Science Museum and Inpa Institute
Departing the pier, your drive will take you to the INPA (National Institute of Amazonian Research) " a vast botanical garden containing an array of flora and fauna. Here we may be lucky enough to spot birds, monkeys and sloths, as well as tropical fish, caimans and turtles. Later you visit the Science Museum, where displays of stuffed Amazonian animals and insects can be viewed. You can also see the giant pirarucu in its aquarium " the largest scaly fish in Brazil, with an elongated and bulky body measuring some two metres (six feet) long, and weighing up to 90 kilograms (200 pounds). The meat is similar to cod. The museum also houses Indian artifacts, costumes and weapons of the region's principal tribes.
Notes: There is some walking involved during this tour, and steps to be negotiated 30 minutes at INPA; and 30 minutes at the Science Museum, plus 8 steps. Motor coaches will be at quayside (20 metres to the gangway). To venture a little further at INPA, to see the turtle and alligator lake, there are approximately 150 steps (spread over some 16 flights), although a ramp is also available, and there are resting areas. There should be an opportunity to purchase local arts and crafts. Complimentary bottled water is supplied. PRICE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Duration: 3.5 hours hours
Price: 78 USD