getting back on board you will enjoy the rich Amazonian cuisine served in our panoramic restaurant – alternatively simply relax and soak up the scenery and unique atmosphere from our sun deck.
The Amazon region, with its fabulous, unique flora and fauna , calls visitors from around the world to explore the largest nature reserve on the planet. The cruise ship “M/V Desafio” offers the best option for enjoying the extraordinary experience of living in the jungle, with safety and comfort. With 12 double cabins, all with air conditioning, private bathroom with shower, restaurant and bar, the M/V Desafio “is the best boat in its class, sailing these waters”. Rise early to admire the sunrise and see thousands of birds come out of their nocturnal hiding places in search of breakfast. After enjoying your own breakfast, go on a fishing expedition to catch one of the many hundreds of species found in the river, including the aggressive piranha, hand-feed the inquisitive squirrel monkeys or learn more about indigenous lifestyles from the local communities. The balance of the day is spent exploring the river and the world’s greatest ecosystem.
Staying in the MV Desafio is not just about the boat, but it is about exploring the jungle in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. The rich Amazonian cuisine, with the breathtaking landscape will set you in the most untouched environment in the planet.
Light clothes (jacket for the winter season); Bathing suit, sunglasses, and suntan lotion; Full-length trousers for expeditions into the jungle; Tennis shoes and comfortable walking boots with rubber sole are highly recommended; In order to travel in comfort in your cabin, take the necessary items in a carry-on case or travel bag; Larger suitcases can be stored in a locked deposit area of the boat.