Manaus, Brazil

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Maximum number of people: 16

Price: Adult : $ 1,719.50 Child : $ 1,547.55

Minimum Age : 0+
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Child price applicable to children: 9 and under
A life changing expedition for adventurers big and small.
 Witness the growth and awareness of your child as you cruise from Novo Airao, on the Rio Negro to the Xixuaú Reserve, a unique green sanctuary on the Jauaperi river. Along the way, hike in the jungle and learn about the local flora and fauna, visit the Samauma and the great waterfalls of the Jau National Park, and learn about turtle conservation with the children of VivAmazonia school, one of the projects supported by Our Whole Village.
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Tour’s Program

We’ll depart Manaus early this morning by air-conditioned van, arriving in Novo Airão by lunchtime • Our Amazon adventure begins as we board the Jacaré-Açu, a spacious, regional-style wooden boat, and our home for the next week • Navigating through the Anavilhanas Archipelago, we’ll enjoy a healthy lunch and an orientation on the routes, ecosystem and water basins, Amazonian flora and fauna, and the local customs we’ll experience throughout our journey • At this early point, it’s not unusual to have already spotted Tucuxi and Pink River Dolphins, and birds such as the Cocoi Heron, Great Egret, Blue-Yellow Macaws and Festive Parrot • We’ll stop for a fun splash in the river, before heading onwards toward Madadá • This evening, choose between being rocked to sleep aboard the Jacaré-Açu or snuggling into a cozy hammock at the Mirante do Madadá.
We’ll catch the sunrise in Madadá and dig into a hearty breakfast of seasonal fruits, jams, tapioca, “tucumã” and other local delights • Then, we’ll depart on a 3-hour round-trip hike through old-growth forests, ending at the Madadá Caves (a shorter option is available for parents with younger children) • During our excursion, we’ll learn a few tricks on how to survive in the jungle • Upon our return, we’ll visit a native ranch and fruit orchards, followed by a refreshing dip in the Rio Negro • We’ll eat our lunch onboard, and then head to the “Praia do Sono” (“Sleepy Beach”) for some fun and relaxation • This evening we’ll drop anchor at the aptly named Sleepy Beach, and doze off to the sounds of nature.
At dawn, we’ll start our cruise to the IBAMA base, where we’re granted special access to the Jaú National Park – the largest forest reserve in South America and an excellent example of tropical rainforest conservation • Navigating the tranquil, mirror-like waters of the Jaú River, we may encounter a variety of birds and mammals, including giant otters and Amazonian manatees, while jaguars roam the nearby forests • Activities today include a hike to the Samaúma, the biggest tree on the Rio Negro, which can grow to be over 50 meters tall. For many children, a face-to-face meeting with this “Queen of the Forest” is among their favorite trip highlights • After our trek, we visit one of the parks’ magnificent waterfalls.
We arrive early this morning in Moura, where we’ll meet folks from the local community and visit their library. Established by the Brazilian NGO Vaga Lume, which works to promote education and culture and preserve the Amazon’s environment, the library boasts a collection of roughly 300 new books, with an emphasis on early childhood • After a storytelling session, we’ll engage in a special activity with school children from Escola Santa Rita • We return to the boat and enter the waters of the Jauaperi River, known for its abundance of wildlife • River beaches provide endless fun, as we devote the majority of our afternoon to swimming and splashing around.
Shortly after breakfast we disembark in Itaquera, a community of about 30 families. Here we’ll meet members of the Jauaperi River Artisans Association • Upon our arrival at the Xixuaú Reserve, we’ll embark on our first canoeing experience. Pairing up in small canoes, we’ll be
led by our local guides through the region’s lakes and igapós (swamp forests), where we have a good chance of sighting tropical birds and animals, including river otters, dolphins, monkeys, sloths, toucans and macaws • Dinner is followed by nocturnal sightings of caiman and other
creatures of the night.
Following an early breakfast, we climb back into our canoes for some customized fun with our guides • You can choose between paddling through the placid igarapés, where we’ll have a good chance of sighting tropical birds and animals, opt to visit one of the nearby beaches, or slip into the clear waters with masks on to get a better view of the aquatic life below the surface • We’ll continue to follow the Jauaperi River until we reach the Gaspar Igarapé, where we’ll meet Paul & Bianca, the European couple that visited the Amazon 20 years ago and established
VivAmazonia. Here, we’ll experience first-hand a great example of a sustainable community that maintains their culture and traditions while practicing environmental education.
We’ll spend our morning with the local kids at VivAmazonia School, where we can participate in various activities and learn about the organization’s turtle conservation project – children may have a chance to hold the baby turtles, depending on the season • River beaches provide endless fun, as we devote the majority of our afternoon to swimming and splashing around • We start heading back in the direction of Novo Airão today.
We’ll arrive in Novo Airão by mid-morning, in time to feed and photograph Pink River Dolphins at the river’s edge • Next, we’ll enjoy a tour of the city, visiting the shipyards, local artisan shops and other city attractions. Many of the crafts from this area are made from the straw, vines and wood found in the jungle • We’ll gather for one last meal together on board, before shuttling back to Manaus, where our trip ends by mid-afternoon.
• 3 daily meals and healthy snacks (customized menu options: regional / international / vegan)

• Fresh fruit juices, mineral water, soft drinks, beer and “caipirinhas”

• All activities (except otherwise noted)

• Bilingual guide

• Satellite cell-phone calls for emergencies

• Rides and attractions from third parties

• Life vests
• International or domestic flights

• Travel insurance, visas and tips

• Vaccinations

• Personal items

• Any additional activities or services not specified.
This eight-cabin boat is rustic and cosy, with room for 16
passengers, but still boasts all modern amenities. All cabins
are air-conditioned and with private bathrooms and there are
three inviting public areas for meals, relaxation, socializing and
special activities.