Baré Experience

Set off on your own or with your friends and stay in a riverside village surrounded by nature, create a true connection with those born and raised in the forest, discover their customs and experience the delights and challenges of living in the Amazon!

The itineraries include

Homestay accommodation in a traditional community

Discovery activities described in the itinerary

Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the entire stay

Financial contribution to the community

Travel digital manual and checklist

Destination

You will live the daily life of a riverside and indigenous community from the Baré ethnic group, home to about 40 families.

Location

You will be staying in the heart of the Amazon, at the Puranga-Conquista Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS). The nearest airport is Manaus (AM) and from there to the community there is only one way: the river.

Homestay

You will sleep in a family homestay. The guest's bedroom features a double bed with mosquito net, hammocks and a bathroom.

Meals

You will taste regional food prepared by the hosts' skillful hands. Prepare yourself to taste local flavours like cassava cake, fried banana, beiju (made from manioc), and tucumã (a popular regional fruit).

Yané Karuka Itinerary - 4 nights

Transport and dates options:

Traditional boat:

  • Departs on Wednesday and returns on Sunday
  • Departs on Friday and returns on Monday (arriving in Manaus on Tuesday)

Private speedboat:

  • Departs any day of the week

Transportation to and from the community, which is not a service operated nor commercialized by Braziliando, can be done in two ways:

  • Traditional boat: The boat costs about R$ 35,00 (Brazilian Real) per passenger and each way. The daytime journey usually lasts from 6 to 8 hours and the night journey approximately 11 hours. If you choose to go to the community and / or return to Manaus by boat, a host will lend you a hammock and accompany you throughout the journey. 
  • Private speedboat: The speedboat ride usually takes 2 to 3 hours. It can range from about R$ 600.00 (Brazilian Real) for 1 passenger and R$ 1,000.00 (Brazilian Real) for 2 to 5 passengers each way. However, to verify prices, conditions, and to hire this service, it is necessary to contact the speedboat rental companies and boatmen. If you would like the community host to accompany you during the speedboat trip, remember to consider him as a passenger when calculating the final price, as this is not included in the itinerary.

  • R$2.290,00 (Brazilian Real) via bank transfer (or by credit card via PagSeguro with additional fees).

GROUP DISCOUNTS:

  • 10% discount for 2 travelers
  • 20% discount for 3 travelers
  • 25% discount for 4 travelers

Day 1: 

  • For those taking the traditional boat: meet the community host at the Aldolpho Lisboa Market at 10 am. Expected arrival time in the community: 6 pm / 7 pm.
  • For those traveling by private boat: set the location and time of departure with the boatman.
  • Meet up with the community leader
  • Family dinner
  • Rest 

 Day 2: 

  • Forest hiking (snacks on the way)
  • Lunch in the family home
  • Community tour 
  • Family dinner
  • Rest

 Day 3: 

  • Breakfast in family home 
  • Chat in the flour house 
  • Lunch in the family home
  • Canoeing
  • Family dinner
  • Rest  

 Day 4: 

  • Breakfast in family home 
  • Free time in the community
  • Lunch in the family home
  • Handicraft exhibition
  • Handicraft workshop
  • For those returning by traditional boat on Sunday morning or private boat: homestay dinner at 7 pm and rest
  • For those returning by traditional boat on Monday night: Boat departure around: 6 pm/7 pm 

Day 5: 

  • For those returning by traditional boat on Sunday morning: breakfast at 8am. Estimated arrival in downtown Manaus: 5 pm/6 pm on Sunday.
  • For those returning by traditional boat on Monday night: arrival time in downtown Manaus: 6am Tuesday
  • For those returning by private boat: Arrange with the boatman to pick you up in the community on the 5th day, right after breakfast.

  • Family homestay accommodation in a traditional community;
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the whole itinerary;
  • Discovery activities mentioned in the itinerary; 
  • Community contribution fee;
  • Digital travel manual.

  • National and/or international airline tickets to and from Manaus and related feed;
  • Boat transportation to and from the community;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Vaccination costs;
  • Cost of issuing passport and obtaining consular visas, if necessary;
  • Language interpreter for non-Portuguese speaking participants if required;
  • Extra expenses (such as meals, transportation and activities), when exceeding those included in the itinerary;
  • As well as everything not mentioned in the item "The itinerary includes".

  • The reservation must be made at least 20 days prior to the departure date. 
  • In the event of a storm or unfavorable weather conditions, itineraries may change or activities may be canceled for your own safety.
  • Keep in mind that everything is very simple and that the community does not have the structure of cities, which makes this experience so genuine and transformative.

