Amazon Two Ecosystem Tour
Two lodges have come together to offer the visitor a hybrid experience in two different Amazonian ecosystems. In this experience get to know indigenous agricultural techniques, watch species of fauna and flora typical of each region. Uakari Lodge floats in the waters of a channel of the Japurá River, at the Mamirauá Reserve. There, most of the tours are made by boat - in the flood season you navigate through the rainforest, at the height of the canopies. On the other hand, another jungle lodge is located about 2 hours drive from the city of Presidente Figueiredo, where local plants and animals are most easily found on walking trails.
DAY 1 (any Monday, subject to availability) -
Fly from Manaus to Tefe in the morning. Once you land at the Tefé Airport, Uakari Lodge’s team will be waiting for you. We then are conducted to the harbor of Tefé Lake, where our boat departs for a 1 hour trip. Right after departure, we experience the "encounter of the waters", where the black waters of the lake meet the white waters of the Amazon River.
The trip is a complete experience itself. We learn how long the Amazon River is and once we enter Mamirauá Reserve we see local riverine communities and their stilt houses, many of the 350+ species of birds, mammals and aquatic animals such as caimans, river dolphins and the pirarucu, the biggest fish in the Amazon waters.
We are welcomed in the impressive floating lodge by the local manager, the naturalist guide and all staff, when we are introduced each other and instruct on the program and safety procedures. After lunch we go on a trail or canoe trip for an interpretation of local nature.
After dinner, we watch a presentation on the history of the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve and the projects that are being developed by Mamirauá Institute Sustainable Development, a research unit funded and supervised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil.
Day 2 - Mornings start early at Uakari Lodge! By 06:30 we have breakfast and we depart for activities at 07:00. The first thing we are doing today is visiting a local riverine community. A local guide takes us on a tour around his/her village, shows the daily life by the river in a floodplain forest - water levels rise and fall about 12 meters every year, and that demands a lot of adaptation from local people!
We go back to the lodge at lunchtime - always very fresh food, mostly produced locally in the communities. We follow the local tradition and take some rest until 03:30 - 04:00 PM, when we head to our second activity of the day - a trail or a canoe trip if it's the rain season.
Dinner is served around 07:00 and tonight we go on an adventure: a night trail! It is always impressive to go on this activity once we get to observe different animals and listen to very unique noises from the forest. If it's the rain season, we go on a night boat trip.
Day 3 - After breakfast (with many of the local fruit and delicacies made out of the very-Brazilian manioc) we depart for a morning hike. Today the trail is longer and we get to see many of the impressive Amazon trees and animals. If we are in the rainy season (and walking trails will be under water), we depart on a small canoe journey through the flooded forest - an experience you will never forget.
The silence of the canoe sliding through the waters, very close to the crown of the trees, will be interrupted by the screaming of the howler monkeys, the chant of the birds or by the diving of the aquatic animals.
We go back for lunch and relax for a couple of hours in the hammocks of our room' s porches that lay over the river. We depart at 3:30 for a boat tour on Lake Mamirauá. It is our longest journey in the reserve and you'll get to learn more about the history of the area, right from the local guides.
When reach the lake, we have some snacks while appreciating the always-dramatic sunset. On the way back, spotlights are used to see nocturnal animals like the huge black caimans, that can be up to 4 meters long. Dinner and free time at night.
Day 4 - After breakfast we depart at 07:00 to go fishing for piranhas, very abundant in this region. With the help of the local guides, you will learn why they can be so dangerous! We head back to the lodge, have lunch and some free time to rest, talk to locals, read in the lodge's library or watch a documentary. In the afternoon we have our last immersion in the jungle, taking a trail or canoe trip.
At night, after dinner, biologists who conduct researches in the area will come to the lodge to introduce you to the world of science, bringing information about a local animal, the result of their work and how scientific research helps the development of conservation strategies in the reserve.
