COMBU ISLAND - parA
Departure at 8:30 a.m. from the port in Belem. We will embark in a regional boat to Combu Island (20 minutes of navigation). Along the rivers of the Amazon live the ribeirinhos (riverine people) – a traditional population, depending mainly on artisanal fishing and community-based forest management (timber and non-timber products). There are more than 3 million ribeirinhos in the Amazon. The Combu Island is formally an environmentally Protected Area but traditional communities are allowed to live there. It was established in 1997 with a size of 1.5 thousand hectares. We will arrive at the island and visit Dona Nena, whose 14-hectare agroforestry plot produces cocoa and various Amazonian fruits such as bacuri (Platonia insignis) and cupuaçu (Theobroma grandiflora). After introduce ourselves and have a traditional coffee with her (with different handmade products), we will walk on a short trail on her property with informal explanation about local biodiversity, forest preservation and sustainable use of the forest. At the end, there will be a demonstration of Dona Nena’s artisanal chocolate (100% cocoa) production. She will tell the history of this chocolate, how she learned and the way her family started to make it this way. The visitors will have chance to help her to make the chocolate. From there, we will have lunch (included) at a restaurant by the river at Combu Island and have some time to swim and relax. Return to Belem and arrival at the port at 3:00 p.m.
Boat transfers during activities as described in the itinerary.
All visits and activities scheduled with local community.
01 lunch and 01 snack. Other expenses on food and drinks are not included.
Handmade gift from our region.
Local guides and hosts during the tours.
Bilingual logistics coordinator from Estacao Gabiraba team.