Monday, 21 May 2018

What a day

We had a group of 12 that took a 6 hour tour of the Amazon with Gil. It was fabulous to say the least. We started out by seeing the pink dolphins at the fish market dock and then started our cruise up to the meeting of the waters and then the floodplain. The weather was perfect and we were able to do 2 canoe trips that Gil had arranged in the floodplain.

On the first trip we saw sloths and various species of birds plus fantastic sights on the numerous tributaries that we visited. The 2nd afternoon cruise was even better because we saw a Great PeToo which is a rare find because they are so well hidden in the trees. Gil made sure that everyone had a chance to the bird. Then Gil found a Boa constrictor sitting in a large tree above us. He was as excited ti see this as we were.

The whole day was fantastic and I would highly suggest that anyone looking for a tour in Santarem book Gil. You will not have any regrets.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Without a doubt the best tour I was on during my two week trip to the Amazon. While Gil’ mastery of the rainforest wildlife goes without question, what makes the tour so special is his the way he interweaves the presentation of the Amazon’s rich wildlife with an equally rich history of the region, his family and of course himself. On day 1, we set off to explore the National Park along the Tapajós River. On the way, Gil told us the remarkable story of how his family first came to Brazil, as well as his own fascinating upbringing in Santarém. Once we got there, we explored the jungle that Gil knows inside-out from his childhood. Although this part of the tour want the most diverse in terms of wildlife (maybe a few monkeys, but not much more), the scenery of the vastness of the Amazon was truly breathtaking. To top it off, Gil has prepared a camping-style lunch for us in the forest. Just as we were about to eat, however, it started to rain and we were forced to retreat. Our plan to camp in the rainforest had to be cancelled but Gil was king enough to let us stay in hammocks back at his place in Alter do Chão. On day 2, after a quick visit to the local fish-market to see the river-dolphins, Gil hired a boat for us to go right into the rainforest/wetland area. This is where Ornithologist Gil’s vast knowledge really made all the difference. As we moved through the vast river network, Gil would direct out attention to all manner of wildlife, and we were able to thoroughly appreciate the richness of the Amazon ecosystem. As a further treat, Gil’s cousin had prepared a delightful fish-stew for us which we enjoyed on the boat al-fresco before we returned back in town. Throughout the 2 days, our conversations were filled with wit, humour, history and a deep love for this endangered but still deeply fascinating region. The tour is quite intense, there is no doubt that you will be rewarded by a far greater intellectual awareness of the region than the common tour. One final point for those coming to see the Amazon from abroad. Gil’s English is truly excellent, so English speakers should not worry about this point. Indeed, Gil is one of the best English speakers that I have met in Brazil. I consider my Portuguese not bad, but I am truly put to shame when compared with Gil’s English. A testament to his curiosity and commitment to learning.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Dream trip - Amazon River Cruise

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Monday, 23 April 2018

A testimonial by Alan Dean Foster

Alan's favourite mammal that I put to swim with. (sort of swimming under request).

Alan Dean Foster
Author of Star Trek, Star Wars, Alien, The Drowning World (dedicated to me, of course).
"As a world traveler who has visited nearly 60 countries, I can unequivocally say that I never had a better or more relaxed time traveling anywhere than I did seeing Brazil with Gil Serique. 
Mr. Serique brings with him a unique combination of knowledge of flora and fauna and the local cultures together with the ability to handle travel arrangements from big city to back country that would stump the average travel guide. For example, not only does he know where to find the most beautiful birds and animals in Brazil, but also the best ice cream. I can not recommend him too highly

Friday, 20 April 2018

Getting ready for the Roccos

Monday, 16 April 2018

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The Jewish Knows

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Trip Advisor New Review (Dream Trip!)!

Nous avons découvert Gil grâce a internet...nous lui avons demandé d'organiser une aventure sur mesure, avec nuit en forêt et découverte de l'amazonie en bateau...le tout en famille avec deux enfants de 15 et 11 ans.. Nous sommes arrivés avec 2 jours de retard...suite a un problème d'avion...Résultat ? Quelques jours inoubliables gràce a une organisation fiable et sur mesure répondant parfaitement à nos rèves d'amazonie. Que dire de Gil dont les connaissances n'ont d'egal que l'anthousiame et la bonne humeur... Nous avons également rencontré son cousin, cuisinier, qui prit soins de nos apprit à pêcher le piranha a notre fils ...que du bonheur pour lui..... Bref je souhaite a tous de rencontrer Gil et son equipe...pour des vacances plus que parfaites....l'appareil photo totalement débordant d'images, d' de bonne humeur... Cyril

Sirena April 2018 - Rated 10!

MS Sirena was on time. It was about 1pm when we had got to the van.  I had 14 guests I guess. Knowing the market would be slow in the afternoon, I went there in the morning, bought several species of fish and also hired a friend to lure the amazing Amazon River Dolphins. Everybody had the chance to photograph them greatly as well as Great Egrets and Cormorants. The market is also a great place to give the best perspective of human impact on the fish fauna. Having done we cruised to along and between the meeting of the waters and the city. It was cloudy so Tapajos and The Amazon river encounter was not that fantastic.
It takes some 45 minutes to reach the wildlife rich Maica river. During this time I lecture about my Jewish family. My grand-father Julio Serique helped the Wickhams with the 70.000 seeds.... my father had founded the school in the little village I was born...My mother was the church caretaker...When we moved to Santarem the American priest that we received at home had an amazing school where I learned English..The confederates had done businesses with my grand father who was a merchant. The upper deck of the boat looked more like a library combined to an art gallery to best make my guests understand about the local history. The lower deck turned into a small market with native fruit and several species of fish I had previously got. The first 15 minutes of our journey we spotted band of Howler Monkeys and a Sloth.

I guess the pictures below can get you more details...

Sloth on Cecropia tree

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Trip Advisor new review

Cool review written by Naturalist, ecturer and photographer Jeff Clark. The pictures he has taken are on his blog

 Thank you so much Jeff for the great time!

Reviewed by Birderjeff
24 Mar 2018

Our ship the 'Braemar' had been delayed into Santarem by the strong current but Giles worked tremendously hard to make up for our lost time. We explored creeks finding a fantastic array of local wildife. Everything from Botos to Black-collared Hawks. A great experience and thoroughly recommended. I also got some great photographs courtesy of Giles expertise.We had a great time and Giles regailed us with stories of local and family history as well as his love of the Amazon Wildlife.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Another amazing tour

How friendly my friends are at the market

With a more experience and ideas...well check pix pls