Yané Pituna Itinerary - 6 nights

Traditional boat:

  • Departs on Monday and returns on Sunday
  • Departs on Friday and returns on Wednesday (arriving in Manaus on Thursday)
  • Departs on Wednesday and returns on Monday (arriving in Manaus on Tuesday)

Private speedboat:

  • Departs any day of the week

Transportation to and from the community, which is not a service operated nor commercialized by Braziliando, can be done in two ways:

  • Traditional boat: The boat costs about R$ 35,00 (Brazilian Real) per passenger and each way. The daytime journey usually lasts from 6 to 8 hours and the night journey approximately 11 hours. If you choose to go to the community and / or return to Manaus by boat, a host will lend you a hammock and accompany you throughout the journey. 
  • Private speedboat: The speedboat ride usually takes 2 to 3 hours. It can range from about R$ 600.00 (Brazilian Real) for 1 passenger and R$ 1,000.00 (Brazilian Real) for 2 to 5 passengers each way. However, to verify prices, conditions, and to hire this service, it is necessary to contact the speedboat rental companies and boatmen. If you would like the community host to accompany you during the speedboat trip, remember to consider him as a passenger when calculating the final price, as this is not included in the itinerary.

  • R$2.650,00 (Brazilian Real) via bank transfer (or by credit card via PagSeguro with additional fees).

GROUP DISCOUNTS:

  • 10% discount for 2 travelers
  • 20% discount for 3 travelers
  • 25% discount for 4 travelers

Day 1: 

  • For those taking the traditional boat: meet the community host at the Aldolpho Lisboa Market at 10 am. Expected arrival time in the community: 6 pm / 7 pm.
  • For those traveling by private boat: set the location and time of departure with the boatman.
  • Meet up with the community leader
  • Family dinner
  • Rest  

Day 2: 

  • Breakfast in family home 
  • Community tour 
  • Lunch in the family home
  • Canoeing
  • Family dinner
  • Rest 

Day 3: 

  • Forest hiking 
  • Lunch in the family home
  • Free time in the community
  • Family dinner
  • Rest 

Day 4: 

  • Flour making - step 1
  • Breakfast in family home
  • Lunch in the family home
  • Flour making - step 2
  • Family dinner
  • Rest  

Day 5: 

  • Breakfast in family home 
  • Flour making - step 3
  • Lunch in the family home
  • Free time in the community
  • Family dinner
  • Rest 

Day 6: 

  • Breakfast in family home 
  • Free time in the community
  • Lunch in the family home
  • Handicraft exhibition
  • Handicraft workshop
  • For those returning by traditional boat on Sunday morning and or by private speedboat: Homestay dinner at 7 pm and rest at 9 pm
  • For those returning by traditional boat on Monday or Wednesday night: departure forecast: 6 pm/7 pm 

Day 7: 

  • For those returning by traditional boat on Sunday morning: breakfast at 8am. Estimated arrival in downtown Manaus: 5 pm/6 pm.
  • For those returning by traditional boat on Monday or Wednesday night: arrival time in downtown Manaus: around 6 am.
  • For those returning by private boat: Arrange with the boatman to pick you up in the community on the 7th day, right after breakfast.

  • Family homestay accommodation in a traditional community;
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the whole itinerary;
  • Discovery activities mentioned in the itinerary; 
  • Community contribution fee;
  • Digital travel manual.

  • National and/or international airline tickets to and from Manaus and related feed;
  • Boat transportation to and from the community;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Vaccination costs;
  • Cost of issuing passport and obtaining consular visas, if necessary;
  • Language interpreter for non-Portuguese speaking participants if required;
  • Extra expenses (such as meals, transportation and activities), when exceeding those included in the itinerary;
  • As well as everything not mentioned in the item "The itinerary includes".

  • The reservation must be made at least 20 days prior to the departure date. 
  • In the event of a storm or unfavorable weather conditions, itineraries may change or activities may be canceled for your own safety.
  • Keep in mind that everything is very simple and that the community does not have the structure of cities, which makes this experience so genuine and transformative.

Activities

Discovery Activities

Take part in different activities to experience the daily Amazonian life, learn more about local customs and connect with nature.

Community Tour

With a local guide, get to know the community center, the indigenous school, the plantation, the flour house, the soccer field and each special corner of this place where you will live during these days.

Canoeing

Navigate the river, listen to the sounds of the forest, and watch the aquatic life at sunset. In the flood period, you can even canoe through the lovely igapós (flooded lands).

Forest Hiking

Venture into the jungle, connect with nature and discover how the natives use the local plants and fruits, whether for medicinal purposes, for artisanal production or as food.

Picture: Vivek Gandhi

Flour Making

Participate in the whole handmade production process of the cassava flour, which is passed down from generation to generation, from harvesting the root to pressing and roasting it.

Chat in the Flour House

In a casual conversation with the flour makers, discover how cassava becomes the famous flour used in everyday Amazonian life and take this opportunity to stir the flour in the large artisan oven.

