5 days tour

Rio De Janeiro To Manaus Via The Guianas Overland

This tour includes:

Guide

A driver/guide is included on this tour.

Meals

Eating well is a very important factor on our expeditions and good food is vital for everyone’s health and well-being. When we are camping we usually cook breakfast and the evening meal on the vehicle. For lunch we usually stop at a cheap local restaurant giving you a chance to taste the local fare. Occasionally we may prepare lunch on the vehicle when we are in remote areas. When staying in hotels (usually in cities) we always strive to provide you with one healthy, wholesome and plentiful meal every day, usually breakfast at the hotel. Lunches and evening meals are at your own expense when we stay in hotels. Local food is generally very cheap so if you are on a budget then eat what the locals eat. Western restaurants tend to be more expensive. When it comes to shopping and cooking while camping we will divide ourselves up into groups of 3 or 4 people (depending on group size) who will do their own fresh food shopping, prepare the day’s meals and clean up at the end. This will work out that you roughly get to cook once every 10 days (depending on the group size). Fresh food is generally available daily so when we are camping we try to eat meat and vegetables for every main evening meal. We do cater to vegetarians but we do not cater to vegans or fussiness. In these group situations everybody must appreciate we cannot cater to restrictive diets or individual likes and dislikes. Don’t worry if you are not a gourmet cook as your crew are also always there to give advice. Our vehicles are equipped with a small fridge which is used for the cook group’s breakfast and dinner food only. For personal food and drinks we have cooler boxes for everyone to use. Cleanliness plays an important role throughout this expedition and your crew will make sure an acceptable level of general hygiene is maintained throughout your journey to ensure the wellbeing of the group.

Others

Services of your expedition leader and driver Transportation in a custom-built Madventure overland truck and use of all equipment Local transportation costs (if required) Diesel, mechanics, shipping and any other costs relating to the vehicle Ferry tickets (when travelling together as a group) 59 breakfasts, 30 evening meals All accommodation costs (50% hotels, guest houses and hostels, 50% camping) National Park entry fees when we enter as a group with our vehicle

Transport

We will be travelling in a purpose-built Madventure overland vehicle 100% of the time on this expedition. A standard bus simply wouldn’t be able to tackle many of the roads we travel on. The overland vehicle we use is a custom-built expedition truck which can accommodate up to 36 people although most of our expeditions travel with approximately 25 people. Comfort and safety is of course a big factor during expeditions of this length and nature so all our vehicles have high-backed coach seats with safety belts. The seating is on the upper level of the vehicle giving you an almost 360° view of the surrounding scenery. Our vehicles are designed to allow sufficient luggage storage and are also equipped with lockers to keep all your gear safe. Our long range diesel and water tanks ensure our self sufficiency in remote areas and the equipment we take with us is also of vital importance. In case of a breakdown we are equipped with a good selection of spare parts as well as a comprehensive tool kit to undertake any necessary repairs on our own as and when we need to. There may also be times when we get stuck in the sand or mud when travelling off road so all necessary recovery equipment such as sand mats, cables, ropes, shovels and pickaxes are also on board. We spend a lot of nights around the campfire so we take along good axes and saws for the times when we have to replenish our wood supply. We usually carry 400 litres of treated drinking water and we are equipped with a good kitchen which includes all cutlery, plates, cups, pots and pans, utensils, gas cooker, BBQ grate, etc. Our vehicles are equipped with a small fridge which is used for the cook group’s breakfast and dinner food only. For personal food and drinks we have cooler boxes for everyone to use. Comfortable fold up chairs are provided for outdoor seating and we also have a large tarpaulin to keep us dry on those rainy days. We carry a portable shower and shower tent so you can take a shower every day on this tour if you like, even when we are wild camping in remote areas. Our vehicles are equipped with USB charging points only so try and bring all of your important electronic devices such as telephone, tablet and head-torch to charge from a USB socket. We do not have a 120V or 240V power supply on the vehicle but you will have the opportunity to charge your 120/240V electronic equipment at the hotels we stay at. We carry a comprehensive first aid kit for emergencies but we recommend you bring your own for general use.

Accommodation

You will spend 50% of the time on this expedition staying in local hotels, guest houses and hostels. The other 50% of the time you will be in your tent camping. Quite often we will wild camp by ourselves out in the bush or in the jungle and other times we will use designated campsites with amenities. The majority of our wild camp locations are usually very scenic and we always strive to find the perfect spot on the banks of a river, overlooking a canyon, behind a dune in the desert, on a remote beach, etc. but sometimes we just have to camp wherever we can find a spot. From past experience on expeditions of this length and nature we have found that people prefer to supply their own tents as they are then not forced to share and they can pick a tent that suits their needs. As a general rule, try and choose a good quality lightweight and waterproof free-standing tent that is easy to erect, take down and carry. At some of the campsites there are upgrade options available so should you prefer not to camp or you just want some time alone you can sometimes rent yourself a private room at your own expense. When we are not camping (usually in cities) we always try to use decent, clean budget hotels, guest houses and hostels, however, taking into consideration the sometimes unpredictable nature of this expedition and the remoteness of some of the areas we visit, please be aware that in some circumstances we just have to take what we can get, good or bad. When staying in hotels, guest houses and hostels you can expect to share your room with other expedition members of both sexes. There is usually an opportunity for anyone to upgrade to a single room or a superior room if they so wish. All accommodation upgrades are at your own expense.

