An Amazonian experience in the middle of a breathtaking natural diversity of the Rio Negro – Guided and curated by the local indigenous comunities.
The Tapuruquara Mountains (Iwitera Maramuywera Tapuruquara Suiwara, in Nheengatu dialect) are located in the town of Santa Isabel do Rio Negro. The Sacred Sierras represent the origin and history of the indigenous communities who have lived in the region for centuries. In this journey, you are invited to experience the daily life of the indigenous people through activities organised and conducted by the communities in order to show the best of their world!
Is this trip for me ?
The Iwitera (sierra) trip is made for the adventurous ones who are looking to make a long journey in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The hikes can be long and require a good physical condition.
Sleeping in a hammock, and having river baths is part of the experience, as are the traditional canoe trips between beaches and islands, the walks in the forest (in the indigenous way of relating to nature) and the hike up the sierra in order to explore unbelievable landscapes.
- For safety reasons, this trip is not recommended for children.
- Pets are not allowed.
Why is this trip at GoLocal?
The Serra Guerreiras de Tapuruquara expeditions are experimental trips looking to improve social touristic tours and empowering the indigenous communities to manage the project in the future. Tourism is a tool to reinforce a collective organisation facing giant threats such as mining, deforestation and other illegal activities, and represents an alternative for the sustainable growth of the region.
11am Meeting at the Instituto Socioambiental (Amazon Social & Environmental Institute) and visiting the Amazon Gallery. 12h Almoço na praça do Teatro Amazonas
1pm Transfer to the São Raimundo port and boarding. Deslocamento para o porto São Raimundo e embarque. Overnight sleeping ( in a hammock) on the boat.
Day 2 – Saturday
Navigating through Rio Negro River, passing by Anavilhanas & Mariuá islands, the biggest group of islands in fresh waters in the world. At night, stop at Barcelos town. Meal and overnight sleeping ( in a hammock) on the boat.
Day 3 – Sunday (Boa Vista Community)
11am Stop at Santa Isabel do Rio Negro town.
1pm Arrival at the Boa Vista community. Welcoming with the management, luggage transport until the accommodation. Presentation of the behaviour rules and the Merenda program.
3.30pm Cultural practice: Welcoming Ritual history (Dabucuri), Dance instruments tailoring (taboca) and traditional drink making (pineapple alua).
5.30pm River Bath
7.30pm Dabucuri traditional party
Day 4 – Monday (Boa Vista community)
8.30am Canoe ride: Between beaches and islands & snack at the beach
1.30pm Lunch at the community
3pm Cultural practice : arumã basketry (preparation of arumã fabrics, making traditional baskets, mats and other pieces) & snack.
5pm Soccer and games
Day 5 – Tuesday (Boa Vista/Uabada II)
6am Breakfast and leaving ceremony with the community
7.30am Reception at Bacuri Beach, Abuara River, welcome by the second Uabada community.
8am Visit of Jurupari waterfalls, Waimim Old Island, Piramiri & Kiwa and snack time at Kiwa waterfall.
11.30am Lunch and rest at the beach.
1pm Trip to the Sierra: Guided ride on Abuara river, adding explanation about landscape diversity and snack time at the Caiabo waterfall.
6pm Arrival at Yacaweni camp.
Day 6 — Wednesday (Uabada I)
6am Beginning of the hike up to Sierra, walks next to igarapé river & snack up at the Sierra.
11am Going back down
1pm Arrival at the camp and shower
2.45pm Going back to community & snack on the boat
6pm Arrival at the community
8pm Exhibition and sale of handicraft
Day 7 – Thursday (Uabada II/Cartucho)
6.30am Breakfast time and farewell with the community
7.30am Arrival at Cartucho community, welcoming by the community’s leaders, luggage transport to accommodation.
8am Jacuruaru Sierra and Snack
3pm Visit to flour house and Baré’s Farm, Brazilian cultural Heritage, and snack at the farm.
5pm Shower & sunset at Pombo Island.
Day 8 – Friday (Cartucho)
8am Going up to Tapira Sierra & snack at the Sierra.
3.30pm Visit to Seringal learning about com histórias do tempo da borracha e merenda.
5pm Bath at Rio Negro beach
8am Maniaka Murasi party (Mandioca contemporary dance class)
Day 9 – Saturday (Cartucho/Santa Isabel do Rio Negro)
9am Exhibition & sale of handicrafts and snacks
11am Packing luggage for the trip
2pm Trip to Santa Isabel do Rio Negro
4pm Arrival at Santa Isabel do Rio Negro, accomodation at the hotel no hotel e passeio pela cidade.
Day 10 – Sunday (Santa Isabel/Manaus)
8am Breakfast and walk in the city : local market and handicraft.
11am Flight to Manaus
2pm Arrival at Manaus & end of the activities.
- Visit to the Socio-Environmental Institute office and the Amazon Gallery (Manaus)
- Cultural practice: preparation and celebration of the welcome ritual (Dabucuri), Boa Vista community
- Canoeing: sailing and paddling between beaches and islands
- Cultural practice: Arumã basketry (preparation of arumã fiber, making of baskets, mats and other pieces), Boa Vista community
- Visit to Jurupari Waterfalls, Old Island (Waimim), Piramiri and Kiwa, Uabada II Community
- Mountain trip: guided navigation on the Abuara River, explaining the diversity of landscapes to the Caibo waterfall, Uabada II community
- Three days of hiking in the sacred territory of the Tapuruquara Warrior Sierras, Uabada II and Cartucho communities
- Two local handicraft exhibitions, Uabada II and Cartucho communities
- Visit to the flour house and the Baré farm, cultural heritage of Brazil, Cartucho community
- Bath and sunset in Pombo Island and Rio Negro, Cartucho community
- Rubber tree tour with rubber time stories
- Feast of Maniaka Murasi (Cassava Contemporary Dance)
- Santa Isabel Municipal Market Tour
Regional boat with nets (2 nts), Community accommodation with nets (6 nts), Hotel (1nt)
All transportation to and from activities included from Manaus in: regional boat, canoe, walking and charter plane from Santa Isabel do Rio Negro back to Manaus.
9 breakfasts 10 Lunches 9 dinners, extra snacks. Most meals are devoted to experimenting with indigenous cuisine.