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Holiday review by Mr. Michael Mayall

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Date of trip: 29/05/2017
Number of people: 2
Country: Brazil

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Did exactly what we wanted Rio was fabulous and the Amazon cruise was amazing. In both Rio and the Amazon everything was well organised, no glitches at all, the whole thing was very smooth and efficient. Transfers all worked well with polite, helpful and sociable drivers."
 
Tribes Service: "Generally excellent. The advice we received was good and the whole trip was well planned. Lots of phone and email discussion in the early stages of planning which was always well-informed, enthusiastic, polite and prompt. There were some cutting and pasting errors with itineraries early on (including whole missing days). This is easy to correct but doesn't make a good impression (although in our experience this is a quite common problem when organising 'tailor made' holidays through travel agents). Additionally the joining instructions are horribly out of date (take enough rolls of film etc.). These really do need to be updated and made specific for each trip i.e. not 'Brazil' in general


TRIBES COMMENT: The joining instructions have been updated based on this feedback."
 
Guides: "All very knowledgeable, helpful and kind. They all looked after us very well. Made sure we saw what we were interested in and were all very flexible when needed."
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Hard to tell. Not many cases of meaningful interaction with local people or financial support of local projects ( if that is needed). In terms of the environment certainly no negative impact - unlike some of the other big cruises we saw."

Accommodation

 
Tropical Hotel
Nice hotel in great setting with big rooms. Only stayed one night so no real complaints about the room. However it is worth knowing that the hotel will not change any money - either large notes into smaller ones, or from e.g. Stirling to Real. We had intended to leave the tips for the boat crew in real or dollars but had to leave pounds instead - not a disaster but potentially awkward. Also in the 'shopping centre 'about 70% of the shops are empty.

 
Motor yacht Tucano
Very nice. Only four people (including us) on the boat which meant no strain on logistics or space but no reason to believe standards would drop with a full boat. Crew were all very friendly, kind and helpful. Food was good with plenty of choice and lots of local ingredients and flavours

Our Memories

"Almost everything in Rio. Early morning and evening canoe trips a special highlight"

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Time: GMT -3 hours

Flight time: Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.

Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.

Visas: Not required for British nationals.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.

 

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