Tuesday, 17 January 2017

New Review on TA

“Gil Serique Tapajos National Park Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago
We arrived via cruise ship off the coast of Alter do Chao and after a longish tender boat ride, walked onto the beautiful white sandy beach and directly into Alex, clad in one of Gil Serique's t-shirts, and received a warm welcome and directions to continue up the beach. Gil was waiting anxiously for us as he is always bursting with energy and knowledge. We were joined by Gil, Alex and his girlfriend in 2 air conditioned vans parked nearby; Gil taking one van and Alex taking the other. We rode comfortably for about 90 minutes while Gil regaled us with is personal life story of growing up in the local area and before we knew it, we were at the entrance to the rain forest. From here it is a slow but short drive into the forest to Gil's childhood homesite. This man's personal knowledge of this area is unsurpassed! He not only can tell you about the trees in the area and which ones are used for making medicines that we use in our daily lives but can point out the very tree he and his family played "hide and seek" around when he was a child. There is nothing in the forest that Gil does not know about. He can point out the rubber trees that his family used to tap for latex, how long it takes to walk to the Tapajos River from this point in the rain forest, etc. His passion not only for the area that gave him life but for his desire to share it with everyone is incredible. With Gil, there is no such thing as a "dumb question"; he answers each and every question with sincerity and sometimes, brutal honesty. Alex is also an amazing person. He speaks 7 languages and is an entomologist by education. His knowledge of the area is eclipsed only by Gil's, which is amazing considering Alex is German and has spent much of is life traveling the world. We walked along a path blazed through the rain forest itself to view all the flora, found "bullet ants" busily traversing the ground cover, listened to birds calling alarms to each other that we were in the vicinity and generally marveled at all the variety of vines and trees that grew to incredible heights above us.

We then re-boarded the vans for our trip back to Alter do Chao. Along the way we visited the city created for the rubber workers that Henry Ford tried to establish in the 1920s and 1930s, sadly stared out at the vast areas of "slash and burn" farms and learned of the lone, and lonely looking, trees left standing in many of them. Once back at the beach, Gil welcomed us into his personal home with drinks and a chocolate cake (baked by Alex's girlfriend), a view of the beach and the Tapajos River beyond that was to die for and even internet access! It was if we were all long lost personal friends of a man who knows no limit to his generosity.

This remarkable man and the tours he provides are worth going to the Amazon just to experience. I can't say enough good about the whole experience. You will not be disappointed by Gil Serique!

Monday, 2 January 2017

My Floodplain Exploration











The tour I propose I Call it Floodplain Exploration and It is really,
really good! Lots of wildlife, History and scenically unforgettable!!!
If you want more details (and have any questions or concerns), please check reviews on  Trip Advisor or Cruisecritic and never hesitate to write.
My goal is to make your experience in the Amazon amazing and
enriching.
The tour, which is very different from what others offer, includes an
authentic Amazon boat cruise to the extraordinary meeting of the
Tapajos and Amazon rivers.  We will also explore the Floodplain, where
we will see many species of birds.  And I guarantee that we will see
Three-toed Sloths and Pink Dolphins!
Here is a link to my little e-book https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Wildlife-Cruiseship-Passengers-Amazon-ebook/dp/B01F2LEN68 . When you buy one it guarantees you a printed copy on arrival. Very most of the wildlife you will see on my little book is observed during your cruise and our tour. It also contains a centerfold map.

This area was also explored by famous Victorian biologists like Bates, Wallace, and Spruce.
The Canadian Arqueologist Charles Frederick Hartt with the Swiss Geologist Louis Agassiz were here as well and ( a lot more recently) Ann Roosevelt carried some of her revolutionary researches.
Several American Confederates moved here (you probably want to see this article http://www.sapiens.org/archaeology/american-confederates-amazon-basin/, as well as the infamous British 'rubber thief' Henry Wickham, who was hosted by The Riker family. Most of these people were acquainted to my Jewish grand-father Julio Serique, who moved from Morocco in 1850’s and became a merchant in the Tapajos River Valley. If you like fishing we do have the time for it and we provide basic
rods and fishing line.
During the tour we serve Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, fish snacks,
bottled drinks, the freshest lemonade, some beer, ice-cream and (I
promise) the very best caipirinhas.
I would like to suggest you getting Joe Jackson’s The Thief at the End
of the World. It is an amazing reading to have during your cruise. I
also worked with Joe Jackson and Redmond O'Hanlon on the documentary
you can access by the link below.
 
http://www.npo.nl/o-hanlons-helden-3/15-12-2013/VPWON_1183796


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Happy New Cruise!!


