Newly Renovated for 2019, Motor Yacht Tucano Is Booking’s River Expeditions into the Amazon Rainforest

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Newly renovated and underway for 2019 & 2020, the Motor Yacht Tucano is ready to cruise travelers into the exotic Amazon Rainforest. The upgraded Motor Yacht provides passengers with a comfortable interior while also offering an authentic experience off the ship to explore local Amazonian tributaries.


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"The early mornings aboard the Tucano were the most memorable experiences on my Amazon Rainforest trip. I remember waking up at the break of dawn and piling into the river canoes for our morning excursions." - Jon Hillstead,

The Amazon Rainforest is replete with broad waters, lush canopies, winding trails and diverse wildlife hiding behind dense foliage. Some have called it the greatest wilderness on earth. Exploring it can be a challenge, but the mighty Amazon River provides incredible access. In the 19th century, the first steamships exploring the Amazon called for style and elegance. Today the today the same advantages a cruise in the Amazon has over a lodge are as good as they were with those first steamships. The Tucano is one of these vessels which exhibits that same charm and sense of luxury.

After three weeks in a very substantial refit, the Motor Yacht Tucano is re-launched and underway again! In addition to countless small updates, the main salon has been fully rebuilt.

The new glass walls make it feel larger, brighter, and more stylish. Additionally, the glass opens up allowing diners to enjoy the Amazon’s warm breeze. Imagine caipirinha in hand watching the sun set over the horizon thinking back on your days canoe adventure.

It’s not easy to see the entire Amazon Rainforest, which spans over 7,000,000km2. That is where river cruises play a key role in the quest of Amazonian exploration. Imagine seamlessly sailing the Amazon river, alongside professional and knowledgeable guides anxious to reveal the secrets of the river’s hidden gems, and point out the highlights of the rainforest so that you do not miss any opportunity to get to know the mighty jungle. has been planning travelers’ Amazon river trips for nearly twenty years and highly recommends the Tucano. Their travel consultants have first-hand experience with these destinations to serve their clients better.

Jon Hillstead, a Senior Travel Consultant with, recounts his recent visit: The early mornings aboard the Tucano were the most memorable experiences on my Amazon Rainforest trip. I remember waking up at the break of dawn and piling into the river canoes for our morning excursions. The air was cool and crisp, and a heavy mist floated above the water and weaved between the trees. We set out slowly, the subtle whirring of the engine pushing us toward adventure.

The best reason to choose the Tucano over other Amazon cruises may be its size. While all cruises and lodges provide an incredible experience, the Tucano, with only 13 cabins, is unique in that the journey is more intimate and therefore, more authentic. Unlike lodges with their fixed locations, the vessel changes location daily, and the crew and guides take passengers via launches and canoes to some of the lesser known tributaries along the river, exploring deep into the Amazon.

There are two routes that travelers can choose between the Motor Yacht vessel.

The Amazon Odyssey 4-night cruise captures the spirit of the rainforest in a relatively short amount of time without compromising its meaningful and authentic experience. For travelers with limited time, this cruise itinerary is ideal. The Odyssey route features the Rio Negro, the Anavilhanas Archipelago, the incredible “Encontra das Aguas” (Meeting of the Waters), and of course guided excursions into the lush rainforest trails dotted with exotic plants and wildlife.

For those craving an extended exploration, The Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon is an excellent choice. Compared to the Amazon Odyssey, this active 7-day itinerary travels twice as far into the rainforest, allowing its guest to experience more of the native flora and fauna of this magnificent wilderness. One of the major highlights of this route is the visit to the world’s largest rainforest park, the Central Amazon Biological Corridor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This cruise is everything the Odyssey offers and more.

Both Tucano cruise routes are extraordinary experiences to the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. The crew and staff of the Motor Yacht Tucano hope travelers around the world will join in on an exploration deep into the heart of the most magnificent wilderness on earth, only offered on these expedition cruises.

“Reserving your trip on this charming vessel is best done long before you set out,” says Jon. While one can sometimes find available spots on short notice, the further out you book the better as availability can only be guaranteed by advanced booking. The Tucano and tour operators they work with such as are already planning trips for 2020!

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