MAIN ADVANTAGES OF THE RESERVA NATURAL PALMARI
The present advantages apply for the region comprising the amazonian triangle of Perú – Colombia – Brasil, which is the area visited by tourism reaching it through the cities of Leticia (Colombia), Tabatinga (Brazil) and Santa Rosa (Perú).
Location of our visitor´s center
It is located on the brazilian shore of the Javari river, it´s huge water flow allowing access by river transport conveyances during any time of the year, even in low water season or during heavy droughts. It is the only one built at about 10 meters of height above the maximum high water level known on “terra firme” forest floor (habitat with very low presence of mosquitoes and other stinging insects), this eco-system being dry, none-flooding terrain all year around, allowing our guests to initiate walks without having to travel by water first, but both other forest types "varzea" and "igapó" also being present and very close to our visitors centre, hence our destination being the only one in the region offering all forest types related to the neo-tropical rainforests.
It is the only facility that offers 5 different types of lodging: high end luxury private lodges, medium end private lodges, communal lodging in our indigenous “maloka” in beds or in our typical “enramada” in hammocks plus hammock-camping inside the jungle, further allowing our guests to choose and rotate the various options at wish and/or pick between sleeping in comfortable beds or wide hammocks. It is the only facility built aproximately 10 meters above the maximum known highest water level offering a breath taking 360° view of the surrounding forests, Javari river and its beaches, further we constructed a watch-tower at about 15 meters above the floor level of our visitor center, bearing comfortable access by a sturdy stair, granting an even better panoramic fully surrounding view. We have electric connectivity to the national electric power grid and should the supply fail or be momentarily interrupted, we also hold a modern, powerful, eco-friendly “Diesel” electricity generating power-plant with low levels of sound and fuel consumption, which assists our guests as to their needs regarding re-charging of cameras, filming equipment, batteries and all similar equipment of personal use. Being the visitor center conveniently located on “terra firme” forest floor, on very high ground over the maximum river level, the entire center connected by wooden walkways above the ground and with an ample lawn area keeping the forest sufficiently away from the living quarters and terraces, our sleeping quarters also apropriately elevated above the natural soil our visitor center with offers the lowest risk of being stung or bitten by vipers, scorpions, milipeds and other venomous reptiles, insects or similar animal species.
We are the only destination, which really quotes, sells and offers an “all inclusive” service, including all transfers, all activities (excluding only the “canopying” activities), which may be repeated as many times as desired, all meals, snacks, all beverages including soft drinks and alcoholic beverages (last only for adults!) in any quantities as far as our stock allows it, all river transports and it´s required fuel, all needed bed & hammock clothing for lodging at the visitor center or in the jungle, all required equipment for any activity or undertaking (except the specialized equipments for specific activities, each guest having to bring these specific equipments), all tours and ventures outside the visitor center (except the land transportation and entry fee to the indigenous “Marubo” villages) and other services.
Personalized & specialized private guidance for each booking
We are the only destination that provides each groupe or even each individual booking with it´s own bi-lingual (spanish & portuguese) individual guide as skiled as possible in accordance to the specific interests and expectations of the visitors comprising the booking he is appointed to, designing, proposing, planning and executing all activities in a flexible manner, planned day-by-day and night-by-night, bearing in mind climatic conditions, opportunities the natural surrounding environment offers and always in search for the best result for his groupe or individual guest. We are the only destination that offers only local, highly specialized, personalized guides, which we rotate from all neighbouring communities, all trained and instructed to transmit their local knowledge in a general and specific context, guides, which day-by-day teach our guests, learn from them and mature in their own home environment without being transferred to other working sites like the “park wardens” from the governmental-state park systems or the “hired day work force”, which results in the presence of occasional guiding personnel poorly related to the area and work environment, distant to the specific local knowledge of the area and the optimal work effort related to the client.
