|In the Amazon River Basin:
- Mamirauá Rainforest Experience
description: Mamirauá is the largest area of protected flooded forest and the first
Sustainable Development Reserve in Brazil. Located in Amazonas state at the confluence of
the rivers Solimões, Japurá and Auati-Paraná, the reserve is 1,124,000 ha large
(2,774,000 acres) and is home to an amazing diversity of plants and animals, including the
red-faced primate called the White Uakari, and around 400 species of birds. Here a
four-day itinerary is proposed, with your staying at an isolated floating lodge. This is
ecotourism at its best. The program is sponsored by The
Mamirauá Sustainable Development Project, and your guides are local people.
Exploring the Brazilian Rainforest
Thumbnail description: Several itineraries are proposed involving riverboating,
hiking, driving and in some cases flying. Activities range from meeting tribal people
along the rivers to wildlife observation and, for those interested, fishing. Visitors are
given a chance to learn such things as how to survive in the jungle, including how to make
campfires and traditional techniques of trap making. Your host is Marco Dávila.
- A Week On The River & In A Jungle Lodge
description: Riverboating, photographing wildlife, jungle trekking and camping,
meeting people in traditional settlements, night canoeing, birdwatching, staying in a
jungle lodge, exploring islands in the vast rivers... Seven days of mostly restful but
always absorbing wandering in the heart of the Amazon region. The trip is conducted by Mark Aitchison and his native Brazilian wife Tania.
|Around São Paulo:
- Customized Birding Tours in Southeastern Brazil
description: Three expert Brazilian birders, Edson
Endrigo, Pedro Develey & Luís Fábio Silveira, know what special birds are where
throughout their home area, so if you tell them what you want to see, they can probably
help you. Here they describe the special features of nine destinations, and some of the
unique birds found there. It's up to the visitor to pick and choose to make their own
dream birding experience.
|In the Pantanal:
- Help the Guató Discover Ecotourism
description: The Guató are a people some books claim
to be extinct. However a very few survive in the Pantanal of extreme southwestern Brazil.
Their culture well may be on the verge of extinction. Ecotourism may constitute this
people's main hope for survival. At this time the Guató know next to nothing about it,
have only been introduced to it by a US airline pilot whose passion has become that of
helping the Guató survive. So far, the pilot's introduction and the EarthFoot page at
this site is all that is in place to assist the Guató in their wishes to learn
more about ecotourism. Here we tell you how to visit the Guató, hire them as guides, and
show them what ecotourism can be like. This is only for travelers who can be more or less
self-sufficient during their visit.
Volunteer A Year, All
Expenses Paid, to Help the Guató Set Up An Ecotourism Infrastructure
Thumbnail description: Take a look at the above "Help the Guató Discover
Ecotourism" program and read about the Guató people.
It very well may be that ecotourism is the best hope this nearly extinct group has for
survival as a people. Terry Reynolds, an airline pilot who does what he can to assist the
tribe toward becoming self sufficient, is prepared to provide the right person free
transportation between the US and Brazil, and to pay basic living expenses for that person
for a year while he or she helps the Guató set up an ecotourism infrastructure. Not only
might this help the Guató, but it could also launch the volunteer into a career in
ectourism. If you are interested in this idea, write to Terry by clicking on this
paragraph's "Get Info" icon.
|In Mato Grosso:
- 4 Birding Tours in the Mato Grosso
description: Host Braulio Carlos proposes 4
bird-focused tours: 1): Visiting the Pantanal &: Chapada dos Guimarães National Park;
a visit to Alta Floresta & Cristalino Reserve; a tour looking for Harpy Eagles in the
Serra das Araras region, and; a photographing and birding tour to Emas National Park. A
birdlist of the region is available from his page. Braulio is based in Cuiabá.
- Birding in Mato Grosso with Paulo Boute
description: Paulo Boute is one of the best-known and
most experienced birders in Latin America. He has guided Roger Tory Peterson and
cooperated with other great ornithologists. Here he proposes a 7-day tour, but visitors
are invited to suggest shorter or longer tours customized to their special interests.
Paulo is based in Cuiabá, the capital of Mato Grosso, which is within 60 miles (100 km)
of species-rich tropical rain forest, and dry and wet savannas.
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