This week long adventure includes four days learning traditional survival skills such as making fire without matches or artificial firelighters, learning about the medicinal properties of certain plants, foraging for and preparing food, constructing shelters, learning about local wildlife and birds and many other important skills. This challenge offers an amazing insight into the culture of the remote communities of the Amazon.
Day 1 (Saturday 28th April 2018): London to Manaus
Depart the UK for Manaus (arriving the following day).
Day 2 (Sunday 29th April 2018): Manaus
On arrival in Manaus we transfer (approx. 20 mins) to a central hotel. Depending on flight times there may be time for an afternoon sightseeing walk (taking in sights including the Opera House in Manuas' historical area, and the municipal market, full of interesting and unusual items from the jungle, and an insight into the life of those living in the Amazon Basin) before a welcome dinner and overnight stay. Overnight: Hotel
Day 3 (Monday 30th April 2018): Amazon Rainforest
After an early breakfast we depart the hotel by road for the journey to Ceasa, from where we join speed boats to cross the Rio Negro, seeing the famous Meeting of the Waters along the way! It is then a further journey by road before joining another boat for the final leg of the journey to reach our first camp, deep in the Amazon Jungle! After setting up camp, complete with hammocks, we'll hit the water under our own steam, by canoe! With 4 people to each canoe, we learn the skills for safe navigation, and explore the nearby waterways. Dinner this evening at our camp is followed by another chance to take to the waters in search of caiman, the South American relative of the crocodile. On our return to camp we prepare for our first night sleeping in the rainforest, using hammocks with mosquito nets, and being lulled to sleep by the many sounds of the rainforest. Overnight: Jungle camp 1.
Day 4 (Tuesday 1st May 2018): Survival Skills
It's an early start for our first trek into the jungle, in search of the varied local birdlife. Our treks are often at a relatively slow pace to maximise our chances of seeing wildlife by not startling wildlife around us. After breakfast back at camp it's time to start learning some general jungle survival skills, bound to come in handy over the next few days and also with a focus on the medicinal plants of the rainforest. We set off after lunch, by canoe, to another camp even deeper into the jungle, which is closer to the experience of the various native Amazonian tribes so accomplished at living in the rainforest. Taking time to set up our camp for the next two nights, there is still time to be learning important survival skills. There will be another excursion this evening by canoe, a great chance to spot nocturnal birds and animals. Overnight: Jungle Camp 2
Day 5 (Wednesday 2nd May 2018): Survival Skills
Another morning of trekking awaits today, through the rain forest to learn more about the native ways of life. After lunch it's back to the canoes, this time with fishing rods, in search of tonight's dinner! The jungle beckons again this evening with the chance to join our guides for a night jungle trek (2-3 hours) where we will be walking slowly looking for wildlife). Overnight: Jungle Camp 2.
Day 6 (Thursday 3rd May 2018): Manaus
Our last morning in the jungle is once again spent in canoes, this time to visit the Igapo region, a vast area of jungle which is frequently flooded by the Amazon, resulting in fascinating adaptations to the plants and wildlife here (approx. 3 hours). After lunch we commence the journey back to Manaus, arriving in time to celebrate your achievements with a farewell dinner after a very welcome shower! Overnight: Hotel
Day 7 (Friday 4th - Saturday 5th May 2018): Manaus - London
Free time until heading to the airport for the return flight to the UK, arriving the next day.
Note: The day-to-day program is subject to flight schedules, weather, general conditions and the progress of the group. While we do not anticipate any changes to the itinerary, we cannot be held responsible for changes made due to unexpected circumstances. Ultimately the safety and health of the group takes priority in all circumstances.
What is included
- Return flights from the UK
- Airport taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in Brazil
- Accommodation in hotels and jungle camping
- Local English-speaking guides and support crew
- Different Travel UK tour manager
- All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Travel insurance
- Brazil visa (if required)
- Spending money (tips, drinks, souvenirs)
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Personal trek kit