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"SELVAVENTURA" WORK TEAM
 

 

  Luis Felipe “Pipe” Ulloa Arango      
 

SelvAventura is an agency, which engages in the design, construction, administration and operation of Tourism Canopy Infrastructures.

SelvAventura counts on highly skilled personell, specialized, high quality equipment and materials, continously undertakes mantainance routine checks and follow-up programms regarding safety, knowledge and applied technology.

SelvAventura holds leadership in the activities regarding tourism canopy, picking the best natural locations in none- or little interveined habitats regarding the various amazonian habitats as “várzea”, “igapo”, jungle channels, “terra firme”, lakes, islands and others.

Through these procedures SelvAventura has consolidated the best way to observe and feel the amazonian jungle in its maximum splendor, the most fascinating sunsets and sunrises, the sounds, the stars, the far away horizon, the blooming landscape, the emerging trees, the epiphytes, the birds, the arboreal vertebrates, the insects and even the dolphins and the fish seen from the heights. That is SelvAventura, besides the jungle expeditions and experiences, which comprise our trips to the roof of the jungle, without leaving aside a prudent contact with the indigenous and their culture, which inspire in us a great deal of respect.
I. DEFINITION AND HISTORY

The canopy is the aereal vegetal layer, which in the neo-tropical forests normally is defined as the conglomerate of sprouts, leaves, branches, flowers and fruit of the various species of plants that grow and are found above 20 metres of height. From its english name “canopy” derives the word “canopying” relating to the activity of climbing and moving within the tree tops.

A tourism canopy infrastructure is a kind of specialized infrastructure built inside or preferrable above the tree tops, which allows the undertaking of specific activities regarding theinvestigative research, recreation and eco-tourism in the heights of the forests with safety and professionalism.

Since the decade of the 90s. and thanks to the intervention of the biology investigators in tropical forests, this activity of climbing into trees and placing oneself in the highest spot of said forests, presents itself to the world as a touristical alternative for adventure and aquiring of knowledge of nature, which today moves the economy of countries like Costa Rica, capturing the attention of millions of visitors per year.

Since 1.998 and until today these activities are developed with great sucess at the Reserva Natural Palmari with whom SelvAventura holds an out-sourced contract regarding the providing of said services, resulting in one of the mayour atractions of the Reserva Natural Palmari for the visitors from abroad and the surroundings.

PHILOSOPHY

The undertakings of tree-climbing and canopy activities must not be offered as extrem, high risk and adrenalin-rush adventures. On the contrary, eventhough it actually is an adventure, the main objective of these undertakings on a recreational basis is to summon the magic, the tranquility and the embrassing mistic of the neo-tropical forests. The canopy traveller will enter himself while entering the canopy, with full patience and calmliness he will hand himself to the harness and the ropes in search of the light that lies further beyond from were the view normally reaches. The canopy traveller ascends from the forest floor, where the leaflitter slowly decomposes, advances between vines, branches and short rays of light at the same time conquering fears and overcoming difficulties, until, at the height, his experience opens his mind to reflexion and contemplation. There, like in a mirror, the most vivid image of the forest presents itself to the canopy traveller. This new vision of the forest allows mankind to tighten his ties with nature, represented in new values for the still standing forests.

Luis Felipe Ulloa Arango

SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
In all branches of biology and ecology a lot of canopy research projects have been detained or have not even been initiated due to the lack of practice and knowledge of the relevant ascent techniques requiered to observe, colect and research. Eventhough this is and will continue to be one of the mayour boundaries for producing scientific research at all levels, much has been acomplished in regard as to the canopy. Canopy biology has been given birth as a specialized branch of biology itself and it is on the pinnacle because of its global ecological importance. This mega-diverse zone of the neo-tropical forests requieres the inmediate atention of biologists, ecologists and climatologists, for whom these installations and personell are at hand, for any university, none-governmental firm, private investigator o student who need to proceed in his investigations o tasks regarding the amazonian neo-tropical rain forests.
II. PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Regarding the canopying activity, SelvAventura offers as a final product the design, the construction and instalation, the operation, mantainance and administration of the complete set of the tourism canopy infrastructure. The final product as such is a variety of components and different methods according to the circumstances, depending on the client, his target market, the terrain caracteristics, the tendency or style depending on the project at hand (adventure, family recreation, nature observation, scientific research, the combination of various from the aforementioned, or others), this, between other relevant aspects.

The various products are detailed as stations or platforms, ascent/descent ramps, hanging bridges or aereal walkways, pulley traverses installed on steel cables, ascent/descent installations by means of ropes, as well as specialized materials and equipments. The operation of the chosen installations include the training of guides, the manufacturing of informative material for the clients, the control of the operation (weight load/capacity, safety, administration and efficency) as well as the follow-up of the business according to the demands of our clients.

