I am a wheelchair user, and was on a cruise around Brazil and up the Amazon to Manaus in March. It was difficult to find shore excursions suitable for wheelchair users, as I cannot access a normal tour bus owing to the steep steps. I found Gil's website some time before we left home, and following a number of email exchanges we booked ourselves on his wetlands day trip. Gil was very apologetic in advance about his perceived lacked of wheelchair facilities, however he need not have bothered. We were met at the port in Santarem and transported by taxi to his river boat. Yes, the general facilities for wheelchirs were not ideal, however his crew memebrs made sure that this was no problem for us, and I was successfully transferred to his river boat. The boat even had an ingeniously devised disabled toilet on board, and it was easy to see the sights as we spent the day cruising around the wetlands. We saw a fantastic variety of wildlife and plants on our cruise, and I even had the opportunity to catch a piranha during our lunch stop. Gil and his crew were great at pointing out the natural wonders along our way. This daytrip was definitely the highlight of our visit to Brazil - Gil's enthusiasm for welcoming guests and looking after the precious environment of the Amazon knows no bounds. If you want to see the best of the Amazon then I definitely recommed this tour.
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