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Vaupés / Mitu

The department Vaupes lies just to the north of the department the Amazon on the border of Brazil. In this area of the Amazon rainforest you can find dense virgin jungle and some of the most traditional Indian tribes of the Colombian Amazon. Mitu is the capital of the Vaupes department and actually the only city in the Vaupes department. There are over 26 ethnic groups in the department and the most you can also find in Mitu. The most well known ethnic groups are the Tucano, Guanano, Cubeo, Desano, Cabiyary, Barasano and Macuna. Most Indian communities in Vaupes have had none or little contact with tourists and a stay in one of their communities is an unforgettable experience. It is the perfect way to get to know and understand the culture of the Vaupes Indians and to get in contact with these fascinating people.

In this region we offer various expeditions. The less complicated tours go over the Vaupes River. Upstream in the direction of the rapids of Yurupary or downstream in the direction of Yavareté, a village at the border of Colombia with Brazil. Rivers that are also excellent for expeditions are the Papuri and the Piraparaná (Pira) River. To get to these rivers you need to fly by Cessna from Mitu or you need to walk through the jungle for several days. A tour over the Papuri River is perfectly to combine with the Vaupes River in an expedition of around 10 days.

Other destinations that we are offering in this part of the Amazon are the mythical waterfalls of the Jirijirimo on the Apoporis river, El Tunel de Apaporis and Cerro Morroco. These three destinations are good to combine in one program. Further upstream of the Apaporis river we can go through 'La Playa' all the way to La Pedrera to fly to Leticia, and from there to Bogota. From the Apaporis River upstream over the 'Caño Cananari' we encounter other destinations like Cerro Guacamaya and Cerro del Sol.

Most of these tours we offer as an expedition and not as a package. That means that the participants need to get ready for an adventure, due to the tourism infrastructure in that area it is not possible yet to offer fixed programs. Here we describe three programs that we have offered before and that have a minimal of tourism infrastructure to organize the tour. The first tour is an expedition over the Vaupes River to the Indian community Taina and Cerro Tipiaca. The second is a program to the waterfalls of Jirijirimo. And the third is a combination of Caño Cananarí and the Raudal of Yuruparí. These are very special unforgettable trips that you will remember the rest of your life.

We have chosen here for expeditions of 8 day for two reasons. The first is due to logistics, because there are only 3 flights per week to Mitu from Bogota. The second reason is because of the costs, a tour to Vaupes is over all expensive due to the fact that it is a very remote and non frequently visited area and that makes it pricey to get there. To choose for a relatively long program you can enjoy the tour to the fullest and because the costs are minimal when you get to the destination it makes sense to stay a bit longer. Of course it is possible to organize a shorter program but we do recommend a minimum of 5 days and 4 nights for an expedition to Vaupes. This also goes for the other 3 programs in the Vaupes department.

Packing list for Vaupes:
- Good shoes to walk on and an extra pair of shoes or sandals (for some expeditions boots)
- Clothes for a warm and humid climate
- Clothes with long sleeves and pants with long trousers for the evenings and nights
- Swim suit and towel
- Raincoat and plastic bags to keep you luggage dry
- Hat or cap to protect yourself against the sun
- Flash light
- Sun block and mosquito repellent
- Sun glasses
- Personal first aid kit
- Backpack for luggage and a small backpack for day tours
- Drinking bottle for water
- Plastic bags to keep clothes dry
- Tent or hammock
- Sheet or thin sleeping bag for in the hammock

Important:

