Did you ever look for a trip to a jungle, where you can share time with a local riverside family, learn about their cultures and do some activities in the nature? This trip is about that! Our biocultural experience in the Juma river include also a 1 day trip in the Presidente Figueiredo waterfalls and a day in Manaus. What is Biocultural Trip? Biocultural tourism refers to a type of tourism that aims to promote the conservation of biological and cultural diversity. It involves traveling to destinations that are rich in both natural and cultural heritage, with a focus on understanding the interconnectedness between ecosystems and local cultures. Biocultural tourism seeks to foster sustainable practices, support local communities, and raise awareness about the importance of preserving both biodiversity and cultural traditions. Who I am looking for? If you're someone who loves to travel to connect with local hosts and learn about their customs, gastronomy, handicrafts, or history; if you enjoy expressing yourself through photography or art, practicing yoga and/or meditation; if you're seeking a destination where you can breathe pure air, hike surrounded by life, and experience a deep connection with untouched nature, then this might be the trip for you. For this journey, I'm looking for individuals with open minds and hearts, ready to experience life in the Amazon with all their senses. This is a trip for seekers, those who thirst for a unique experience, who know how to respect local cultures, who are open to sharing and experimenting, and especially for those who want to practice photography. Respecting and embracing local cultures is paramount. We have the privilege of engaging with communities that have deep-rooted traditions and customs. It's important to approach each interaction with curiosity, empathy, and a genuine desire to learn from the wisdom passed down through generations. How is gonna be? This is a biocultural 1 week trip and we aim to establish the relationship between nature and its culture, considering three main pillars: Being Nature, Being Human, and Being Community. The itinerary begins in Manaus, but I suggest to be in the city one day before. The itinerary include: City tour in Manaus, 1 day trip to Presidente Figueiredo Waterfalls, 4 days trip to a local riverside family lodge in the forest and a encounter with a local indigenous lider. All the trip we will be accompanied by a local certificated guide, who is also a good friend of mine. His family lives in an island 100km into the forest, so we will be visiting his lodge in the Juma area. It is a wild area, but don´t worry, we are gonna be close to a small village in case we have an emergency. Sometimes maybe we won't have electricity but don´t worry, this place is safe and quiet. We will go on guided short and long walks to learn about plants, insects, traditional medicines, and engage in immersion exercises. We will also have daytime and nighttime river navigation to connect with the river, trees, and the animals that inhabit it. We will witness breathtaking sunrises, sunsets, and starry nights. One night will be spent in the middle of the jungle to learn survival skills: we will fish for our own food, build our shelter, and cook like true "caboclos". We welcome individuals who are eager to immerse themselves in the vibrant beauty of the Amazon, capturing its essence through the lens of their cameras. Whether you're a seasoned photographer or just starting out, this journey will provide countless opportunities to capture the awe-inspiring landscapes, the rich biodiversity, and the captivating moments shared with local communities. Sharing and connecting with fellow travelers will enrich the experience even further. This journey provides a unique opportunity to bond with like-minded individuals who are also seeking a different perspective on life. Through shared adventures, conversations around the campfire, and the exchange of stories, we can create lasting friendships and memories. If this sounds like the adventure you've been waiting for, don't hesitate to join us on this biocultural exploration of the Brazilian Amazon. Let's embrace the beauty of nature, connect with local communities, and create lasting memories together.
About me! After traveling for many years to different places around the world as a backpacker, photographer, and nomad, Biocultural tourism captured my interest, and I wanted to create this completely authentic itinerary to facilitate the experience of living in the Amazon with local communities. These small expeditions are conducted in places I already know and have established relationships with local hosts. Every journey involves some improvisation, especially in destinations where it's difficult to control external surprises, but I can assure you that we won't do anything that could jeopardize your safety. I have a Wildness First Aid Advance certification (WAFA) from the WMAI organization. Also, I have traveled to this place many times, sometimes alone, other times with groups, and even with my young son, so I know very much where I am inviting you. I enjoy sharing my knowledge about the place, but I leave that role to the local guides who will accompany us at each location. My role on this trip is to facilitate the journey and provoke you to have a deeper trip, making it as authentic as possible, so you can enjoy it without worrying about accommodation, transportation, or wasting time trying to find the right people to show you the corners of the jungle. I greatly appreciate people who know how to engage in meaningful conversations, who are considerate, and who are open to listening and sharing their opinions. If you're looking to be drunk everyday and party all the time, that's not the Brazil I can show you. So, if you're ready to embark on this authentic Amazonian adventure, where you can leave the logistics in your hands and focus on experiencing the true essence of the jungle, then join me on this remarkable journey that goes beyond the beaten path.
Details about the accommodation: In the city, we'll stay at a Hostel (upgrade to hotel available) with private Double/Triple rooms. In the jungle, we'll be in local lodges with 3/4-person cabins and private bathrooms (no upgrade possible). Do you have any questions? Let me know in the Q&A section!