Rio Negro Rainforest Experience
1st DAY: Arrival at camp
2nd DAY: Rio Curicuriari - Tribe São Félix
3rd DAY: Hike - Cachoeira Camp
4th DAY: Sleeping Beauty - Bela Adormecida
5th DAY: Sleeping Beauty Hike
6th DAY: Medicine Making - Hike Back
7th DAY: Sítio Jeremias - Salesian church in São Gabriel
8th DAY: Sítio Jeremias
9th DAY: São Gabriel da Cachoeira
10th DAY: Transfer to airport
Arrival at the airport. Pick-up und presentation to guides. In SGC we need to get the permit to visit Indian territory, before we board our motorized dog-out canoe. Steered masterfully by our guides, we pass the strong currents and treacherous rapids near SGC and reach our jungle base camp after approximately 2 hours. The rustic camp, made from typical materials, is located right at the river banks on top of a rock that forms a delightful sloping beach. Around the camp area are a great many trees with fruits that never anybody heard of, and they are absolutely delicious – birds, macaws, and obviously our folks can confirm this! There are separated facilities for eating, meditation, relaxation and sleep. The sleeping and meditation facilities feature screens against mosquitoes. The food is cooked on an original clay stove or grilled. The sleeping facilities feature hammocks. In the afternoon you discover the campsite and will get first glimpses of the flora and fauna all along the Rio Negro. Since you will be tired from a long trip you will be hitting the hammocks soon tonight. São Félix Tukano village São Félix Tukano village Tukano children Packing the yamanchis Packing the yamanchis São Félix São Félix Camp Sítio Jeremias Camp Sítio Jeremias
Expedition gear is packed on yamanchis, the basket-like "rucksacks" of our local Indian guides. Unnecessary baggage is left behind at jungle base camp. The boat takes you downstream Rio Negro into the mouth of the Rio Curicuriari. We moor the boat at a Tukano Indian village, to greet the locals and change information with them – the children, especially, are intrigued and pleased by our visit that provides excellent photographic opportunities. Continuing our voyage on the Rio Curicuriari we arrive at another small village of the Tukano Indian tribe called São Félix, where we receive a warm welcome from the chief (here called capitão) and villagers alike. An association called Acibrn organizes this community, together with three others of the lower Rio Negro basin. The association has the purpose of maintaining traditions, values and customs combined with promoting awareness of the civil rights to which all Indians are entitled. As in the old days, before they were "civilized" by catholic missionaries in the late 18th century, they still use hand made tools in their everyday lives, e.g. manioc grinders and shakers. Manioc and fish in a great variety of forms provides the vast majority of the diet of the Tukano people, although they also plant bananas to trade for beans and medical supplies. The traditional buildings here are made from sticks and clay with wild açaí palm leaf thatched roofs, held together with cipó vines. They look very strong and in all, the place looks neat, very organized and well structured. We string our hammocks in the community hut. If the chief, capitão Antônio, is in a good mood (that is if our gifts are according to his expectations!) he may surprise the visitors with a presentation of traditional tribal dances and an invitation for dinner. Leaving nothing up to chance, our guides prepare supper on a fire, including steak skewers, rice, and pasta dishes, all tastes. All dietary requirements are catered on Southern Cross tours. Not long after dinner we all retire to our hammocks for our first night in the bush.
At 6 am the medicine man bags on an iron to call the tribe for morning prayers. This is the time we get up for breakfast and get packed. After goodbyes to our Tukano friends with the promise to come back soon (with more gifts), we are off on the Curicuriari river. A little waterfall at its left banks is soon reached. Here we take our morning bath before we continue upstream Curicuriari. En route we deposit equipment (tents, roll mats and the 70 litre ice box) and supplies that we will not need, at an abandoned manioc plantation ready to collect after our trail in the jungle. After another hour of river navigation we reach the starting point of the expedition. Here the guides hide the engine and fuel drums in thick bush to collect on our return. On the completion of these essential tasks we begin on our trail through the forest. Animals that are typical in the region are: * Mammals * river dolphin, jaguar, sloth, capybara (also called water pig), tapir, giant otter, paka, peccari, black howler monkey, brown capuchin monkey, spider monkey * Fish: manatee, fresh water sting rays, electric eels, giant pirarucú, tucunaré, piranha * Reptiles: bushmaster, eyelash viper, calico snake * Amphibian: caiman, green iguana, poison dart frogs, Dendrobatids * Chelonions: Arraus * Spiders: goliath tarantula, black widow, brown recluse spider * Macaws: scarlet macaw, green winged macaw, blue and yellow chested macaw You will be hiking through the forest for about 4 hours at an easy pace, giving you time to study and photograph the wilderness and wildlife all around you. The camp will be pitched usually next to a river or rapid for fresh water and a bath. Today's camp is right at the feet of the Bela Adormecida mountain. Hammocks are strung while the guides fix a fire and cook dinner with our help always appreciated. After that, story telling at the open fire. The guides always come up with interesting and sometimes frightening stories of wild animals and men..... Goodnight......! A last effort to the top of the Sleeping Beauty Giant buttress root trees in pristine forest relax in natural pools.
