Our goal in our River Boat Tree Climbing Voyage is to place nature lovers, photographers and experienced climbers in an enriching climb situation where the ‘classroom’ is the location.
The challenges of our 9-Day River Boat Tree Climbing Voyage include knowing the right skill to be in tropical conditions offering the best experience and achieving the highest quality climbs in one of the world’s most dramatic landscapes.
In the River Boat Tree Climbing Voyage you will also learn to discern what’s critical and, as importantly, what’s not, to achieve the successful climbing results you want in tropical forests. We keep our itinerary flexible as there is no telling what or when a new opportunity for adventure will present itself, we will be exploring in its truest sense!
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Starting / Finishing Point
The River Boat Tree Climbing Voyage starts with pick ups and ends with drop offs in the City of Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, Brazil.
Tree Climbing Knowledge and Group Training
No prior climbing experience is necessary for the River Boat Tree Climbing Voyage. Ascending the tree is comparable to hiking a steep trail with a day pack. Our expert guides outfit you in specially designed tree climbing harnesses appropriately adjusted for your personal size. When the climb takes place, our guides will provide for the adequate training of members during the initial phase of the journey. Before you embark on an experience with us, we ask about your medical information. From this point, Tropical Tree Climbing’s team evaluates the best way to give each customer the best experience and help them enjoy the canopy climbs as much as possible.
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 certified by Tree Climbers International, 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 Wildlife Conservation Society Partner
Working in alliance with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Tropical Tree Climbing also aims to leave behind a positive legacy, from supporting conservation 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. Our River Boat Tree Climbing Voyage includes a direct donation of 5% to the Tropical Tree Climbing scientific research program.
Day 1 – Arrive in Manaus, Brazil
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)
Day 2 – 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, the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. Our River Boat Tree Climbing Voyage starts embarking the Jacaré–Açu house boat- which means big caiman in Portuguese – and enjoy fine Brazilian cuisine for lunch and dinner.
Jacaré–Açu (Day 2: B, L, D)
Day 3 throught 8 – Exploring the Jau National Park
Spend this week exploring the Jau National Park, navigating through black and muddy water ecosystems from Rio Solimões for the Anavilhanas National Park, passing the Anavilhanas Archipelago, Rio Negro. At its most distant point, we will know the Jau River, where the largest fresh water forest park in the world still guards enigmas to be revealed. Because its relatively complicated access, its paths, waterfalls, and creeks are not heavily explored by tourists. Monkeys, sloths, dolphins, lowland pacas and birds can be observed on jungle nights, or in the river, close to sunset time. During the dry season, the giant otters are the attraction. 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 3 big rivers (Unini River on the north, Carabinani by the south and Jaú on the center) and 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. Its diversity represents 200 species per hectare.
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.
Season permitting, seek out Victoria amazonica, a giant water lily that grows in small lagoons. Listen to a cacophonous symphony of nocturnal animals calling out across the treetops at sunset. Explore the forest in a skiff as night falls, using a spotlight to find caimans, frogs, fishing bats, and other creatures of the night. Visit the reserve’s edge and 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. End of our River Boat Tree Climbing Voyage.
Jacaré–Açu (Day 3-8: B, L, D)
Day 9 & 10 – Return to Manaus
After a final excursion by skiff, disembark in Novo Airão and return to Manaus for a night accommodation at the hotel. The next day, transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your Amazon experience with our 3-Day Amazon Nature Discovery or 4-Day Amazon Jungle Immersion. End of our services.
(Day 9: B, L, D; Day 10: 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.
Jacaré-Açu House Boat
The 3 floor Regional Premium,72 ft Jacaré Açu is simply the finest ships plying the Negro River. A stately superior riverboat, it’s designed to provide open, comfortable spaces for relaxing after a day of exploring. And her gracious staff makes an art of providing impeccable service. The purpose of the regional style is to provide to our clients the feeling of traveling such like the local people do, but with more comfort, safety, and on board services. The Jacaré-Açu can accommodate a maximum of 12 guests plus crew. This comfortable river boat is the perfect size for cruising the Negro River, providing an inviting lounge, decorated cabins with air conditioning, private bathroom, cozy dining room, covered leisure area, tables and chairs, wooden boats, ranging from 40 to 80 feet, solarium and state-of-the-art navigation technologies and safety standards.
Amenities Included on the River Boat
Air conditioned cabins with private bathroom; High mattress density and goose feather pillows; 110/220V Energy 24/7 in all cabins; Bank of Batteries for conversion 220V – 110V, offering clean and noise free energy when anchored; GPS, sonar, radar, radio, nautical maps, iridium cell phone; First-Aid kit, pharmacy, experienced and certified team; Complete kitchen with oven, freezer, refrigerator, etc; Equipment for overnight in the jungle, Powerful flashlight for alligators spotting and walkies talkie radios for the trail; Binoculars for bird watching; Large photographic maps; Card games, dominoes, chess and backgammon; Thematic library with maps and photography books; Inflatable rafts and accessories for swimming in the river and waterfalls and fishing rods; Leisure area with chairs and barbecue grill.
Extend your Amazon experience! The following trips are offered on a scheduled basis following our River Boat Tree Climbing Voyage.