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Ever heard of the Rio Japura? How about the Rio Tefe? There's a good chance you've not heard of these rivers, yet they are two of the largest in the central Amazon basin. This tour in our Great Rivers of the Amazon series (formerly Great Rivers of the Amazon III) is an exploratory voyage of the lower sections of both watercourses, which happen to be opposite-bank, blackwater tributaries of the Rio Solimoes (the Portuguese name for the Amazon River west of Manaus). And both are extraordinarily poorly known ornithologically.
From the city of Manaus, capital of the huge state of Amazonas, we'll fly west along the Rio Solimoes to bird the most extensive varzea ecosystem in the entire Amazon basin at Mamiraua Ecological Reserve. The floating lodge we will stay in for the first three nights features very comfortable accommodations and good Brazilian cooking. We'll then board our delightful river-boat home for the next part of our trip, to venture into rarified waters, ascending the Japura to reach Amana Sustainable Development Reserve, a feat that requires having a sufficient flow in the river to permit passage of our rather large, live-aboard vessel. Amana offers access to undisturbed terra firme forest in that "mysterious" sector of the Amazon between the Negro and the Colombian border wherein numerous species appear to turn over east-west, replaced by (mostly) close relatives -- or by nothing closely related.
We'll then cross the Solimoes, birding some river islands en route to the old Amazonian town of Tefe, gateway to the vast Tefe National Forest. A series of terra firme trails have been opened recently, providing access for researchers and responsible tourists to observe and document the abundance of wildlife that has evolved in this special place. Very little ornithological work has been conducted in this region, and we're especially excited to get boots on the ground on those beautiful, new trails!
Join us for another fine adventure in our Great Rivers of the Amazon series, exploring remote and untrammeled reaches of this greatest of wildernesses.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"The best feature of the tour was the guides! Bret Whitney's knowledge, skill, and passion as a birder, tour leader and scientist are unparalleled. Micah Riegner is exceptional as well. He's passionate about the birds as well as all things nature. Office service was great! The tour manager and office staff are always friendly, courteous and very responsive. We've traveled with Field Guides for 30 years because they are a top-notch company and have had very little desire to try another company. We know we won't be disappointed on a Field Guides trip ." C.P., BRAZIL'S JAPURA & TEFE RIVERS 2019
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ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2022 sample (PDF)
- 2024 (PDF expected Dec 2023)
DEPARTURES • We have 1 departures currently scheduled through 2024, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Aug 30 - Sep 14, 2024
Guided by: Bret Whitney & Micah Riegner
Tour Manager: Ruth Kuhl
Tour Limit: 10
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD
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Enjoy looking through the 2 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!