Day 5 - It is our last moments at Uakari Lodge. We have breakfast , check-out and depart to Tefé airport to fly back to Manaus. Upon arriving in Manaus, get ready for an adventure in the Land of Waterfalls region. You will have the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region and dive into the refreshing river waters. Don't miss trying the true tapioca with nuts, a typical dish of the region. After this exciting experience, it's time to check-in at another lodge. Take some free time to explore the surroundings of the lodge and discover the wonders of the Amazon rainforest on firm land. In the evening, get ready for a short walk. The Amazon rainforest is one of the richest ecosystems in biodiversity in the world, housing a vast variety of animals, from small and unique to large and majestic. The microcosm of fauna in the Amazon rainforest is simply impressive and fascinating, with countless species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects.
Day 5 - It is our last moments at the Uakari Lodge. We have breakfast , check-out and depart to the Tefé airport to fly back to Manaus. Upon arriving in Manaus, get ready for an adventure in the Land of Waterfalls region. You will have the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region and dive into the refreshing river waters. Don't miss trying the true tapioca with nuts, a typical dish of the region. After this exciting experience, it's time to check-in at another lodge. Take some free time to explore the surroundings of the lodge and discover the wonders of the Amazon rainforest on firm land. In the evening, get ready for a short walk. The Amazon rainforest is one of the richest ecosystems in biodiversity in the world, housing a vast variety of animals, from small and unique to large and majestic. The microcosm of fauna in the Amazon rainforest is simply impressive and fascinating, with countless species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects.
DAY 6 - The interpretive trail in the upland forest is a unique opportunity to get to know in detail the micro and macrocosm of the fauna and flora of the Amazon rainforest. During the walk, you will be guided by a local expert, who will introduce and explain the characteristics and importance of each species found. After the trail, you can enjoy a delicious picnic in nature. Then it will be time to experience an unforgettable experience: camping in the forest. A camp will be set up with hammocks and adequate structure to ensure your comfort and safety during the night. You will have the opportunity to listen to the nocturnal sounds of the forest and observe the stars. This is a unique and enriching experience for those who seek a deeper connection with nature and want to experience the Amazon rainforest in an authentic way.
DAY 7 -This morning, we will have a gastronomic activity with local ingredients, and in the afternoon, we will produce utensils using natural seeds and fibers. It will be an incredible experience for our visitors. You will learn about the food culture of indigenous peoples in the region and get involved in the preparation of typical dishes using ingredients such as cassava, acai, fish, and local fruits. The menu will depend on what is available during the season. Furthermore, you will learn how to produce utensils such as baskets, mats, necklaces, and bracelets using natural seeds and fibers found in the forest. Visitors can learn about traditional craft techniques and create their own personalized pieces as a souvenir of the trip. This activity is not only an educational and cultural experience but also promotes sustainability by encouraging the use of natural materials and the consumption of artisanal products instead of industrialized products that harm the environment.
DAY 8 - Enjoy your last moments in the stunning Amazon on highland rainforest. Start your day with a delicious breakfast at 8:00 and get ready to depart for Manaus at 9:00. Whether at the airport or your hotel, you can take with you the unforgettable memories of this adventure and leave a positive impact on the environment.
2023 Rates per person: Single = R$ 16,590, Double = R$11,620
2024 Rates per person: Single = R$ 19,140, Double = R$13,130
no children under 10 allowed
Prices include: all meals, water, juice, coffee, tea, standard tours and guiding
Prices do not include: soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, insurance, extra transfers, flights
Tefe is accessible by local flight from Manaus on Trip/Azul airlines
The Uakari Lodge is a floating structure located in a channel of the Japurá River, in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve. Most of the tours are done by boat, allowing you to navigate through the rainforest and observe wildlife at the same height as the treetops during the flood season. The Refuge, near Presidente Figueiredo, offers a wooden house suspended from the ground, in a stilt house style, equipped with 2 suites with a capacity of up to 8 people, panoramic bathroom, and balcony overlooking the treetops. Here, you will be completely surrounded by nature and can enjoy an authentic and peaceful atmosphere.