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It's very "touristy" - but that's OK

Good stop on a cruise ship (pretty much the only way to get there) Get to see village life - the... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2018
Lymebdr
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Bay Area
View of another way of life

This was a stop on our Holland America cruise. At breakfast, the windows were really steamed up... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
carolo22CL
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Cedar Lake, IN
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Imagine being greeted by a village of adults and children and this is what you will experience when you visit Boca de Valeria. One of the best ports to to get an in-depth experience look into the indigenous culture. When we disembarked from our tender,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

Sometimes you have to shake your head in wonder at some of the comments people write about places. Like the criticism that this village is a tourist trap. For goodness sake, the place is in the middle of nowhere - poor, reasonably primitive but welcoming...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Called here as it was a stop on a cruise ship. We were greeted at the pier by a gang of kids wanting to hold our hands and 'escort' us to the magical sights, which included a couple of crocodiles with their mouths bound with...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank andrewrance
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Good stop on a cruise ship (pretty much the only way to get there) Get to see village life - the kids are sweet - dress up, carry pets (?) - don't speak any English, but will show you around the island (for tips) -...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

The village looked interesting as we approached, houses on stilts, and lots of people milling about. We had been told that the village houses 75-100 people but that others from other villages come in when theres a ship in to sell their handicrafts. Well they...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

This was a stop on our Holland America cruise. At breakfast, the windows were really steamed up. Hot already. No tours are offered here. It was suggested we bring a supply of single dollar bills, and small school supplies. We boarded our tender, and immediately...More

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank carolo22CL
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Unlike some other reviewers who waxed lyrical about helping the indigenes akin to Rousseau's "noble savage", I found our cruise call here - for the entire day - deeply unsatisfying. Maybe this stop was mandated by the Brazilian Government as the price for allowing cruises...More

Date of experience: March 2017
4  Thank mccorquinn
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I've been on many cruises, but this was far and away the most unique port of call to date. Literally in the middle of nowhere, and an amazing chance to see how the locals live.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank YummyMummyCL
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Got there by tender from cruise ship so obviously quite touristy, however possible to walk away from that area and enjoy the natural side. A lot of children hoping for money but will also happily accept pencils books etc. High light for me was just...More

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed 8 April 2015

We wer privieged to be able to meet these native Amazonian people in their own village. We saw the school, the chapel and their homes. Take pens, pencils, paper and school supplies. Add a couple of dollars for photos. You will be made very welcome.

Date of experience: February 2015
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When you take a photo you can pay with a dollar and/or paper, pencils, etc.
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The cruise ship tender is the only way I know of to reach this village. Yes, it's touristy, in that all the inhabitants converge on the tourists. But for me it was a view of their way of life...very different from my own... More
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