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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 11, 2012
can we do trips independently?  (4 Answers)

We will be cruising from Recife to Manaus in March 2013, calling at Natal, Fortaleza, Devils Island, Santarim and Boca De Valeria. The cruise ship trips are very expensive; is it possible to do trips independently?
When we cruised Hawaii, we found a local firm that did all the same trips as the cruise, cheaper.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2011
Help! From Peru to Tefe, Brazil  (2 Answers)

Dear all
I am a Taiwanese who is planning to Tefe, Brazil from Peru. After searching and reading a lof of info on forum, I know it can be done in two ways (my last stop in Peru will be Cusco) :

1. Cusco--- fly ---->Puerto Maldonado (Peru) ---taxi ---->Iñapari ---taxi or walk ---->
Assis Brasil ---bus-->Brasiléia---?--->Rio Branco (Brazil) -- fly-->Manaus--fly--->Tefe

2 Cusco--- fly ---->Iquitos--- fly or boat? ---->Santa Rosa----bost---->Leticia ----
taxi or walk-->Tabatinga --- fly or boat ---->Tefe
My Q is that:

1. Which way is less money and time-spending? I only have 5 days to do it, so time is more important than money to me if I can\'t save both.

2. I don\'t speak Spanish and Portuguese. Which way is safer for me?

Please also reply to [email] if its not too much trouble, as I may not check here everyday.
Many many thanks for your help!
Chen


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 23, 2010
Can someone recommend me somewhere cheap to stay for one night in Manaus? I mean really cheap...  (1 Answer)

I'll be afterward going on a tour but just want a nights sleep after flying! thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2009
Amazon River Tour  (3 Answers)

We are looking for a good Amazon River Tour... any suggestions of cruise lines and/or companies we might contact...


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 30, 2008
Amazonas trips from Manaus?  (3 Answers)

Hello
We are going with boat from Porto Velho to Manaus in january. When we get to Manaus we want to explore and experience the great Amazonas. We want to go as deep in the jungle as possible and best case vist some native tribes (if possible). The tour could last up to 1 week. There are a lot of different companies offering tours, and therefore we was hoping someone could tell us about there great experiences and most important, which company.
Thank you

Beate and Kristian


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2007
Jungle Lodges  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone.I have served the internet for Lodges and 2 of them looks promising.

Acajatuba lodge:They offer 3 night to 5 night packages
Amazon Eco Lodge/Other one is the Mango Lodge: They offer similar packages.

The reason for posting this:I have trouble getting a reply from both of these lodges.Do they still exist.Has anyone been to the Amazon recently and stayed in these lodges.

To call them from South Africa will be my last resort as the person on the other side might not speak or understand English.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2007
Manaus to Belem ...  (2 Answers)

I hope to get to Manaus in a month a half ... the idea is to take a boat along the Amazon River all the way to Belem.

Has anybody done this before? I heard it takes 2 or 3 days, how is it? I'm a little bit concerned about the price of that boat, does anybody know how much it is? Where can I get some sort of schedule information?

Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2007
Exploring the Amazon  (3 Answers)

Hey,

I will be in Brazil for 2-weeks in August and hope to spend 3-4 days exploring the Amazon. Does anyone have any good recommendations on departure points, and treks. I know that Manaus and Pantanal are natural choices to depart from, but are there any other less touristed points of departure but within close proximity to an airport. Also, what kind of treks would you recommend to get maximum exposure to the wilderness and all the Amazon has to offer.

Thanks in advance, for any advice you can provide.

Cheers,
Alex


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2007
Uakari Lodge  (2 Answers)

Has anyone stayed at this lodge? If so, did you like it and how did you book with them? I cannot seem to contact them directly and am wondering if I have to go through an agent. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 18, 2006
Amazon Adventure  (4 Answers)

Hi all.

Im probably a bit premature to ask this question as it relates to something Im embarking on in 6 months time.

