Brazils Highest Waterfall Trek
Brazil, Trek & Walk, 21 days - from £4,495 (land only) - from €5,395 (land only) - from $7,415 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Manaus. A single, timed group transfer is provided. KE Land Only services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: This morning we have an excursion to the fabled 'meeting of the water' where the Negro and Solimoes rivers meet. One river is black and the other is white, and the waters run together side by side without mixing. The afternoon is free for independent sightseeing. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 3: We travel on the river again to visit the fascinating rubber museum which is a recreation of a rubber plantation in the early 20th century. The afternoon is free and in the early evening we board the boat and check into our cabins for the trip to Barcelos. Overnight on the boat.
Day 4: We continue the river journey, spending the whole day on the boat. Small islands with sandy beaches and green reeds line the way, and maybe we'll see our first river dolphin. We overnight one more night on the boat.
Day 5: In the early morning we reach Barcelos. After a good breakfast the next stage of our adventure begins. We switch to smaller boats and begin our expedition up the Rio Negro. We will make our first camp on the riverbank sleeping in slung hammocks.
Day 6: Our journey today takes us from Rio 'A' to the smaller Rio 'B' and to another camp on the banks surrounded by jungle.
Day 7: The river becomes smaller and shallower and as we enter the 'Green Channel' there may be trees and other obstacles which require us to get out and haul. Camp on the riverbank.
Day 8: We have another stretch of the 'Green Channel' to negotiate this morning entailing more hauling. Finally though we reach the end of the river journey and the start point for our trek. Camp.
Day 9: We begin trekking through the rainforest, first on fairly terrain and then making a gradual ascent. We camp next to a small river. Approx 5 to 6hrs walking.
Day 10: After 2 hours trekking we reach the foot of a steep wall. A further 1.5 hrs of climbing using hands and feet on this green wall brings us to the edge of the table mountain (tepui) and we can enjoy an incredible view. After a further 2 hrs of walking we finally reach a 400m deep gorge, and on the other side we can see our first waterfall. We build up our camp on rock tonight. 4 to 6hrs walking.
Day 11: After breakfast we set off and in just 2 hours we reach the edge of the gorge and the highest waterfall in Brazil, which plummets over the edge directly below our feet - a fantastic sight. We camp right beside the waterfall.
Day 12: A free day to enjoy the falls and to explore the tepui. Camp
Day 13: We visit various points of interest in the gorge. Then we make the 2 hour walk back to our first camp on the tepui. Approx 2 to 3hrs walking.
Day 14: A long day beginning with the descent of the green wall. Once down in the rain forest we have a full day's hike to reach our boats. Camp. Descent 800m, approx 7 to 8hrs walking.
Day 15: Back on the river, we make the awkward navigation of the 'Green Channel', once more making camp on the riverbank before dusk.
Day 16: This is a contingency day against difficulties and delays to our journey up to this point.
Day 17: Once we are through the Green Channel, navigation becomes a little easier following first the Rio 'B; and then the Rio 'A'. Overnight in our hammocks once again on the riverbank.
Day 18: We reach Barcelos today. In the evening we go down to the port and board the boat back to Manaus. We stay in simple twin berth cabins for the journey.
Day 19: We spend the day on the boat and arrive in the evening in Manaus. We check into our comfortable hotel and enjoy hot showers and cold beer.
Day 20: We have a free day in Manaus to relax and look around this interesting town. This also acts as another contingency day in case of delays. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 21: KE Land Only services end after breakfast. A single timed airport transfer is provided.