Boat trip fromTabatinga to Manaus
Boat trip fromTabatinga to Manaus Reviews
Boat trip fromTabatinga to Manaus Jun 06, 2011
Going down the Amazon is fairly easy thing to do, and it could be very smooth and not too expensive. Boat from Tabatinga to Manaus leaves only on Wednesday and Saturday, and there are also options with some "fast boats" but I did not explore it because they were too expensive for me.
Tabatinga is small Brazilian town right next to Columbian town of Leticia (only road separates them). I stayed in Leticia while waiting for boat to come because hostels were nicer. There is no border check between this two towns and Santa Rosa on Peruvian side, but as soon as you get out of the towns you will encounter passport checks. You can get Brazilian stamp only at Policia Federales, which is kind-of on the way, but plan to get there before leaving.
Important thing is to have EXIT and ENTRANCE stamps from the place you came from and going to.
I was going on the boat called Voyager IV. Boat is very good, sizable, stable, and a bit overcrowded.
Cost of the trip is 170 reals (there is no other choice), food and water are included. Trip lasts 4 days and 3 nights, you leave 1pm, and arrive at 7am fourth day.
This was the cleanest one that I have been on, bathrooms and showers are fine, floor is not rusty or dirty.
Three meals per day are provided, and they are good and large. Coffee is available most of the day, and drinking water is filtered and very cold.
Bring your own hammock and some kind of blanket because nights can be cold.
Suggestion is to take upper deck and position yourself around middle of the ship. Try to go with people that you know so that you can all take care of security of your stuff.
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