Amazon Fish Collecting Expeditions.
Our Amazon fish collecting expeditions are for anyone who has an interest in nature and who can't help than be in awe at the sights and sounds that await them in the rainforest. For those who have a keener interest, devotees of particular tropical animals or plants, the Amazon is a "must go" location, almost a pilgrimage, to see the animals in their natural environment.
Amazon holidays have many years of experience (since 1999) organising expeditions for aquarists, and this year we turn our attention to the rivers and forest of Southern Colombia.
The area around Leticia, on the border of Colombia, Brasil and Peru has been safe for a number of years and has recently been
opened up for tourism, with the Colombian government now investing in the infrastructure and directly promoting tourism.
The UK foreign office advice also takes account of the stability and security specifically naming Leticia as the one location
in Colombia to which they dont advise against travel.
Our expeditions are always well researched, including new areas not collected by commercial collectors, so the chances of encountering new species
or lost or ‘forgotten’ species are good. Leading the expeditions we have specialist bilingual guides who
have an extensive knowledge of the species, variety and habitats. Local Indigenous Indians who bring the
invaluable knowledge of every corner of the forest aid them in finding the hidden treasures of the forest.
The collecting of fish and plants in Amazonas is, as you might imagine, strictly controlled, collecting and attempting to leave
without the correct permissions is a serious offence that carries heavy fines. We have the appropriate licenses for both the collection and exportation.
for those wishing to bring back the fish they collect.
Perhaps as important,our activities are ethically justified in practise and in our objectives to promote a long-term
sustainable income for rainforest families (see our policy on responsible eco-tourism).
We make sure that our enthusiast tours are a holiday to remember and not an expedition to endure. Plenty of chances to relax and
enjoy all the facets of an amazon holiday. Clients are invariably pleasantly surprised at the standard of comfort in the 3 and 4* hotels
that we use, even more surprised at the availability of familiar foods even in the forest lodges and Albergue.
Tours bring together enthusiasts, people with plenty in common, there is always plenty to talk about at the end of each day.
We recognise that each group has members with different aspirations and different physical abilities, don’t worry if you are
not sure how you would cope with Jungle excursions or any aspect of our itineraries. Enthusiast expeditions are flexible.
Activities are paced to the individual ability and we will always provide options for those who don’t feel comfortable with any
particular activity, for whatever reason.
Amazonas is full of exciting experiences, every walk into the forest or trip down a Great River will bring encounters, sights
and sounds for all nature lovers to remember, not just for fish fanatics. For this reason many clients have found they can
bring there spouses or older children who don’t have the same intense interest but can share in the experience and make a family
holiday to remember.
Day 1 Arrival in South America
Arrive in Bogotà at approx. 4-6pm
Transfer and Check in to the hotel.
Group * Dinner *
Day 2 Travel To Leticia
Breakfast in the Hotel
Transfer to the Airport
10-11am Flight to Leticia.
Arrive in Leticia 12-1pm
Transfer to Hotel for lunch and check in.
Informal orientation meeting to welcome visitors to Leticia and discuss forthcoming activities and tours.
Watch the sunset from ?La Fera? where bars and restaurants look out over the river and the rain forest beyond..
Group * Dinner * at local restaurant.
|Amazon River from Tabatinga.
Day 3-5 Forests of Tacana
Breakfast at your hotel.
Transfer to Albergue Tacana your base for the next 3 days
Walks and expeditions to the rivers and forests around Tacana Community with Miraña and Huitoto Indian guides.
Over 180 species of fish are recorded from the Tacana river alone. New species are being found regularly. In late 2006
this corydoras in the fowleri group was discovered nearby.
Day 6 Journey to Zacambu
Breakfast in Tacana
Transfer to Tabatinga
Embark canoe ‘El Motoro’ to Benjamin Constant at the mouth of the Yavari River.
* Lunch * and last chance for essential supplies before we move on up the Yavari.
Travel upstream from Benjamin Constant approx. 2 hrs in motor canoe to Zacambu lodge, our base for the next three days.
Lookout for Pink dolphins and leaping Salton catfish along the way.
Dinner in Zacambu.
|Bagging the catch at a jungle stream"
Day 7-8 Zacambu Reserve
Based from the lodge we spend the next two days exploring the Zacambu reserve, a complex of oxbow lakes and flooded forest alongside the Yavari River
a major river of the region, hence we find many biotopes that contrast sharply with those found at Tacana. Zacambu has an abundance of fish species,
the area has been lightly collected for corydoras and ancistrus but also has a diversity of other fish that is largely unexplored. We can
expect to find many tetras, doras, apistogramas, rays, piranhas, cetopsids, angelfish and many other species.
Local indigenous will show how they make jewellery, crafts and useful artefacts from plants and materials from the forest and river
Return to Zacambu
Dinner at Zacambu.
|Wild Corydoras at Zacambu
Day 9 Return to Leticia
Breakfast at Zacambu
10 am Embark ‘El Motoro’ downstream to small town of Islandia.
* Lunch * in Islandia or Benjamin Constant.
Embark ‘El Motoro’ for Leticia/Tabatinga.
Transfer to your hotel in Leticia.
Farewell * Dinner * in Tabatinga.
|Motor Canoe 'El Motoro'
Day 10 Farewell Leticia
Breakfast at the hotel in Leticia.
Morning free for last minute shopping in Leticia.
Early * Lunch * in Leticia.
Transfer to the Airport.
Flight to Bogota
Connect to your international flight
Meals marked with * * are not included in the price.
Some other activities you might like to try during our Amazon rain forest tour.
- Hire a motorbike for an hour or so. (Bring your driving licence)
- Try your hand at Salsa, Vallenato, Merengue, Champeta at one of the numerous bars restaurants and clubs.
- Serious angling for Arapaima up to 3 meters long, catfish or Pacu.
- Visit a Shaman.
- Visit a herbalist to see the vast array of medicinal forest products.
- Visit the museum in Leticia.
Cost £1200* including Hotel board and breakfast.
*NB. Based on double occupancy.
Single supplement £25 per night.