Ive managed to track down a very cool guy who is in the process of hooking me up with some locals in a town called Boca de Acre on the river Purus in a remote area of the Amazon.

Im planing on doing this adventure at the end of June into July for 1 month.

If anyone is looking for a similar experience where you get to adventure way off the tourist track and meet up with much more remote Indigenous folk of the amazon and get to explore there culture and the remote jungle of this area, just let me know.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 29, 2006
Dear Ericos  (1 Answer)

Hi Ericos. Ive noticed youve posted a reply to a second posting of mine about Ayahuasca and the Indians of the Amazon.

Ive sent you 2 emails but you havnt replied to them so I assume you havnt checked your email so I thought Id post instead to your replies.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could give me the contacts of your friends who have taken you on your amazon adventures as this is the very experience Im looking for.

Money isnt a issue. Id rather fork out alot of cash and have as deep and personal experience as I could have than go on a standard tour and miss out on the true spirit of the amazon and its people.

I'll be there in July not January/february and Im also travelling through Peru so if its easier to reach them from Iquitos then that would suit me.

Thanks mate for your insight and I look forward to hearing back from you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2006
1 Month In The Amazon  (4 Answers)

Ive got 1 month to kill in the Amazon. Ive been mainly thinking about heading to manaus and finding a guide there to take me on a long personal adventure deep into the Amazon.

However I arrive in Brazil for carnival and must leave there shortly afterwards to embark on an adventure into Patagonia before winter sets in, meaning I would have to travel into Brazil twice to do the amazon, meaning 2 visas and also alot of stuffing around with flights from Quito to Manaus via Colombia.

Because Im travelling through Boliva, Peru and Ecuador after leaving Patagonia, it would seem logical to travel into the Amazon from one of these countries.

Basically I want to take a long boat ride further than what the usual tourist would to spend quality time amongst more remote Indigenous Indians and embark in a ayahuasca ritual and trek into the jungle with them.

Is it possible to find such adventures and guides in these other 3 countries knowing full well that the basin is much smaller than in Brazil.

Any ideas and suggestions would be appreciated.

Cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2006
Getting from Manuas to Tefe - help required  (4 Answers)

Hi,

Me and my partner have booked to stay at the Uacari Lodge near Tefe in September. We were planning on getting a flight from Manaus to Tefe, but i have been told that Tefe airport has been shut down. Is this true? Does anyone know when/if the airport will be opened again?

My other option is to get a speedboat from Manauas to Tefe? Can any locals help me with the boat timetables? I don't have enough time to get the slow boat which takes around 3 days. I'm also concerned about the drought in the Amazon currently? Is it still possible to go upstream from Manuas to Tefe - how much has the river dried out?

Any advice/help greatly appreciated,
Paddy.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 22, 2006
Manaus to Iquitos  (1 Answer)

Hi,I am wanting to travel from Manaus to Iquitos by boat. The package deals I have found on the net are very expensive. Does anyone know of a good cheap tour operator that does this trip for well under500? - the cheaper the better. I would prefer not to travel on the public boats where you sleep in hammocks (nothing against them, I just don't think I would enjoy).
Could you also please tell me how safe this trip is and if there is anything I should be aware of? I would be travelling with one other female.

Cheers


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 04, 2006
Getting Back to Nature in the Amazon  (1 Answer)

I am visiting Brazil in a few weeks time and would like to spend around 5 days in the Amazon. I've read a lot of postings warning about over-priced very touristy trips with hundreds of people crammed onto a trip and not getting to see the real jungle. I have found a company called Amazon Outdoors/Amazon mystery Tours which offers the type of thing we're looking for. Has anyone done a trip with this company and can offer any feedback? Or does anyone have any other tips? We need to do the trip from manaus.

Help would be very much appreciated as we are a little short on time now.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2005
Droughts in Amazonas?  (3 Answers)

Hi,

I have read that there's a severe drought in the state of Amazonas and rivers have dried up? Does anyone know anything more about this? I'm planning to go to Manaus and do 3-day jungletrip from there somewhere in surroundings late November.

