Heart of the Amazon Voyage

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Dates: Jan-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 8

Activity Level: 2

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Price:

2014

Green category cabins —

REI member: $3,450

Yellow category cabins —

REI member: $3,850

2015

Green category cabins —

REI member: $3,700

Yellow category cabins —

REI member: $4,150

Additional Fees

2014 Single supplement: $1,725

2015 Single supplement: $1,850


5 day cruise option available. Please call our office for details.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Apr 19–26
  • May 3–10
  • May 17–24
  • Jun 14–21
  • Jun 28 – Jul 5 $500 off*
  • Jul 12–19 $500 off*
  • Jul 26 – Aug 2
  • Aug 9–16
  • Aug 23–30
  • Sep 13–20
  • Sep 27 – Oct 4
  • Oct 11–18
  • Oct 25 – Nov 1
  • Nov 8–15
  • Nov 22–29
  • Dec 6–13
  • Dec 20–27

*Discount valid on new bookings only.

2015

  • Jan 10–17
  • Jan 24–31
  • Feb 21–28
  • Mar 7–14
  • Mar 21–28
  • Apr 11–18
  • Apr 25 – May 2
  • May 9–16
  • May 23–30
  • Jun 6–13
  • Jun 20–27
  • Jul 4–11
  • Jul 18–25
  • Aug 8–15
  • Aug 22–29
  • Sep 12–19
  • Sep 26 – Oct 3
  • Oct 10–17
  • Oct 24–31
  • Nov 7–14
  • Nov 21–28
  • Dec 19–26
Group Size: Maximum of 18 passengers

Activity Level: 2

Activities:

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Cruising
  • Walking

Accommodations:

Comfortable cruise cabins with private facilities

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Brazil's Rio Negro to its confluence with the Amazon on a river cruise
  • Set out on excursions by foot to explore lush jungles teeming with wildlife
  • Follow expert naturalists who share their incredible knowledge of the region
  • Stay in air-conditioned cabins with private baths aboard the Tucano

Venture far up the Rio Negro—the least-inhabited river in the Amazon Basin and an area rarely visited by outsiders. Led by accomplished naturalist guides, our journey may seem like a trip back in time, teeming with rare creatures, pristine jungle, and a landscape untouched for millennia.

Along our journey, we take in ample wildlife observations from the screeches of howler monkeys to myriad bird sightings. We get up-close and personal with the land on forest walks and meet the water with occasional swims.

Our Amazon River cruise vessel Tucano has comfortable cabins with twin or bunk beds and private baths, along with air-conditioned cabins and a dining salon. Small groups (no more than 18 passengers), expert guides, and a thoughtful itinerary allow for a genuine, thrilling experience in Brazil's Amazon rainforest.

Let REI and Amazon Nature Tours take you on a true trip of a lifetime!

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Board your river cruise boat, the Tucano, and begin your Amazon voyage.
  • Day 2 - Take a launch to explore the rainforest from the water's edge.
  • Day 3 - Scout for wildlife on a walk; travel upriver during the heat of the day.
  • Days 4 - See a large concentration of birds, mammals, and plant life on foot.
  • Days 5 - Depart Rio Jauaperi for the Rio Negro to explore new rainforests.
  • Days 6 - Stroll along the streets of Novo Airão and enjoy a Caipirinha party.
  • Day 7 - Explore the junction of the mighty Amazon and Negro Rivers.
  • Day 8 - Say farewell and disembark in Manaus, Brazil.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Board your river cruise boat, the Tucano, and begin your Amazon voyage.

    You meet today at 7:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Hotel Tropical in Manaus, Brazil. After introductions to the guides and fellow passengers we walk to the dock to board the launches that will take us to the Motor Yacht Tucano. Onboard our guides will give us a briefing while the Tucano departs upstream on the Rio Negro. Through the morning we will cruise through the world’s largest river island system, the Anavilhanas Archipelago. From the observation deck we scan the magnificent tangle of vegetation at the water’s edge. By mid-afternoon the vessel has gone beyond the frontier of settlement and entered a wilderness area. Both shores are covered by dense rainforest. Though we never know what we will see, we have a good chance of observing pink river dolphins and a large collection of exotic birds. Most certainly we will be treated to magnificent forest vistas and the spectacular trees themselves. In the late afternoon we embark in the launches and hunt for wildlife. We may also go for a swim in some of the world’s most clean and refreshing water. (LD)

  • Day 2 - Take a launch to explore the rainforest from the water's edge.

