The Amazon is a “must-see” destination for any nature traveler. But how you see it is another question altogether. The vast majority of those who visit the Amazon do so aboard cruise ships with dozens (and dozens!) of other passengers, all going ashore together and exploring in large groups. For more
adventurous travelers who prefer an active experience focused on nature rather than fellow travelers, this Tree Climbing and Hiking Adventure offers a secluded, eye-level encounter with the Amazon. In fact, with our tree climbing permits and small group size, this Amazon wildlife and Manaus tour is truly in a class by itself.
Duration: 3 days/ 2 nights
Start/End Location: Manaus City
Availability: Year-round (prices differ during low and high season)
Day 1 – Canopy Tour
At 9:00 a.m. you will be taken by car to the Amazon lodge located just outside the township of Presidente Figueiredo. During this two-hour drive journey, you will witness the vegetation change from colonized deforested areas to virgin rainforest. You’ll arrive at the lodge with a warm welcome and plenty of time to take in the view, calmly settle in and meet for an orientation lunch with our team. Tucked in the world’s richest rainforest, our family owned and operated venture allows us to share the wonders of the Amazon with visitors while preserving the environment. This private ecological reserve focuses on conservation,
environmental education, and training in sustainable land use and resource production.
Venture higher into the rainforest to explore the treetops on a canopy tour. Our tree climbing adventure begins with an Angelim Tree (Dinizia excelsa), soaring 200 feet above the forest floor, specially selected for your adventure. You’ll receive thorough instructions in tree climbing techniques, and your guide will be alongside you as you ascend into the canopy. Once high up in the tree, there will be a canvas hammock waiting for you to rest, relax and observe Amazon nature life from a bird’s eye view. The canvas hammock is safely and securely tied to the tree and your safety rope remains locked and secured, permitting you
to relax and enjoy your experience in this marvelous treetop canopy. The forest is transformed completely at dusk: sounds and smells are intensified and other senses are awakened. On a night experience, unlike a daytime ascent, our guests find the beauty in the small details, such as the croaking of frogs or the hum of insects. And if you turn off your flashlight you can observe the sparkle of fireflies in the woods, or hear the flutter of bats. When you turn on the lights again you can see the reflection of hundreds of tiny insect eyes all around.
As we come down from the tree and make our way back to the lodge you can hear the call of cicadas, owls and other night birds. Enjoy your evening dinner at our jungle lodge, learn more about the family’s efforts to preserve the land and the traditions of the local people.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Day 2 – Discover Edible Wild Plants / Exploring the Rainforest Wilderness/ Camping Experience
After breakfast, we will gather at the lodge before heading over to the Edible Forest Gardening Experience in the “Garden”. This trail starts at the side of the main road, across areas where the forest is regenerating and there are large patches of pristine forest. For this reason, this trail is ideal to show the ecological
succession processes and the importance of forest conservation for the Amazon region.
In the garden, we consciously apply the principles of ecology to the design of home-scale gardens that mimic forest ecosystem structure and function for our food production systems. Learn how the locals use the plants and fruits of the jungle on this cultural excursion. Experience local tradition, and learn about Amazon nature, history and culture. Enjoy your lunch at the lodge and explore the rainforest by foot. At every turn, our guides reveal the secrets of the rainforest, helping spot creatures we would never see on our own given the amazing camouflage of so many masterfully adapted species.
Where dry ground exists, step ashore for rainforest walks, keeping an eye out for a host of birds: large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, snowy egrets, horned screamers, tiger herons, short-tailed parrots, parakeets and perhaps the flashy scarlet macaw. Trails through primary rainforest reveal a wide variety of plants and animals in their natural habitat, including more than 150 different kinds of birds including a great diversity of hummingbirds, along with spider monkeys, howler monkeys, coati, brocket deer, tamandua anteaters, peccaries, and the elusive ocelot. A top attraction is the morpho butterfly, colored in vivid blue color with shiny wings that reflect the light, making them easy to spot amidst the jungle canopy. They are one of the largest butterflies in the world; their wing span measures up to 20 centimeters.
As an optional activity, in the jungle you will set up your own hammock camp; this will be your home until the next day! Then your training begins. The jungle base camp provides basic accommodations within the native environment – perfect for a night of ephemeral rainforest camping; open to the fresh air and natural forest sounds, allowing for an authentic and intimate rain forest experience. The base camp has a stream of fresh water. Learn to slow down and tune in your senses and become an active part of the local ecology.
Beneath a starry sky, you’ll enjoy the evening’s open campfire for dinner, where guests congregate and chat over the day’s events. Our hope is to plant seeds of appreciation and awareness that will help protect
these endangered environments.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 3 – Manaus
Enjoy a sprawling breakfast spread at the jungle lodge. Your Amazon wildlife nature adventure ends here, as you leave for Manaus to catch a flight home or to your next destination.
Meals included: Breakfast
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.