For the prepared person, this can be an absolutely amazing trip. We did the 3 day "adventure" kayaking tour, although the company offers day and speedboat trips, I can only really comment on the one we took. Each trip is organized individually, and Rhinaldo makes custom arrangements to meet your needs.
It's hard to describe what it feels like, except maybe going on a kayak trip with a bunch of your friends. Who do all the work, bring all the supplies, do all the cooking, rig up everything, set up the camp, clean up the camp, know all about tree climbing, know all the plants and animals, carry your stuff, and have all the gear. And they mostly speak Portuguese.
In 3 days we kayaked 40 km. down a tributary of the Rio Negro, explored bat caves, climbed 40 meter trees, rappelled down those trees, and cliff faces, hiked through the rain forest, explored at night, found waterfalls that looked like they were from an Indiana Jones movie. It was incredible.
The trips are limited to a maximum of 6 people, but in our case, it was just the 2 of us. Our own private safari. That was truly amazing. I asked, and they won't run a trip with fewer than 2 folks.
Cost? Yes, it was expensive, but when I consider all the gear and people supporting the trip, It makes sense. There were 3 folks in the climbing support crew who were with 2 of the 3 days. The chef was there every day. Rinhaldo was there every day, and there was a supplementary guide (a local) on the last day to provide extra commentary on the flora. And a boat driver. And a car driver to bring us the 2 hours to the launch point (and back). And storage for the gear that didn't go out on the river. They haul in drinking water and cooking supplies, including makings for Capinhirias at dinner time.
The food was great. Simple food, but the chef makes it well, and you're pretty hungry by the time dinner rolls around. Brazil is a huge meat eating country, and proud of their product. I can honestly say that, independent of my hunger, I had the best meat in 2 weeks in Brazil on that trip. It's all custom, so you can specify what you want for your meals, or leave it up to them. We chose to let then decide, and we weren't sorry.
The trip is strenuous, but I believe that they will customize the experience to match your abilities. Rinhaldo told me that they had a 73 year old woman make the tree climb, and rappel back down. Very impressive.
All in all, I think we got an experience that simply couldn't be had at a lodge. No way. I'm so glad we went with them. and recommend it highly.
A comment about photography on the trip. They encourage you to take a waterproof camera, and I have to concur. I brought my camera in a waterproof housing, but took it our for dry land pictures (like tree climbing). By the end of the second day, the humidity had completely messed up the electronics, and I couldn't control the settings any longer. Bring a sealed camera, or a box with silica get to store it in at night.
A comment about wildlife. You will not see as many animals on the amazon as you do on the Pantanal. You have to look harder, and they aren't populated as densely. Without an experienced guide like Rinhaldo, we would have seen very little.
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