Terrific paddling on the Urubu, agree with all the glowing reviews of those who got onto the river. Too bad for the Georgetown person who tried to bargain for a lower rate - you missed a great trip. We considered the fancy Amazon cruise, then switched to a river boat, and then figured in for a dime, in for a dollar, and so reached out to Rinaldo. Right call.
Head's up: it is basic camping. The only running water is the river and the waterfalls, and bathroom facilities consist of a shovel and a spot anywhere off the trail. No A/C, campfires, or wifi. Bedroom is a hammock, mosquito net and tarp. We paddled a couple hours each morning and another couple after lunch, so it's a bit of work. And there's a reason they call it a rain forest. On the other side: this is a black water river, so no mosquitoes; Rinaldo and his crew set up and take down camp, cook all the meals, and pour all the drinks; and we paddled downstream, with a current that moved along, with only one real set of rapids that we portaged.
Pretty much guaranteed an amazing trip. Urubu is undeveloped. Save for a very few clearings, it's four days of jungle. We saw more macaws than people. Really quiet, except for the birds and whatever else was out there making all that noise from dusk through dawn. Rinaldo is a fantastic host, full of stories. Junior and David cooked up a storm, and played some mean dominoes at night.
climbing in and around the waterfalls, and crawling through a very active bat cave, all on the same hike;
toasting the day's events during our very extended happy hours;
waking up in the middle of the night to all sorts of sounds around our camp; and
kicking back at Rinaldo's place before out flight to Salvador.
On all counts, a terrific outing.
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