Mamirauá is a unique place: a complex ecosystem of lakes, lagoons, islands, levees, channels and many other formations, which forms when river waters rise from 7 to 15 meters for up to six months in the year. The reserve itself becomes almost an island, bounded by the Solimoes and the Japura Rivers. This causes many animals to be "trapped" in the reserve and to create unusual characteristics - like the tree-climbing jaguars.
The lodge management has realized what a unique product they have to offer and has done a great job of constructing itineraries to suit a variety of interests:
- 4,5 and 8 day general naturalist itineraries with group day tours
- 5 day photography itinerary with private guide and boat
- 5 day birdwatching itinerary with private guide and boat
- several 5 day jaguar expeditions with a maximum of 4 people
- 8 day itinerary combining 3 nights at an ecosystem near Manaus for waterfalls and tree climbing + 4 nights at Mamiraua
- a 6 day itinerary that honors the explorations of Henry Bates, a naturalist who spent 11 years in this region in the 1800's, living in small villages and collecting specimens of more than 14,000 species.