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“I've probably learned more in the last five months here than I learned in many years of standard education back home.”
This is a 23-day course of which 19 days will be spent in the field, camping and travelling as a self supported expedition. Of the remaining 3 days, one will be spent in planning and preparations at our base in Chapada dos Guimarães in the state of Mato Grosso, and the other three days are travel days. Note that the course ends in a different location from our base. Your journey on the River Aripuanã is taking you constantly further away, and north, towards the Equator and the River Amazon.
The expedition ends where the Aripuanã meets the Trans Amazônica highway from where you will go by bus to the town of Humaitá on the Rio Madeira. The course ends there and you will be then taken to airport in the city of Porto Velho for your journey home.
Adventure and challenge in the world's largest, wildest, rainforest and river basin. The Amazon has unparalleled ecological diversity, being home to one of every 10 known species in the world. A few of the animals seen on NOLS Amazon courses include pink river dolphins, tapirs, giant caiman, peacock bass, toucans and macaws, spider monkeys, and electric eels. NOLS Amazon courses are remote as well as physically and mentally challenging, which demands commitment and hard work combined with a keen sense of curiosity and wonder.
NOLS Amazon is located in the state of Mato Grosso in south-central Brazil and situated in the transition zone between the two largest biomes of the country—the dry forest and savannah of the southern uplands known as the Cerrado and the moist lowland forests of the Amazon Basin. NOLS Amazon's location puts us in an optimal position to access some of largest tributaries of the Amazon River and pristine hiking in the Cerrado region.
Because of the remarkable biodiversity, natural history interpretation is a key element of all Amazon courses. Of importance, the conditions that allow life to thrive in the Amazon are the same conditions that make this course one of the most mentally and physically challenging. Your skilled instructors will teach you how to interpret natural history and live comfortably with heat, humidity, and insects. You'll find yourself slinging your hammock underneath some of the largest trees on the planet and amazed by some of the most remarkable creatures on earth.
In addition to the amazing biodiversity, Brazil also has incredible cultural diversity. The Amazon region is typically regarded as the world's last frontier. Its inhabitants have a fascinating way of life that we are privileged to share. We are pleased to collaborate with land management agencies in Brazil as a pioneer in outdoor education in this region.
Come join an expedition of a lifetime and truly understand why the Amazon has had the allure of adventure for centuries.