Waterfall / Snorkeling
Eldorado Waterfall Expedition / Eco-tour with Snorkeling in the Amazon
If you like adventure and are in good shape you can’t miss this.
You don’t have to be an athlete, but must be in good shape, ready to walk for 2 or 3 days, carrying your personal gear. It is not a climbing trip but a medium level difficulty walk through virgin forests in the Brazilian Amazon.
We are offering an opportunity to join our expedition going to the top of the Eldorado Waterfall, in the Araca Range, in the Brazilian Amazon. This is highest waterfall in Brazil, over 1000 feet; the waters, fall off from what is possibly the furthest south “Tepui” or mesa of the Guyana’s Range, almost at the Equator, that we will cross in our way there. The top of the falls, which will be reached through the jungle, is just over 1000 meters (3000 feet), high.
During our trip we will take canoe rides through the rivers and flooded forest areas, and visit some natives in their huts and small villages.
Our boat the Otter leaves the Pier of the Tropical Hotel in Manaus, in the Brazilian Amazon, around 2.30 PM on June 16, 2012, after the arrival of the planes that come in from Miami and from the south of Brazil in the early afternoon, and returns on the 28th of June.
We will go up Rio Negro, through the Anavilhanas and Mariua Islands Archipelagos, the two largest river archipelagos in the world, in the direction of the village of Barcelos.
From Barcelos, we will go to the Araca River and we will take the Otter our houseboat as close to the falls as possible. This position varies depending on the water level of the rivers, but as normally at this time of the year the rivers are quite full, we expect to get close enough to diminish our canoe ride, which can take as much as a day, to the starting point of our jungle walk.
Depending on the group and conditions at the time, we will have a two to three day round trip trekking to the fall and other sights, sleeping two or three nights, in camps we will make in the jungle.
After our return to the Otter we will go down river for one or two relaxing days drift snorkeling in a clear water stream of tepid waters, checking out the fish and underwater vegetation.
We will touch back in Barcelos village, and travel down river to the Village of Novo Airão, and then on to Manaus, that we should reach in the Morning of the 28th of June.
The trip is conditional to us having a minimum of 10 clients. We are accepting pre-reservations, and as the minimum number is reached, we will inform that the trip is on, and payment them should be made in full, until the end of March 2012.
The price includes: transfers in Manaus to and from the airport, all meals aboard, mineral water, excursions in the canoe and walks in the forest.
Not included in the price: alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, personal and baggage insurance, laundry, tips, airline tickets, hotel costs in Manaus, personal trekking and snorkeling gear.
The boat used will be the “OTTER” built in 2005; in it we have the advantages of a small group (maximum of 18 passengers), but with a great level of comfort. The “OTTER” is 88 feet long and 24.6 feet wide, has four decks, 8 double cabins with large twin beds, one cabin with a double bed, individual air conditioning units in each cabin, all with private bathrooms with hot water showers. On the first deck we have the command, five passenger cabins, crew quarters, kitchen and service areas. On the second deck we have four passenger cabins, a 350 square foot enclosed dining room, a small open veranda, and service areas. On the third deck we have two covered verandas, one in the front and one in the back, one sun deck area with a Jacuzzi tub and showers, a bar, a toilet and a nice enclosed 250 square foot living room. The fourth deck is a 360° panoramic sun deck. With wide corridors and stairs and large windows in all rooms. It is the most comfortable boat for its size in the Amazon.
Flights: There are several flights from various companies, both from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, leaving in the morning, arriving in Manaus in the early afternoon between 1:00 P.M. and 2:00 P.M. Return flights should be bought for the planes leaving Manaus in the early afternoon after 1.00 P.M., as the boat returns around 11.30 A.M. on Sunday. There are also direct daily flights coming from Miami, leaving early in the morning on a daily basis, on TAM airlines (www.tam.com.br), arriving and leaving in the early afternoon.