Have the truly unique and otherworldly experience of living and volunteering on the Anavilhanas National Park in the Rio Negro, helping efforts to improve quality of life for residents of nearby Amazon communities.
Volunteering in Novo Airão, besides being culturally stimulating, also provides an excellent opportunity to practice speaking Portuguese in real-life situations. In spite of the city’s success in tourism, poverty and classicism continue to thrive in urban and rural areas. Depending on community needs at the time of your arrival, your service may include various development projects or making infrastructure improvements that ease the difficulty of daily life.
Split your time between planting trees to help preserve the Amazon ecosystem, building solar panels for under served families or other systems for more sustainable living. Living among native families in the heart of the rain forest will inspire you to protect the traditional way of life and the region’s precious biodiversity. Interact with the children and families, and experience local’s generosity and charm as they invite you to play soccer!
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Starting / Finishing Point
The journey starts with pick ups and ends with drop offs in the City of Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, Brazil. We do recommend that you arrive a day early into Manaus before start your journey. The regular pick up (hotel) for this journey is latest 9:00 am and the drop off on afternoon is 16:00 pm at the earliest or according to the flight schedules.
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Personalize your trip to meet your individual needs, from preferred subjects and desires.
Accompanying each journey is a diverse team of experts–from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes and local culture:
Leonide Principe has been living in the Amazon as a professional photographer since 1989, date on which he initiated a Sipa Press assignment, the Pink Dolphin Expedition.
Since then, he has sold photographs to magazines, publishers, advertising just to name a few of his many assignments. He is also a published author of books such as the Amazonian Emotions and Little Green Warrior, among others.
Since 1989, Leonide Principe has participated and organized expeditions that have taken him to the four corners of the Amazon. During his first stage of analog photography, he organized an archive of 40,000 images, selected and classified according to topics such as fauna, flora, landscapes, natives, caboclos, research, tourism, culture, and others. At the turn of the century, the photographer decided to migrate to digital photography.
Without nostalgia, the new compact and portable digital archive has reached 40,000 RAW images and continues to grow. The photographer is also a tree climber facilitator, and takes his art to the highest level of the canopy forest, a world as unexplored and mysterious as the ocean depths.
Tim Kovar is a Master Tree Climbing Instructor with 20 years of teaching experience. His love and respect of nature, coupled with his wanderlust spirit, led him to metaphorically and literally take the vertical path less traveled. A path that has led him into the remote jungles of the world in pursuit of his vision to help connect others to our natural world.
In 1993, Tim began his career at Tree Climbers International in Atlanta, Ga., where he helped develop the standardized curriculum being taught around the world. Today, he continues to work closely with TCI, serving as their international instructor and ambassador, ensuring the integrity of the organization’s high standards. In 2005, the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest lured him to Oregon where he co-founded Tree Climbing Northwest, which was operated by New Tribe. In 2010, he branched out on his own and founded Tree Climbing Planet.
In pursuing his vision, Tim has had the opportunity to work with many passionate people. He has worked extensively with canopy researchers stationed around the world, including ornithologists in Indonesia, primatologists in Uganda, entomologists in Ethiopia, and herpetologists in India, and students in Central America.
Tropical Tree Climbing is Instituto Amor Partner
Working in alliance with the Instituto, Tropical Tree Climbing also aims to leave behind a positive legacy, from supporting social projects in the Amazon – such as jaguar population monitoring and ecological research – to joining an international effort to safeguard the third largest cat in the world, by exploring, surveying, and establishing jungle protected areas.
Day1 – Depart from Manaus
Arrival and Accommodation
Arrive in Manaus and transfer to our hotel. Meet for an orientation dinner and safety meeting with our expedition leaders. Overnight in Manaus. (Day 1: D)
Day2 throught 6 – Manaus/Novo Airão/Anavilhanas
After an early tour of Manaus and breakfast, at 9:00 a.m. you will be met at the hotel by your guide and transferred by car to Novo Airão – a small town of 18,000 people located on the River Negro. It’s about a three-hour drive and along the journey. Embark our Joia Rara river boat- which means big rare jewel in Portuguese – and enjoy fine Brazilian cuisine for lunch.
