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6 Days
Airport in Belem, Brazil
Airport in Belem, Brazil
Min Age : 10+

Experience in-depth the Brazilian Amazon’s spices and secrets in a region that is yet to be discovered by the world. You will travel to Belém and Cotijuba Island, get acquainted with the gastronomic diversity of the Amazon, and try your luck at some local artisan techniques together with the people in the community.

You will experience a deep dive into the cuisine and culture of Pará state. The multisensorial adventure begins in Belém, at the market “Ver o Peso”, which holds the Amazon’s spices and secrets: tropical and exotic foods like fish, fruits, herbs, nuts, and sweets. Later, on Cotijuba Island, a community of strong women and leaders will immerse you in the river community culture of the Amazon through workshops in cooking, bio-jewelry making, and walking trails. Always with a sense of joy and celebration!

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Our partner believes in the power of tourism as a transformation tool.  For the community, organized tourism groups receive an alternative source of income from handicrafts, meal service, and providing accommodation on top of the ability to maintain their cultural heritage.  For travelers, they receive a unique opportunity to experience cultural exchange that makes them think about their role in the world. All projects are developed in tandem with community stakeholders and are continuously monitored and evaluated for effectiveness.  

Cotijuba Island underwent a major transformation during the beginning of the twentieth century, a period of great economic and social development when the island implemented an educational reform that sought to provide abandoned boys and girls from Belém and its surrounding areas with technical and professional education.

The commercial and cultural activities of the local families had a strong impact on the creation of the island. The daily activities of the residents living there were mainly focused on fishing, agriculture, and harvesting from nature as well as the commercialization of these products.

For the Brazilian Amazon spices and secrets tour, what really stood out for its development on the Island of Cotijuba was a group of women who came together to focus on sustainable development. The women of Cotijuba Island named themselves MMIB (female movement of the Belem Islands) and began work on a number of socio-economic development projects and initiatives, such as the production of Ucuuba and Piprioca (plants) to supply a big cosmetic company, creating bio-jewelry, making paper, managing a tree nursery and now implementing tourism as an alternative income stream. Get ready for a full immersion into a strong, organized and above all, fighter community.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Belem

Regardless of your time of arrival in Belém, a private transfer will meet you at the airport and escort you to your charming hotel. Enjoy the day and evening at leisure to explore and enjoy Cidade de Mangeiras- our host and guide will happily provide recommendations to all guests for the best of what to do and see. At night, we will chat at the hotel to prepare ourselves for our upcoming Amazonian experiences.

Day 2Visit Ver-o-Peso Market

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit one of the most famous sights in Belém: the popular Ver-o-Peso Market; here one can find the largest varieties of regional products and the unique specialties of Pará state cuisine! In the afternoon, we will set out on a walking tour through the historic center of the city of Belém.

We will learn about the city’s colonial architecture and its regional culture, along with its important role in the occupation of the Amazonian region. To cap off this delightful afternoon we will enjoy the sunset at Estação das Docas, on the banks of the Guajará river bay.

Day 3Cotijuba Island

After breakfast, we will head out to the Port of Icoaraci, from where we will embark via riverboat to the Island of Cotijuba. Upon arrival, we will be welcomed by our hosts from the local community and we will take part in various activities, including a delicious lunch at the headquarters of the MMIB (Belém Islands Women’s Movement) project.

In the afternoon, we will begin our dive into community life, checking in to one of the local guesthouses run by our hostesses and relaxing on the famous beach of Vai Quem Quer; this white-sand paradise looks like it’s on the sea when actually it is a fresh-water river beach! At the end of the day, we will enjoy home-cooked dinners prepared by each of our hostesses.

Day 4Cooking & Bio-Jewelry Workshop

After a fantastic regional breakfast at your guesthouse, we will dive into the Amazon culture! Together with the women of the MMIB and our culinary specialist, we will learn how to make several local dishes and sit down to savor the fruits of our labor over a wonderful and delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, we will continue with a hands-on workshop learning about the various seeds and other natural materials of the Brazilian Amazon that can become beautiful bio-jewelry. After a full day of learning, we will have time to relax and interact with our surroundings and the welcoming community of the island.

Day 5 Hiking in Amazon Rainforest

Today we will venture out on an exciting interpretive trail through the Amazon rainforest, learning about local flora and fauna along the way. The trail ends with a splash in a welcomed and refreshing river bath. After lunch and a well-deserved rest, we set to work alongside our hostesses to prepare everything from the decorations to the food for our amazing beach luau this evening- an experience that will delight the senses with the rhythms, flavors, and warmth of Para state.

Day 6Transfer back to Belem

The last morning on the island, before we depart, we will learn about the community actions to keep the Amazon Forest thriving and the project that MMIB has with the elderly of Cotijuba. After a special farewell lunch and this cultural immersion, it is time to say good bye. We will board our riverboat back to Icoaraci. The transfer will take you to the airport, with the memories of all the unforgettable experiences in the Amazonian region.

Tour Details

Pricing is for a minimum of 4 people (2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old). Contact us if you have a larger group (for discount) or would like to include other conservation-based activities.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts & All Meals on Cotijuba Island
  • Activities
  • Bi-lingual Guide
  • Airport & Riverboat Transfers

Price Excludes

  • International or Domestic Flights
  • Lunches or Dinners Outside Cotijuba Island
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Fees (if Applicable)
  • Optional Excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses

Optional Activities

  • Visit to Natura Factory
  • Community Volunteer Activities