Amazonia 2012• STATUS SO FAR• The trip has been approved by Senior Management.• Nothing has yet been confirmed. We have had several quotes but these will only be confirmed once a deposit is paid.• 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• Other staff TBA• WHEN:• September School holidays (2nd October – 12th October)
SO WHAT IS NEXT?• We will need to book seats early next year.• When 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 in room R86.• 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 $600• End of August $600• Mid September - Remainder as needed when exact costs are established($200)• Regular newsletters will go home to students to keep parents updated.• Two Additional evening meetings 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.
REQUIREMENTS• Students should have some Vaccinations to Enter Brazil – Yellow Fever , MMR• http://www.travelclinic.co.nz/index.php• http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations
Itinerary• Day One and Two• Fly from Auckland to South America• Destination dependant on flights we can secure
Itinerary• Day Three• Depart 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 1H30).• On arrival at the Lodge, accommodation in double rooms with private toilets and shower. Lunch. We will be taken by canoe through the Igarapes to visit the Caboclos who still live in similar conditions to their indian ancestors. After diner, we go alligator spotting.
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 with canoes and fish for piranhas for Dinner. After supper, sitting around the campfire, we can appreciate the tranquility 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 so at home in his forest that you will like it very much.
Itinerary• Day six, seven• Return from forest in the morning, youll then leave the lodge in motorized canoes to adventure yourselves 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• You will go up the rio negro to find a nice place to get dinner and sleep.
Itinerary• Day seven• Fly out of Manaus for ??• Stay one night
Itinerary• Day eight• Day in stopover city• Fly out for Auckland• Arrive home a day later.
So What Now• If you want to be considered for this trip you need to fill out the contact sheet and give hand it in• See the KnowledgeNet for more Info or …• http://amazon2012.blog.com/
• Have a look at past blogs• http://amazon2010.blog.com• Or this years• http://amazon2012.blog.com• Or find us on facebook• www.facebook.com/taka.geo• Or youtube• http://www.youtube.com/user/tgsgeo