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Amazon Rainforest & River Tours - Day Tours
Ranked #43 of 79 Tours in Manaus
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Owner description: At Amazon Rainforest & River Tours we set high value to content. Safety is a must. This is why experienced outdoor travelers, curious naturalists and rainforest rookies alike trust Amazon Rainforest Tours.Including well known tourist attractions in the itinerary is essential. The ultimate ambition however is to persue and to disclose the secrets of an exuberant and unique natural environment called Amazonia. Our Rainforest Tours guarantee an authentic life experience to any traveler.
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Rainforestcruises.com did a perfect job of creating a program for us to see the Rio Negro, Jau National Park, Joining of the Waters and other interesting sights near Manaus. I would highly recommend them as tour operators in the Amazon.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

I recently went on a tour with GAP of the rivers considered to be the source of the Amazon. The two rivers, the Maranon and the Ucayali meet to form the Amazon. We flew from Lima to Iquitos where we boarded the boat for our trip. We were on the boat for eight days. The boat was comfortable but certainly well used. Fortunately the cabins and common areas were all air conditioned and the units worked well. The caution in the trip notes about sensitivity to heat was appropriate since the heat never seemed to let up. One day on our way into the jungle I checked my Sunto Vector and found the temperature to be ninety-nine degrees farenheit with close to one hundred per cent humidity. I was concerned about some members of our party who appeared to be in less than good physical condition. However, we all returned unscathed. The tour guides very wisely scheduled our excursions into the jungle for early morning or late afternoon. After a jungle trek we returned to the boat for lunch and a siesta, a welcome respite from the heat. Trips into the jungle in search of the flora and fauna were interesting. We saw sloths, a couple of snakes and monkeys and birds. However, the birds and monkeys were often so high in the trees that they were very difficult to see. I was glad that I had taken my binoculars with me. Otherwise I would have seen little other than movement well above the ground. Most of all we saw birds. Billing the trip as an excursion for ornithologists would certainly be appropriate. Several of our group had very high end camera equipment with telephoto lenses. They captured some pictures that were absolutely magnificent. The river is not only the local highway but also the source of food and commerce.
The villagers fished everywhere and at all times of the day and night. On the downside, sleep was somewhat difficult because the locals often travel the river at night or very early in the morning. We heard the constant buzz of small outboard motors that appear to be akin to a lawn mower motor with the tiny gas tank on top of the engine and an extended propeller shaft. The propellers run close to the surface to avoid the numerous shoals and sandbanks that dot the river. Highlights included a visit to see a local Shaman, fishing for pirana (we ate them, not the other way around), seeing many pink dolphins , and having a cayman caught by our guide at night and brought into the boat for a picture opportunity. We also swam in the river and nothing attempted to eat us.
The staff on the boat were friendly, accommodating and very helpful. Meals, were plentiful, varied and well prepared and presented. The staff formed a band which played for us several evenings at dinnertime. One man played the charanga and a pan flute at the same time. He is an excellent musician. Accompaniment included maraccas and a Peruvian version of a drum. I still do not understand why the guitar player never bothered to tune his guitar. I picked it up for a few minutes in has absence and confirmed my suspicions that the instrument was not in tune at all.
As far as dress, good boots, and long sleeve shirts and long pants are a good idea. One pair of shorts to wear on the boat is plenty. Having hiked, canoe tripped, and back packed in northern Ontario I was prepared for the onslaught of mosquitoes. However I experienced nothing to compare with what I have encountered in my own province. That being said, long sleeves and long pants are still a good idea since many of the trees and plants can be harmful if they come into contact with the skin.
Villages and travellers on the river were very friendly and willing to speak to us as much as language allowed. Many have very little but accept their lot and are very gracious to travellers. Unfortunately, the hospitality of a family who prepared lunch for us resulted in dire consequences. I and several others became quite ill toward the end of the trip. We believed that our illness may have been the result of the lunch prepared for us in a village on the river. The diet is so different our systems may simply not be able to cope with the change. I do not believe the food on the boat could have been responsible.
Overall the trip was very good with a few minor glitches. Our night in Lima before departing we were told we would be sailing on a new upgrade boat at no extra charge. However, when we arrived we boarded the older boat not the newer one. Our last day we were scheduled to visit a manatee rescue center but for some reason that visit did not take place. Our night before departure in Lima my room mate and I went on a suggested optional excurison for which we paid. When we returned from Iquitos we discovered that the major part of the same excursion was part of our last nights entertainment. As compensation I was given a complimentary return trip to the airport on my departure. Communication at times seemed to be a problem.
Regardless of any shortcomings, I enjoyed the trip and am glad that I had the opportunity to experience the Amazon and the amazing mix of contemporary and older cultures that make up the landscape. I also brought back the mix and brandy for Pisco Sours. What a great drink. Just make sure you do not have to do too much after you have one!!!

32  Thank Michael W
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