Trek through the pristine Tapajos National Forest with a naturalist, who will describe the more unusual flora and fauna in this protected part of the Amazon.
Depart from the pier and drive south along the only road through this remote section of the Amazon. After approximately an hour, you will arrive at the National Forest Tapajos, an expanse of nearly 1.5 million acres protected by federal law. As you will learn, research is being carried out here to determine the effects of lumbering and how to reduce its impact.
Fortunately, this swath of the Amazon is unspoiled and provides a wonderful opportunity to understand its flora and fauna by hiking through the understory with a naturalist. Following a path through the dense vegetation, you will see species like the towering Brazil Nut Tree, which only bears fruit in undisturbed forests. The familiar nut is so hard that only the agouti, a chisel-toothed mammal, can penetrate the shell and eat the nut inside.
Rubber trees also flourish here. They were the source of great wealth in the 19th century until some seeds were smuggled out of the Tapajos Valley and successfully propagated in Malaysia, ending the Brazilian monopoly on exporting natural rubber.
In addition to seeing a huge variety of vegetation, you may spot some of the more than 300 species of birds that live in the National Forest Tapajos, including the brilliantly colored golden parakeet and giant harpy eagle. Following your forest exploration, you will re-board your bus and return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of hiking through the forest. There will be some natural and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition and avid hikers or walkers. Lightweight pants; a long-sleeved shirt; sun cap; sunglasses; insect repellant; binoculars; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, sturdy hiking shoes or boots are recommended.