Not included:

Flights

No flights included or expected during this tour.

Others

Personal travel insurance Personal spending money (£120 – £150 per week recommended) Visas (no visas required for most nationalities) Lunches and evening meals when in hotels, guest houses and hostels Lunches when camping Accommodation upgrades Entrance fees to optional sites and national parks Any optional activities and excursions International and domestic flights Tent, roll mat, sleeping bag and pillow Tips (USD $60 per crew member recommended)

Optional

Below is a list of the most popular optional excursions along with the most recent prices. Prices can of course change and are not controlled in any way by Madventure so please use the list below as an approximate guide only. Prices are shown in USD. BRAZIL Sambadrome budget ticket $40 Serra dos Orgaos National Park hike $20 Ouro Preto gold mine tour $20 Kayaking in Itaunas $20 Abrolhos Archipelago boat trip $50 Monte Pascoal National Park guided hike $20 Porto Seguro museum $5 Kayaking in Itacare $20 Salvador museum $5 Chapada Diamantina National Park day hike $50 Taquarucu guided hike $20 Amazon jungle 3 day/2 night trip from Manaus $200 FRENCH GUIANA Tresor and Kaw nature reserves day trip $100 Guiana Space Centre $10 Devil’s Island boat trip $70 Saint Laurent du Maroni transportation camp $10 SURINAME Paramaribo sunset boat trip $30 Bigi Pan half day tour $50 GUYANA Kaieteur Falls flight $200 Panorama Nature Trail guided hike $20

Insurance

It is compulsory that every person who travels with Madventure obtain travel insurance for the complete duration of the tour. Proof of travel insurance must be shown before joining a tour. You may be covered under your credit card’s travel insurance so it might be worth checking with your credit card provider first. There are various travel insurance companies to choose from and a Google search will bring up a vast selection but for a comprehensive reliable policy that includes Covid Cover and Medical Repatriation we recommend a London based company named Campbell Irvine, Telephone: +44 20 7938 1734, https://microsite.campbellirvinedirect.com/madventure. They are familiar with what we do so if you mention Madventure and the tour you are travelling on they should be able to provide excellent cover for you. For people based in North America a company called Allianz offers good cover – Telephone: +1 866 884 3556, www.allianztravelinsurance.com If you choose to obtain your travel insurance through another company please ensure you read the small-print and make sure your policy includes Covid Cover and Medical Repatriation.

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Itinerary of your trip Rio De Janeiro To Manaus Via The Guianas Overland

