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extension to the uplands of the Amazonian Guiana Massif
great geological feature of the northern part of the Amazon is the
Guiana Massif, a shield that stretches down from the Venezuelan Andes
to the Amazon River. This trip is a two day and one night foray to
the first fall line of this fascinating geological feature. We will
climb a high tower to observe creatures in the canopy and then explore
the unique habitats that accompany the thundering waterfalls along
this low stony ridge.
1 - Sunday, October 15: Tucano / Manaus
This morning we disembark the Tucano, and after farewelling our friends
who are returning home, we once again enjoy the comforts of the Tropical
Manaus Hotel. The afternoon is free to reorganize ourselves, relax,
and prepare for our somewhat more rustic accommodations and travel
to come. (B)
2 - Monday, October 16: Manaus / INPA / Presidente Figueiredo
Very early the first morning, before dawn, our group will embark in
four wheeled drive vehicles and head out of the city of Manaus on
the single road that goes North, the Boa-Vista Road. We will soon
leave behind the city and before us will stretch the vast high forest
known as the terre firme forest. In this environment the trees are
large and high in the canopy there is a tremendous diversity of wildlife.
At about forty kilometers along this road we will take a sharp turn
to the west and work our way along an unpaved road for some distance
until we come to the base of a large steel structure anchored deep
in the forest floor, the observation tower at INPA, the National Institute
of Amazon Research. This 42 meter tower was originally built for meteorological
observations and still has as its primary purpose scientific observation,
but for us it will afford a magnificent view into the rainforest canopy.
Our plan is to be at the top of the tower for the morning chorus when
we should have a wonderful sampling of birds and also perhaps primates
to observe. After about two hours of observation, we will return to
our vehicles and drive back to the Boa Vista Road and continue North.
Back on the asphalt we will continue North to the small town of Presidente
Figueiredo. This town is on the fall line of many small rivers and
streams and there are many lovely and refreshing waterfalls nearby.
We will check into to our modest but clean hotel and following lunch,
go for a swim and exploration at one of the nearby cascades. In the
mid-afternoon we will board our vehicles again and driving to one
of several trails nearby, walk in the forest and observe wildlife
in this environment that is somewhat different than we have seen previously.
We will also explore some of the large and easily and easily accessible
caves that are found in the area that may contain Oilbirds or Cock-of-the
Rock. After dinner we look for nocturnal wildlife in the forest.
3 - Tuesday, October 17: Presidente Figueiredo / Manaus
The following morning we will explore a second collection of trails.
We will continue to search for the unique fauna that inhabit these
forests and caves. We will have a box lunch and begin our return to
Manaus and arrive back at our hotel in the early evening. (B,L,D)
4 - Wednesday, October 18: Manaus / Sao Paulo / In flight
After a relaxing morning, and perhaps a last look for monkeys and
birds in the Amazon forest we transfer to the airport for our afternoon
flight to Sao Paulo, connecting with our overnight flight back to
5– Thursday, October 19: In Flight / Miami
We arrive in Miami early this morning, pass through immigration and
customs and emerge in plenty of time for our connecting flights home.