When visiting Indian communities that are not or hardly visited we always find ourselves in a dilemma, how amazing it is to be one of the first to get to know a community and culture like this but you also want that your visit has very low impact. Besides ecotourism we are also practising so called etno-tourism. As DE UNA Colombia we try to minimize the impact of our visit as much as possible. Respect for their culture and traditions when visiting them is very important. We are welcomed in their community, eat their food and sleep in their malokas. When deciding where to sleep we always try to sleep at communities that are a bit used to tourists. Small, very traditional communities we visit but try to avoid sleeping there.
To visit the area you are obligated to have a yellow fever vaccination and be able to proof this upon arrival in Mitu, so bring your vaccination carnet. There is little tourism infrastructure available, we will sleep in hammock or tents and eat what we receive in the Indian communities added with some products brought by the organization of the expedition.
On some places it is prohibited to make picture´s. Especially when you want to make pictures of people, religious places and/or of malokas it is necessary to ask for permission beforehand. If you receive a negative answer this needs to be respected.
To get to certain places we need to fly in cessna planes for 3 to 5 people, have to use cano´s over rivers and streams and need to walk/trek through the jungle. Some destinations can only be visited by sleeping in the jungle as well.
If we stay with the Indian communities it is common to leave some useful things behind as a thank you. Some things that are necessary in those communities: salt, big batteries for flash lights, fishing line, fish hooks, lead to fish with, clothes and school materials for the children like pens, pencils, notebooks. Before the start of the expedition we usually decide that everyone in the group brings something.

Spiegeling van Río Vaupes

Uitzicht vanaf Cerro Tipiaca

Raudal Jirijirimo vanuit het vliegtuig

Aankomst in Buenos Aires Indianen gemeenschap

Cerro Morroco

Raudal de Jirijirimo

Jungle riviertje met oranje water

De Tunnel van de Apaporis Rivier

Raudal de Yuruparí

Vlinders op een strand van de Vaupes Rivier

Kaaiman van de gril
Day 1
Flight Bogota-Mitu and welcome by local guide on the airport of Mitu. In the afternoon with motor taxi's or with 4x4 over the only road through the jungle from Mitu in the direction of the Indian community Santa Cruz. Here we will stay in hammocks with the Indian Community at the Río Vaupes.

Day 2
In the early morning we leave the Indian community Santa Cruz to take a boat downstream over the Vaupes River to the Indian community Villa Fatima. To get there we have to cross several rapids and some are so strong that we have to take the boat to the bank and walk to pass these rapids. At the end of the afternoon we arrive at Villa Fatima where we stay in hammocks in a maloka at the banks of the River Vaupes.

Day 3
Early morning trekking through the jungle to reach the Cerro Tipiaca, an enormous rock that peaks out of the jungle. We will climb the first level of the rock for some amazing views over the jungle possibly accompanied by enormous amounts of Guacamayas (Macaw´s). After enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the jungle we go back to Villa Fatima for another night in hammocks in a maloka at the banks of the River Vaupes.

Day 4
We go on by boat downstream over the Vaupes River. And again we will encounter the same rapids. At the end of the afternoon we arrive at the Indian community Taina where we stay in hammocks in a maloka.

Day 5
We will stay the whole day in the Indian community Taina. The Indians will show and tell us more about their lives, culture and traditions. They show us the how to process casave and Fariña, take us to their chagras (cultivated lands), we can take a walk through the jungle, enjoy the Vaupes River and in the evening/night we can accompany the Indians in the jungle to spot fauna.

Day 6
In the early morning we leave the Indian community to take a boat upstream over the Vaupes River to the Indian community Puerto Paloma. At the end of the afternoon we arrive at the Indian community Puerto Paloma where we stay in hammocks in a maloka.

Day 7
Free morning in Puerta Paloma. In the afternoon we will be picked up by motor taxi's or by a 4x4 car and take the only road through the jungle back to Mitu. On our way back we make a stop at a small river to bath. In Mitu we will stay in a hotel in the center.

Day 8
In the morning time to visit the local market of Mitu at the river bank of the Vaupes. Then transfer to the airport and a flight to Bogota with Satena.


