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Brazil Amazon Rainforest Tour - UAKARI FLOATING ECOLODGE

5 days | 4 nights
Private tour
From 1070USD per person
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Tour Description

Eco-savvy Uakari Lodge enjoys a secluded location along the mighty Amazon River one hour west of Manaus by plane and offers its guests the exclusive opportunity to explore the Mamirauá Reserve - the world's largest protected flooded forest at 11000 km².

This 5 day Amazon tour introduces you to the natural highlights of the region as you embark on a night-time safari and identify the different nocturnal species that roam the rainforest at night, try your hand at piranha fishing, and go on guided hikes through the lush forests.

Run by 8 local communities, the Uakari Lodge is dedicated to practicing environmental sustainability. Boasting 5 floating lodges in the middle of a tributary, these rustic accommodations are outfitted with porches and hammocks that overlook the water.

During the wet season between April and August, you'll traverse the flooded forests by canoe.

During the dry season between September and March, you'll hike in small groups beneath the towering canopies of Brazil nut and palm trees that carpet the forest.

Interact with dedicated researchers to learn about the conservation programs in place that help preserve the Amazon and its delicate ecosystems, and with your knowledgeable guide, discover the region through a cultural standpoint by visiting a riverside village in the Mamirauá Reserve.

Destinations

Brazil

Trip at a glance

Visits

AMAZON RAINFOREST & RIVER (Manaus): Mamirauá Reserve & Lake, Amazon Presentation, Local Community, Canoe & Boat Day & Night Excursions, Piranha Fishing, Jungle Hikes

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL TO TEFE, MAMIRAUA INSTITUTE PROJECTS

Morning

Flight to Tefé via Manaus. 

Afternoon

At 12:45 pm, meet your guide at your Tefé hotel or at the Tefé Airport for your transfer to Uakari Lodge. During this 1-hour speedboat journey, you'll observe riverside communities and experience the natural grandeur of the Amazon as you traverse its vast network of free-flowing rivers.

Learn about the projects developed by the Sustainable Development Institute of Mamirauá that are currently underway to achieve sustainable development in the Amazon.

Evening

Overnight at the lodge. 

Day 2 MAMIRAUA RESERVE: LOCAL COMMUNITY, CANOE EXCURSION, AMAZON PRESENTATION

Morning

Visit a community in the Mamirauá Reserve and meet the Ribeirinhos people, recognized as the traditional river people of the Amazon. Living in the region's rural areas, the Ribeirinhos people rely heavily on fishing and farming as their main source of income. As you tour their village, you'll learn their unique way of life, and you'll also have the opportunity to observe them produce traditional handicrafts, which you can purchase.

Afternoon

Explore the Amazon by canoe, and observe pink dolphins swim through the river and navigate flooded forests in search of food.

Evening

Attend a presentation led by passionate researchers on the Amazon's conservation and research programs that are dedicated to educating the region's visitors and to protecting the rainforest's delicate ecosystems.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Dinner at the lodge

Day 3 BOAT TOUR, CANOE EXCURSION, PIRANHA FISHING, NOCTURNAL SAFARI

Morning

Embark on a boat tour for some wildlife viewing, and as you glide along the peaceful waterways, you'll likely be interrupted by the distinct cries of howler monkeys, the squawk of scarlet macaws and rhythmic buzzing of cicadas.

Afternoon

In a wooden canoe, glide along the river and try your hand at the bucket list Amazonian activity of piranha fishing. Bearing razor teeth, the piranha is a freshwater fish indigenous to the Amazon basin.

Evening

After the sun sets, embark on a nighttime jungle safari with your naturalist guide to spot caimans - amphibious carnivores belonging to the alligator family. There are six distinctive species, with the Cuvier’s dwarf the smallest at barely 1 m long, and the black caiman the largest, at up to 4.5 m. Equipped with handheld searchlights, explore the riverbanks for these nocturnal creatures, and perhaps have the chance to also witness nighthawks, snakes, and sloths.

Overnight at the lodge. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Dinner at the lodge

Day 4 EARLY MORNING JUNGLE HIKE, BOAT TOUR ON LAKE MAMIRAUA

Morning

Wake early to a golden sunrise, and equipped with binoculars, witness birds take flight as your knowledgeable guide identifies with you the species that make this vast rainforest their home. Hike the network of trails through the dense Amazonian forest, a route carefully planned to maximize your wildlife viewing experience, and keep your eyes peeled for sightings of red howler and uakari monkeys, and three toed sloths. Learn about the different ecosystems, flora, and fauna that make up this region as you meander along the trails.

Afternoon

Tour Lake Mamirauá and enjoy the sunset from your canoe as the tropical sun dips below the horizon.

Evening

Spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight at the lodge. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Dinner at the lodge

Day 5 DEPARTURE

Morning

End your 5 day Amazon tour by waking early to observe an enchanting sunrise, and from a canoe, watch the jungle come to life as the early morning light illuminates the land.
At 10 am, transfer to your Tefé hotel or to the Tefé Airport for your onward journey.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the lodge

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Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
4 nights at Uakari Jungle Lodge

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
4 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 4 dinners

Transportation

Bus
Shared transfers from/to the airport/lodge

Orientation

Guide
Private English-speaking naturalist guide

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights:
    • From/to Manaus
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals and Drinks
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Tips

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Important notes

If necessary, it is imperative to get your yellow fever vaccine at least ten days prior to departure. 

Weather conditions in the Amazon rainforest vary greatly depending on the two seasons: the wet season from December to May and the dry season from June until November. Regardless of the season, you have to be prepared for rain throughout the year, although it rains a lot less during the dry season. 

Amazon rainforest packing list:

  • binoculars
  • waterproof hiking shoes
  • hat
  • quick-dry clothing
  • long-sleeve shirt
  • long-sleeve pants
  • strong insect repellent
  • strong sunblock
  • bathing-suit
  • case or protection for your camera and phone
  • personal medication. 
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