Reveille at 6 am. After a quick breakfast you will begin the ascent to the "Sleeping Beauty". The uphill trail is unrelenting with very few flat areas. The guides all the while mark the route to ensure a safe descent with minimal forest disturbance. There are regular breaks to fill up your water bottle and relax. While you continue the ascent, you will be scrambling over moss covered boulders (some of which are bigger than the average group member, standing at 175 cm!). As you gain altitude the wind begins to pick up and the clouds descend around you (There is no need to be concerned as you will be well looked after by an experienced expedition leader). After 4 hours of uphill hiking the forest opens and the group arrives at a spellbound waterfall, an absolutely gorgeous place to pitch our camp 3. We are now on the easternmost slope right underneath the summit of Bela Adormecida.
This morning we are heading for the top of the "Sleeping Beauty" where the group arrives after approximately 2 hours of steep hike. The views from the top are breathtaking, with the Amazonian rainforest stretched out like blanket below us. At 1.125 m above sea level, we can see many of the places we have visited so far including São Gabriel da Cachoeira, the port of Camanaus, the Rio Negro and the Curicuriari as well as the São Félix community. You may strive to find the waterfall where we moored the canoe, but from this vast distance it is wishful thinking! We stay on the summit for one hour, enjoying the beautiful vistas that provide spectacular photo opportunities and a delightful lunch spot among the delicate crystal white orchids and the singing birds, not to mention our first sight of the sun since entering the jungle! The descent is much tougher on the knees than ascending. We safely negotiate the obstacles in our way (e.g. the vertical sections, hornets nests and snakes cobra cipó), to the camp at the waterfall and caves. Now we have earned the opportunity to relax in the bathing pools before enjoy a delicious meal that has been cooked to perfection while we have been away. Everybody hit their hammocks now to rest up after a full day of exertion. The "Sleeping Beauty" of the Amazon is (in our opinion) one of the best daylong ascents/descents to be found anywhere in the world and is a must see for non-technical and more advanced mountaineers alike.
We will be spending the morning at the waterfall and exploring the area around it. Our guides will show us more of the secrets of the Amazonian mountain forest. You will be shown how to prepare saracura roots from which a health drink can be concocted that cleanses all the organs in the body. This is a quite a lengthy process which begins with scraping the shavings of roots into a pan, adding water and whisking vigorously with a split root that replaces the whirl, until it foams. After this the foam is scraped off before repeating the method another four times and then drinking the mixture which has a bitter taste, but improves the more you drink! You will also be shown how to build an emergency shelter in a fraction of time. More photo shooting at the macaws clay licks with possibility to climb into the caves for better shooting. After lunch we break camp and hike back to camp 3, approximately 2 hours.
Returning to our mooring site where the on foot expedition began, we collect the canoe and head back to sítio Jeremias, stopping to collect equipment / supplies left at the plantation. Arriving late afternoon and, after setting up hammocks, there is time for fishing off the granite beach – you never know, you could catch everyone's dinner! Or, if you prefer, relax in your hammocks and reflect on your experiences and wait for the guides and expedition leader to return with a haul of tucunaré, almost guaranteed to be the freshest fish you've ever eaten!
A well earned day of rest at sítio Jeremias. If you like you can undertake a short tour of the plantation and local area with one of the guides. However you might just prefer relaxing with a book and fresh coconut milk. Depending on the remaining fuel, the expedition leader might take the canoe to a nearby port and pick up a few well-earned cold beers to enjoy on our last night in the jungle. After stories around the hearty fire, the party settle down to their last nights in hammocks – that king size back home seems a long way away and you wonder if you'll ever get used to it again?...the traffic…closing times at the pubs... perhaps I'll just stay a while longer...
Sítio Jeremias - São Gabriel da Cachoeira where you check into a hotel. City tour including the church and a visit to the handicraft shop – where you can purchase some of the items you have seen as a souvenir of an unforgettable voyage. Farewell drinks and dinner with the guides and tour leader in the best restaurant in town, sleeping in Hotel.
Transfer to airport and flight via Manaus to Rio de Janeiro for add-on program or to São Paulo for connecting flight back home.
Group Services
Group Price 3599.0000
Group Tour Languages
Group Tour Remarks 10 days / minimum 2, maximum 6 persons (single accomodation add-on € 130,-) Our prices have been calculated on basis of an exchange rate of US$ 1.40 to the Euro. Our prices published in Euro will, with immedate effect, be converted and invoiced in US$ at a rate of US$ 1.40. October 15th, 2010 Note: This price is valid for the surface arrangements only. The flight from Manaus to São Gabriel da Cachoeira v.v. is not included and costs, depending on rate of exchange at the time of booking around Euro 400. Price for individual participation on request Included • Transfers • 1 overnight/breakfast on day of arrival in Manaus • 1/2 day city tour on day of arrival or departure in Manaus • 1 overnight/breakfast in São Gabriel da Cachoeira • City hike and stroll in São Gabriel da Cachoeira • Expedition equipment, canoe, engines, gasoline, hammocks • Meals • Guides, carriers • Guides, Träger • English oder English speaking expedition leader Not included • International and domestic flights (Manaus/São Gabriel da Cachoeira v.v. 300,– €) • Alcoholic beverages • Gratuities All necessary documents will be delivered by courier. Payment and reservations Reservations must be made with a minimum of 90 days prior to departure. After receiving our booking confirmation a deposit of 50% to our German account is due. The rest is payable 30 days prior departure. Best time to travel This tour is operated from January through December being November-April the best month to travel.

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