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AMAZON RAINFOREST: EXPERIENCE the LUNGS OF OUR PLANET
IMMERSE, into the INVISIBLE CONTRIBUTION
The Amazon rainforest is mythical. It covers an area of more than 5 million square kilometres over nine countries (Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, Guiana and French Guiana) and 80% of it is located in Brazil. The volume of water in its rivers represents 20% of all fresh water in the world and the great variety of flora and fauna are the most impressive you'll encounter. The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests, and comprises "the largest and most bio-diverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees and 16,000 species". This is why it is named "the lungs of our planet", but for how much longer?
Amazonia faces unprecedented challenges. And to better understand this and measure their importance, No Limit Journeys has put together a adventure to the heart of the major ecosystem of our planet, vital to the life of future generations.
Too many books have been written about this, and too few people fail to realize the impact of this forest's destruction. So rather than words, it was important for us to take you into its reality and have you experience that ecosystem, for better understanding.
This will not be a "greeny" trip full of science and experts to demonstrate anything, but a journey back to our origins with people who are born and live in the heart of the rainforest. It is a journey into primitive life and knowledge, to witness what our modern world has forgotten, a beautiful but necessary relation between nature and human in balanced harmony to survive.
Enough of words! Join us in an Eye Opening journey.
individual July 2019
Groups, possible between February to August 2019. Contact us
10 days and 09 nights
3.Group Meeting Point:
Tropical Manaus Hotel in Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil)
4.Who can go?
a.Min age: adults only
b.Physical condition: You must be physically fit and healthy. This trip involves hiking in very high humidity, while carrying your backpack.
c.You will need to:
i.resist very humid climate conditions
ii.be mentally strong in isolation
iii.be a team player
iv.carry your own 15kg backpack Enjoy rustic living conditions
d.Group size: max 8 pax + 2 guides
5. Trip overall Rating [where 1 is 'easy' and 10 'is very tough'] = 6 /10 (easy)
Difficulty = 7/10
Isolation = 6/10
Danger = 5/10
6.This activity involves (%):
Transport: on foot = 30% | Jeep = 50% | Canoe 20%
Survival skills = 40%
Orientation = 30%
Group autonomy = 30%
Day 1, Meet at the hotel. Overnight.
Day 2, journey to our jungle base camp through various means of transport: starts with van to the river harbor, then on a boat passing by the unique "meeting of the waters", where Rio Negro and Rio Solimões meet. This is where the Amazon River is formed. We might see some grey and pink river dolphin. On to another vehicle and again to a pirogue that will take us to our final destination that day. We should arrive at Base Camp around lunch time and be welcomed by fresh water fish, beef, chicken, salads and exotic fruits from the Amazon to eat. The afternoon is spent discovering our jungle surroundings (B, L, D)
Day 3, very early departure (5:30am), to animal watch. Breakfast is served after this hike. Then 4h hike in the Rainforest to reach another canoe. Lunch. Using this traditional boat we float to our next camping point in the Rainforest. Arriving, we will prepare camp and have dinner. After dinner, nocturnal exploration with paddle canoe and torch lights to spot animals and listen Rainforest sounds. (B, L, D)
Day 4, Early Breakfast (7:30am). Beginning of a long Rainforest trek until the next camp. The Amazon Rainforest is made of different types of vegetation, with different eco-systems.It is also the home to different species of animals, birds and insects. Different trekking areas bring bio diversity and this helps understand the Amazon better. We will fish for dinner with hand lines, nets, rods and traps. Around the camp fire at night, your guide will share legends and fishermen stories . After dinner, we can go fishing with bow and arrows or with a spear (B, L, D)
Day 5, Early morning canoeing, bird watching and fishing for lunch. Breakfast, followed with a reconnaissance of the igapó (annually flooded rainforest); this is an excellent place to spot jungle life. Lunch. Then head to a native`s house in the Juma region and discover they live surviving from the jungle. (B, L, D)
Day 6, today we spend some time with some indigenous to see how they grow, harvest and transform their food. And head to our next camp while fishing for dinner. This area is very good to spot alligators and hopefully jaguars. (B, L, D)
Day 7, using collected fruits along yesterday's itinerary with prepare breaky and spend more time in the jungle. We will go to a rubber tree plantation to discover the process, its history and implication for local people. Then we head back to the bush. (B, L, D)
Day 8-9, we head back to partial civilization and settle in a tree top Guest House. There we'll learn how to climb the palm tree without any ropes, and depending on the time of the year, retrieve fruit and enjoy making a delicious exotic juice. Later we will freshen up in a spectacular rainforest waterfall. Dinner at the Guest House before spending the night in your tree top house. Sunrise will bring the unique sight of the tree canopy and the horizon. We return to Manaus by the end of the day.
Day 10, End of Journey after breakfast
8.Weather / local conditions / Terrain:
It is a tropical rainforest weather. It is hot and humid. The temperatures are around 28°Celcius for the entire year which gets compounded due to the heavy humidity. There aren't many seasonal changes in the climate and the temperature too remains the same for pretty much of the year. In fact the difference between the day and night temperatures is greater than the difference between any two seasons. Two seasons have nonetheless been defined for clarity as the rainy season and the not-so-rainy season! But the difference is not very noticeable. The main months of the rainy season are December through March. And the rains comes as fast as it goes.
Manaus:4 star hotel
Amazon rainforest: guesthouse, hammocks and Lodge
"There are many dishes served in the Amazon region, but the main foods are centered around fish of which 2000 species of Amazon fish are eaten. There are also other Amazon foods to find like a range of delicious fruit, Brazilian BBQ, international dishes, and food for the not-so-squeamish like beetle grubs. You will also see a large amount of bush meat. This includes the deceptively abundant turtle eggs, a conservation problem, and other meat that threatens many animals" (Ash card). Our meals will be mostly traditional Brazilian food with rice, beans, meat, vegetables and fruits mostly locally produced. Fish can be caught in the river and we will defenitely try the Piranha soup.
Roads transfer will be done in van from the airport to the hotel and on to the river bank; the navigation is done in rustic local canoes. And trekking in the forest is a mix of walk and canoeing.
12.What to expect
You have to expect a warm and humid climate. A challenging journey, and amazing bio diversity. Navigating under dense tree canopy and gliding on still water where you'll learn to listen to animal's language. You will see deforestation as well as true tales of nature and human harmony. And you'll be amazed at people who live there and their resilience thanks to their knowledge of nature that surrounds them. It is a truly incredible experience.
13.Safety and security
We take safety very seriously. But remember that we are entering a wild and remote natural reserve that like anywhere has its own dangers. The Amazon Rainforest is home to many beautiful wild species but also includes dangerous animals. No Limit Journeys endeavours to know well its itineraries to make any journey safe.
Communication to the outside world is done via satellite phone and cell phone in specific places. Part of our risk mitigation process is to use guides who are very experienced and from the area. In this particular case our man grew up in the area and is related to the first land owner.
a.No internet or mobile phone network for 07 days.
e.This is not a private tour, for one please contact us.
per person in a group of 8 (twin share) for 10 days
= from AUD 5790
For For less pax please contact us
16.Inclusions and exclusions
i.All transfers as per schedule
ii.All accommodation as per schedule
iii.Two Portuguese/English speaking guides + 02 native guides
i.Personal expenses (drinks, entertainment, etc.)
ii.Tips for local guides
iv.Brazilian visa fees
vi.All flights to 'meeting point'
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