The Amazon rainforest is a balanced mosaic of ecosystems, which includes a diverse set of distinct wildlife and flora, making it one of the largest bio-diverse locations on the planet. On this spectacular journey through the lush, tropical rainforest, you will delve into local way of life and interact with the remarkable indigenous people. These tribal communities live as their ancestors did by working alongside their natural environment and shunning the trappings of modern day life. You’ll absorb key survival skills from Amazonian locals, such as how to live using the rich, bountiful resources that the tropical rainforest provides. This trip will give you a unique insight of another world and culture that only a privileged few have the opportunity to experience.
- Become immersed in the sensual natural lush surroundings of the Amazon rainforest
- Meet residents of an Amazonian village who will reveal their culinary secrets
- Revel in the opportunity to visit the Yanomami tribe, who normally do not allow visitors, and explore their distinct beliefs and way of life
- Discover what it takes to survive in the Amazonian jungle by learning how to use the natural environment to your advantage
- The jungle offers the chance to catch a glimpse of the Amazonian native wildlife. From the River’s Pink Dolphins and Piranhas to the jungle’s Howler Monkeys, we’ll find ourselves in the heart of these animal’s homes.
RECOMMENDED GROUP SIZE
- 6 nights in bespoke hammocks
- 4 nights in hotels
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The rainforest’s dry season is between June and November, whereas December to May holds the rainforest’s wet season. It is possible to undertake this trip in either season. The wet season will have a more temperate climate but with more rain while the dry season will have some very hot days. It will rain in the Amazon no matter what season it is, allowing for the maintenance and growth of the lush vegetation.
|2||Local Amazonian village||Bespoke hammocks (B/L/D)||Meet residents of an Amazonian village and learn their culinary skills|
|3||Prairie Grande||Bespoke hammocks (B/L/D)||Travel along the tranquil Amazonian waterways|
|4||Amazon jungle||Bespoke hammocks (B/L/D)||Today you may catch a glimpse of the distinct Amazonian pink dolphin|
|5||Amazon jungle||Bespoke hammocks (B/L/D)||Learn key jungle trekking and camping skills|
|6||Amazon jungle||Bespoke hammocks (B/L/D)||Discover essential skills that are needed to survive in the jungle|
|7||Presidente Figueredo||Hotel (B/L/D)||This small town is a piece of Amazonian paradise featuring waterfalls, rapids and caves|
|8||Rorainopolis||Hotel (B/L/D)||We’ll pass through the indigenous Waimiri tribal area|
|9||Yanomami land||Bespoke hammocks (B/L/D)||Visit the Yanomami tribe|
|10||Manaus||Hotel (B/L/D)||Learn the beliefs and culture of the Yanomami tribe|
|11||Depart for home||(B)|
*B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Once we arrive in Manaus, we’ll transfer and check in to the hotel, giving us time to relax, recuperate post flight and prepare ourselves for the Amazon. In the evening you will receive a comprehensive brief from your Expedition Leader on the adventure you are about to undertake.
After breakfast, we’ll transfer to a local village situated on the edge of the Amazon. This journey will give you a contrasting view from the bustling city of Manaus to the natural iconic beauty that the Amazon rainforest has to offer. Once we arrive in the village, we’ll be greeted by its residents and learn how they live alongside their beautiful natural environment. The local villagers will divulge their culinary secrets and allow us to practise in producing some of their flavoursome classical dishes. We’ll be introduced to their major local crop, Mandioca, which is the third largest food source of carbohydrates in the tropics. Specific methods must be used to prepare this crop before it can be developed into a variety of foods. In the evening we’ll ensure we are set up in our bespoke hammocks and enjoy the fresh Amazon evening.
Today we’ll start off by spending several hours paddling along an adventurous creek through the dense, lush Amazonian water channels. As the rising sun bathes the tranquil mesh of Amazonian natural scenery and wildlife, we’ll eventually join the Rio Negro, one of the largest tributaries of the Amazon River. Rio Negro is famed for ‘The Meeting of Waters’, where its dark black coloured water runs alongside the distinct sandy coloured river waters of the Rio Solimoes River without mixing for 6km. Here we will meet up with speedboats that will transfer us across to the Prairie Grande, a long stretch of white sandy beach where we will spend the night under the starlit sky.
As the sun rises across the white sandy beach, we’ll start to prepare ourselves for the next part of the journey. Today we’ll make our way to the home of the pink dolphins, which are endemic to the Amazon River. Among the five species of river dolphins, Amazon pink dolphins are considered the most intelligent of them all. If conditions allow, we may be able to swim with these gracious creatures. We’ll then make our way to an isolated homestead on the banks of a water channel, where we will spend the night. This location is the home of the Piranhas, which we will also be able to fish for. The homestead is situated around the outskirts of the jungle, making it an excellent location for a short trek. Here we can visit a giant local tree, known as Samuma, which is an amazing 20 metres in diameter.
Today we travel by a small boat navigating our way through a flooded forest until we arrive deeper into the jungle. Once we arrive at our destination we’ll explore our undisturbed surroundings by foot. During the trek we’ll learn how machetes are an essential tool in forging a track through the dense forest undergrowth. We will learn the critical techniques and skills of how to set up a jungle camp, which is where we will stay the night. You’ll be amazed at how the jungle becomes alive at night; this is nature at its best.
Where does one find food and water in the deep Amazon jungle when in need? If one has the skills and knowledge, the jungle offers an abundance of supply. Today we’ll learn and practice these vital skills on a trek through the jungle’s complex web of vegetation. These skills include where to discover nutritious supplements, such as grubs, which offer a protein rich snack for those who are in need (an optional treat for you of course). Or we can learn how to build a sturdy shelter using only the products of the environment. Whilst out on the trek, we may also get the opportunity to spot some of the Amazonian wildlife, such as the Howler Monkeys. We’ll set up camp again and stay in the jungle for a final night around a fire.
