People who go to the Amazonia lodges can have a private guide who will talk to you to come up with a custom Amazon tour for you. In the past, we have had clients do things like:
- canoe/camp for 2-3 weeks
- search for different species of beetles
- learn how to make native handicrafts
- collect snake venom for pharmaceutical research
- learn jungle survival
- paint pictures of different plant species for a book
- do a combined sportfishing-regular nature itinerary
In Brazil, The Dolphin Lodge allows guests to have some flexibility in their itinerary. If guests want to hike more or do some camping or sportfishing (in season), then the normal itinerary can be altered.
If people prefer a cruise in Brazil, then they can get a boat for 2 or more people (either a typical riverboat where you would sleep in hammocks on the upper deck, or a boat with air-conditioned cabins) and cruise for a couple of days or up to a couple of weeks, doing as much hiking and/or canoeing as they desire. We have one person who is planning on bringing a group of stand up paddleboarders next year.
In Colombia, the Calanoa Lodge can formulate an itinerary to suit your interests. You can do an program that focuses on nature or you can also do one that focuses on the people in the local communities and their arts and crafts.
Fortunately the governments are cracking down on the people who hang around the jungle airports and offer people the Amazon trip of a lifetime, but give them nothing even close to what they promised. The Amazon can be a dangerous place and you want to make sure you go into it with a person who you can trust.