Boca de Valeria Village
Boca de Valeria Village
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texaswillie
Dallas, TX8,121 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
Unless you are on a cruise ship that stops at this location, you can forget going to this tiny village. Our brochure said there were 75 inhabitants however about 150 showed up, apparently some coming from the outlying jungles. You will able to clearly see the village from your cruise ship. The only way into the village is by your ship’s tender which will take you a few yards up the Valeria River as the cruise ship will anchor in the Amazon River. You will be greeted by dozens of kids all with their hands out. Don’t be deceived though, these kids are very savvy. We were warned about pick pockets and I had been on shore perhaps five minutes when I saw the pen in my pocket in the hands of a 10 year old boy. Hard to disguise the pen as it had my name imprinted on it.

You walk through the village and there is a church, bar and school house plus a few homes. There are two portable toilets for the visitors and then there are hand made crafts which many of the inhabitants brought to the area. The people don’t mind having their picture taken however it must be followed by a $1 dollar contribution for each photo. Some of the kids had their pets with them and all of these pets were apparently wild from the jungle.

For those a little more adventurous there are small boat or canoe rides that one can take a few hundred yards up the river. You will be asked $20 a person, then $10 a person and finally $5 a person. The canoes may have about three or four inches of water in the bottom but no alligators that we could see at least in the boats or canoes.

The village does have limited water and electricity and you may notice a TV satellite or two as well. Water seems to be supplied from a small one inch pvc line running and leaking I might add, between the houses and the electricity is perhaps generated or solar powered.

If you get the opportunity to visit this village by all means do so. Just be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Written December 20, 2014
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Eddiemack
Pompano Beach, FL442 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
This tiny settlement at the mouth of the Valeria River was a stop during an Amazon River cruise. The ship's tenders pulled up to a small dock at the base of a church and small schoolhouse. The interesting part of the village is out of sight but easy to find. There are children everywhere wanting to grab your hand and lead you to where they live.

You'll be surprised to see many of them dressed in native costumes wanting you to take their picture for "one dollar". Bring lots of dollars because there are plenty of photo ops' along the way. Many of the kids are proud of their pets and want to show them off. All sorts of birds, reptiles, slithering things and sloths. Quite a sight to see. One family invited us into their home, a hovel of a place with no electricy or running water. It's a little tricky following a narrow uphill trail through the village but well worth it.

Before returning to the ship, take a ride through the jungle in a small motorized skiff. They're located at the tender pier. It's worth the $5 fee to see parts of Amazonia not visible from the ship.