How is the situation around Manaus? Should I give up my plans (I don't want to!!!!)

thanks in advance for any replies.

cheers,
Tiina


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 17, 2005
Malaria pills  (1 Answer)

Hi, I will be in Manaus on Sept 26.09 and I am goin to make 3-4 nights tour to Jungle lodge. Could you tell me if is it necessary to take pills for malaria? If yes, wher can I get it? I heard about some side effects after them, which type should I choose. Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2005
Tips on Manicore  (1 Answer)

Hi all!

Does anyone have experiences about Manicore? I'm spending about a week in the Amazonas in December and looking for a jungle experience outside Manaus. How does it compare to the nature around Manaus?

Alter do Chao has been one alternative, but I read somewhere that it is not as much "jungle" as around Manaus.

All the tips will be appreciated. :-)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2005
Hiking/Trekking trip in Amazon-Brazil  (2 Answers)

We are a group of 3 people that would like to do a 6-9 day hiking/travelling trip in the Amazon departing from Manaus or Belem.
We would like to explore the rainforest on foot/canoes and if it possible that time of the year we would like to camp. I have searched the internet and most trips seem very organized and commercial - we are interested in something non-commercial and dont mind a roughing it. We dont want to sit on a river boat for 3-4 days without exploring the forest.
Would it be better to book a trip in advance or should we wait until we are in Manaus? Does anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 19, 2005
going soon

im going to the amazon region very soon, im in belem and if anyone is wanting to have a trip without hotel and the normal tourist places mail me.
[email]


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 30, 2005
Advice on 4 day travel in the amazon

Suggestions?
We are currently looking at the amazonat lodge.
It might sound like a paradox, but we want to see the real amazon, but don't necessarily want to rough it.
We definitley enjoy spending time meeting the locals and would like a tour that is not only fun, but also educational.

Thanks
Den and Jen


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 19, 2005
Best way to explore Amazon  (2 Answers)

We want to explore the Amazon in August and will arrive in Belem. We heard that the boat trip to Manaus isn't great as you don't see much and is a little uncomfortable. Does anyone have any good tips on ways to explore the area by boat and trekking? We have between 1 and 2 weeks and need to finish in Manaus.
Thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2005
Just portuguese, please.  (6 Answers)

For my next trip to Brazil I thought I would do a week of total immersion Portuguese before the new year. This has led me to plan to go up the Amazon from Belen to Manaus by regional boat. To see more of the jungle, apparently I will then have to take a tour boat once I get to Santarem or Manaus, but if the boat is full of English or Spanish speaking visitors it kind of defeats one of my original purposes. Do Brazilian go to the Amazon for vacations? I presume that if they do they must take tours. Do any of the Brazilian VT members know of a agent or service popular with Brazilians, or does anyone know of a Brazilian group going between September and January I could join. Bob


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2005
Manaus - Belem BOAT TRIP  (3 Answers)

Hey guys!

I want to land in CARACAS and then take a bus to MANAUS, and from there a boat to BELEM. I have some questions and would really appreciate some help!

First, are there buses from Caracas to Manaus? Safe? How much time? Prices?

Second, about the boat journey itself (my gosh I have loads of questions!):

- How much does a boat ticket cost and what does it include?
- For a boat with an acceptable category - I mean, where it doesn't stink and it's clean - which level of safety can I expect?
- Do the boats travel in the middle of the river or near the shore?
- Either way, do you recommend me and my friend to do this boat trip? Or is it boring? (If anyone ever did this, what do you actually DO during 3 or 4 days on the boat?!)
-I suppose the boat stops sometimes. are the places interesting? how long are the stops? 1 hour? 1 day?
-What shall we bring other than a hammock? Food, perhaps? toilet paper? playing cards? (lol)
-Do you think these boats are a good way to know the Amazon? That is, would I be able to say at the end confidently "I know how the Amazon looks like"?

