Canoe, Hike and Visit Local Communities in the Amazon

Paddle outrigger canoes down one the most beautiful parts of the Amazon. 7 days, 6 nights.

Experience a real river expedition as you travel 200km down the Tapajós river, hiking in protected reserves and visiting local indigenous communities to learn how they live off the jungle. Relax on the white sand banks of the river and sleep in hammocks.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • All outrigger canoeing equipment
  • Fully trained, English speaking activity and naturalist guides
  • A lifeguard trained in remote areas and onboard GPS system
  • 6 nights sleeping in hammocks on board the support boat
  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners, snacks, water and fresh juices

Perfect for:

Travellers who want an authentic jungle experience, a taste of all the Amazon has to offer and don’t mind back to basics accommodation.

Need To Know

You should always check any recommended vaccinations with your GP or a travel clinic for the most up to date advice for your entire trip.

Be aware that Yellow Fever is endemic, although well controlled, in the Amazon region. Once vaccinated against Yellow Fever it lasts for ten years and you will be issued with a certificate that you must carry with you when travelling. The vaccination must be had at least ten days prior to travel to take full effect.

The only extra cost is travel to and from Santarém.

You should have a good level of general fitness, but there’s no need to have canoed before - all training will be provided at the start of the expedition.

Absolutely! The trip runs with a minimum group of twelve people and a maximum of twenty, so you’ll be kayaking with other like-minded travellers. Lots of people book our trips as a solo traveller - it’s a great way to meet people.

You’ll need to pack:

  • Your luggage should weigh no more than 20kg, and not exceed the dimensions 36” height x 18” width x 10” deep as there is limited capacity on board. You will need to carry your own luggage to and from the boat, and we recommend a backpack or holdall rather than a rigid suitcase.
  • Small daypack for water and personal belongings
  • At least two sets of clothes for during the day and two changes of clothes for the evening
  • One pair of long trousers and one long sleeved shirt for evenings
  • Flip flops
  • Trainers or walking boots for hiking on shore
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunglasses with a cord attached
  • Wide brimmed hat or baseball cap
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat (in case you wish to sleep on the floor rather than in the hammock)
  • Personal documents and electronic equipment inside a waterproof bag
  • Headlamp or torch
  • Towel
  • Re-usable water bottle (two if you wish to leave one on board the boat during the day)

All outrigger canoeing equipment, paddles, hammocks and mosquito nets is provided.

The trip runs in July, which is the dry season and there is less rain and lower levels of water in most rivers - however you are in the rainforest so you should still expect some rain and humidity. Temperatures are likely to range from 24°C to 34°C.

The food will be cooked by your guides for you in the campsites and will be typical hearty Brazilian meals, consisting of rice, beans or pasta, with meat, chicken or fish and vegetables and a range of local fruits, all served buffet style on-board the boat.

We can cater to dietary requirements - please let us know at the time of booking.

You’ll meet in Santarém at 17:00 on the first day of the trip, so your flight will need to arrive earlier in the day, allowing for travel from the airport to the city. Domestic flights within Brazil can be delayed or cancelled so you may prefer to arrive the day before to ensure that you’re there in time.

You arrive back into Santarém at 18:00 on the final day of the tour, so book an evening flight or stay over in the city.

Travelling from the UK, the only direct flights are to Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo on British Airways and LATAM. There is a wide choice of airlines flying indirect via Europe, including TAP who fly via Lisbon to Belém (and several other airports in Brazil). From Belém you can connect on a short domestic flight to Santarém - this is the most direct route if you are starting or ending your trip with this Amazon adventure.


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The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world, covering over 2 million square miles and extending into nine countries. An incredibly bio-diverse ecosystem, the forest is home to tens of thousands of plant species, over two thousand species of mammal and birds and around 350 indigenous tribes, of which over 60 remain completely isolated.

The mighty Amazon River is the largest in the world and flows from its source in Peru through to the Brazilian coast, with thousands of tributaries and miles of flooded forest that make it perfect for kayaking. The river itself is home to giant river otters, pink dolphins and the infamous piranha.

On this trip, you’ll canoe for around 110 nautical miles, from the city of Santarém in the heart of the jungle to Fordlândia, Henry Ford’s now abandoned utopian city, before returning on the support boat.

Start point? Your trip starts in Santarém at the Marine Club, where you’ll meet on 25th July at 17:00.

