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Amazon Mystery Tours

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Specialists in adventure tourism Amazon Mystery Tours is able to bring you the most unique places in the Amazon rainforest. Kayaking, Adventure sports, forest trails, nocturnal, sport fishing, canopy tours are some of our specialties are also a good company in their holdings in Manaus as historical tours, meeting of the waters, interaction with dolphins and other options. Amazon Mystery Tours - beyond the beaten trail.
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Maria wrote a review Jan 2020
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I cannot recommend Amazon Mystery Tours enough. I went on a 5 day Urubu River trip with Erikes as my English Speaking guide and Derek as my second guide. I was a solo female traveller and felt immediately at ease with these two guys who were both kind, funny and brilliant at their jobs. This trip is truly life changing. The environment is so beautiful and tranquil that all of my usual anxiety just melted away. I feel like I left my heart in the Amazon! A typical day consisted of floating serenely down the river, looking out for wildlife (including an amazing Anaconda!) and listening to bird song and the buzz of insects then a short hike through the rainforest followed by a swim in an incredible waterfall. After a delicious lunch and some more kayaking, we’d reach our destination in the afternoon where Erikes would set up a hammock for me and hand me a cold beer so I could chill out some more while they made dinner! The guys are fantastic cooks. I wasn’t expecting much considering we were camping but it was some of the best food I had in all of South America. Everything was filling and seasoned to perfection. Derek is KING OF SALADS! There were a few challenging moments but that’s all part of the fun so I would come with an open mind and be ready to get stuck in. I didn’t do all of the activities listed on the website (Piranha fishing for example) but I’m sure you can if you ask. I was happier to just let the trip unfold and the more time floating on the river, the better! Few tips for the Amazon/Urubu River: There are NO mosquitos on this river. You can wear shorts and t-shirts during the day. Just apply your DEET at night. If I went again, I would basically just pack men’s swimming trunks and preferably a top made out of that material too. Your clothes will be wet all day from kayaking, swimming and the incredible warm Amazon rain showers. Bring the quickest drying clothes you can find so they dry for the next day. Protect your pyjamas from getting wet at all costs! You don’t need hiking boots as the hikes are very easy. For minimal discomfort, I recommend some kayaking gloves and to bring blister plasters and waterproof medical tape for your hands. Finally, I was expecting the Amazon to be a hostile environment but it wasn’t at all. It was warm but not humid and the wildlife when you are lucky enough to spot it is mesmerising and not scary at all. It was a beautiful, spiritual experience and I can’t wait to return to this magical place and see my friends Erikes and Derek again. Lots of love, GATO BRUTA (Maria)
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Rich G wrote a review Dec 2019
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February 2019, wet season. This was an “adventure “ trip, which I enjoy. I am an older person, 70+ in excellent health. I went solo, couldn’t find anyone to accompany me, so the per person price had to be increased by 50%, which I thought was still reasonable. Erike, the company owner and my guide, met me at the airport in Manaus as planned and took me to my hotel. Erike speaks reasonably good English, and we used “WhatsApp” to meet up and communicate. Worked good. After resting up for a day, Erike picked me up at my Hotel (Quality Hotel Manaus, which stored my excess bags, no problem) on time, for the 4hr + drive to the boat. From my experience, Brazilian drivers tend to be much more “aggressive” than I am used to here in the USA. I did not enjoy the drive. We got to the boat, (our “Mother” boat for the next 10 days) a colorful double deck small river boat with lots of “character”, loaded all our provisions, baggage, kayaks etc and set off. Our crew consisted of Erike, (my guide), a cook, the boats captain and his six year old son “Smiles”, plus myself, the only passenger. My quarters consisted of a hammock slung on the rear of the boats structure under an overhang, on the upper deck. I quickly became comfortable in the hammock. Sleeping was no problem for me. My luggage was kept on the deck next to my hammock. There were electrical outlets for charging camera batteries. The boat was very “basic”. We were an all male crew, so we just peed over the side. If I had to do something else, I was given a 5 gallon pail of water to flush the toilet with. Food was good and plentiful. Usually more than I could eat. I had no digestive problems. We motored up the Japatu River for 2 or 3 days, then stopped at a small village overnight. The next morning we had breakfast on the boat, then got in our kayaks and started paddling downriver. Our mother boat motored downriver to a prearranged meeting point, where we caught up with the boat in our kayaks for lunch. After lunch usually was a short nap, then back into our kayaks paddling downriver to meet our mother boat for dinner and sleeping. Generally speaking, this was our daily routine. The boat captain grew up on the Japatu River so he knew people in all the villages up & down the river. Sometimes we would stop at a village for lunch or dinner, and the captain would just tell a friend in the village how many people were on the boat, and they would prepare our food in the village and bring it to our boat. There is an amazing amount of food available in the rainforest if you know