Prices from 800 Euro pp


Inclusive:
- Flights Satena Bogota-Mitu-Bogota
- Transfers with 4x4/moto taxis mentioned in program
- Transport in boat with pilot, motor and fuel
- 1 night in a hotel in Mitu
- 6 nights in an Indian community
- Mentioned activities
- Food and beverages during the program in the jungle and with the Indian communities
- DE UNA Guide during the whole program
- Local guide during the whole program starting in Mitu
- Local guides (Indians) on location

Not inclusive:
- Food and beverages outside the jungle and Indian community
- Hammocks
- Personal expenses
- Leaving useful things behind (as a thank you) at the Indian community

Important: There are only 3 flights per week with Satena to Mitu. Due to the fact that the days of these flights change sometimes it is important to plan the starting date and ending date on day 1 and 8 to make sure there are flights. At the moment the flights are on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Off course it is possible to make a similar custom made program with more or less days in the jungle.
Spiegeling op Río Vaupes

Cerro Tipiaca

Groepsfoto bij Indianen gemeenschap Taina

Guacamayas bij Cerro Tipiaca

Raudal van Rio Vaupes passeren met boot

Tucano kinderen

Beklimming Cerro Tipiaca

Schilpad op strand van Río Vaupes

Indiaan speelt de Cariso



Day 1
Flight Bogota-Mitu and welcome by local guide on the airport of Mitu. In the afternoon some time to buy the last supplies for the trip. Accommodation in a hotel in the center of Mitu.

Day 2
In the early morning transfer to the airport of Mitu. Here will divide the group to fly in small cessna planes of 3 and/or 5 passangers and fly over the dense jungle to Indian community of Buenos Aires on the Caño Cananari (River). Upon arrival we will be welcomed by the community and there will be some time to get to know some traditional customs like how to process casave, fariña, mambe and the artesenías. We spend the nights in hammocks in a maloka.

Day 3
In the early morning with a boat over the Caño Cananari and then in the direction over the Apaporis River to the Jirijirimo Community. After more or less an hour we arrive at the waterfalls and we will visit first the left side of the waterfall. Here the Apaporis River reduces from a width of 300 meter to a width of only 30 meter and the water falls down over 25 meter. We will have to walk through the jungle and see a different (smaller) river with a beautiful waterfall in the color orange. After seeing this side of the Jirijirimo we will go back to the boat to visit the other side (the right side). Here we will walk over the rocks as far as possible to see the over 25 meter high waterfall. At the end of the afternoon back in the boat to Buenos Aires for the night in hammocks in the Maloka.

Day 4
In the early morning we will go by boat to the Jirijirimo Indian community. This community is located at the foot of the Jirijirimo waterfall and is also our starting point for a 2 hour long trekking through the jungle to 'El Tunel de Apaporis'. Here comes the same Apaporis River through a tunnel of only 5 meters wide and more than 40 meters high. If the water level isn´t to high we will cross the river from one side to the other. We will spend the night in the jungle in hammocks at river edge of the Apaporis river.

Day 5
In the morning we break up camp and go back to the Indian community of the Jirijirimo. From here we go by boat over the  Apaporis River and later over the Caño Cananari to the Indian community of Cerro Morroco, a tour of more or less 3 to 4 hours. From here we start to climb the Cerro Morroco to our camp on top of the Cerro with amazing views over the jungle.

Day 6
In the early morning we climb to a viewpoint to see the Guacamayas (Macaw's) leave their nests and we will visit some caves on Cerro Morroco. In the afternoon we will go back down and go by boat to the Indian community Buenos Aires, for our last night in hammocks in the maloka.

Day 7
We will leave the Indian community Buenos Aires and fly by cessna back to Mitu. Here we will stay in a local hotel in the center of the village. In the afternoon we visit the local market at the Vaupes river bank.

Day 8
Transfer to airport and flight with Satena back to Bogota.


