- Encounters with locals
- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Hiking / Trekking
- Sustainable Tourism
- Off the beaten track
The Tapajós National Forest is jaguar country. Living in this forest, they're hard to spot and locals are terrified of them. During a briefing session on indigenous rights, I met a guide who specializes in this region. He told me that he organizes night-time jaguar watching trips. Hidden in the trees, he imitates the call of the female to attract others. One for the adventurers amongst you!
My trip to the Tapajós National Forest was to meet a Quilombola community, Afro-Brazilians descended from slaves brought over to work on plantations. I was privileged to learn about my hosts' diet, as well as discover more about local animal and plant life during a boat trip along tributaries , followed by a jungle walk. My guide's knowledge made this trip even more rewarding and included him teaching me about the healing benefits of indigenous plants. And I finished my tour with a well earned little dip in the river.