what to look for and if you know when it is ripe. Erike and the cook were always scrounging fruits, berries, nuts etc from the riverbanks or from our day hikes. I especially liked the fresh fish cooked served on the riverbank with mouthwatering local seasoning. The fresh Brazil nuts were awesome. Totally different from what we get here in the USA. The trip can be tailored to meet your own personal likes. I told Erike that I wanted to go into the deepest, darkest corners of the rainforest. To places the Indians haven’t been. So that’s what we did on several occasions. Even camping & cooking in the rainforest overnight. Some nights we took the kayaks out attempting (unsuccessfully) to catch caymans with our bare hands. Generally speaking mosquitoes were not a problem. Something about the chemistry of the water prevents them from breeding. Occasionally Erike would tell me to use mosquito repellent because “the mosquitoes here can make you sick”. About the “wet” season. I didn’t find it all that wet. Most days were a mixture of clouds and sun with maybe a couple rain showers. Due to clouds, the temperature was mild, generally mid 80’s F. Most of the rainforest was flooded, so most animals except monkeys and birds, had gone to high ground, but on the other hand, we could easily take our kayaks on side trips, exploring through the flooded rainforest, discovering absolutely pristine, undiscovered, small lakes and lagoons. Just wonderful. An “add on” to the river trip is the “bat cave” and “waterfall park”. This will add about two days to your trip, as they are quite a distance from where the boat drops you off. In our case, we had to drive back to Manaus, drop off equipment, then drive several hours more to a park where we were overnight in our hammocks. The next day we saw the bat cave and waterfalls, which were really roaring as it was wet season. The “bat cave” experience is much more than I expected. A local very knowledgeable “Park Ranger” guide escorted us about a mile through the rainforest to the bat cave. Along the way he explained (in Portuguese, my guide interpreted) many things about the rainforest. I learned about “walking trees”, how to find dry wood, how to start a fire, and many other things about the rainforest. I wasn’t sure if it was worthwhile at the time, but now I’m glad I did it. Overall, would I recommend this whole trip / experience? Yes, to adventuresome people. If you’re a luxury hotel or cruise ship junkie, this probably isn’t for you. As someone once told me: “Adventures are not always fun while they are happening” But they make great stories once you’re back home. Pros: Reasonably priced Far off the grid Kayaking off the main river into the flooded jungle / rainforest Kayaking before sunrise listening to the howler monkeys wake up Sighting pink purposes Swimming with the piranhas Small boat ride / rainforest hike to waterfalls A somewhat “back to nature” experience Definitely a unique experience Trip was tailored to my own likes / dislikes No health or digestive problems Mosquitoes were a very minor annoyance The captains six year old son, Smiles, was a real joy. Cons: Brazilian drivers seem use very “aggressive” driving skills Long drive from Manaus to boat & return Lack of wildlife due to wet season
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Lucbr1993 wrote a review Dec 2019
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Thanks Erikes for the amazing 3 day experience full of adventure. You gave us the best introduction to the amazon rainforest. Mountain biking to the waterfalls, hiking to the an amazing lookout point over the forest, canoeing on the river and the sound of howling monkeys in the middle of the night made this trip perfect for us. The way you prepared everything is very impressive. It was quiet tough as well so you do need some physical fitness for this, but I feel we could keep up the pace fine. We will see you soon in Amsterdam ;)
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Andrew L wrote a review Oct 2019
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Just back from a fantastic trip with Erikes and his team. They provide an excellent way to see the river and jungle. Erikes and Suelen speak English which was very useful. I opted to stay in their hostel which is clean and spacious and included a good breakfast also. Erikes picked me up from Manaus airport and brought me to the hostel. I also arranged a half day sightseeing tour of Manaus with Erikes which I reccommend. On the river trip I had a great Indian guide (George) who spoke quite good english. He paddled along with me and took me on the jungle walks. George has a great knowledge about the jungle, plants and animals. The other member of our team was Eric the cook. He produced fantastic food on a simple stove and open fire, far better than I was expecting to get when camping outdoors. I also found Erikes very willing to make changes to accommodate me. I asked him to change the schedule at short notice which he did very efficiently. I am male over 60 and dont speak Portuguese, but Erikes made this trip very easy for me. I reccommend him and his team if you want to have a great trip.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Mikewdross wrote a review Jul 2019
Taunton, United Kingdom12 contributions2 helpful votes
Just back from a 10 day jatapu kayak adventure. Erin was an amazing guide and the meals he created in such a limited space was incredible! He is very flexible and was able to tailor the trip to suit my needs at very short notice after the person I was going to travel with was forced to pull out ! I was so impressed with Erin , his team and beautiful new family. The sights I witnessed on the Jatapu will remain with me for the rest of my life. Thanks Erin
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Date of experience: June 2019
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