  • Day 1 Brazil
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Brazil

      This tour starts in Rio de Janeiro during Carnival when the city is absolutely effervescent and the carnival atmosphere is electric! Days can be enjoyed on the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana and wild nights can be spent dancing at the Sambadrome. Pao de Acucar and Cristo Redentor offer unparalleled views of what is known locally as the Marvellous City. Please note that this tour departs Rio de Janeiro on day 1 so if you would like to see the Rio Carnival we advise you to arrive at least 2 days prior to departure and ensure you have booked your Sambadrome ticket and your accommodation well in advance as tickets sell fast and hotels can fill up quickly during carnival. Winding our way up through forested hills and dramatic peaks we now visit the cool and charming mountain retreat of Teresopolis, a laid-back town with a distinctly German feel about it. From here you also have the option to visit the nearby Serra dos Orgaos National Park where a series of hiking trails lead to gushing waterfalls and views of granite fingers rising skywards. In Congonhas we visit the Basilica do Bom Jesus Matosinhos, a beautiful church with a stunning Rococo interior and an outdoor stairway displaying sculptures of the prophets lovingly carved out of soapstone. We continue to Ouro Preto, an historically important colonial city with narrow cobbled streets, Baroque churches, pretty fountains and inviting plazas. Here you also have the option to take an underground cable car into an old gold mine where the town’s original fortune was found. We now return to the coast visiting some of Brazil’s best and lesser known beaches such as Itaunas where you get the chance to climb the huge sand dunes and sample some of the region’s best seafood.  In Caravelas you have the option to go swimming in the mangroves or take a boat trip out to the Abrolhos Archipelago where you can dive amongst a diverse amount of underwater flora and fauna. We continue to Monte Pascoal National Park where you have the option to trek to the summit of Monte Pascoal for stupendous views over the Atlantic Forest where King Vultures often treat visitors to a beautiful aerial ballet. You can also take a short hike into the dense forest with a native Pataxo Indian guide in the hope of spotting the elusive jaguar and giant armadillo. Porto Seguro offers us a fascinating glimpse into the past as it is the place where Portuguese sailors first discovered the New World over 500 years ago. Here you can visit the Cidade Historica with its colourful colonial architecture and take a walk along Passarela do Alcool which will introduce you to the cultural tradition of Capoeira dancing. The palm-fringed white sand beaches of Itacare are our next destination where you have time to enjoy the surf, kayak up rainforest creeks or just laze on the beach. The soulful city of Salvador is a real highlight on this part of the expedition and has an Afro-Brazilian vibe all of its own. Once the main slave port for ships arriving from Africa, today Salvador is a vibrant city with friendly locals, exquisite cuisine and street-party atmosphere. Heading inland we now base ourselves in the quaint old diamond mining town of Lencois from where you have the opportunity to explore the Chapada Diamantina National Park, one of the country’s finest canyon landscapes with plenty of wildlife, waterfalls and caves for you to enjoy. We continue into the interior where the roads get rougher and the going gets slower. We stop at the intriguing town of Natividade, a pretty painted village in a green woodland valley where you have a free day to enjoy the ambience of this 18th century treasure. The eco-tourism boom-town of Taquarucu is a beautiful place where you have the opportunity to explore the region’s waterfalls, caves and pools as well as nearby national parks offering you the chance to spot wildlife such as caiman, dolphins, turtles and even jaguar. The Amazonian port town of Belem is our next destination where you have a couple of days to explore the town’s historic centre, wander along the banks of the mighty Amazon River and find a bargain at the Ver-o-Peso Market.  From Belem we now catch a passenger ferry across the mighty Amazon Delta. The journey takes 24 hours and we will sleep in hammocks. Our truck takes a separate ferry and we will regroup in the town of Macapa on the north shore. From Macapa we now head into the rainforest on rough tracks towards the border town of Oiapoque where we cross the Oyapock River and enter tiny country of French Guiana.

  • Day 2 French Guiana
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      French Guiana

      Our first stop in French Guiana is the capital city Cayenne where you have time to enjoy the city’s colonial buildings, botanical gardens and vibrant social scene. From Cayenne you also have the option to visit the Tresor and Kaw nature reserves in search of rare water birds and caiman.  An hour away from Cayenne we now visit Kourou where you have the option to take a tour of the Guiana Space Centre, a busy spaceport from where a large amount of the world’s satellites are launched.  From Kourou you also have the option to take a boat tour to Devil’s Island, one of France’s most notorious former penal colonies made famous by Henri Charriere’s book Papillon. We continue to Plage Les Hattes, a long stretch of beautiful beach and an important nesting ground for giant leatherback turtles. Our last stop in French Guiana is at Saint Laurent du Maroni where you can visit the remnants of the prison buildings that processed thousands of unfortunate French criminals.  We now take a ferry across the Marowijne River to Suriname.

  • Day 3 Suriname
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Suriname

      We head straight for the capital city Paramaribo, a curious melting pot of Dutch, African and Caribbean architecture. The historic inner city is best explored on foot where you can learn a lot about the country at the Suriname Museum and marvel at one of the world’s largest wooden buildings, Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral. Be sure to take a sunset boat cruise on the Suriname River in search of rare freshwater dolphins. We now leave our truck behind and travel 190 km into the interior by minibus, board a boat at Pokigron and travel to our own private island on the Suriname River. During our 2 night stay here you can learn all about the Amazon rainforest and the creatures that inhabit it, visit local villages and soak yourself in a natural jacuzzi at the Ferullasi rapids. After collecting our truck in Paramaribo we now head to Nieuw Nickerie where you have the option to visit Bigi Pan, a massive area of swampland, mangroves and jungle home to caiman, snakes and over 100 species of migratory birds, most notably the Red Ibis. Taking a ferry across the Courantyne River we now enter Guyana.

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Tour leaving from Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro is the most famous city in Brasil, it has beautiful beaches and a unique carnival culture. It is know as the "Wonderful City", and is the second most populated city in Brasil, after São Paulo.

Experience Style

Experience Style

Mixed

There will be challenging activities such as hiking, biking, canyoning and trekking, but you’re also going to have other means of transportation and relaxed moments to just chill.

Accomodation level

Accomodation level

Medium

This accommodation includes essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.

Experience Type

Experience Type

Small Group

You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating

Basic

Almost everyone is fit for these activities. Every hike or physical exercise last less than 30 minutes, such as paragliding and horseback riding. Please ask about specific conditions.

Age range

Age range

Min: 18 / Max: 80

Age range allowed for this experience.

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