Translating & assisting towards guests that speak the languages spanish or portuguese
Our own Grupo Travesías S.A.S. travel agency has created an intership/volunteer proyect that guarantees the presence of various volunteers at the visitors centre of the Reserva Natural Palmari, all of them speaking spanish or portugues plus at least english, some of them even additional other languages, one of them being appointed to each booking that does not hold at least one visitor speaking spanish or portuguese, this during the overall stay of this specific reservation, day and night, thus guaranteeing an optimal comunication between the guide, the work team present at our visitors centre, the boat pilots, the members of the neighbouring communties and the guest(s) comprising that booking.
Reality: Cost = client´s satisfaction
In accordance to the findings and results of the inquiries made over the past years by both the Grupo Travesías S.A.S. travel agency and the Reserva Natural Palmari, answered by our independent clients, tour-groups, specialized tourism in respect to our exclusive "extreme trekk" activity, sport fishermen, ornithologists, herpethologists, entomologists, “backpackers” and various others, we have found, that the Reserva Natural Palmari has statistically obtained the best results regarding the concept equation “cost = client´s satisfaction” compared to all other destinations in the region.
Specialized and exclusive activities such as "extreme trekking" & "kayaking" & "sport fishing" & "ornithology" & "entomology" & "herpethology" and others)
We are the only provider that offers free of any additional charge exclusive multiple-day "extreme trekk" tours by walking, kayaking or the combination of both, as well as specialized activities like sport fishing, "birding" with a highly skilled guide having good ornithological expertise plus other and we are always willing and interested in hearing new proposals or requests from our potential guests, options which we will study and analyze accordingly.
Harpy eagle - Only destination in the region having presence of an active nest in vicinity to our visitors centre
During the 80´s and 90´s we confirmed regular visits by a female harpy eagle to the close surroundings of our visitors centre, so we set-up to find that harpy couple´s nest, search that granted a positive result after 12 years of searching through our guide Ilke "Yuqui", locating it not too far from our visitors centre, being a fully active nesting site which obviously became a "star" activity to our guests and which can be visited by all of them under controled guidance and following certain "rules to the game"; this harpy eagle couple has granted us various nesting seasons, each one resulting in a healthy and strong harpy youngster, which after thorough teaching and atention by its parents has flown off to search for its own future.
We are the only destination that posses all water eco-systems contained in the neo-tropical rain forests, as they are main river and its tributaries, open lakes, covered lakes, wetlands, marshes and ponds of “white” water (sedimented, not transparent water), as well as ox-bow lakes, open and covered lakes, wetlands, marshes, ponds and channels connecting these water bodies with the river or inter-connecting them, several holding “black” water (none sedimented, dark, transparent water (only during the low-water-level season), plus crystal transparent jungle creeks and streams. We are the only site that offers various beautiful white sandy beaches in immediate vicinity to our visitor center plus having in the immediate vicinity to our visitor center various natural pools holding crystal, transparent water being home to a huge variety of sweet water ornamental “aquarium” fish species.
We are the only site that offers all three neo-tropical forest eco-systems in and around our visitors centre, as they are “terra firme”, “várzea” and “igapo”, all of them, most of them in pristine condition not having been exploited, further the "terra firme" forest behind and initiating at short distance from our visitors centre may be understood as "primary forest", meaning that it is in virgin condition and being complete from a botanical, wildlife and environmental point of view.
We are the only destination that offers 2 sepparate "canopy" platform facilities, one located in "terra firme" forest close to our visitors centre and consisting of 2 platforms connected by a "zip wire" and the other one being installed in "varzea" and "igapó" forests, a bit further away from our visitors centre and consisting of one huge platform that even allows for spending the night on it. This activity is sepparately offered, quoted and operated by several members of the neighbouring community "Palmari" being well trained personnel working with european top-class, certified gear which offer this service under their private management and responsibility - the Grupo Travesías S.A.S. travel agency and the Reserva Natural Palmari destination does not sign responsible for any complaint, accident or lack of commitment by the people in charge.