    Early this morning we explore the rainforest along the water's edge in our launches. We should hear and perhaps see howler monkeys along with a morning serenade of toucans. After breakfast we go for a walk in the forest where we will get a good start on understanding Amazon ecology. Around midday we return for lunch and the vessel will get underway, perhaps stopping at a place to swim. In the late afternoon we will explore the forest in our launches and listen to the sunset chorus of birds and frogs. (BLD)

  • Day 3 - Scout for wildlife on a walk; travel upriver during the heat of the day.

    This morning there will be an early exploration of the waking forest. We will keep our eyes open for monkeys—on most trips we see them often. We return for breakfast followed by either a walk in the forest or an excursion in the launches. The Tucano will travel during the middle of the day and we stop in the afternoon for an excursion. Tonight the vessel may travel a bit more as we marvel at the night sky crowded with stars. (BLD)

  • Days 4 - See a large concentration of birds, mammals, and plant life on foot.

    After our two morning excursions, the M/Y Tucano will navigate along the heavily forested shore, scouting for wildlife. We may stop for a visit at a settler’s home carved out of the forest. In the early afternoon we will be near an extraordinary river called the Rio Jauaperi. Here we will see a kind of forest known as the varzea. We will scout along the shoreline for some of the extraordinary creatures found only in this unique environment. Weather permitting we will do a night excursion to observe nocturnal creatures. (BLD)

  • Days 5 - Depart Rio Jauaperi for the Rio Negro to explore new rainforests.

    Today we depart the Rio Jauaperi and for the next two days proceed downstream on the Rio Negro exploring a new collection of rainforest habitats. In the daytime we will continue to scout in our launches, walk in the forest, and at night hunt for nocturnal wildlife. (BLD)

  • Days 6 - Stroll along the streets of Novo Airão and enjoy a Caipirinha party.

    After a walk in the forest we cross to the West bank of the Rio Negro, exploring as we go. We will stop at the substantial boat building village of Novo Airão. As we walk through the streets we’ll marvel at how the 19th Century thrives in this remote corner of the globe. Tonight the Tucano goes downstream to arrive at daybreak near the confluence with the Amazon River. As we glide through the starry darkness this is a good night to sip the national drink of Brazil, the “Caipirinha” and perhaps try a bit of samba on the top deck. (BLD)

  • Day 7 - Explore the junction of the mighty Amazon and Negro Rivers.

    This morning we explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where seasonally the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest. This area is usually a very good place to observe wildlife. Around midday the vessel will travel to the “Encontra das Aguas” a stark several mile long line where the world’s two largest rivers, the Amazon and the Negro, join in a turbulent maelstrom. Here the dark water of the Negro runs beside the opaque brown water of the Amazon. In the afternoon we scout one of the hidden streams in the area to try to see more of the Amazon’s beautiful and bizarre creatures. Tonight we will have a farewell dinner and prepare for an early departure in the morning. (BLD)

  • Day 8 - Say farewell and disembark in Manaus, Brazil.

    In the morning all guests disembark from the Tucano to the Hotel Tropical at 8:00a.m. (B)

    Meal Codes: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Note on Itinerary

Please note that the day to day schedule must be considered approximate. The exact order of the days and specific features may be altered due to navigational and other scheduling considerations. If guests are interested in a city tour of Manaus, it can be arranged on the last day of the cruise after disembarkation as an optional add-on.

Price Includes

All accommodations; guided excursions; all meals as noted in the daily itinerary and bottled water.

Not Included

Airfare to Brazil, airport transfers; visa fees; soft drinks or alcoholic beverages; guide gratuities; items of a personal nature; excess baggage charges or insurance of any kind.

Accommodations

There are two cabin categories on the M/Y Tucano. Green category cabins have bunk beds with upper and lower berths. Yellow category cabins are larger and have beds side by side.

Payment and Special Cancellation Policy

A special cancellation policy applies to this cruise. Please note that this policy is stricter than REI Adventures’ standard policy. A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required to confirm your berth. Full payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. When a trip cancellation is received between 90-61 days prior to the cruise, 50% of the trip cost will be refunded. For cancellations made within 60 days of the cruise all trip costs are 100% non-refundable.

