Brazil Amazon – Belém by the River | 6 days 5 nights
This is an opportunity to have a different travel experience not only enjoyable and entertaining, but also educational, authentic, responsible and interactive, based on sharing culture and generating benefits for local communities.
- Amazon Rainforest
- Traditional Communities
- Historic City
- Craft Workshops
- Freshwater Beaches
- Best times to travel: from May to June / from August to November
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Arrival in Belem and transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free time to rest and walk around Belém downtown.
- Meals: Not included
Visiting: Ver-o-peso Market, Historic Center and Estação das Docas
After breakfast, we will departure from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. We will enjoy a tour around Belem, visiting the popular market called Ver-o-Peso (the most famous postcard of Belem), where diverse typical fruits, fishes and seafood, meat, handcrafts, spices, medicinal herbs and regional products make this fair the most interesting and fascinating market in the Amazon. At 12 p.m. break for lunch (included). In the afternoon, from 3 p.m., we will visit the old and historical sites in the town, emphasizing the area of Feliz Lusitania Complex, where is located Saint Alexander’s Church and Religious Art Museum, Belem Cathedral, Casa das Onze Janelas (Modern Art Museum) and Forte do Presépio (fort), the landmark of Belem’s foundation. We will pass by Republic’s Square, where is located the Theatro da Paz, an opera house built in 1878 during the Rubber Cycle, when an important economic growth occurred on the region. The sunset will be appreciated from Estação das Docas, a cultural and gastronomic place by the docks, where we have a beautiful view of the Guajara Bay. Return to hotel at 7 p.m. Dinner (not included) and free time.
- Meals: Breakfast And Lunch;
Visiting: Community of the Island of Cotijuba and Praia do Vai Quem Quer
Breakfast and leave the hotel at 7:15 a.m. to Cotijuba Island. Transfer by vans or bus (1 hour) to Icoaraci, where we will embark in a regular boat to Cotijuba Island (1 hour and 20 minutes of navigation there). Arrival and meeting with the Women’s Movement of Belem Islands – MMIB, that is a local social organization operating for almost 20 years on the islands of Belem. Visit the office of MMIB and interaction/voluntary activities with the locals. Depending on the period, can be: a) participate in the planting or harvest native trees, like priprioca (aromatic root of the Amazon that is marketed for Natura) or cassava; b) participate in the elderly care group; c) support the users of the center for digital inclusion (telecentre) with computer classes; d) participate in the handicraft production project made from local seeds and fibers; or e) sports such as integration of culture. Lunch (included) and leisure time by the river beach (but that seems the ocean in size). Return to Icoaraci by regular boat and to Belem by vans or bus. Arrival at 7 p.m. Free time and dinner (not included).
- Meals: Breaksfast and Snaks;
Breakfast and departure from the hotel at 8:00 a.m. to the port in Belem. We will embark at 8:30 a.m. (in a rented regional boat) to Boa Vista do Acará community. It will be, approximately, 50 minutes of navigation. During the trip, that cross Guamá River (one of those which form Guajará Bay in Belem), is possible to see and understand how people live in the region. Homes built on stakes guarantee protection against the force of the river and boats are the only transportation. The red flag tied up in a mast is a sign of there is açaí to sell. It is very common to see the native palm tree from the Amazon along the bank. The extraction is one of the main income sources of the native people. Arrival at the community port around 9:20 a.m. and meeting with a community leaders from Boa Vista do Acará. They will be our guides during the whole day. Then, we will begin a walk of 20 minutes from the port to the Association Center, where we will introduce ourselves to each other and a welcome snack prepared by the community will be waiting for us. From there we follow to Priprioca’s plantation, an aromatic root used in cosmetics production, located 2 minutes from the Center by walking. The Association commercializes this root to Natura Company. As priprioca takes a minimum of eight months to be reaped, native families support themselves with the cultivation of açaí, cupuaçu, biribá and many others fruits species that we will also have the opportunity to know. Still in the morning, we will participate of the process of handmade production of “Mandioca” flour, the base of the Amazon food. We will experience from the care that they have with their roças (plantations) to the work of the families in the flour house. Lunch (included) will be served at the community center. In the afternoon, we will stop by a igarape (small channel of the river) to swim and take a wonderful bath with aromatic natural plants, called “banho de cheiro”, that is an old tradition highly respected and widespread in Boa Vista do Acara. And, at the end, we will walk back to the port and embark at 15:30 p.m. to return to Belem. Arrival in Belem at 16:30 p.m. and transfer to the hotel. Free time and dinner (not included).
- Meals: Breakfast and Snaks;
Breakfast and departure from the hotel at 8:30 a.m. to the port in Belem. We will embark in a regional boat to Combu Island (20 minutes of navigation). Along the rivers of the Amazon live the ribeirinhos – a non-indigenous traditional population, depending mainly on artisanal fishing and community-based forest management (timber and non-timber products). There are more than 3 million ribeirinhos (riverine people) in the Amazon. The Combu Island is formally an environmentally protected area but traditional communities are allowed to live there. It was established in 1997 with a size of 1.5 thousand hectares. We will arrive at the island visit Dona Nena, whose 14-hectare agroforestry plot produces cocoa and various Amazonian fruits such as bacuri (Platonia insignis) and cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflora). After introduce ourselves and have a traditional coffee with her (with different handmade products), we will have a short trail on her property with informal explanation about local biodiversity, forest preservation and sustainable use of the forest. At the end of the walk, there will be an explanation and demonstration of Dona Nena’s artisanal chocolate/cocoa production. She will tell the history of this chocolate, how she learned and the way her family started to make it this way. The visitors will have chance to help her to make the chocolate. From there, we will have lunch (included) at a restaurant by the river at Combu Island and have some time to swim and relax. Return to Belem and arrival at the hotel at 3:00 p.m. Free time and dinner (not included).
- Meals: Breakfast and Snaks;
- Refeições: Café da Manhã e Lanche;
Breakfast and check out from the hotel until 12:00. Transfer to the airport for departure to hometowns. ***End of our services.
- Meals: Breakfast;
6 to 9 passengers = R $ 3,815.00 / passenger
10 or more passengers = R $ 3,350.00 / passenger
Payment Terms: Bank Transfer, Credit Card up to 4 times before date of travel.
- Transportation: transfers (in + out) from the airport in Belem and transfer from the hotel to the port and during scheduled activities of the itinerary.
- River transport by regional boat chartered in the Belem / Boa Vista do Acara / Belem and Belem / Combu Island / Belem; and in regular regional vessels, in the Belem / Cotijuba Island / Belem stretch.
- Hotel: five nights at hotel in Belem downtown (in double rooms).
- Food: 5 breakfasts (from Day 2 to Day 6); 04 lunches (Day 2 to Day 5); and 02 snacks (Day 3 and 4). Other expenses on food and drinks are not included.
- Ecotourism activities with local guides and professionals.
- Bilingual logistics coordinator / guide following the tours – Vivejar Host
- Contribution fee for the local associations.
- Travel insurance.
- Welcome gift.
Activities / Outings
Meals at community
Meals in town
Trail / Hiking
What to Bring:
- Light clothes for walking in the city;
- Clothing for trails (long pants and closed shoes);
- Comfortable sandals;
- Kit of personal medications;
- Umbrella or raincoat;
- Guide of observation of flora and fauna;