Approximate 300 Amerindians live in the village Palumeu. Two tribes, the Trio and Wajana, live peacefully together in this village despite their language difference. The village is governed by a Captain and a few assistants (basja’s). Just like their ancestors, the villagers’ means of sustaining life is based on what the jungle has to offer. Their food is obtained from hunting, fishing and agriculture (agricultural plots) and consists of root vegetables, fruit, fish and wild animals. Greens are not on their menu and manioc is their main food.
Many building materials and utensils are still obtained from the forest. In addition, the local people nowadays also buy numerous things in Paramaribo such as kitchenware, clothing, tools, music, outboard engines and fuel. Tourism provides an extra source of income. The villagers are happy with our guests and are closely involved in the tour program. The village has its own school and poli clinic.
Day 1: You spend the first night of this 8-day trip in the group accommodation at Palumeu.
Day 2: Early in the morning, you depart by dug-out canoe to start a boat trip of 75 km. This is a considerable distance in interior terms. On the way, there is sufficient opportunity to enjoy the rainforest and the river in their full glory. After approx. 4 hours, you arrive at the intermediate camp Kamakabari which offers a few open huts and a primitive toilet. The guides get started with the preparations of your meal and getting the huts ready for your night’s rest.
Day 3: You will start the second boat trip. A highlight during this trip is the impressive Trombaka rapids where all provisions will be carried along a forest path. Truly remarkable is the magnificent view of the mountain from a specific point in the river! The base camp Kasikasima, beautifully situated at the foot of the tremendous Sawaniboto rapid, is a bit smaller than Kamakabari but offers the same facilities.
Day 4: You start on a sturdy hike of 6 to 7 hours. The true highlight of this jungle hike is the climb to one of the peaks of Mount Kasikasima, greatly respected by the local people and surrounded by a haze of mystery and legends. Once on the plateau, the view over the rainforest beneath will stay with you forever! In good weather conditions you can see as far as the Brazilian border.
Days 5-6: You depart for an interesting walk in the area with information about various plants and trees and what they are used for by the local people (building material, medicines etc.). The following morning it is time for the return boat trip to Palumeu. The trip will now only take one hour since going downstream is a lot faster than going upstream.
Day 7: At Palumeu. You can participate in a group walk or boat trip. If you wish to go for a walk individually, visit an agricultural plot, go bird watching, fishing or paddle in a dug-out canoe, the guide can arrange this. If an extra guide and/or provisions are needed, you will be asked a small compensation.
Day 8: Departure day. End of the tour.
Note: This tour is suitable for all those who wish to learn more about the pristine tropical Amazon rainforest, the current lifestyle of the original inhabitants, the Amerindians, and enjoy the beautiful, untouched nature, in a reasonably comfortable manner. The jungle hike and climb to the plateau require a good physical condition but you do not, on the other hand, have to be an athlete.
Due to the somewhat adventurous nature of the tour we do not recommend participation of children under 8 years.
What to take:
- Swimming gear
- Insect repelled
- Small bag for water etc.
- SRD in small bank notes for personal expenditure
- Long pants and trousers
- Flashlight, towels.
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