Weather

The Amazon Basin, or better known as Amazonia, receives the most rain in all of Brazil, but the refreshing showers are usually seen as a godsend. Amazonia is not nearly as hot as most people imagine. The average temperature is 81°F, but it is humid. The average daytime temperature in the rainy season is in the mid 80’s with nighttime lows in the mid 70’s to high 60’s. The rainy season roughly runs from mid-December to mid-May, the temperature is a bit cooler than the June-December dry season, though overall there is only a five degree average temperature difference between months. The wet season is a time when plants fruit and flower which attracts birds and primates to the water’s edge. The dry season brings lower waters that expose sandy beaches and is the time for beach birds and caimans to nest. It is also when migratory fish lay eggs in the shallow waters that attract the tropical fishing birds.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. Passengers must be able to step from the launch to the boat or shore (helping hands are always available). While guests can have a quite enjoyable trip by simply staying on board TUCANO and participating in launch excursions, participants in the walks in the forest must be able to comfortably walk for two or more hours at a time in very hot and humid conditions. Participants should be in good physical condition and consider beginning a regular exercise regimen 1-2 months prior to departure consisting of walking/hiking, running and/or swimming to prepare for this adventure. The better shape you're in, the more you'll be able to take advantage of all the excursions off the boat.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and are willing to share a cabin, we will assign a roommate if one is available. If we are unable to assign a roommate, you will not be required to pay an additional fee. Passengers that request single accommodations pay a single supplement for the Green category cabin. Single accommodations are limited. The single cabins are the smallest on the vessel.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Heart of the Amazon Voyage Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Valid passport and visa
  • Airline itinerary and confirmation
Luggage
  • Duffel bag or soft sided luggage (wheels and retractable handle are fine) sturdy and large enough to hold clothing and gear
  • Passport security pouch or belt
  • Daypack to carry raingear, camera, water and snacks
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket (or poncho) - waterproof and breathable
  • Jacket or warm sweater
Clothing
  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight long-sleeve shirt(s) for sun / insect protection, quick-dry
  • Hiking shorts - synthetic, quick-dry
  • Hiking pants - synthetic, for sun / insect protection, quick-dry
  • Hiking socks and liners
  • Swimsuit
Footwear
  • Lightweight hiking boots or trail shoes, broken in
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals
  • Water sandals or flip-flops
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Bandanas
Casual Clothing
  • Lightweight, easily washable items for evening wear or when traveling
Travel Accessories
  • One water bottle (1-quart size) or hydration pack
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars (a must have)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Handi-wipes
  • Toiletry kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Headlamp/flashlight with extra batteries/bulb
Optional Accessories
  • Camera, memory cards, spare batteries & charger
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Field guides
  • Ziploc bags – an assortment of different sizes for storing wet/soiled clothing
  • Earplugs
  • Anti-fog lens wipes ( if you wear glasses)
  • Deck of cards or travel games
  • Laundry detergent for hand washing/universal sink stopper

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, hiking boots, a pair of shorts/shirt/fleece top/sandals and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, due to the humidity in the Amazon, quick-dry synthetic materials, such as such as Capilene®, MTS® and Thermax®, will hold up to humid conditions.
  • Bring clothing that is lightweight and protects you from the sun. It is always good to have a lightweight, long-sleeve jacket, especially for the evenings. Muted earthtone colors are best for wildlife viewing.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Plastic bags are great for keeping clothing and gear dry. Use Ziploc bags to keep wet clothes separate from dry clothes.
  • If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens wearers should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
  • Space for luggage is limited. Pack light, fitting all clothing into one duffel bag. During the day, plan on carrying a small daypack with sunscreen, raingear, water bottle/hydration system and camera.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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  • Accommodations (8)
  • Food (8)
  • Guides (8)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (8)
  • Well organized itinerary (8)

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        • Destination (7), I liked the itinerary (7), Active adventures (6), Commitment to sustainability (6), Good value (5)

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply magnificent

      By Canyon Wren

      from Grayland, WA

      About Me Birder, Hiker, Kayaker, Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Captured Sight And Sound
      • Eco-sensitive
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Guides
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