“Primary – virgen – pristine” state of our “terra firme” (or) “high – land” forests
It is a basic law and a solid concept accepted by all biologists, that an eco-system or bioma in which certain “key indicator” species are present and confirmed, not only as “passing as guests” but upon confirmation of both adult and immature individuals for terrestrial animals, as well as adult and immature individuals with additional presence of active nesting, is considered as a “primary” forest bioma that contains 100% of wildlife and flora species known and classified for this type of forest eco-system or bioma: regarding the neo-tropical rainforest “terra firme” bioma 3 key indicator species are listed: the tapir (Tapirus terrestris) confirmed through multiple sightings of both adult and immature individuals as well as constant finding of their hoof marks and feces, the jaguar (Panthera onca) confirmed by several sightings of both adult and immature individuals as well as constant finding of their paw marks, territorial claw-scratching on tree trunks and urine marks as well as feces and remains from their hunted preys, finally the harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) confirmed not only by a lot of sightings of both adult and immature individuals but as well as due to the presence of an active nest. Conclusion = We are the only destination that can ascertain “proof in hand” that our forests are to be considered as “primary” and contain 100% of wildlife and flora species known and classified for this type of forests.
We are the only destination offerering in its visitors centre the overall needed communication systems, meaning both mobile/celular telephone communication, as well as own exclusive “IP” satelite position allowing full on-line in connectivity to "Internet", both granting the possibility to call (preferably and better conectedx through "whatsapp"), “email”, “chat”, “skype”, "whatsap", navigate the net plus many other services allowing to stay in touch in real time with the outside world, all said at no additional expense and during all 24° of every day.
“Ecology and environmental protection"
We are the only site that works directly and closely with 5 neighbouring communities by means of social agreements oriented to improve their quality of life, their economic income, their education, better handling of waste management and residual water treatment, motivate and capacitate the interaction with our guests through guidance, working and living with them, as well as creating projects regarding logistic support to improve health, sanitary and teaching aspects, the creation and handling of wildlife breading stock in order to create sustainable processes that significantly reduce hunting, fishing and logging. We are the only destination that has extended its interest in the region creating agreements with communities and land owners further beyond with the interest to offer our guests the possibility to venture to other places of interest besides the Reserva Natural Palmari included in the servce portfolio and at no additional cost. We are the only destination that has signed various agreements with indigenous tribes from the middle and upper Javari valley and on its tributaries, their members visiting our domains often, which have resulted in a reciprocal, deep friendship and trust, merchandising of their handicrafts and produce, as well as improvement of their quality of life in diverse aspects.
“Condition of the neo-tropical forest"
The Amazon river has suffered and still suffers on all it´s length, from the foothills of the Andean mountain range to it´s mouth on the Atlantic the strong and relentless impact of chainsaws, hunting rifles and nylon deep-river fishing nets, not respecting and trespassing even today the boundaries of so-called “governmental state park system protected land” or “eco-tourism related protected land”, regions that in fact are ruled by logging, hunting, fishing or other illegal, destructive interests, camouflaged under the “ecological” flag held up by none-caring economic interests and investments; the middle and upper Javari river was closed to the “white man” and his rampaging destruction until recently, then the Reserva Natural Palmari and the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Socioambiental do Vale do Javari (www.idsavj.org) were created not only for tourist topics, but, in general, to protect this immense region of pristine, virgin forests and sound lakes in order to preserve this unique destination of global interest.
“Canoeing and Kayaking"
We are the only destination that besides local, traditional, wodden dug-out canoes of various sizes and load capacity, offers the possibility of “kayaking” by means of 7 professional "Perception 3000" two-seater kayaks also having each two dry storage facilities, these kayaks being designed not only for "light" short-time leisure activities but being also ideal for multiple-day "extreme trekk" tours as being designed and constructed under top-noch parametres of ergonomy, easy to handle, being comfortable, advancing and gliding swiftly.
We are the only site that has paid special effort to teach and train our local staff of guides the style and needs expected by our sport fishing guests, with the interest to serve professionally our sport fishing guests, to drive our specialized sport fishing boats and kayaks according to the sport fisherman´s expectations and to make good use of the various aquatic eco-systems, currents and depths in order to guarantee our guests the best result during their sport fishing efforts. We are the only destination that promotes and supports the ecologic sport fishing basic rule of “catch & release” in the region and we have accounted over 45 different fish species of game fish to be possibly caught in the various water bodies.
