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“Magical Mystery Tour”

Amazon Mystery Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 22, 2013

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.

Highlights:

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.

Thank John177
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

From our first contact by email we have had excellent communication with Rinaldo. He responded promptly and let us know when he would be out on trips and unable to reply. A Skype to telephone call enabled us to ask all the questions we needed to make our decision to kayak on the Urubu.
All the transport arrangements fell into place without a hitch from arrival at the airport near midnight to drop off six days later.
The kayaking adventure was all we expected it to be and more. Rinaldo was a mine of information about the environment and culture of the region and most particularly about the medicinal and practical uses of the plants. A bracelet of tree bark, manufactured as we walked through the forest, is a small and valued souvenir.
There was abundant birdlife along the river, but as mentioned by previous reviewers the animals tend to stay away from the river, though we did see bats, cayman, Amazon otters and tortoises.
Luis, the cook and Joshua, the boat driver made up the rest of the team. All worked well together and communicated with us in English.
We cannot speak highly enough about the wonderful food that was provided. Feasts of fish from the river were the highlight; the menu was varied and plentiful.
We recommend Amazon Mystery Tours to anyone who would like an unpretentious experience of the Amazon region with a knowledgable and experienced team.

2  Thank CSDN
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Well it seems like 5 stars is the only thing you can actually give this tour (if you have actually taken it). Rinaldo and the team are just the perfect guides to a magical tributary of the Amazon.

The trip is just perfect for getting a small slice of Amazon wilderness - please remember that true wilderness means that you will only get glimpses of birds, animals, caymans etc. Thankfully in this part of the world the animals still have no need to share their space with you so they will be off pretty much as soon as you arrive. If you can accept that you will be gifted some awe inspiring glimpses of much natural beauty.

What really sets the team apart for me and my wife was the care that they took with our dietary requirements. The prepared a fantastic range of meals free from gluten, soy and lactose and took great care to generally look after our every need.

Is it expensive? Sure, but how often will you kayak without almost seeing another human being in a pristine part of the world and still be greeted by a fantastic meal, a ice cold caiprihinia and comfy hammock each and every night.

Great job guys!

Thank Bvfella
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

While the trip itself looks amazing, I found Rinaldo to be unprofessional and downright rude while attempting to book the trip. When I asked if there was a discount for three people and proposed a rate less than the $3500 US for 3 days that he requested, he was very rude and unprofessional in response. The trip may be amazing, but I expect more from a professional tour organization.

Thank HoyaRowing
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Reviewed April 30, 2012

What an adventure! Four of us headed out on the five-day kayak trip down the Urubu River, accompanied by Rinaldo and Nigel (English-speaking guides), Junior (our cook), and Pedro (the boat driver). The itinerary was pretty much as described on their website, so I won’t go into what we did each day. What I will say, which they don’t emphasize on their website as strongly as they should, is that this trip is not for everyone.

I highly recommend that you know how to swim and that you’re in good physical shape (able to kayak 2-4 hours per day). Knowing how to kayak is not required (I had no previous experience), but you have to be coordinated enough to learn on your own (don’t expect them to teach you). In general, that’s the attitude – we’re all adults and we can figure things out on our own. There were times when our guides would hike/kayak ahead and we would lose sight of them; there were other times when we led the way even though we had no idea where we were going! Although they said that they have had children on the trip, I would not recommend it unless your kid is very used to the outdoors (or you’re a really adventurous parent!)

Speaking of the outdoors, you will be in the elements for five days. You will sleep in a hammock covered by a mosquito net (both provided) in the middle of the jungle. This is not a luxurious set-up, but it’s perfectly comfortable. I slept very soundly :-) You will "using the facilities" in the woods (toilet paper provided). You will not shower for five days (a dip in the waterfall doesn't count!) The most luxurious part of the trip was the meals. Junior was an amazing cook – we had breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared from scratch every day and the options were always different and always delicious! Of course the caipirinhas at night were wonderful as well.

I went during the rainy season – and it definitely rained! (But only for a few hours a day – followed by bright sunshine… sunblock is a must even for darker complexions!) Be prepared for everything to get wet and stay wet (even your bathing suit will not dry overnight). The good news is that with all the rain there are fewer mosquitoes (I got less than 10 bites, and some of my fellow travelers didn’t get bitten at all!) The bad news is that fewer insects means fewer fish which means fewer birds which means fewer mammals. This is not the trip for you if you want to see wildlife (we did spot a few howler monkeys high up in the trees, and saw lots of toucans flying overhead – one guy also saw an anaconda and another a giant anteater – and we caught a small cayman as well). I think there are more animals during the dry season (although the river is rougher to navigate – during the wet season it is calm like a lake).

[P.S. I learned quite a few things about what not to bring – I’d be happy to answer any questions and provide packing tips.]

Highlights: Authentic no-frills experience, really really friendly and knowledgeable guides, the food, the amazing waterfall

Bottom line: Were there times when I felt unsafe? Yes. Was it worth it? Absolutely!!

3  Thank LaPortuguesa
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