Handicraft Workshop

Monitored by a skilled craftsman, produce your own piece that you will take home as a gift.

Handicraft Exhibition

Check out the art of the Baré people, which produces admirable indigenous artifacts, biojewels, decorative objects and wooden utensils.

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Local partners

  • He moved from Santa Isabel do Rio Negro (northern Amazon) in the 1990s to settle with his family in the Lower Rio Negro. In addition to performing a leadership role, he is the health agent in the community.

    José

    Community Leader
  • Son of José, Jua was the manager and teacher of the indigenous school and today supports his father in the political leadership of the community. He recently completed his degree in Biology from the Amazonas State University (UEA).

    Joarlison

    Vice Leader
  • This skilled artisan is also the host of our travelers in the Community-Based Tourism experience. Walmir is always around and doing his best to make each visitor feel good and welcome in the community.

    Walmir

    Host
  • Walmir's wife and mother of 4 charming children, she learned from her mother how to make crafts. Besides always having that smile on her face, she makes a mouth-watering tapioca cake and cares for our travelers with great affection.

    Juliana

    Host and cooker
  • A sweet woman that loves talking with travelers while mastering the manioc flour production. Already retired, she continues to work in the fields and likes to make her own flour instead of buying it in the market. To do so, she gets up early to get the cassava in the fields and process it. She has never seen the sea, doesn't the city and is proud of its culture. 

    Dona Arlete

    Flour maker
  • Also known by her indigenous name Tikira, she is a strong, sweet woman of contagious laughter and unique wisdom. She loves to chat and pass down all her wisdom while producing manioc flour.

    Dona Sônia

    Flour maker
  • Our expert in all local flora and fauna! He's our guardian and a great source of wisdom and learnings in the forest trail. His extensive knowledge of plants allows him to identify those that can be used as medicine, as covering for homes, as typical clothing and even as a natural repellent.

    Cristiano

    Hiking guide
  • Son of the community leader, he has a great connection with the forest! By the way, one of his favorite hobbies, as an ex army photographer, is to go alone in the middle of the igapós and spend hours taking pictures of birds.

    José

    Canoeist

FAQ

Probably not. Conventional phones and 3G / 4G network do not work in great part of the forest. But you will see how wonderful it is to stay connected for a few days with nature and the people around you! 

As a cautious action, we recommend arriving in Manaus at least one day before the date scheduled for you to begin the tour. We also recommend the flight to return to your city of origin (or to your next destination) take off, at least, one day after the day you arrive in Manaus returning from your experience in the community.

When your trip is confirmed, we will email you a travel guide with a list of what to bring and other important information. Read the manual very carefully! 

The Ministry of Health recommends for those visiting the area, vaccination against yellow fever, which should be taken at least ten days before arriving in the Amazon. To find out if you need other vaccines and if you are in good health to participate in this experience, consult your doctor. 

No. However, we will share through our travel guide alternative accommodation and experiences we have enjoyed a lot in the region. Therefore, we recommend that you spend a few days in the city if your schedule allows it 🙂

Only accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 

As the interaction with animals in tourist activities is often done without proper control, presenting risks to travelers and wildlife, Braziliando does not include animal interaction activities in the itineraries and we do not recommend travelers to do so. Our travelers stay in the heart of the forest and have the opportunity to observe wild animals in their natural habitat. Past travelers have seen Amazon river dolphins (boto) during canoeing, alligators during boat crossings, macaws and parrots returning to their homes at the end of the day and animals of different species during the forest trail. If you would like to know a little more about this issue, we recommend reading this article from National Geographic. 

Of course there are risks such as the possible presence of dangerous animals, currents and weather events. But you will be led by locals who know the area thoroughly and will take the necessary precautions to enjoy your experience safely. 

We recommend hiring a health insurance for the entire period of the itinerary that includes coverage of adventure activities. The insurance must be purchased from companies that are specialized in the field and your policy should be emailed to Braziliando before the itinerary start date.

Out of respect for local customs and to prevent your experience from having negative impacts on communities, you should refrain from all kinds of intoxicants. In our conduct manual you will find guidelines for having a harmonious experience with nature and with community members. 

Accommodation will take place at the home of a local family, located in a riverside community in the Amazon rainforest. Keep in mind that the community is located in a rural area that does not have the same infrastructure as the cities. The guest room is quite simple and has a double bed (with mosquito net) and hammocks. The shower has no heated water (but the Amazonian temperature is usually high). Although it has a generator, which is turned on at certain times of the day and night, the community can run out of power if it has a problem. Conventional phones and 3G / 4G network do not work in much of the forest and wi-fi is restricted. Connect only with yourself, the people around you, and nature!