“Ornithology - Birding"
No doubt, the Reserva Natural Palmari has proven to be the #1 destination in the 3-country triangle of Peru, Colombia and Brazil regarding to ornithological topics, this due to various facts: its geographical position on the south side of the Amazon river guarantees presence of austral (southern) migrating bird species that do not cross the Amazon stream; the highest number of endemic species for the region is confirmed; the presence of species which their formerly distributional range did not comprise this area are now confirmed and published as being present; the highest number in bird species is confirmed for our area listing more than 500 species and the number is rising; set-aside the austral migrating species, passing-by and over-wintering remaining species of the boreal (northern) migrating birds are found here; we provide several local, appropriately trained, well equipped, skilled and highly specialized guides relevant to ornithology, which do not only handle common bird names, but also handle scientific bird names and see in the birding activity not only their work task, but their hobby and private interest; presence of an active harpy eagle´s (Harpia harpyja) nest, “key indicator” species and de facto condition confirming a sound “primary” forest condition; continous visits of highly specialized ornithologists, which not only visit us to increase their personal species list but to enhance their personal studies and deepen their investigative tasks regarding a particular family, genus or species of bird; plus various other details and positive conditions - link to our bird list holding english common names.
“Back-channeling of economic surplus"
We are the only touristic site in the region that shares a percentage of our yearly economic surplus between all employed and otherwise helping hands that interveined during that ending year; besides that, another percentage is re-invested in new improvements and equipment, in new agreements and support of various topics regarding our neighbouring communities, as well as aiming at the future through the creation of new agreements with further beyond living communities in order to seek for new friendships and mutual cooperation up-river on the Javari or deeper up into the tributaries and a last – but not least – a certain amount is transferred directly to the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Socioambiental do Vale do Javari (www.idsavj.org) with views to sustain several on-going proyects, as well as to search-for and include new proyects dealing with protecting the environment and wildlife.
“European-global organization, administration and quality-control"
We are an european-global organization with partners and consultancies in Europe, Asia and North America, with legal and logistical none-proffit support coming from multinational organizations interested in the preservation of the environment and the goals set by the Reserva Natural Palmari; this said, it is clear that our services, the attention paid to our clients, the professionalism we seek for in our staff and the results obtained in the sumn of all aforementioned is constantly scrutinized and being monitored based on international standards, high quality expectations and critical control in form and contents.
We use, and are pioneers for the whole region in the ussage of the EM ©+® (“Effective micro-organisms”) technology created by Dr. Teruo Higa of the Ryukyus University in Okinawa, Japan, which comprises the treatment of waste waters through a continuos and rutinary adding of small portions of these effective micro-organisms obtained from nature, to each handbasin, shower, sink, toilet and any other access to treated water plumbing that leads to the septic tanks; these portions of micro-organisms constitute a “measured and calculated coctail” of organic bacteria and activ yeasts, which sinthezise organic material and liquid residues converting them into aminoacids, nucleic acids, enzymes, sugars and metabolites, all of which promote botanic growth, produce sterilyzing agents that reduce the infeccious impact in the substrate, diminish odours, deterre insects of the mosquitoe, je-jen, flies and sand-flies species, create active hormones and improove the residual organic muds in such a way that the neighbouring communities have confirmed an improovement in the quality of the soil in their plots through the annual ussage of the contents from our septic tanks as bail, with surprising results regarding the average increase in growth and harvest. We provide each guest with ecologic soap and shampoo, which has cero environmental impact, very low foam production and is absorbed highly by the traps and filters residing at the mouths of each of our septic tanks; we prohibit the use of soaps, shampoos, rinses, creams and other none bio-degradable productcs, all which are confiscated and only returned to their owner prior to his leaving from the visitors centre, eventhough we ask all our guests not to bring them in the first place. We use only ecological dish washing soaps, cloth-washing soaps, general cleaning, sweaping and other tidyness products that provide cero impact on the environment, of low foam production and high absortion by the traps and filters residing at the mouths of each septic tank. We invite our guests to only use – and not only whilst being at the Reserva Natural Palmari – our own “PMM – Palmari Magic Mix ©” home made insect repellent recipe that carries very low environmental impact and we ask them to avoid using industrial formulas that contain invasive and contaminating agents.
