Amazon Gero tours
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 25, 2013 5:06 AM Last Post By: TheOnlyHarry
Jan 31, 2013 7:44 AM
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Feb 26, 2013 1:46 PM
2I can assure you that Gero Tours is at least as eco-conscious as any other tour/jungle hotel/jungle lodge out of Manaus (or anywhere but Mamiraua), and more than most. But you have to understand that this is probably not going to be up to European / American standards of what it means to be eco-conscious. "Leave No Trace" is not something you'll find in the Amazon. It's a different mentality. Gero's guides will not hurt any animals, except for fish that are 100% going to be used for food--and they will not frighten them for kicks. (You can't say this about every company.) They won't destroy any trees or other plants for no reason. (Again, you will see this with some companies.) But it is normal, expected even, for the Amazon guides to spot and pick up wildlife (then gently return them to their natural settings); to occasionally pick plants or scrape bark for demonstration; to cut down a tree or two to make a campsite; and to clear brush with a machete during a hike or paddle. This is all basically unheard of in American/European eco-tourism, I know. I was prepared for the animals, but really startled by the use of machetes in what looked at first like casual destruction. But actually, this is never done casually; vines and branches grow so quickly and so thick that this is necessary trail maintenance, whether it is on a walking trail or paddling down a stream.
Some visitors are irritated by a hike that goes on a "well-worn path", which puzzles me, because this is absolutely what is expected in the US, Canada, or Europe. Do people really want multiple paths criss-crossing the jungle for the sake of their "authentic"-feeling jungle "exploration"? I really wouldn't think so. Established trails are the norm in an eco-conscious setting.
Gero's lodge itself is run fairly similarly to how the local people live. Too basic for some, but I think it is about as close to "sustainable" as one can get in the jungle--barring the solar-powered facilities at Mamiraua, which is a different case (and price) altogether. The lodge always seems to me to be doing an admirable job of limiting pollution and garbage.
This version of eco-consciousness is very much of a priority with Gero. You just have to put it in context.
Mar 23, 2013 5:27 AM
Nous sommes rentrés de vacances...un super séjour en Amazonie et à Manaus,
Nous vous conseillons vivement le Géro TOUR...Le séjour est fabuleux. Nous avons passés 3 jours en amazonie, gero s'occupe de tout: transports, depart de l'hotel à 8 h du matin, en bus, puis en bateau à la rencontre des eaux, puis en van dans la jungle et enfin en pirogue jusqu'à notre lodge, environ à 80 km de manaus...le bout du monde...c'est vraiment la jungle!!! On a pu voir des paysages magnifiques, c'est sublime!!!! Des caimans, des perroquets en liberté, des tarentules, des singes...le lodge est agréable...les gens aussi...Nous vous recomendons de vous lever tot (vers 5h30 du matin afin de profiter, comme nous l'avons fait du levé du soleil sur l'amazonie, un spectacle innoubliable, sans oublier les piranhas). L'équipe de gero, géro lui meme et django notre guide sont tres sympathiques (et notre guide également django, très compétent et disponible, respectueux de la nature)...Gero tour vient vous chercher à l'aeroport et vous rammène à l'aeroport: très agréable lorsqu'on ne connait pas bien la ville de Manaus...Ils sont respectueux de l'écologie et des populations locales....de bonnes initiatives !!!
Gero, django..et l'équipe...au plaisir de se croiser peut etre un jour...A Paris ou ailleurs...nous garderons de très bons souvenirs de vous et de l'amazonie ; )
Un coucou de Paris....
Edited by: SEBASTIENPARIS
Edited by: SEBASTIENPARIS
May 10, 2013 4:19 AM
4I am very proud to have had the opportunity to use amazon Gero tours services
during our tour we had a great adventure experience , at his charming lodge we had our own private cabana with private shower ,fan and a helpful mosquito net.
the food at the lodge was extremely good , my brother who are vegetarian had no problem as Gero's team accommodate his meal in a proper way.
it was very nice the overnight in the jungle in the 4th day by the third night.
I did before my booking a lot of searching ( research) and I have found the best.
As in the begging we started to ask Gero about the list of animals we wish to see , but each single e-mail gero 's team answer they never gave us false expectation and we felt like we saw more than we expected.
Thank you very much Gero , Seon , Damion and all the people envolved in this tour organization we deeply wish to say thank you to Lonely Planet that helped us to plan our memorable trip around the Brazil and specially Amazon the highllight of our trip.
May 25, 2013 5:06 AM
5I am very happy with my tour I had in the Amazon , so I wish to share with everyone , as I and my wife are very happy with the services delivered by Amazon Gero Tours , not only Gero himself but his whole team tour guide, driver , cook what most impressed me was the way Amazon Gero treat his people ( always as workmates never and never as a big boss unless he find a mistake)
The guide as Shawn I will never forget how good he was to us , and so great tour guide he gave us a wonderful time we saw everything we expected , as Gero himself never did to us a false expectation.
We say monkeys, dolphins, armadillos, birds, and the best was to spend a night in the jungle 5 days 4 nights unforgettable but the overnight we will keep in our memories forever and ever
Thanks to trip advisor where we met Amazon Gero Tours such nice reviews and so a great video mentioned how Gero and his team care about the local people and so the respect for the nature it made was to choose them.
http://vimeo.com/37186594 this video and so another ones we found by YouTube was enough to make our decision, thanks Amazon Gero.
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