Has anyone done this boat trip recently and can recommend a good boat/company to book?
Hoping to stop at Santarem for a couple of days and then continue onto Manaus -would we have to get a different boat for the 2nd part of the journey?
We are looking for a budget one but are hoping to get a cabin rather than a hammock, what sort of price is reasonable?
I haven't done the trip recently but 6 years ago (in 2002) we paid $ US 60 for the 5-day journey from Belem to Manaus in a cabin on the top floor. Prices may have increased by now, so this can probably only give you a rough idea. Also only stayed in Santarem for an afternoon, so continued the trip on the same boat.
Good luck with finding something that suits you and enjoy the trip. I loved it !
[ Edit: Edited on Jun 15, 2008, at 3:18 PM by steff ]
Thanks for your reply....Wow that is MUCH cheaper than we have been quoted, even allowing for inflation. We have only got one quote so far though to be fair which is R$800 for a 2 person cabin with ensuite and aircon going directly to Manaus, the price goes up to R$1000 if we want to stop overnight in Santarem.
Working on the current rate this would be about US$485/US$606 for two - Has anyone done this trip recently and can tell us if this is the going rate now?
Also, is Santarem worth the stop if it is going to cost us that much more?
Hi, we have now been on this boat trip and in case anyone would like info this was our experience............
We got an ensuite, aircon cabin which was on the top deck (hammocks and other cabins were on the deck below). It was much more than the hammock price but for me it was worth it as 5 nights is along time to spend in those close quarters (we've got piccys on our blog if you want to see what it's like).
Our boat was called the Cisne Branco and was really nice, it had just been freshly painted and some things were still a bit wet! We did manage to get on for a peak before we booked our ticket but it was a big struggle and I've heard from people since that they hardly ever let people on.
The breakfast was included and for the people in cabins it was bread, butter, ham, cheese, coffee, fruit and porridge. For the people in hammocks it was a bread roll and coffee.
Lunch and dinner are not included and cost 5 Reals per meal per person. It's the same for everyone and is a buffet of chicken, meat, rice, veg, fruit and juice. The food was really nice and a bargain for that price. There were also toasties and snacks available from the bar (and beer of course).
We only stopped at Santarem for a few hours but our friend stayed there and said he didn't find it worth it as, at the time, the water was too high for him to see the beach at Alto do Chao. We could see the meeting of the waters from there but our boat went over it anyway.