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          Comments about REI Adventures Heart of the Amazon Voyage:

          We had never been on a group tour, so we didn't know what to expect. That probably helps: go in with a mind that whatever you see or do is exactly perfect. Weather affects your itinerary (rain at night? We stayed on the boat and were wonderfully entertained with native stories by one of our guides), so relax and enjoy each day for what it is. The guides are self-taught naturalists of the highest caliber, patient, and speak excellent English; yet, some of our fellow travelers persisted in correcting their English or otherwise demeaning them. It is very sad that these folks did not represent Americans very well with their actions.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Trust REI
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • We wanted an Amazon trip that got us away from other tours, with a small group, and one where we could experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the rain forest without competing with folks who were day-tripping.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • How to choose? Listening (and not seeing, which made it even better)howler monkeys deep in the jungle? Catching (and eating) piranha? Watching dawn from the top deck? Silently paddling at night seeking sloths, snakes, and goat suckers?
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Learn a few Portuguese phrases. The crew speaks almost no English, yet they are warm and friendly and I would have liked to communicate with them a little better. Understand this is an eco-tour, you are up early, so don't expect dancing on the top deck at night. Most of us were in bed by 9:30!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Really fun

          By sandi

          from Philadelphia, PA

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

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              Comments about REI Adventures Heart of the Amazon Voyage:

              There are NO mosquitoes on the River Negro, so don't worry about bringing lots of bug spray. One small bottle - just to be safe - is plenty. Do bring a good poncho - when it rains there it rains HARD. A cover for your camera bags is critical as well - you might be out in the canoes when the rain starts and you WILL get wet. The rooms on the boat were great - but if you can afford the yellow cabins get them. The bunk bed rooms are small and with bunks there is no good place to sit. The boat is small with no lounge room - so you are either in the dining room, your bedroom, or if not raining you can sit on the top deck.

                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • Good timing for our school break. Sounded like a fun adventure.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • We saw a sloth walking on a beach one day - that was really cool. We loved the pirana fishing day. We enjoyed meeting some of the local people when we went to villages. The early morning canoe rides and the hikes were my favorite.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • This is a fantastic trip but go with a realistic set of expectations. You should expect to see wonderful scenery and lots of birds, but any other animal you see is a bonus. Prepare to get up early (5:20am every day) for the early adventure canoe rides - but they were great. So quite and peaceful.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Absolutely amazing!

                By Mary S

                from Annapolis, MD

                About Me Casual Adventurer

                Pros

                • Once in a Lifetime Experience

                Cons

                • None

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Heart of the Amazon Voyage:

                  Plan to use US currency to pay for your 'bar bill' on the boat and also for tipping the crew and guides. This makes it easier than having to obtain Brazilian reals before leaving.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Trust in REI
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • We were looking for a unique trip and this sounded amazing and was a place we had not been before.
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • All the amazing plants and birds, plus the fantastic group of people we traveled with. The guides were a highlight of the trip with their local knowledge.
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Amazingly there were no (or very few) mosquitoes!

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Over the Top

                  By mrs1102

                  from Washington, DC area

                  About Me Avid Adventurer, Casual Adventurer, First-Time Adventurer

                  Site Member

                  Pros

                  • Accommodations
                  • Activity Level
                  • Exceeded Expectations
                  • Food
                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Guides
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Quality Equipment Provided
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Heart of the Amazon Voyage:

                      The tour guides were top notch. From a native Brazilian to a resident who'd been there for over 20 years, we learned more than we thought possible about nature, culture and interesting natural medical cures. Beautiful scenery, great boat, amazing boat staff that catered to our needs. Couldn't have asked for me. We also lucked out and didn't have a drop of rain.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • Adventurous, new place to visit, have always wanted to go to South America, REI is a well respected group, why not?
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • Hard to narrow down -- swimming in the Rio Negro, piranha fishing, dark skies with pure sight of stars, seeing the split of the Rio Negro and Amazon, BEYOND knowlegeable tour guides
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Read what they say and follow it to a tee. They provide you with such precise info it's unreal.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Wilderness rainforest at it's best !

