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“8 extrordinary totally awesome days in the Amazon jungle!!”
Review of Amazon Gero Tours

Amazon Gero Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I don't have enough room on this page to tell you about all the fabulous things we experienced on this tour so I'll limit it to highlights from memory & my trip diary. This trip was promised to my grandson when he graduated from high school, his longtime desire to visit the Amazon jungle. Since we were only doing the Amazon, we were on this tour 8 days-so worth it!
From the very beginning, I knew I had made the right decision to book with Gero. Everything was just as he promised & there are no complaints or disappointments. Perhaps I should also say I am almost 71 yrs. young, my grandson is 18. If I can do it, you can, too! We wanted an adventure & did we ever get one!! Afterward, my grandson said the trip was "totally awesome".
We had a private room with a shower/toilet, meals were served in a large thatched dining room & were basically the same everyday....plantains, pancakes, eggs, potatoes, watermelon & pineapple for breakfast. Lunch was fish, beef stew, salad, beans, rice, noodles, bananas, pineapple. Dinner may be spaghetti, beef stew, fried chicken, cabbage salad, watermelon. The food was plentiful &, for the Amazon jungle, tasted great but there's not much variety.
My grandson made a "bucket list" & by day 3, had checked everything off. Our guide was Amazon Billy also known as Reuben and "Guacamole" & he never disappointed us. On day 1, we held a sloth, a boa constrictor and a caiman. Day 1! Thanks to Amazon Billy's sharp eye & the fact he is a member of the Amerindian tribe, his unique native skills found more wild animals & shared more knowledge about the trees, flora & fauna than we could ever have imagined. We had an opportunity to sleep out in the jungle in hammocks (a first for this grandma), take a long 2 hr. walk through the jungle, fish for piranha (they are small but delicious) & visit local natives in their homes. All of the guides are excellent but you will be especially lucky if you get Amazon Billy!
If you go on this tour, do take advantage of what is offered (at least once and twice is better). Experience a fishing trip for piranha, take a trek into the jungle, sleep in a hammock out in the wild. You can't get a taste of the Amazon by staying in your cabin or sleeping on a hammock on the dock. What recommendations do I have? Bring your own special tea or coffee, if you like. Seasoning is a good idea, too. Mosquito repellent....yes, yes, yes! Snacks are a good thing, also a water bottle, sunscreen and a sun hat. Bring a camera & trip diary to remember it all. Don't forget extra Reals or Dollars for tips. My grandson would recommend a machete, I'm sure. He whacked & hacked his way through the jungle & fortunately, it broke the last day.
If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you if you write me. If you're looking for a recommendation from me, those 8 days in the Amazon jungle with Gero Tours was extraordinary and totally awesome! You can find Amazon Billy on Facebook.

5  Thank foxycruiser
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

I highly recommend Amazon Gero Tours. Gero goes out of his way to help with any and every request and makes it his business that you have a good time, whether it is transportation, or recommending a hotel, or sharing information on things to do in and around Manaus. He personally took me to the bank and helped when I was having trouble with my credit card. I had only a short time left in Manaus so I took a short jungle tour with Gero at his Ararinha Jungle Hotel. The lodge is basic, clean and comfortable with excellent food, absolutely in tune with the rainforest environment. I stayed for one night and almost two days, but 3 nights and 4 days would have been ideal. There are morning and afternoon activities but the guides are happy to accommodate requests. My guides Shaun and Tucano were friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and environment. I am still amazed how they can spot things way up in the trees even while paddling through the forest, first a snake, an enormous wasp nest, then a three toed Sloth. Travelling between huge trees in a canoe in several feet of water over what will be dry land in a few months is a novel experience. In some areas there are huge fields of floating grass and aquatic plants, the intricate patterns are unique. Sometimes I wondered how the boat would ever get through.

The trip starts from Gero’s office in Manaus, at the Hotel Dez de Julho one block from the Teatro Amazonas. First a drive to the docks on the Rio Negro, from there by water taxi across the Rio Negro, across the Amazon (called the Solimoes by the Brazilians) to Careiro. This is after a short stop at the meeting of the waters where the black Rio Negro meets the brown Amazon without mixing for about 10 kilometers or more. The journey continues along Highway BR174 and dirt roads for perhaps an hour to a boat landing alongside the flooded forest. Here we are picked up for the boat ride to Ararinha Lodge. The lodge is on a river which connects a series of lakes, parallel to and very close to the Amazon. The river meets the Amazon at the mouth of the Madeira river, a huge tributary. Activities include hiking in the rainforest, fishing, canoeing and visiting with the locals. That night on the boat tour, Shaun caught a juvenile Black Caiman which we photographed and released. Touring the lakes at night is stunning, the stars shine brightly, with the Southern Cross appearing high in the completely black sky. Thanks Gero.