Finish point? You’ll return to Santarém Marine Club at 18:00 on 31st July where your trip ends.

Getting there and away Your trip starts and ends in Santarém, to which you can fly direct from Brasília, Belém or Manaus. If you’re travelling from anywhere else in Brazil then you’ll need to take an indirect flight with a short stopover – very common when travelling in the country. The main domestic airlines are GOL, Azul and LATAM, all comfortable and with good safety records.

Travelling from the UK, British Airways operates direct flights to Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo or LATAM flies direct to São Paolo. There is a wide choice of airlines offering indirect flights via Europe or the USA, including TAP who fly via Lisbon to Belém, where you can connect on a short domestic flight to Santarém.

What to Expect

Wednesday: Meet and Board the Boat

Meet your guides and fellow travellers in Santarém, a city deep in the Amazon jungle and the starting point for your expedition.

Board your home for the next week – a large riverboat that will give you a real taste of how locals travel this remote region. After a briefing on the expedition to come enjoy your first meal on the ship.

Settle down for your first night sleeping in hammocks on deck.

Thursday: Paddle to a Beach

Wake up to your first breakfast on board.

Jump into your outrigger canoe and paddle down this mysterious river. Your expedition starts where the Tapajós River meets the mighty Amazon.

Divide the canoeing between the group, with one hour of paddling followed by one hour to rest and recharge. In places, the river can be up to 14km wide, in places it’s so narrow the jungle hangs over the water below.

Your destination today is the white sand river beach of Alter do Chão, which has been called the most beautiful freshwater beach in the world - the perfect spot to snorkel, sunbathe, or just kick back and relax with a cold beer on the sand.

Get back onto the boat for dinner and your second night sleeping under the stars.

Total distance covered – 40km

Friday: Local communities

Rise with the sun for breakfast on the boat.

Climb back into the canoes and head for today’s destination, the local community of Jamaraquá, a small traditional Amazonian community with a strong cultural identity.

Learn how the families live and make a living in this remote part of the world by extracting rubber from the seringuero tree.

After plenty of time to explore the village, head back to the boat for your evening meal.

Bed down on deck for the night before a day of hiking tomorrow.

Total distance covered – 40km

Saturday: Hike Tapajós National Forest

Fill up on a hearty breakfast, before disembarking on foot to explore part of the 600,000 hectares of protected forest that make up the reserve.

Trek through the jungle with your experienced naturalist guide, spotting unusual Amazonian plants, brightly coloured macaws and monkeys swinging from the trees.

Return to the boat for dinner, relax on board and then drift off to sleep in your hammock.

Sunday: Outrigger canoeing

Fuel up with breakfast and prepare for the biggest day of paddling so far.

Climb Into the outrigger canoes and set off downstream. Take in the sights and sounds of the river and see how the locals use it as a highway, transporting goods to market and visiting friends and family in neighbouring towns and villages.

Alternate paddling in teams once more, with the support boat on hand if you need a break. The support boat can also tow the canoes if needed.

Arrive into Aveiro, tonight’s destination and relax on the boat with dinner, before sleeping in your hammock.

Monday: Visit a Lost City

Up early for breakfast and into the canoes for the morning.

Paddle to the abandoned city of Fordlândia, founded by American industrialist Henry Ford in 1929 to produce cheap rubber and fulfil his vision of a utopian city.

Visit the abandoned rubber factories and the houses where the American workers once lived, now decaying into the surrounding jungle and discover why the experimental city failed.

Head back to the boat for dinner and another night in your hammock.

Total distance covered - 30km

Tuesday – Relax on the Boat

Wake up for your final breakfast on board.

Retrace your route back to Santarém, sailing upstream on the support boat the whole way.

Watch the jungle go by as you float along the river and relax on deck.

Arrive into Santarém at 18:00, where your Amazon expedition ends


You’ll experience travelling on the Amazon the way locals do – by sleeping on a riverboat. Don’t expect a cruise ship – it’s a simple boat with capacity for 40-50 passengers. On this trip the maximum group size is twenty, plus the crew and guides, so you will have plenty of space to relax. You’ll sleep on hammocks strung up on the decks with mosquito nets to protect you at night. The bathrooms are shared, with an onboard kitchen and dining room for the crew to prepare and serve meals.

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