Once we’ve eaten breakfast under the morning sun, we’ll steer through the flooded forest and travel to Rosewood Road. Here we’ll be met by our next mode of transport that will take us towards the Equator and the Venezualan border. This route offers impressive views of the vibrant lush jungle. Our destination is a small town called Presidente Figueredo. This piece of Amazonian paradise offers a range of waterfalls, rivers, caves and rapids surrounded by the tropical environment. With this vivacious jungle in our back garden, we’ll be able to relax and lay back in our accommodation for the evening.
From Presidente Figueredo, we’ll make our way through the land of the indigineous Waimiri tribe of Northern Brazil. Farming is the main means of subsistence for this tribe and they are known for weaving distinct geometric patterned baskets and backpacks. We’ll visit the Waimari tourist area to learn more about the tribe’s rich culture and history alongside the development of the local government. From here we’ll head to the city of Rorainopolis that lies close to the equator line, which is where we will spend the night.
Today we’ll depart Rorainopolis and make our way to Caracai to catch a flight that will take us right to the heart of the Amazon. This deep part of the rainforest is home to the Yanomami tribe. The Yanomami are the largest relatively isolated tribe in South America and live in some 200–250 villages across northern Brazil. The Yanomami are known as hunters, fishers, and horticulturists; where the women act as gatherers and the men act as the hunters.
Today we’ll discover how the Yanomami live which mirrors that of how their ancestors lived centuries ago, attuned and at one with the natural environment. The Yanomami culture, including harvest rituals of dances and body decorations, is completely unique and gives us an insight into their beliefs and way of life. In the late afternoon we’ll say farewell to this remarkable community and travel back to Manaus. This sudden contrast in way of living will certainly be impactful and give you some food for thought.
Depart Manaus and fly back home.
This adventure will depart with a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 12*.
From £10,165.00 per person based on two people sharing (£880.00 single supplement). A non-refundable deposit of £2,000.00pp will be required.
- Expedition Leader from ‘The Adventure Boutique’
- Local guides, local chefs and porters
- All scheduled accommodation
- Scheduled meals
- All scheduled transfers
- Travel insurance
- International Flights
- Alcoholic drinks
* We can accommodate private groups less than 6 or more than 12 people. Please ring for further information.
How are we catered for?
A local chef and kitchen team will accompany the group when camping and travelling throughout the trip; you will not fail to be anything but amazed by their creativity even in the middle of the amazon rainforest. You will be provided with proper balanced meals to enjoy, that will be nutritious yet tasty. These meals will be tailored to your dietary needs. During the hotel stays in the cities and towns, you will normally be dining within the hotel.
How fit do I need to be?
There will be a few opportunities to take part in some treks through the Amazon rainforest throughout the trip. Therefore to get the most enjoyment out of the experience, a basic level of fitness is desirable, but you certainly don’t need to be an athlete to go on this trip. To prepare for the treks, try practising a few walks at home before you leave.
Do I need to tip our local staff?
You do not need to tip the local staff such as chefs and guides. Unlike other companies, we have included the tipping into the price so there are no hidden surprises when you arrive in the country. Tipping the Expedition Leader is at your discretion but will be much appreciated, especially after you witness their dedication and professionalism in looking after you and ensuring your happiness.
Will I require any spending money?
Throughout the experience, you won’t need much spending money as the trip is comprehensively covered in the initial cost. You may require money for the very occasional meal as shown on the schedule and any alcoholic drinks. You may also wish to buy some souvenirs or make a satellite phone call home or for work purposes. It will be best to bring your usual currency and this can be changed into local currency soon after arrival.
What clothing/equipment do I need?
The Adventure Boutique team will give you a full comprehensive kit list when you sign up and be on-hand if you have any questions before the trip.
Do I need special insurance?
You should not need any special type of travel insurance for this trip. Do ensure that your insurance covers the South American region. If you do not have adequate insurance cover, The Adventure Boutique team can refer you to appropriate insurers.
Do I need a visa?
This is dependent on your nationality, our team can advise you on this before signing up. British citizens do not need a visa to visit Brazil for the designated time frame.
Do I need any vaccinations?
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide. You should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. Clients travelling to worldwide destinations are recommended to seek advice from the sources mentioned above and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example, Malaria, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid.
How large are the groups?
The group size should be a maximum of twelve people. The number of participants is kept to a level where quality can be maintained. We normally have a maximum number so as not to allow the groups to become too large. We believe that by doing this, the Expedition Leaders will be able to look after you more carefully, in turn you will find the group dynamics work better and your success rate and enjoyment level increases immeasurably. If you are a group of friends of more than twelve, then obviously we will work together to accommodate you. If you would like to have a more personalised trip below the recommended group size, we would happy be to facilitate this for you too.
What is the minimum age a person has to be to go on this adventure?
The minimum age is 16 years old accompanied by a legal guardian or 18 years old otherwise. If you do have children and want to bring them, we would be happy to facilitate this. We would be happy to make necessary arrangements to accommodate a young person into a private group.
Is there a maximum age?
There is no maximum age limit, providing you are fit and in good health.
Will my mobile work? Can I stay in touch with the office or my family?
You’ll find some phone reception during your trip, partially when not in the jungle. We specially carry a satellite phone in case of emergencies, but we also realise people may need to keep in touch with their loved ones or have some work commitments to deal with. The satellite phone can be used for a charge.
Can I organise this trip exclusively for myself, my friends and family?
If you have a group of friends or family who want to travel together, a bespoke date can certainly be arranged to suit your party. If you do have your own group and want to discuss any variations in the schedule or particular objectives, feel free to discuss this with The Adventure Boutique team.