• Brazil
  • 6 Days

Secrets and Spices of the Amazon

  • Basecamp Retreat
  • Cultural Immersion
  • 6 days; 5 nights
  • 2 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Belém
Located in the north of Brazil, the state of Pará ("River of sea size" - In Tupi-Guarani language) has enchantments and secrets in its waters, forests, and population. Cotijuba is one of the 42 islands that make up the Belém archipelago that, throughout its history, has housed Tupinambás indigenous groups and served as a refuge for "delinquent" children and adolescents. Transformed into an Environmental Preservation Area in 1990, today the place oozes tranquility, self-sufficiency and beauty. Discover the flavors and textures of the Pará cuisine as you travel through Cotijuba. Learn secrets straight from the source by visiting local cooks, producers, and suppliers of some of the region's most distinctive raw materials, such as tucupí and jambú. You will enjoy not only countless natural beauties, but also the history, tradition, diversity of Pará's people and cuisine.read more

At a Glance

Creature comforts

basic


Physical activity

light


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Forest
  • Rivers
  • Jungle
  • Village Life

Practicalities

  • For all ages
  • Fluent english spoken

Activities

  • Trekking
  • Sailing
  • Wildlife
  • Local festivals
  • Indigenous culture
  • Rural homestay

Your Local Expert

Marianne Costa

Marianne Costa is a social entrepreneur, founder of Vivejar. She promotes  in Brazil tourism that generates income and inclusion, preserves nature and transforms lives. Vivejar is a brazilian tour operator focused on transformational and responsible trips. In 2018, Vivejar became awarded with the main brazilian sustainable travel and tourism prizes and also is a certified B Corp, leading the responsible tourism movement in Brazil throug Coletivo Muda - Brazilian Collective for Responsible Tourism and Vivejar Institute, a not-for-profit organisation that will address the needs of community tourism development around Brazil.read more

The Journey

Day 1

DAY 1 – IN / BELÉM

Arrive in Belém and transfer to your hotel. Check-in and take some free time to enjoy your surroundings such as the Mangal das Garças Naturalistic Park.

Day 2

DAY 2 – BELÉM - Ver-o-Peso Public Market / City tour/ Docas

After breakfast, you will visit one of the most famous tourist spots in Belém, the popular Ver-o-Peso market, where you will find regional products and unique specialties from Pará's cuisine and mysticism! Afterwards, you will learn about the importance of regional architecture, the culture of Belém, and the history of the occupation of the Amazon territory. Visit Estação das Docas (Dock’s Station) at sunset. The station is a tourist and cultural complex that exposes Belém's gastronomy, culture, fashion, and events. It is within 500m of the waterfront at old Belém port on the Guajará river.read more

Day 3

DAY 3 – BELÉM / ILHA DE COTIJUBA – MMIB / Vai-quem-quer

After breakfast you will head to the Icoaraci Port and embark on a boat ride to Cotijuba Island (Approx. 50 min.). Upon arrival, you will meet your hosts from MMIB Project - Belém Islands Women's Movement - whose members generate income through the production of bio-jewelry, paper craft, seedling farm, and processing raw material for sustainable trade. After lunch at the headquarters of the project, you will check-in to your hotel then visit the famous 'Vai-quem-quer' beach! To finish this packed day you eat a cozy, home-cooked dinner prepared by your hostesses.read more

Day 4

DAY 4 – COTIJUBA - Cooking Workshop / Bio-jewelry / Local herbs bath

After a delicious regional breakfast, you will take a dip in the gastronomic culture of Pará. Together with the women of MMIB and a culinary mediator, you will make and delight in a delicious typical lunch. In the afternoon you will get to know the seeds of the Amazon, learn how they turn nature into jewels, and try it for yourself! In the evening you will get to experience an herbal bath, a Pará tradition which will energize you for the following day.read more

Day 5

DAY 5 – COTIJUBA – Amazon Trail / beach party

After breakfast, you will depart on a trail (approx. 2 hrs.) accompanied by a local driver who will explain a little of this ecosystem and all that the people of Pará can sustainably extract from it. You will have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the river at the end of the trail. After lunch and time to rest, you will head to a Luau on the beach. According to your curiosities, you can help the community in preparing food or decorating for your last night on the Island. Before you start enjoying the luau, the herbal bath (prepared the day before) will be ready for those who wish to enjoy.read more

Day 6

DAY 6 – COTIJUBA – Seedling Farm / BELÉM

On your last morning on the island, learn about the community's actions to keep the Amazon rainforest alive, such as planting and extracting sustainable Ucuuba and Priprioca inputs for the cosmetics industry. After a special farewell lunch, you will sail back to Icoaraci. When you arrive at the port you will transfer to the airport or hotel depending on your itinerary.

Included

  • Transportation

    Transfers in Belém (airport / hotel / airport); Boat transfers in/out from Belém;

  • Lodging

    Family accommodation in Cotijuba Island; Full board while in Cotijuba Island

  • Activities

    2 traditional cooking workshops; All activities mentioned at program. A culinary expert along the tour

  • Travel Insurance

  • Meals

    Meals as mentioned- Brakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D);

Not Included

  • Personal Expenses

    Beverages, phone calls or other personal expenses;

  • Other Meals

    Meals in Belém (not mentioned along the program)

  • Optional and not mentioned trips or activities

  • Flights

Private Departures

Private departures, for just you and your friends or family

Flexible dates

  • 2 travelers$2303 per person
  • 3 travelers$1977 per person
  • 4 travelers$1442 per person
  • 5 travelers$1373 per person
  • 6 travelers$1210 per person
  • 7 travelers$1162 per person
  • 8 travelers$1070 per person
  • 9 travelers$1024 per person
  • 10 travelers$977 per person
Pricing depends on group size and host availability

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