Our stop here was one of the highlights of our 21 day cruise. Don't miss it!
Written May 4, 2014
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Andrew D
Calpe, Spain678 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
We wer privieged to be able to meet these native Amazonian people in their own village. We saw the school, the chapel and their homes. Take pens, pencils, paper and school supplies. Add a couple of dollars for photos. You will be made very welcome.
Written April 8, 2015
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TONYHadley_12
Montreal, Canada18 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
HAL cruise on the Veendam (about 1200 passengers). A Veendam lifeboat brings you ashore and the 100 or so villagers, indigenous to this part of the world, placed everything on hold including the school day to welcome visitors. No one here speaks English except members of the cruise boat. They are folks in costume with or without birds and iguanas and sloths. There are English papers held up offering a boat tour for 5$US. Children hold your hands and guide you and it did not seem that they were hustling or asking you for anything. I raised my camera halfway and they were ready to pose for you. We were told to offer something so we had pencils, small chocolates from the cruise boat and I had about 15$ all in 1$ notes which I handed out mostly for photographing them. I understand that about 5 cruise boats visit per year and I am fearful that this 'innocence' will disappear. I took in motorized boat ride for 5$ and had no ideae where we were going but I was very happy with the result. My advice is not to get on the boat if there are already 4 paying customers which is what I did and at 230 lbs I almost flipped the boat while part of it was still on the shore. With a total of 6 passengers, a front man and the 'captain', the clearance. between the highest point of the side of the boat from the water could not have been more than 8 inches. One couple on one boat would be ideal. After about 15 or more minutes of boating, we pulled up to the shoreline, got off the boat with parents and very young people were dressed up with an iguana. Again the innocence is at play because no one approached us for anything. We walked up a trail (5 minutes) to a small community with simple 'shack-like' wooden houses. However, there was a very big brightly painted concrete building which was a school. I walked into a classroom where there was a large color TV screen with access to the internet. It also had a 'magic-pen' erasable white screen. Outside, people were smiling and easily allowed me to photograph them without compensation. We walked back down the trail and took the boat back to the small village where I started. Boy, that was the best 5$ tour I had. Maybe by the time you get there, it may be a $10$ tour. Had I known, I would have gone to Dollarama store back in Canada and bought some educational supplies to give away. While I was there I sensed 'friendship' and it was totally void of any fear of being mugged. As my wise mother told me, don't tempt poor people with flashy stuff. So leave your jewelry and Rolex watch back on the cruise boat. Enjoy this place while it is still relatively unspoiled.
Written March 27, 2019
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El C
Anahola, HI1 contribution
Mar 2019 • Friends
We are just now pulling out of the Boca de Valeria port. We had the most delightful and awesome day of our entire 62 day cruise. It was so wonderful to get to see the folks who live in this remote part of the world and how they live there. The people were so warm and friendly and shared their lives with us. We were more than happy to share what we had with the lovely people who live on the edge of civilization. We met a young couple who were 19 and 20 and she was six months pregnant, they were so excited about their new baby coming and shared their home with us. We DO NOT feel that this is a tourist trap at all. There is absolute no other way for these people to better their lives than to welcome us into them with a warm welcome and we were more than happy to support that.
It is absolutely disgusting and unbelievable to me that someone in these reviews said they saved a lot of money by using a telephoto lenses and not paying the little children with the native animals who posed for others. Do you not know how privileged your lives are and how little others have? Where is your sensibility? Your attitude is absolutely disgusting and you are so penuriousness and uninformed. And to say this is a fake village is really stupid! Are you for real? Do you really think these poor people built a village there just for you to come and look at it. Spoiled rotten westerners, that is what you are.
If you EVER have a chance to see this place please don't miss the opportunity, it is very special and I feel very blessed to have gotten to share the lives of these wonderful people.
Written March 14, 2019
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mccorquinn
Gold Coast, Australia1,018 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Unlike some other reviewers who waxed lyrical about helping the indigenes akin to Rousseau's "noble savage", I found our cruise call here - for the entire day - deeply unsatisfying. Maybe this stop was mandated by the Brazilian Government as the price for allowing cruises up and down the Amazon; maybe it was an altruistic gesture by the cruise line to give a measure of material support to a tiny community on the edge of the Amazonian jungle. So why my negativity? Because the locals are well-attuned to the "rich tourist", charging $1.00 per photo opportunity showing off their wildlife (parrots, snakes, monkeys), or $5.00 to take you in a shaky dugout canoe across the river to show their village. As for the village at which you disembark there is precious little to see other than the tiny church, a "market" selling wood carvings (all subject to quarantine inspection by the ship itself), beads, woven goods and stuffed wildlife (another suspect quarantine subject). There is no proper pier as such, and the ground is uneven, subject to muddy conditions and somewhat overgrown. Better to save your money (although it is suggested that school writing materials are most welcome for the children that will cluster around you).
Written March 9, 2017
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,537 contributions
