The Amazon is the world's largest tropical rainforest, and it spans more than half of the Brazilian territory. Within the 4 million square km (2.5 million square miles) of the Amazon River Basin resides a wealth of life richer than any place else on earth, including 500 mammals, 175 different lizards, 300 other reptile species, tree climbers of every kind, and a third of the world's identified bird species, along with millions of species that remain undiscovered. The Amazon is home to countless species of fauna and flora, including endangered jaguars, howler monkeys, tapirs, pink freshwater dolphins, giant river otters, manatees, and an incredible array of tropical birds and plants. The growing popularity of eco-tourism and adventure travel has made travel to the Amazon rainforest accessible in the last few years, but until recently, there were few opportunities to travel on the river itself. Intelligent Leisure Solutions, an internet-based luxury travel company specializing in Central and South America, now offers three, four, and seven-night cruises along the majestic Amazon, Solimoes, and Negro Rivers aboard the IberoStar Grand Amazon cruise ship. Departing from Manaus, one of the largest and busiest dock areas in Brazil, the Iberostar Grand Amazon stops at several points along the Amazon jungle, and offers excursions on small boats to explore the dense and virgin rain forest. Bird-watching, trekking, fishing, photo safaris and cultural programs that highlight and help preserve indigenous cultures are only a few of the inclusive options offered in the cruise packages. You and other adventure seekers will come into close contact with endangered and exotic species of trees, plants, animals as well as the local friendly and hospitable river communities. All of this adventure combined with the luxury and comfort of a five-star hotel aboard the IberoStar Grand Amazon.
The journey begins in Manaus, Brazil, where the IberoStar Grand Amazon departs every Thursday or Sunday, depending upon your length of stay. Upon departure, you will be welcomed by the Captain as the adventure kicks off with a Brazilian-style cocktail party. Each morning, the knowledgeable staff aboard the IberoStar presents informative lectures on the flora, fauna, and cultures that you will encounter on the daily land excursions offered during the cruise. All land excursions are guided by professionals fluent in English and offer rare opportunities to get to know the life along the rivers. Entertainment and other services are provided on board the IberoStar Grand Amazon, as well as traditional Brazilian celebrations and barbeques.
Intelligent Leisure Solutions is a web-based Destination Management Company (DMC) for Latin America that offers only luxury, custom-made trips from pre-selected destinations, accommodations, packages and tours to travelers and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events) clients seeking differentiated travel experiences. Intelligent Leisure Solutions has been selected by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism as an Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. They are also Authenticated by the Tralliance Corporation and the .Travel Registry.