- Is this a full-blown fishing trip?
It is an authentic Amazonian experience. Being in the largest river basin in the world means local culture is built around fishing. It is probably the best way to see local culture in action, learn about people and the environment. The fishing part of the trip is more of an additional activity to an already jam packed trip, but it is also a great way to make locals show us around. Every stop our boat makes will show you different ways of fishing: spares, cast nets, canes, bows, and arrows. The scenery is jaw-dropping and locals will teach you everything they know about the place, so, you’ll have your best shot at catching a fish on a rod. The main idea is you get to have the closest contact with local culture ever offered on a trip to the Amazon.
- How do I get to Santarem?
There’s a direct 5-hour long flight from Miami and Fort Lauderdale to Manaus. Then there’s a 1h15 flight to Santarém. It is a very easy trip. If you’re coming from the Wast Coast there’s a flight from San Francisco to Manaus with a layover in Panama City.
This is an all-inclusive trip, meaning we take care of everything from the moment you land in Santarem to the moment you get back to Santarem airport: transfers from and to the local airport, lodging on the boat, all the meals and drinks, village guides, shore excursions, bilingual guide on the boat. Your only expenses would be gratuities to the boat crew and local guides and handicrafts, other than airfare to and from Santarem.
- What’s the situation with insects?
Santarem and Tapajos region is a little tropical paradise. Tapajos River has a high acidity meaning there’s virtually zero presence of mosquitoes or other insects. Our stops in floodplains will be on muddy waters of the Amazon, there might be light bugs which are totally inoffensive. You’ll be using a lot more sunscreen rather than bug spray on this trip.
Lightweight clothing, preferably quick-dry, hiking shoes/sneakers (all the hikes are dry and easy), fishing gear if you’re fishing, and cash.
- Is this trip suitable for couples/families with kids?
We encourage families and couples to come on this trip. It is safe, comfortable, and very romantic, we have a great staff and tons of activities for kids. The boat has 6 cabins with king-sized beds, A/C, and panoramic windows, and each one has a big bathroom. There’s a family cabin with a king-sized bed, a double bed, and a bunk bed, it fits a family with 2-3 kids. We also have special discounts for couples and families.
- What is the cost and how do I book the trip?
This year we’re doing this trip for the first time, and it goes for a special rate.