And finally!

In this journey, do you actually get to know the RIVER AMAZON, or the AMAZONIAN FOREST itself?

I mean, I wanna do this because I'm curious about the Amazon, and I think that this is a good way to do it on a low budget and with about 5 days time (because then I'll continue to visit the whole continent). And if I'll be on a boat 4 days and afterwards have no notion about the Amazon whatsoever, than I rather take a direct bus from Caracas to Manaus and visit the Amazon one day with more time and money!

You know what I mean?


I've asked so much, that I'll consider any replier a good friend!!!!

Thankssss


Luis


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2005
I am going to be travelling into the Amazon Jungle and would like some boat tour info as well as acc  (3 Answers)

I have always wanted to go through the Amazon Jungle and now I am looking into going. I have heard about some boat tour that takes you on a four day trek through the Jungle and it has hammocks and is just amazing.. I read it in some guide book I think.
I want to pack light and have never really went backpacking before. I want to swim in the water, play with monkeys and watch and photograph animals.
1) Can someone please post a list of things that I should bring?
2) How about bus travel times from BaAs to Iguazu and Iguazu to the amazon?
3) A list of medicines I should bring in case of emergency?
4) How about bug repellent, any particular kind or brand?
5) How far is the bus ride from the Amazon to Rio De Janero and how much is the
cost?
6) Any Jungle Accomodations that are mid-nice and suppose that a great steak
house is out of the question?hahaha
7) An extremely dumb question but I will not find a gym will I?
8) Are we supposed to pack our own food and drink? (I am picturing Jungle with
no one around for miles. including stores and food venues?
9) Should I bring my digital comera? Will there be anyplace to charge it or
should i just do disposeable?
10) Will there be any access to the internet?
11) Any well priced tours with medium sized groups..
Thank you anyone that helped to answer my questions. I am interested in anyones
personal experiences as well.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 16, 2005
Coming into Brazil from Argentina. Will be travelling through the amazon. What shots should we get?  (2 Answers)

Am in Buenos Aires right now and will be heading into the Amazon within the next couple weeks. What shots should we get?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 23, 2004
advices for a jungle trip  (5 Answers)

Hi, I am planning a jungle trip in Brazil in January. I have 5 to 15 days according to the interest of the trip. Is there a guy whith a real knowledge about the best place to have a look to the jungle. Starting point? guide? way?not like 25 tourists on a boat taking a picture of an animal... I have heard that ,from february, it starts to be hard to see the forest because of the lack of water. Thanks for help


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2004
Cross the amazonas cheap  (4 Answers)

Hi, i'm from Madrid, Spain, but now im living in London. I am planning to travel around Peru and Brazil next August and September and i really wanted to cross the amazonas in a boat trip but all i have found in the internet is out of my profit, can anybody tell me cheap ways (how much?) to go from Iquitos to Belem in no more than 20 days. Thanks and best regards, Juan


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 23, 2003
Food allergies / Amazon Village Lodge?  (3 Answers)

Hi, We have a few days at Amazon Village Lodge in September. My wife suffers from several food allergies (Wheat, dairy, eggs, tomato, nuts, orange and MSG). We have been told that the self-service meals are of a reasonable standard but you need to arrive promptly because they disappear quickly. Has anyone stayed there? Can you advise whether they are likely to be able to cater for my wife's allergies?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2003
Amzon tour: Which one??? help!!  (1 Answer)

We are planning to go to the Amazon, there are millions of eco turist companies to chose from. The idea of a tour is scary but its the Amazons and its just impossible to do it yourself.,.....Any recommendations of a good tour? we have from 7-15 days and not a lot of money but we dont want to go for something very cheap neither...we like all outdoor activities and we are looking for something that will offer more than one activity (canoing, fishing, etc) and if possible to get to know local communities...and also an eco-friendly ... :-) am I asking for too much? Abril





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