Gil's 4-day, 3 night trip went above and beyond my wildest expectations! Not only did he open his house to us, arrange for us to be picked up and taken back to the airport (both in the middle of the night), fed us completely, made the BEST caipirinhias, shared his windsurf....he made sure we had an absolutely incredible experience!!! Most importantly he shared his knowledge, love and enthusiasm for the rainforest and the river.
The night in jungle was incredible...falling asleep in hammocks under the canopy with stars sparkling above between the trees. It was the coolest thing I have every experienced. When we climbed into our hammocks that night Gil said "Rest your body as well as your soul." Something about being in the jungle does just that!
The day and night on the boat was just as amazing. We saw macaws, parrots, toucans, monkeys, sloths and a boa constrictor!!!!! His cousin, Celso, fed us all kinds of fresh fish, rice, beans, fruit, juice, snacks....we were never hungry or thirsty!
I would say you would be hard pressed to find a better guide on the Amazon. No one could have more energy or enthusiasm or knowledge. You will not be disappointed!
Gil is probably the most enthusiastic guy I've ever met. Not only did he give us a ton of information about the Amazon Rainforest and its history, he also showed us a wide-range of animals and wildlife. And he did so with an energy that is truly unmatchable. I will never forget my time with Gil (and Celso!) in the Amazon - and I know that you won't either.
Gil has been endorsed by so many more knowledgeable, more famous and more interesting people than me that I was hesitating for a while before starting to write this post. That being said, I think the more people know about his hospitality and expertise, the better for this world.
First things first, Gil speaks fluent English (better than me, for sure), he was born and grew up in this very area of the middle Amazon, and not only knows its secrets, but also enjoys to help you to find those treasures. He took me, together with some truly entertaining companions, to a two-day trip. Probably the most condensed version possible in this region full of natural-cultural wonders.
On the first day we trekked and camped in the forest enjoying all its otherworldly sounds during the night and learned about the history of rubber plantations, the expansion of soy fields, and the sexual life of insects, among other things.
On the second day, we cruised out to a wonderful floodplain on the Maica river (lake?), spent the night on the boat in hammocks, ate piranha for dinner, had a very close encounter with a sloth, and saw all kinds of birds whose names I cannot remember (sorry Gil!), but the ones on the water buffalos’ backs were probably the most memorable.
In early morning, we visited a forest in a small boat. We literally had to cut through our way across bush and liana to get to this forest, which is half under water with small human-made canals and garden-like ponds where birds follow the “footsteps” of monkeys who chase insects on the trees. An experience somewhere between an Indiana Jones movie and a psychedelic journey.
The whole trip was just breathtaking, and if you happened to forget about it, Gil will always remind you of this by his emblematic “Aieeeee” scream of amazement. He also helped me a lot with medicinal plants (my hobby and research and work) from the market to a garden to the forest. If you’re out for a tailor-made, exciting and truly Amazonian adventure spiced up with historical and personal anecdotes and some (for others maybe “many”) Caipirinha, this tour is perfect for you.
Muito obrigado, Gil! You’re the best.
Many thanks to Gil and his crew. We did a unbelievable 4 days tour - 2 days rainforest with sleeping outdoors in hammocks, barbecue over log fire and many hikes. Gil can fill books with his knowledge and he is a great entertainer and a great outdoor cocktail mixer too. Afterwards we did a 2 day boat tour through the flood plains, watching the wildlife, eating and drinking better than in most restaurants.
It was amazing and very very relaxing these four days.
We got all this from him last minute because we contacted him and started the next day but he can do lot more for you if you contact him earlier. He can offer you a allround complete package with even transfers and you are also welcome at his place to stay like we did the 2 days after the trip
Many thanks to Gil
Hope to see you again friend
PS: Hey Gil - Aaaaaiiii!!! - the king vultures are beasts!