                    


                              Happy New Year!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Regatta Time













Wednesday, 7 December 2016

New Review on TA

“Time in Santarem? Spend it with Gil!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW
Our cruise ship had less than a full day's stop in Santarem. About sixteen of us preferred to take an independent tour rather than the excursions offered by the ship. We were so fortunate to book our time with Gil Serique. Gil's day tour was informative, relaxing, lots of fun, and downright amazing. We saw all that we'd hoped for - pink dolphins, interesting birds, a sloth, meeting of the waters.... We experienced a walk through the forest and were served local food and drink. The refreshments were prepared and served by the local people who work with Gil. Those guests who wanted to, transferred to smaller craft for a different perspective of the Maica Lake nooks and crannies.
Almost as impressive as the actual tour, was the organization and professionalism of Gil and his staff. They managed to give the guests a great day, despite the varying ages, physical capabilities, and languages of the participants. Originally, I sent an email query to Gil and received an immediate response. He provided reading suggestions and links to various informative sites. I booked by sending another email with the details of the ship's arrival and departure.
Gil's love for his Amazon/Tapajos area is contagious. We finished the day with a new appreciation for the area and its people. Thank you Gil.
Visited November 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Prinsendam Alter do chao

Gil,
I do not know how to express my gratitude for your graciousness and generosity or  pleasure in your genuinely warm and carefree personality. You are all we have talked about since we left your home and I know will be the topic of conversation for days, months and years to come. Thank you so very much.
Everyone was so impressed with Alex as well. He has an unmatched depth of knowledge and an abiding love for people and nature. I wish him and his beautiful girlfriend the very best in life.
Be assured we will recommend you highly, not only as a guide but as a human being, to anyone who asks.
Best, Rich 









Thursday, 1 December 2016

Two ships in a day M/S Insignia and M/S Prinsendam

On December 1st two ships wil visit Santarem. M/S Insignia will arrive at 8tish and leave a 2pm. Then next will be M/S Prinsendam. She will arrive at 2pm and depart by 9pm.

When I am overbooked for Prinsendam I still have room for maybe 4 couples for Insignia.
Pls check any reliable source for previous results of my work...from Trip Advisor to Tripwolf for more info.

My tour is described below just in case you would like to have an amazing time during your Amazon Cruise



The tour I propose I Call it Floodplain Exploration and It is really,
really good!
If you want more details (and have any questions or concerns), please visit my website, Trip Advisor or Cruisecritic and never hesitate to write.
My goal is to make your experience in the Amazon amazing and
enriching. 
 Helping others learn about and appreciate the Amazon is my
passion.
The tour, which is very different from what others offer, includes an
authentic Amazon boat cruise to the extraordinary meeting of the
Tapajos and Amazon rivers.  We will also explore the Floodplain, where
we will see many species of birds.  And I guarantee that we will see
Three-toed Sloths and Pink Dolphins!
Here is a link to my little e-bookhttps://www.amazon.com/Essential-Wildlife-Cruiseship-Passengers-Amazon-ebook/dp/B01F2LEN68 . When you buy one it guarantees you a printed copy on arrival. Very most of the wildlife you will see during your cruise is selected.

This area was also explored by the famous Victorian biologists Bates, Wallace, and Spruce. Several American Confederates moved here, as well as the infamous British 'rubber thief' Henry Wickham."

If you like fishing we do have the time for it and we provide basic
rods and line.
During the tour we serve Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, fish snacks,
bottled drinks, the freshest lemonade, some beer, ice-cream and (I
promise) the very best caipirinhas.
I would like to suggest you getting Joe Jackson’s The Thief at the End
of the World. It is an amazing reading to have during your cruise. I
also worked with Joe Jackson and Redmond O'Hanlon on the documentary
you can access by the link below.
 
http://www.npo.nl/o-hanlons-helden-3/15-12-2013/VPWON_1183796

The price is 130 dollars per person.