Mar 2020
This small village of less than 150 people at the junction of the Valeria River and the Amazon is quite a fascinating place to visit. The locals have certainly learned how to make money form the cruise ship tourists but it was certainly a good experience for us. They dress up for photos and bring their pets (sloths, monkeys, toucans, parrots, capybaras, etc.) for photos as well. The going rate is $1.00 (US) for a photo. The kids also loved the candy that we brought. For $5.00 one could take a small boat trip for a half hour or more to see the gigantic lily pads and the larger nearby village. Awesome.
Written May 27, 2020
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ITRT
Virginia38,014 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Imagine being greeted by a village of adults and children and this is what you will experience when you visit Boca de Valeria. One of the best ports to to get an in-depth experience look into the indigenous culture. When we disembarked from our tender, we were warmly welcomed by children and villagers to their village. Parents and children from remote parts of the village paddled their boats to the dock area. It seemed like the entire village was there to greet us. The village is located where the Valeria River and Amazon River meet and is the place where I felt was the “real” Brazil. Local men and women offered boat rides down the river for $5.00 per person - a REAL bargain! There are signs on some houses welcoming visitors to come in and see first-hand how they live. Many children bring their pets to meet cruise ship passengers, and they’ll pose for photos for a dollar or so. The people depend on tourists buying their goods to make their life a bit better. Children dress in native costumes for tourists to take photos. Our tour guide was magnificent! He showed us around his village and took us into his mother’s house. One can see it was a multi-generational family living there who were so proud to show off their impoverished existence. What I remember most was how grateful they were, their smiling faces and the pride they had with their village. There is a school and church in the village. I would suggest if your plans call for a visit to this port that you consider bringing school supplies for the children and/or think about buying their crafts to help boost their income a bit. This is one of my favorites ports. It was a learning experience. It makes one truly appreciate what you have compared to them. This port provides a wonderful opportunity to get an insight into village life in this remote area.
Written January 8, 2019
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carolo22CL
Cedar Lake, IN15 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
This was a stop on our Holland America cruise. At breakfast, the windows were really steamed up. Hot already. No tours are offered here. It was suggested we bring a supply of single dollar bills, and small school supplies. We boarded our tender, and immediately a canoe pulled up to the opposite tender door. Three young children clambered inside the door with their sloths. I love pictures, and took one. Immediately the hand comes out - for a dollar. I complied, and the dollar was passed behind to Mama. We tendered to a small pier, where we were met by dozens of small children. They all want to hold your hand - but that friendship has a cost - one dollar. Soon they are off to someone else. Begging? Yes and no. These people have so little and not much opportunity. As soon as a picture is taken, the hand comes out. But at least they don't just want a handout, they are giving photo opportunities -- where else could I get a photo of a sloth? We handed out many dollars and pads of paper. We were there on a Sunday, and we considered this our Sunday collection money. Maybe it will help feed these children - and maybe even the skinny dog on the path might get a bite. It is a primitive village, with muddy, uneven walkways. The boat rides are another adventure into Amazon tributaries -- the Amazon I had pictured in my mind. The boats are very low to the water. My husband said the engine was similar to our weed whacker motor at home. But the boats are safe and well worth the $5.00 price for a 30 minute tour. Our tour lasted over an hour, and we doubled that payment to the driver. It was worth it, and he was happy. He wouldn't take payment before the ride. Go there knowing these things, immerse yourself in the culture, and go away appreciating your life back home.
Written May 17, 2017
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ArryAwk
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK210 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Sometimes you have to shake your head in wonder at some of the comments people write about places. Like the criticism that this village is a tourist trap. For goodness sake, the place is in the middle of nowhere - poor, reasonably primitive but welcoming and friendly. It provided us with the best opportunity we've had to date, in all our travels, of seeing what life is like for people living in a remote and fairly cut-off part of the world. So, a ship calls there every now and then and the kids have learnt how to parade their jungle pets to those who venture ashore asking for a dollar if you want to take a picture. But how can you blame them for that? That is making the most of an opportunity when it presents itself and, quite frankly, there aren't many opportunities here to make a buck. It's not a tourist trap but instead it's a wonderful insight into life in a small village on the banks of the Amazon. The wooden houses are on stilts to cope with the rising water levels, there is a tiny school hut and a tiny wooden church. From the river you can walk (with or without the children who flock around you to shake hands) through the village along a dirt path and out the other side. We took some pencils, pens and paper to give to the children and their mothers and they seemed delighted. We stayed as long as we could and look back on it as one of the highlights of our travels - anywhere. If you have the chance to visit the village then don't waste it! One small piece of advice: however you dress, make sure you wear closed-toe shoes. There are plenty of ants around and boy can they bite!
Written December 11, 2018
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