Price from 1200 Euro pp


Inclusive:
- Flights Satena Bogota-Mitu-Bogota
- Cessna flights Mitu-Buenos Aires-Mitu
- Transport by boat with pilot, motor and gasoline
- 2 nights in a hotel in Mitu
- 5 nights in an Indian community
- Mentioned activities
- Food and beverages during the program in the jungle and with the Indian communities
- DE UNA Guide during the whole program
- Local guide during the whole program starting in Mitu
- Local guides (Indians) on location

Not inclusive:
- Food and beverages outside the jungle and Indian community
- Hammocks
- Personal expenses
- Leaving useful things behind (as a thank you) at the Indian community

Important: There are only 3 flights per week with Satena to Mitu. Due to the fact that the days of these flights change sometimes it is important to plan the starting date and ending date on day 1 and 8 to make sure there are flights. At the moment the flights are on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Off course it is possible to make a similar custom made program with more or less days in the jungle.
Aankomst met cessna vliegtuigje

Maken van Chicha de Chontaduro

Raudal de Jirijirimo

Anaconda in de jungle bij Jirijirimo

Groep bij waterval van Cerro Morroco

Maloka van Jirijirimo

De Tunnel van de Apaporis Rivier

Uitzicht vanaf Cerro Morroco

Waterval in de jungle bij Jirijirimo

Day 1
Flight Bogota-Mitu and welcome by local guide on the airport of Mitu. Then in the afternoon with small cessna plains (3 of 5 passengers) to the Indian community San José de Cananarí. Here we stay in hammocks in a maloka. In the afternoon time to get to know the community and to swim in the Caño Cananarí.

Day 2
In the early morning leaving the Indian community San José de Cananarí. We will go by boat upstream over the Caño Cananarí to the rapids of Cachivera del Sol. After pulling the boat along the rapids we will go on to Cerro del Sol where we will sleep in a cave in the jungle at a small lake. Perfect place to sea a lot of fauna (caimans, lapa, monkeys, anaconda, tapirs, etc).

Day 3 and 4
From Cerro del Sol we start a 2 day long trekking trough the jungle. We will cross many hills, small streams and waterfalls en we sleep in the jungle in hammocks. It is a beautiful but medium-hard trekking where we will see a lot of fauna on our way. On day 4 we arrive at the end of the day at the Indian community Yuruparí where we will stay in hammocks in a maloka.

Day 5
Today we have the whole day to enjoy and discover the Raudal of Yuruparí. We can get close to the rapids by boat and have enough time to take some pictures and enjoy a swim. This night we will sleep for the last time in the Indian community Yuruparí.

Day 6
In the morning we will spend some time with the Indians of Yuruparí and around noon we will take a boat tour to Caruru. This is a big community on the Vaupes river and here we will sleep in hammocks in a maloka.

Day 7
From Caruru we will go in a DC3 cargo plane to San José de Guaviare. Upon arrival we will go by horse or boat to the nature reserve Playa Guio where we will stay in a cabaña. In the afternoon we have a tour by boat over the Laguna Negra to spot flora and fauna.

Day 8
Return to Bogota. Depending on the wishes of the group we can fly with Satena or go by bus back to Bogota.


Price on request


Inclusive:
- Flights Satena Bogota-Mitu
- Flights Satena or public transport San José de Guaviare-Bogota
- Transport in boat with pilot, motor and fuel
- 1 night in a hotel in cabaña in San José de Guaviare
- 6 nights in an Indian community
- Mentioned activities
- Food and beverages during the program in the jungle and with the Indian communities
- DE UNA Guide during the whole program
- Local guide from Mitu to Yuruparí
- Local guides (Indians) on location

Not inclusive:
- Food and beverages outside the jungle and Indian community
- Hammocks
- Personal expenses
- Leaving useful things behind (as a thank you) at the Indian community

Important: There are only 3 flights per week with Satena to Mitu. Due to the fact that the days of these flights change sometimes it is important to plan the starting date and ending date on day 1 and 8 to make sure there are flights. At the moment the flights are on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Of course it is possible to make a similar custom made program with more or less days in the jungle.

Vlucht naar Cananarí

Indianen familie in Caño Cananarí

Boot door Cachivera del Sol trekken

Meer in grot bij Cerro del Sol

Foto nemen van een Anaconda van meer dan 5 meter

Camping midden in de jungle

Raudal de Yuruparí

Gallito de la Sierra