SPORTIVE TREE-TRUNK CLIMBING

Exercise, that complies native and natural techniques added to modern procedures taken from artificial wall climbing, united to climb trees vertically on their main trunk. Activity, designed for all types of people with various difficulty levels, undertaken with equipment meeting international standards of security.
RATES
 
SERVICE DESCRIPTION
TIME FRAME
INCLUSIONS
GROUPE SIZE
RATE X PERSON X ACTIVITY
GROUPE RATE and/or RATE X PERSON THAT REPEATS THE ACTIVITY
 
BASIC SERVICE
RESERVA NATURAL PALMARI "TERRA FIRME" FOREST
15 minute walk; up-climb by ropes to the canopy platform; staying and moving about the various platforms by means of hanging bridges and/or gliding on iron steel cables; descent by ropes (A)
approx. 3 to 4 hours
  • Teaching
  • Equipment
  • Guides
  • Snacks
Maximum 10 guests each morning and afternoon
COP$:60.000
RBR$:60,00
USD$:30,00
EUR$:20,00
COP$:50.000
RBR$:50,00
USD$:25,00
EUR$:20,00
BASIC SERVICE
"ZACAMBUZINHO" CHANNEL INSEMI-FLOODED & FLOODED FORESTS
30 minute transport by boat; up-climb by ropes to the canopy platform; staying on one hugh platform; descent by ropes (B)
approx. 4 to 5 hours
  • Transport
  • Teaching
  • Equipment
  • Guides
  • Snacks
Maximum 10 guests each morning and afternoon
COP$:60.000
RBR$:60,00
USD$:30,00
EUR$:20,00
COP$:50.000
RBR$:50,00
USD$:25,00
EUR$:20,00
NOCTURNAL SERVICE
RESERVA NATURAL PALMARI "TERRA FIRME" FOREST
Service (A) with an overnight stay on one of the platforms
.
approx. 4 hours; maximum 18 hours
  • Food
  • Bedding clothing
  • Teaching
  • Equipment
  • Guides
  • Snacks
Maximum 10 guests for one overnight stay
COP$:100.000
RBR$:100,00
USD$:50,00
EUR$:35,00
COP$:85.000
RBR$:85,00
USD$:45,00
EUR$:30,00
NOCTURNAL SERVICE
"ZACAMBUZINHO" CHANNEL IN SEMI-FLOODED AND FLOODED FORESTS
Service (B) with an overnight stay on the platform
approx. 4 to 5 hours; maximum 20 hours
  • Food
  • Bedding clothing
  • Transport
  • Teaching
  • Equipment
  • Guides
  • Snacks
Maximum 10 guests for one overnight stay
COP$:100.000
RBR$:100,00
USD$:50,00
EUR$:35,00
COP$:85.000
RBR$:85,00
USD$:45,00
EUR$:30,00
TREE-TRUNK CLIMBING
RESERVA NATURAL PALMARI "TERRA FIRME" FOREST
30 minute walk; sport climbing activity directly on the tree-trunk by means of gripping-devices on the tree-trunk and ropes; learning of traditional tree-climbing techniques
approx. 4 hours
  • Teaching
  • Equipment
  • Guides
  • Snacks
Maximum 10 guests each morning and afternoon
COP$:40.000
RBR$:40,00
USD$:20,00
EUR$:15,00
COP$:30.000
RBR$:30,00
USD$:15,00
EUR$:10,00
               
 
Description of the aforementioned SelvAventura rates
Item 1) One climbing session for one person at any of the canopy installations provided by SelvAventura. Full set of requiered equipments and guidance -both provided by SelvAventura - are included.

Item 2) Any second and/or additional climbing session at any of the canopy installations provided by SelvAventura, for one person that has already undertaken a prior canopy activity. Full set of requiered equipments and guidance - both provided by SelvAventura - are included.

Item 3) One climbing session for one person at any of the canopy installations provided by SelvAventura, including one dinner, beverages, one breakfast and one hammock with its mosquito net and plastic covering or covering tent. Full set of requiered equipments and guidance - both provided by SelvAventura - are included.

Item 4) Full set of canopying activity equipment per person plus one trained SelvAventura guide, per day. The use of at least one trained guide from the SelvAventura staff is compulsory. SelvAventura retains the right to cancel the activity without refunding of the rental fee, if the contracting client does not hold the necessary expertise regarding the activity and/or handling of the equipment.

Item 5) Using of the SelvAventura installations with own canopy equipment, per person, per day. The use of at least one trained guide from the SelvaVentrura staff is compulsory. SelvAventura retains the right to cancel the activity without refunding of the rental fee, if the contracting client does not hold the necessary expertise regarding the activity and/or handling of the equipment and if the client´s equipment is not sufficient and/or in unsafe condition and/or to old.

Any person whatsoever using the SelvAventura canopy installations and/or equipments for a climbing activity and/or own equipment in connection with SelvAventura services and/or installations and/or guidance, understands fully, that the Reserva Natural Palmari and/or its staff is not responsible for any accident or similar. It is understood, that any responsability whatsoever relies solely on the SelvAventura agency and their staff.
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