                      By riobello

                      from Meridian, Idaho

                      About Me Avid Adventurer

                      Pros

                      • Accommodations
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                      Cons

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                          Comments about REI Adventures Heart of the Amazon Voyage:

                          I felt very small and humble in this great wild place. It was exhilerating to realize how easy it would be to get totally lost and never be heard from again...

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • To gain more knowledge about the plant and animal ecology of wilderness rainforests.
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • I enjoyed the flooded forest (igapo)and the opportunities to see such a diversity of plants, animals and insects. The overall wildness and mostly untouched ecosystem of this vast rainforest.

                          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Best getaway I've taken in a long time

                          By Karen Kennedy

                          from Virginia Beach, VA

                          About Me Casual Adventurer

                          Pros

                          • Accommodations
                          • Activity Level
                          • Exceeded Expectations
                          • Exceptional Guides
                          • Food
                          • Guides
                          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                          • Outstanding Adventure
                          • Well Organized Itinerary

                          Cons

                          • Absolutely None

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Heart of the Amazon Voyage:

                            The trip was utterly amazing. Our guides were very knoledgeable and answered all our questions. Every day brought new adventures and experiences. Our rooms were always clean by the time we returned from our morning trip. The food was always fresh and well-prepared. Everyone was friendly and wanted us to have a wonderful experience which we did.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Looking for an adventure
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • I was looking for an adventure to the non-tourist locations in Brazil.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • There were so many that I can't name just one! But I wouldn't have seen as much without such great guides. The variety of bird life was amazing. The daily hikes were adventurous, tiring and invigorating all at the same time. Seeing the stars at night (without any city lights) was breathtaking.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Be patient and flexible. We had a morning of rain follwed by a beautiful rainbow. Bring an easy to use, lightweight camera with a strong flash, good telephoto lens, lots of memory and extra batteries. It is challenging to take pictures of a moving object from a rocking canoe. You can rinse your clothes and hang them on the clothesline on the upper deck after each hike. It's also helpful to bring an extra towel to have on hand. Although there aren't many mosquitoes on the Rio Negro, some people were bitten by chiggers so it's good to have a decent supply of insect repellent. Don't worry if you have dietary restrictions. The cook was easily able to feed vegetarians and people on low-fat diets in our group. I purchased some handmade items at a couple of the local villages. You need Brazilian currency since they do not take credit cards and there is no place to exchange money.

                            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Not enough superlatives to describe it!

                            By JTP

                            from Atlanta, GA

                            About Me Casual Adventurer

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Activity Level
                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Quality Equipment Provided
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about REI Adventures Heart of the Amazon Voyage:

                                There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to describe our experiences. It was more than amazing!!! :-)

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • Because REI offered it. This was our 4th REI trip.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • All of it.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • GO-NOW!!!

                                (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Magical

                                By Jennifer Cottle

                                from Pacific Grove, CA

                                About Me Avid Adventurer

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Cultural Events
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Local Legends
                                • Local People
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Quality Equipment Provided
                                • Well Organized Itinerary
                                • Wildlife

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about REI Adventures Heart of the Amazon Voyage:

                                    PS- There are very few mosquitoes on the Rio Negro. I didn't even use DEET.

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I am an elementary teacher who spent years teaching my students about the rainforest and had to see it for myself.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • That is hard to say. Let's see, beautiful sunsets, watching squirrel monkeys play all around me for 30 minutes, actually walking in the Amazon Rainforest. Amazing!
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Be prepared for a busy schedule and never miss a canoe or forest walk. We saw something new every time we went out.

                                    (20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Fabulous family trip

                                    By Mary Lou Schultz

                                    from Leucadia CA

                                    About Me Avid Adventurer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accommodations
                                    • Activity Level
                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Food
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about REI Adventures Heart of the Amazon Voyage:

                                        Getting to and from Brazil is an adventure in itself. [...]Airlines is in financial difficulty for many reasons. The Brazilian visa process is time-consuming and expensive, but is worth the effort.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                        • Our biannual trip at Christmas is a family tradition. I wanted an adventure that all, grandparents, parents and kids ages 5,7,and 9, would always remember.
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • One night a local fisherman had caught an anaconda when he was on the river. He brought it to our canoes on our after-dinner adventure, and four men untied it. We were all able to touch this gigantic 12 foot snake. They later released it into the wild.
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • Be open to new experiences and do not be on a diet. The food is outstanding!

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