2  Thank GerryS95
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

3day/2 night tour. Had a great few days in the jungle with Gero Tours and would certainly recommend to anyone. The tour guides all spoke good English and our guide also spoke Spanish and a handfull of other languages as well. He was born in the Amazon (can't remember his tribe) and gave us an insight into tribal life and the use of different plants.
Here are some points for anyone visiting the jungle
Everything works on Amazon time, which means about 30 minutes after the stated time. Get used to this and you won't get frustrated.
It is hot and sticky all the time we are there, make sure you have a hat and sunglasses for the river trips.
This is the jungle not a zoo, animals are not confined to cages but go everywhere where you can't go. You will probably see animals, but from a distance (binoculars are a good thing). We saw lots of birds and lizards, bird eating spider, monkeys, sloath, crocodiles, dolphins. Enjoy being in the jungle and you will see lizards, birds, moths and lots of wierd bugs just around the lodge.
Mosquitos form attack squadrons at about 6:30pm, and carry special shirt and trouser piercing lances. Spray everything.
If you are going to spend the night in the jungle don't donate blood before hand, you will need all of it by the time you get out.
Soap is not supplied, take your own.
No hot water, but you don't need it. The water is just filtered river water (except the drinking water).
Accomidation is basic, not hotel standard by any means, but you are not here for a fancy place you are here for the jungle experiance. We had the private room which are in the hexagional buildings (2 rooms to a building) Bed w/ foam mattress (mosiquito net), table and a fan. The bathroom is a toilet, sink and shower head from the wall. Hole for a window, covered in Mosquito net and a shutter if you want to close it (unlikely as it would get too hot inside).
For those of you taking the hamock in communal room, you are above the dining room with a mosquito net over a hamock (mixed reports, some of the guests didn't have a problem with hamock sleeping, others found it very poor sleeping)
Food is home cooking style, and you will be fed some really good meals. Usualy a choice of 2 different meats and 4 or 5 veg/rice/pasta/bean dishes and fruit for afters. Didn't hear any negative comments on the food, and there was always plenty of it.
The bar has one sort of beer (kaiser), coke or Guarana for soft drinks (although they had run out of Guarana) and a few spirits. If you want anything diffierent, bring it yourself and they are happy to put it in the fridge/freezer for you.
When we were there the water level was high and great for swimming in the front of the hotel. A great way to cool down, and we also took the wooden canoes out for a paddle.

A few things that stopped me from giving the 5 stars
They had run out of towels when we were there, and as we had been told that towels were included we didn't take any. We got towels half way through the second day.
The sheets in the room smelt pretty bad (not sure if they were re-used from last guests or they missed a wash) after we noted this to the people there, the sheets were quickly changed.

1  Thank Paul_n_Cris
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amazongerotours, Owner at Amazon Gero Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2013

Dear guest it is a pity that i did not get through to respond your message before , as I am better in the jungle some time I success in get the right point to use my review list some time not , sorry
But we have a say in Brazil it is better in delay than never have it.

you are correct about your reviews but now I Gero ( Geraldo Mesquita ) Myself , I am taking care of this oversight , and I will desolve those problems ,but I am not going to send the lady out ( I am not going to fire here ) the ( native woman ) who make my laundress ( laundry ) because I really care about the sustainability as it is one of the priorities of Amazon Gero Tours ,
I brought a profissional one from Manaus to teach the local lady , in this way I will try the best to desolve this problem from now on I am going to ask all my guest to bring their own towel at least one then give more time to correct any problem they may happen.
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Regarding the bar I am going to give again a new opportunity to the local couple
I gave the bar as I gave the business to themselves I thought they would take
Care of it in a proper way
As you know I am very concerned about sustainability so I will give a hand to the
Local couple who own the bar , so in case they do not give a better service
Then I am going to give to another family and so in the last case I take
The bar to my own administration .

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Gero was very professional and really helpful, the little things really matter like the airport transfer to our hostel, the team at Gero were organised and informative about the Amazon and the local towns, the transportation between places was comfortable and new.
We had been saving a fair chunk of time for our last trip of our month in South America for the Amazon so we really wanted it to be a great finale to the whole trip and it was, we stayed for the 5 days. The accommodation at Geros lodge in the Amazon was great, the food was always plentiful,( they could give some more options once in a while) but it was very good.
We had an amazing time where we spent 5 days in the amazon piranha fishing, searching for caymans at night, searching for sloth, monkeys and birdlife and we got to see it all. The highlight was definitely the night in the jungle at the end of the trip. Five of us headed out in a boat to somewhere new in the Jungle to set up camp for the night where we cooked up our own food and set up beds and shelter for the night. What a great experience!! Our guide Ozmal and guacamole :) were really great guys and answered any questions we had. Thankyou.

Thank Jos T
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I really enjoyed my trip to the Amazon and I have to say that Gero and his crew made it for me!
Although I only spent a few nights, I saw so much. We did two trips per day and then chilling out in the evening was so cool.
Thanks guys, I will be back.

Thank Jon_CruztheCoast
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