“Potable water origin & filtering"
We use water rendered by a deep well, drilled to a depth that provides water coming from a deeper strata than the local freatic water level, thus being highly clean water, not holding any living particles upon which the requested tests undertaken routinely every 6 months at a specialized laboratory have demonstrated that it holds the best quality of all water provided in the region. That said as a definite bonus, we do not stop here, but have implemented the AcuaNova ©+® technology which comprises the installation of 2 filters prior to the tanks providing water to all handbasins, showers and cloths washing basins plus 4 filters installed prior to the fruit, vegetable and meat treating tables, the kitchen, the restaurant and the area where our guests can re-fill their canteens, field bottles and camel-backs; this is also why we do not use factory bottled or baged water and ask our visiting guests not to bring any.
“Medical treatments & personal health"
At our visitors centre we have first aid medication and equipment, ranging from an Alka-Selzer up to specific polivalent liofilizised snake anti-venom serums according to each species of viper present in the neo-tropical rain forests, aside from combined “anafilactic shock treatment sets”, venoclysis injection systems, professional stretchers and lot of other medications and items that gave birth over the years to the term “Palmari jungle hospital” by our clients that work professionally in the medical field; further, our team of basic and advanced jungle guides receive courses regarding first aid, handling of special and extreme circumstances and periodically receive classes dealing with up-dates and new findings regarding these topics; our attitude and perfectionism in this respect is demonstrated by the fact that the neighbouring communities of the region and other hostels, hotels and conveyances for riverine transport approach our visitors centre in search of medical atention, help and orientation for their personell, guests and clients.
“Handling of garbage and solid residues"
We have implemented a step-by-step programme regarding solid garbage sepparation and dealing with it, this not only regarding the Reserva Natural Palmari, but also other communities and villages that have signed the environmental protective agreements containing details such as that all solid non-biodegradable waste is packed in bags, not only at the Reserva Natural Palmari, but in each community and village, then consolidated in priorly decided places and a transport conveyance provided and financed by the Reserva Natural Palmari takes care of picking up the bags, transporting them to the town of Atalaia do Norte and delivering all bags to the relevant waste management firm, which - we hope - gives them the recommended final treatment, further all biodegradable waste of botanic, lifestock or similar origin is consolidated in plastic containers and is delivered to the families of neighbouring communities that hold and breed pigs in order to be used as fodder for this lifestock, plus all biodegradable waste refering to paper, cardboard, wood-pulp aglomerate and similar is burned and the ashes – mixed with dried and crushed eggshells – used as bail for the fruit trees, flower bushes, heliconias and all other ornamental plants growing in and attracting wildlife to our visitors centre as well as destinated to our "Sembrando Selva © + ®” proyect.
“Instituto de Desenvolvimento Socioambiental do Vale do Javari ©+®"
Taking into account the complex policies and presence of authorities always interested in a proper handling inside the brazilian law as to any participative organization related to the local colonist communities, we have searched for alternatives that allow us to act directly in these neighbouring villages towards aspects of live quality improvement based on a sustainable management of the surrounding environment, but in an autonomous and sepparated manner from the Reserva Natural Palmari, which allows us to enhance the portfolio of real possibilities and the including of other interested parties; based on said premises we created the idea, designed the policies and internal procedure protocols, located other interested parties on an international level, coughed-up a viable administrative organigramme in accordance to the reality of the region, decided the immediate and secondary priorities and gave life to the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Socioambiental do Vale do Javari (www.idsavj.org) following the rules of brazilian law as to the conditions surrounding an “NGO”, in Brazil appropriately named “OCIP – Organização da Sociedade Civil de Interesse Público = Civil societie´s organization of public interest". This institute – with the funding coming from each and every guest visiting the Reserva Natural Palmari , plus the funding donated by various multi-national firms related to it, plus the fundings from tour & excursion & tourism operating agencies and their clients visiting the Reserva Natural Palmari, plus the direct in situ support of visitors that donate their holliday time helping to push forward any communal proyect and many other of ut-most diverse inspirations – has created to the present date a participative bond with 5 local communities, which now thrive with new and fully equipped schools, aqueducts, septic waste-water treatment services, bridges and other acomplished proyects regarding communal infrastructure, apart from receiving donations such as cloths, books, shoes, torches and other domestic utensils. Further, we search for new proyects, new attitudes and new routines looking to change the daily modus vivendi for the colonists in these associated villages, all based hopefully on simple ideas as the one´s expressed in our proposal “Proyecto: Educación + Donación = Compromiso » Cambio 180°” and which indistinctively will guide the communities to live comfortable, rich lives with real possibilities towards a promising future based on a practical platform that will result in a healthy, ecologically protected way, its forests and water bodies used on a sustainable and economically viable scenario without nature loss and presenting us a sound surrounding environment.
