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Podcast: Amazon River boat trip, Brazil

February 15th, 2009 | Thomas | Podcasts, South America, Travel | 8 Comments »

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We made this podcast on a 6 day boat trip upriver (East to West) from Manaus in the Amazonas region of Brazil, to Tabatinga, on the Peruvian / Brazilian border.

In the podcast we discuss how to find a boat in Manaus (Brazil), the costs of river boat travel, hammocks Vs. cabins, being a vegetarian on board (and general food options), and the risk of malaria and using anti-malarials like Larium. We also report live after our boat suffered a break down and started drifting helplessly back downstream!

Amazon River Boat Trip - Manaus to Tabatinga in Brazil


More photos of Manaus and our Amazon river boat trip

COMING SOON – Video of our Amazon river boat trip

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8 Responses to “Podcast: Amazon River boat trip, Brazil”

  1. Jonny Garza
    July 26th, 2009 @ 9:23 am

    That was a great podcast! Apart from being informative, it gives a good idea of what the journey by boat will be like.

    I’m really excited about my trip now!


  2. Thomas
    July 26th, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

    Thanks Jonny!

    Glad you enjoyed our podcast & good luck with your Amazon boat trip!

  3. Gareth
    January 27th, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

    Thanks for the excellent podcast, really helpful as I’m planning to travel between Manaus and Lima via Iquitos this Summer. I will be traveling to strict schedule, so the one question I have is how long would you allow for the trip, assuming fast boat to Iquitos and flight to Lima and minimal time spent enjoying the stops? I can set whatever arrival time I want in Lima, but missing it once set will not be an option. If you could advise me on my scheduling I would be very appreciative. Thanks again for the enjoyable and informative podcast.

  4. Thomas
    February 1st, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    Thanks Gareth! Good luck with your trip!

  5. Alan
    August 13th, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Many thnks for this informative podcast, most useful and relevant.

    I note you took your computer, was this wise (I realise essential for yr podcasts ;0)) WAS There ample elcetrical supply, concern of damp, theft, weight to carry…?

    How many beds in a cabin… is this limited due to size to 2bds.

    Plan to go to Amazon after Carnival and trip up the coast to Belem and maybe a boat trip then to Manuas.

    Any points on safety?

    Thanks again.

  6. Thomas
    August 29th, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    HI Alan,

    It was totally safe in general. There was a small electrical socket in the cabin, and a smallish double bed. I think the damp issue would depend on when you go, it was humid but not too bad when we did the trip.

    I don’t remember there being any kind of weight limit!

    Have fun!


  7. peter
    October 11th, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

    hi guys great podcast its wet my appitite for my trip in 2011 look forward to more info and pics cheers peter

  8. ed
    October 28th, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    great overview of the mighty river .. heading to Manaus and several other towns in a week .. dont what to expect .. but this helped … thanks … looks like a great time …

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