Spend this week exploring the Anavilhanas Arquipelago, navigating through black water ecosystems from Rio Negro. Monkeys, sloths, dolphins, lowland pacas and birds can be observed on jungle nights, or in the river, close to sunset time. Riverside communities with genuine northern Brazilian culture, give the human touch to a region where nature still runs the show. The park’s water system is composed by an infinity of small streams of dark water. These rivers present a high water volume variation during the year. The forests found on the banks of the rivers are called Igapó Forests and are flooded for a period of 6-8 months during the year. The dry forests are known as Highland Forests. This is the typical humid tropical forest, with trees that reach over 35 meters high, like the Samaúma.
Explore this remarkable wilderness on daily excursions by skiff, and—when the water level permits—hikes on dry land. Spot sloths and monkeys, including capuchin and squirrel monkeys, noisy howlers, probable sighting of river dolphins, alligators, piranas, and birds of the region, like Cocoi Heron (Ardea cocoi), Great Egret (Casmerodius albus), BlueYellow Macaw (Ara ararauna), Festive Parrot (Amazona festiva), Rufescent Tiger-herons (Tigrisoma lineatum), Yellow-rumped Caciques (Cacicus cela), Crested Oropendola (Psarocolius decumanus) and Jacamars (Galbulidae), among others.
Listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops at sunset. Get to know the ribeirinhos who live on the riverbanks, learning about their age-old traditions. Watch them make jewelry and other handicrafts and learn how subsistence farmers cultivate wild plants and trees to earn income. Hear about edible fruits and indigenous plants with medicinal properties hidden in the jungle.
This is a program to develop sensitivity to social issues around the Amazon, and also to develop their own leadership skills such as conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication, public speaking, and critical thinking and analysis. The goal of Tropical Tree Climbing is to provide life-changing experiences that will cultivate a global perspective and open-mindedness in travelers that will ultimately inspire them to become leaders and global thinkers and seek positive change in their own communities and the world.
Travelers will spend about 4 hours a day on service work, participate in different cultural and learning activities in the afternoons, and have some down time for reflection and leadership activities in the evenings.
Home Base Lodging (Day 2-6: B, L, D)
Day7 – Return to Manaus
After breakfast, disembark in Novo Airão and return to Manaus for a night accommodation at our hotel. The next day, transfer to the airport for your flight home. End of our services.
(Day 6: B, L, D; Day 7: B)
The weather in Amazon is unpredictable. We reserve the right to change the order of the days in any itinerary at the discretion of the trip guide and based on safety/weather operational considerations.
Home Base Accommodation
Home Base is located in one of the picturesque villages of the Rio Negro, one hour boat cruise outside of the city of Novo Airão. You’ll live in a family atmosphere among birds, trees and the river. Lodging is simple but clean and safe, and consist of traditional raised house and travelers stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates and have access to showers and toilets. On services days, students will take a short boat ride to reach the community of Sobrado.
Meals will be hearty and healthy, consisting of fish, beans, rice, vegetables, potatoes and a wide variety of Amazonian fruits.
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High Season: June to September
Accommodation Style: Double Room
Accommodation Style: Hammock
Prices are per person based on double occupancy or hammocks and are given in Brazilian Reais. Prices in US Dollar, Euro or other currency will depend on the exchange rate of the day. Children under 11 stay for free at our home base accommodation. Maximum two children per room when sharing with two adults. Condition subject to change without prior notice. Limited availability. Not valid with other promotions.
2 Nights hotel in private room in Manaus based on single or double occupancy; 5 Nights at the Home Base Accommodation based on double occupancy; English, Spanish and Portuguese, speaking specialist guide with you 24/7; Daily breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner; All ground and river transfers as indicated in the itinerary; Drinking water and juices; Basic equipment for the excursion; Personal insurance. The journey cost includes a direct donation to the Empowering Amazon Communities Project of Instituto Amor, which is used to finance educational projects for local families.
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Flight tickets and local airport taxes; Add-ons, Post-trips, Activities, accommodations and transfers not listed in the itinerary; Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and snacks not served with the lunch included at the Home Base Accommodation; Photo equipment and binoculars – please bring your own; Voluntary tipping of guides and staff; Personal nature items (laundry, souvenirs, etc.); Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, flight cancellations, lost baggage or any other.
How to Book
For availability, please check at Reservation page and request your 7-Day Voluntourism Program – Empowering Amazon Communities. Our guests can choose between to pay a deposit amount of 50% or pay the full stay price to book an accommodation. If you opt to pay a deposit, final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. If your booking is made within 45 days of departure, the entire tour cost must be paid when we confirm the trip with you.