“Environmental protective communal participative agreements"
Various communities have decided to sign with the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Socioambiental do Vale do Javari (www.idsavj.org) and the Reserva Natural Palmari an environmental protective communal participative agreement, through which they receive economic donations from every guest visiting the Reserva Natural Palmari, removal of non-biodegradable waste, support regarding building of communal infrastructure proyects, receival of building and construction materials, donation of cloth, shoes, domestic appliances and other items that are needed to improove their daily live, all free of charge but conditioning them in return to change obsolete, non-ecologic and environmentally invasive routines as to their daily life.
“Donation of items, equipment and innovative solutions aplicable to the daily modus vivendi"
We firmly believe in the combination of a “good neighbour” policy linked to granting help to our staff, their families and other members of communities interested in substituting invasive and old life routines in exchange for new methologies, as well as demostrating the aforementioned by means of real, participative examples: so, for instance, we provide new “hands-free” head-torches that work on more efficient small, flat batteries and also produce red light which does not attract insects, substituting the old, obsolete, big “hand-held” alumina torches that work on large, highly contaminating batteries, or, another example: we provide them with the items described below and proove to them - by inviting them to join and asist our groups of sport fishermen clients during their fishing excursions – that by fishing with specialized sport fishing gear like rods, reels and industrial lures as used in said sport activity, they can capture in less time more fish, of larger, authorized size – without using invasive nylon nets which highly affect the environment by catching under-sized, young fish, unedible species of fish and drown turtles, dolphines, otters, snakes and other species of wildlife that live in simbiosis with the water bodies – and in the same time learn that the tedious and boring responsibility of gathering food for the family-table can be turned into a fun and sport activity that results in a larger catch, optained from the evironment by sustainable, none-invasive means, that even renders more time to be spent otherwise and in time teaches the demonstrated positive aspects to other members of other neighbouring communities, widening the region were these new methods are introduced; we grant these and a lot of other appliances directed to the same main goal without adding transport or other costs, handing them over to the same price they cost us and we always try to aquire them from the primary production factory, at whole-sale prices, always looking for the cheapest price possible in the interest of the communal member and the debit pending will be deducted from the salary in comfortable terms proposed by the final buyer himself and we also invite our clients and guests to bring during their visit items, gear, equipment, cloth, mosquito netting, shoes and other, similar donations which might contribute to this purpose - information as to the requiered items may be found at:: https://palmari.org/category-en-gb/about-us.html#wish-list
“Volonteers, university students & scientific researchers"
Covered by agreements with various national and international universities, none-governmental organizations, private companies and persons the Reserva Natural Palmari keeps its doors wide open to any volonteers which would like to get involved with our guests, staff or neighbouring communities, university thesis students which need to close their studies by handing-in said thesis proyects, scientific researchers or any other who hold the same interests as the Reserva Natural Palmari, its policies and its principles, all of whom have to participate or in any-which-way get involved, without receiving payment or any other otherwise being remunerated, in one of the proyects or specific tasks that the Reserva Natural Palmari and the Instituto de Desenvolvimento Socioambiental do Vale do Javari are fronting or undertaking in an autonomous or combined manner with one or more of the neighbouring communities.