Amazonia 2012• STATUS SO FAR• The trip has been approved by Senior Management.• Flights are booked and accommodation is being held.• Cost will be dependant on the numbers of students. We need to have 18 students to make this feasible.
WHAT IS PROPOSED• WHO:• Up to 30 Year 12/13 Geography Students• STAFF:• Mrs Evans - HOD Geography• Mr Mouldey – Geography• Mrs Henson - Geography• WHEN:• September School holidays (30th September – 12th October)
SO WHAT IS NEXT?• We will need to confirm seats in the next week to get the dates proposed.• If you are sure you are interested:• Fill in the form available and return this with a deposit of $600 to secure your place. This needs to be given by hand to Mr Smith or Mrs Evans in room R86 or the Social Science Office.• Note that this will be refundable only if there are others to take your place.
• Further payments will be needed to the school finance office at regular intervals.• End of March $700• End of April $700• End of May $700• End of June $700• End of July $700• End of August $700• Mid September - Remainder as needed when exact costs are established($300) approximately $5100• Regular emails will go home to students to keep parents updated.• One further evening meeting will be held to give final details closer to departure.
Requirements• NZ students will not require a visa to enter South America –
REQUIREMENTS• Students must have met all their school commitments re fees/behaviour etc. to be allowed to attend the trip.
REQUIREMENTS• The Staff also reserve the right to refuse some students on account of their behaviour.• There is a lot of trust involved in a trip like this that must not jeopardise the safety of the group.
Vaccinations• Students should have some Vaccinations to Enter Brazil eg Yellow Fever , but must have had MMR due to quarantine risk• http://www.travelclinic.co.nz/index.php• http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinatio ns/brazil.aspx
Itinerary• Day One and Two• Fly from Auckland to Rio De Janeiro on LAN Chile• Stay 2 nights at The World Famous Copacabana Beach• See the Statue of the Christ on Sugarloaf Mountain, Half day Tour of the local area and an evening Samba Show.
Itinerary• Day Three• Depart Rio for Manaus.• Arrive Manaus and Transfer to Malocas Ecolodge.
Itinerary• Day 3• Transfer by road to the Vila do Rio Preto and take a motorized canoe to the Malocas Jungle Lodge (approximately 1.5hr).• On arrival at the Lodge, accommodation in double rooms with private toilets and shower. Lunch. We will be taken by canoe through the local area to visit the Caboclos (local tribe) who still live in similar conditions to their indian ancestors. After diner, spotting alligators.
Itinerary• Day Four• After breakfast we will go on a jungle trek where the guides will explain the various uses of the plants including those with medicinal properties. On the way we will visit one of the many waterfalls where we can swim.• Paddling canoes and fish for piranhas for Dinner. After supper, sitting around the campfire where you can appreciate the tranquillity of the jungle
Itinerary• Day five• Wake up early for bird watching, after breakfast you will go on a second jungle trek (different eco- system) ending at a waterfall where you can swim before returning. Lunch.• At 3pm, youll go for a longer trek for a night in the forest ... Your Indian guide will make you feel at home in his forest
Itinerary• Day six, seven• Return from forest sleep over in the morning, youll then leave the lodge in motorized canoes to travel down the Rio Preto da Eva... Sleeping onboard a regional boat in hammocks, youll reach the Amazon River the day after• Go up the Amazon to the meeting of the waters and then head up the rio negro to find a nice place to get dinner and sleep.
Itinerary• Day seven• Fly out of Manaus for Santiago via Sao Paulo
Itinerary• Day eight• Day in Santiago• Bus tour of the city to take in the sights• Second night in Santiago• Depart Santiago for Auckland
Itinerary• Arrive home a day later on 13th October.
So What Now• If you want to be considered for this trip you need to fill out the orange form and bring it back to Mr Smith in R86 with a cheque for $600 to secure your place.• See the KnowledgeNet for more Info or …• http://amazon2012.blog.com/