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1. Posted by noob (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hey, just wondering if anyone has advice on tours (good ones, inexpensive ones) in Manaus, Brazil to see the Amazon?

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3. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 8y

im doin it next week for 2 days and 3 nights from rurrenabaque and its onl 150 dollars for the lot incl food board and all that stuff...

thinking of going with balatours

4. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 8y

If you do a search in this forum it should turn up lots of good advice.

When I was there I found that the best thing to do in order to get a competitive price was to shop around and take prices from one company to another if that makes sense. Make sure you know exactly what the price includes. I wouldn't particularly recommend one over another, there are lots of different sorts of companies, there are the cowboys that operate at a lower price but don't have as good reputations, then there are the more expensive established companies where you will get the same trip that every other tourist before you has taken.

I would advise against pre-booking as this often results in a higher cost. The company I ended up going with (because they offered me a good price) actually were boasting to me that they had got a french couple on the same trip to pay like 50 USD a day more than me and I was under instructions not to compare price. This turned out to be a fairly uncomfortable situation and in hind sight I shouldn't have taken this tour...

anyway, don't let any of this scare you! Just be aware its a competitive business.

Happy booking, its an amazing trip no matter who you go with

m

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

An additional question: where is the best place to go instead of with which company? I have heard that within a certain distance from Manaus, you won't find really hidden gems.

6. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 8y

This is certainly true from what I gauged while I was there.

The longer you have the further you can go, planning deeper trips and companies do offer longer, more adventurous trips, most people only want to or can do 3/4 day trips which means not going too far from Manaus and doing pretty much what everyone else does! I really regret not doing a longer trip but I couldn't afford it plus I was a little inexperienced with the haggling thing.

My best tips:
take some confidence and don't be scared to haggle.
take lots of time to plan, find a trip possibly meet people to help find trips/get good price!
Find a company that will take you off the beaten track and camp i.e. not stay in established camps/cabins.
Take Malaria meds and plenty plenty of mozzie repellent, round the more stagnant tributaries is a haven for all these nasties and there is an increasing prevalence of mosquito born diseases in the Brazillian amazon from what I've read in the papers.
Take a bottle of cachaca or rum :-D

m

7. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Thanks Mim

I sorted things out a bit, and probably want to do a longer tour from Tefé, about an hour fligt away from Manaus, to visit the Mamirau Reserve. The Uakari Lodge over there sounds great and it even won a Condénaste award for best Eco experience a few years back. I guess this won't heard.

Still, I am sorting things out with flights in Brazil: which airlines, using an airpass etc. Do you have any advice on that Mim? Which airlines did you use?

Cheers! Michael