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Explore the Amazon Jungle from a Floating Community Lodge

Discover all the beauty and biodiversity of the Amazon and its namesake river. Be part of protecting endangered wildlife. 5 days.

  • Brazil
  • October—June

Experience all the wonders of the Amazon in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve. Come face-to-face with the likes of jaguars, sloths, the white uakari monkey and the black-headed squirrel monkey, as you spend five days exploring this wild corner of the famous rainforest.

Uakari Lodge is a community-based tourism initiative that empowers local indigenous groups and protects wildlife. It funds research projects, educational programmes and patrols of the area to ensure the conservation of the natural resources of the surrounding rainforest.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals on trip
  • All activities and park entry fees in Mamiraua Reserve

Perfect for: Anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the heart of the Amazon. No experience or skills necessary – just enthusiasm and curiosity.

Adventures for Good: Your host is a community-based tourism organisation which works with the local community to protect wildlife and ensure the conservation of the natural resources of the surrounding rainforest. See all of our Adventures for Good here.

Need To Know

For security reasons, the minimum age at this tour is 10 years old.

You should fly into Tefé airport, a town located 550KM west of Manaus. There are commercial flights from Manaus with Azul Airlines. You can get any flights, providing they align with the agreed arrival times.

All the meals are made with fresh, local ingredients grown by the Mamirauá communities. Meals will mostly be a mixture of vegetables and fish, and the lodge will not provide any animal meals different from fish and poultry.

Vegetarian and vegan meals are offered on every trip. Other dietary requirements can be catered for, but please let your hosts know when you make your reservation.

The weather and rainforest can be very different, depending on when you travel. April through to August marks the flooding season; nothing, human nor animal, can walk on dryland during this period because most of the ground is underwater. This completely transforms the forest and the trails are explored by canoe.

Meanwhile, September to March is the dry season; fish and their predators are confined to smaller waterways and lakes, which makes activity and animals – like black caimans and pink dolphins, or the thousands of aquatic birds migrate to the Mamirauá Reserve every year – much easier to spot. The temperatures are expectedly warm and humid throughout the year.

Your hosts have asked that you bring:

  • Binoculars (The Lodge doesn’t have binoculars for rent)
  • Raincoat
  • Sunscreen
  • Repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or cap
  • Dry bag
  • Pants and long sleeve shirts for outside activities (lightweight fabrics)
  • Hiking shoes in the dry season (we provide rubber boots)
  • Light clothing, such as shorts, shirt and slippers for the time you are within the lodge’s HQ
  • A sweater, for windy and rainy afternoons or evenings
  • Swimsuit to enjoy the visit to the community (in the high season, between April and July)

They have suggested that you pack hiking clothes that are in neutral shades like beige and green leaf. Try to keep luggage a maximum of 15kg per person. Any extra luggage can be kept in our office in Tefé.

Yes, of course! However, there is a BRL180 supplement for a single room.

No level of fitness or experience required – enthusiasm and a desire to explore the wonders of the Amazon.

You’ll need to bring extra money for the following:

  • Soft and alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry service

Location

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While the Amazon needs no introduction, you may not be familiar with the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve. It’s a World Natural Heritage Site known for its rich biodiversity, fascinating and welcoming indigenous communities and renowned conservation efforts.

Keep an eye out for the Uakari Monkey (Cacajao calvus calvus), Black Caimans (Melanosuchus niger), Horned Screamer (Anhima cornuta), Hoatzin (Opistocomus hoazin) and Tui Parakeet (Brotogeris sanctithomae) – to name a few – while you’re out exploring the jungle.

Start point

You can either be met in Tefé airport or from a hotel in Tefé itself. There are lots of commercial flights from Manaus with Azul Airlines. Your hosts will pick you up at the airport at 09:10. If you’d like to travel the way locals do (and have more time to play around with), why not take a traditional wooden boat to Tefé? It takes 48 hours and you’ll get to sleep in hammocks. If you do, you’ll need to arrive in Tefé the previous day and you’ll be met at your chosen hotel in town around 09:30.

Finish point

You’ll be transported back to Tefé Airport or, if you’re continuing your adventure, to your next chosen hotel. You’ll depart from the Lodge at 06:30 and can expect to check-in at the airport for 08:00, so make sure you book flights that give you enough time to clear security.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve

Meet your guides in Tefé Airport or at local, pre-agreed hotel. You’ll then head to Tefé Lake, where you’ll hop on a boat for a short, hour-long trip along the river. First stop is the famed ‘encounter of the waters’; a surreal spot where the black waters of the lake meet the white waters of the Amazon River.

Check-in, unpack and head to the canoes for a late afternoon paddle. Then return to the lodge to watch a presentation on the history of the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve and its many scientific projects.

Day 2: Explore a Local Riverine Village

Wake up bright and early, finish breakfast by 06:30 and depart for the day’s activities by 07:00. Today you’ll travel to a local riverine village with quintessential stilt houses. A guide will take you around the village and share insight about daily life, their history and surrounding wildlife living in the floodplain forest – an area where water levels rise and fall about 12-metres every year.

Enjoy some lunch, have a siesta from 15:30 – 16:00, then explore the forest via trail or a canoe, depending on the season. Dinner is served at 19:00, after which you’ll go on a night trail. The forest is transformed in the darkness and a completely different range of animals wake up and make an appearance.

Day 3: Jungle Trek

After a delicious breakfast of local fruits and freshly prepared delicacies, you’ll depart for a morning trek through the jungle. Your guides will point out various animals and Amazonian trees. If it’s the rainy season, you’ll do the route by canoe and will be closer to the canopies of trees and their many inhabitants – such as the somewhat noisy howler monkey.

Return for lunch and a kip in a hammock, before heading out at 15:30 for a boat trip on Lake Mamirauá. It is your longest journey in the reserve and local guides will teach you all about the areas history, flora and fauna. Watch the sunset and use the spotlights to search for animals, like the giant black caimans, hiding in the darkness before settling down to dinner.

Day 4: Fish for Piranhas

Set out for the day at 07:00. Spend the day fishing for piranhas and learning about their dangerous reputation. In the afternoon you’ll embark on your last immersion in the jungle, either taking a trail or canoe trip.

Head back to the lodge, eat some lunch and settle into a few hours free time. You can use it to rest, talk to locals, read in the lodge’s library or watch a documentary – whatever you like. Have dinner and listen to a talk held by biologists and researchers from the region, who will share insight into how scientific research helps the development of conservation strategies in the reserve.

Day 5: Departure day

It’s time to say goodbye to the rainforest. Have breakfast at 05:30 and head to the airport or chosen hotel for 06:00 or 07:00 depending on whether it’s daylight saving time.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

Found floating on the Amazon river, the Uakari Lodge is a rustic hotel run by Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development and the local community. It offers eco-adventures that promote the conservation of the forest’s animals and habitats. It also provides income and educational programmes for indigenous groups living in the Mamirauá Reserve.

All rooms are 25m squared and all have double beds and mosquito net screens. There may be no aircon, but all the rooms have ceiling fans and a porch overlooking the river, complete with two hammocks to while away evenings in. Showers are solar powered and power sockets are available at the reception and dining room during the daytime.

Please note that transport between Tefé and Uakari Lodge is only available on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you choose to stay another night, there will be an extra cost of BRL 950 (NET), however, it can be shared between up to 4 people.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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