We left about 9 via long boat and 15 HP Yamaha motor...arr. 3 + hrs later at the lodge. The trip was 72 km. on a muddy Amazon to the Yavari River and then up a very small tributary to the lodge. Since the river is at a 40 yr low (we know it also reached a 40 yr high just the year before from markings at the dock sign in Manaus), the short distance up the tributary was a bit harrowing (see pics)...Clima, the boat captain, had his outboard motor at full throttle while Ramiro, guide, and Francisco, helper, pulled, and prodded and pushed and muscled the boat along from in the water and along the banks of mud! When Cathy and family were here in January, they arrived at night after just over an hour journey which took them a back way, half the distance! Again see pics, the river rises and falls about 9 m. every year, 4 mos rainy season (Nov-Feb)...they landed right at the doorstep of the lodge! The Amazon basin holds 17% of the worlds fresh water, 21 billion liters of water flow out the main channel into the ocean every minute!Amazon River Info
Since it is low season there is no electricity but good water for showers (cold of course) and drinking. Good food and some veggie options for Bon tho mostly fish...plus tomato, cucs,yucca,rice, and fruit. In the eve we took a boat trip around Lake Zacambu behind lodge until rain came...saw & heard some birds and cappuchin monkeys. Zacambu Lodge...TripAdvisor
The tourists come mainly Dec-Jan, July, Aug., and Sept, and Holy Week (April). Our guide, Ramiro, has worked for Antonio, the owner, for 9 years now (hes 30, single), a Peruvian dad and Brazilian mom but lives in Leticia-Colombia. Clima is in his 2nd yr. working for Antonio, is 45, married (tho 1st wife died), 6 kids - 3 still home incl only daughter, 2 yrs old. Francisco is Colombian, single, 39, with 5 brothers and sisters all married with kids!
The area around here is somewhat protected by the rising water...not much high ground for permanent settlement tho there are families nearby with 8 to 10 kids together who basically take care of the place and do the jobs nec to run it. Ramiro says its govt land but indigenous people have rights to live and take whatever they need from the land to live...hunting, fishing, wood cutting, etc. Until now few live near here so there still is some wildlife...but according to Clima, much less than 10 yrs ago!Deforestation Info 2011