A perfect Amazon rainforest ecolodge trip in Brazil! Visit the Mamirauá Reserve and discover its biodiversity, its communities, and its efforts to conserve the Amazon. World Heritage of Nature, Mamirauá is the ideal destination for visitors who dream of visiting the Amazon. The reserve is part of one of the most protected areas of the tropical forest and is home to a rich ecosystem that includes species endemic to the region, such as the white uakari monkey.
Located in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, Uakari Lodge is a rustic and comfortable accommodation that floats on the waters, fully integrated with the landscape. It is administered jointly by the Mamirauá Institute and the riverside communities and its main objectives are to generate income for local communities, strengthen their community organization and create incentives for residents to promote the conservation of the area's natural resources. If you are looking for a unique Amazon rainforest ecolodge trip, Uakari is the best place to go.
Day by Day
Day 1 - Welcome to Mamirauá Reserve
We start our services with pick-up at the Manaus airport. Then, we are driven to the port of Lake Tefé, where our motorboat leaves for a trip of one and a half hours. Right after departure, we pass the "meeting of the waters", where the black waters of the lake meet the white waters of the Solimões River.
Day 2 - Hike or canoeing, dolphins interaction, and nocturnal tour
Mornings start early at Uakari lodge! We will take a hike and we will be able to see many of the trees and Amazonian animals, with luck we will see the squirrel monkeys. During the flooded season, we use the same trails where we walk in the dry season, but we travel them in a rowing canoe!
We will go back to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, we head for our second activity of the day - traditional fishing for piranhas. In the flooded season, we go in a large canoe to a place where we will see the graceful dolphins of the Amazon.
Tonight, after dinner, we go on an adventure: a night trail or boat ride! In the dry season, we will enter the forest on foot and observe the dynamics of the night shift in it. During the flooded period, we go by boat, with the spotlights on and ears attentive to observe different animals and listen to very original noises from the forest.
Day 3 - Trail into the forest and boat trip to see nocturnal animals
After breakfast (with many of the local fruits and delicacies made from manioc) we set off on a trail. Today the walk (if we are in the low water period) is longer and we will be able to see many of the Amazonian trees and animals. During the high water season, we will also take a longer tour aboard a rowing canoe. We have a 14-track system, so we’ll always do different trails.
We return for lunch and relax for a few hours in the hammocks. We leave at 3:30 pm for a boat trip to Lake Mamirauá. It is our biggest trip in the reserve and you will learn more about the history of the area from the point of view of the local guides. On the way back, the spotlights are used to see nocturnal animals such as the huge caimans, which can be up to 4 meters long.
Day 4 – Community daily life and piranha fishing
The first thing we will do today is to visit a local riverside community. A local guide takes us on a tour around his community, shows daily life by the river in a lowland forest - remembering that water levels can rise and fall about 12 meters each year, which requires a great adaptation of the local population.
In the afternoon, we leave at 3:30 pm for our last immersion in the reserve: a rowing canoe trip in the dry season and in the flooded season a traditional piranha fishing! In the evening, the biologists who conduct research in the area will introduce the world of science, bringing information about how scientific research helps the development of conservation strategies in the Reserve.
Day 5 – Return to Manaus
These are our last moments at Uakari lodge. Breakfast at 6:15 am and we leave at 7:00 am for Tefé (for airport or hotel).
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What is included
- Pick up and drop off at the hotel
- English speaking guide
- Food and water
- 5 days and 4 nights at Uakari Lodge
- Fishing equipment
- Support boat
- Tourism insurance
What is not included
- First-day breakfast and last day dinner
- Personal hygiene products
- Airplane tickets
- Beverages or anything else sold during the activity
What to bring
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Mosquito repellent
- Small knife
- Thermos bottle
- Trekking shoes
- 4 nights at Uakari Jungle Lodge
- Guests ages 18 and up can attend
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Explore the Amazon rainforest in Mamirauá Reserve with an experienced local guide:
5 out of 5 stars (based on 7 reviews)
It’s a great place, doing great work!
My partner and I visited this ecolodge at the beginning of February for a four-night stay. The setting of the lodge is extremely beautiful and peaceful: you wake in the morning to the sound of howler monkeys echoing around the forest, with lovely views from each room onto the bend in the river where the lodge floats on the water. The rooms were simply furnished but clean and comfortable. Solar panels ensured that we could run a fan through the night, and we were able to keep our phones charged. (Though there’s no phone signal, there was a strong wifi signal throughout our stay.)
The central building in the lodge is where we had meals, as well as an introductory talk after arriving, and a presentation by a naturalist on our final evening. Meals were tasty and filling, with a different preparation of fish and of chicken each day, along with rice, beans, salad and dessert, plus fresh juices.
We visited the forest by small motorboat and on a canoe (paddled by our guide). We’d been expecting to take walks, but the flood season had arrived early and almost the entire forest was underwater. (Although they say that the wet season begins in March, if you’re visiting in January or February, you may want to confirm what the conditions are a week or two before you travel there, just so you know what to expect.) But gliding through the forest, effectively 20 feet up in the trees, was magical in its own way, and on the one afternoon when our guide helpfully took us to a bit of higher land in the forest where we could walk a trail, the mosquitoes were so intense that we were happier to get back onto the boat after 20 minutes! (Apparently mosquitoes are fewer in the height of the wet season.) Definitely bring repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers!
The naturalist in residence spoke very good English, and our guide knew the English names of some of the animals we saw, but we mostly conversed with him in Portuguese. He was extraordinarily adept at spotting animals high up in the trees. We saw various monkeys (but not the uakaris, sadly), porcupines, sloths, and many varieties of birds.
We highly recommend this lodge if you want to feel you’re really in the Amazon and to experience it in a way that is supportive of local communities (whose members work at the lodge, and which benefit from the income.) It’s a great place, doing great work!
This ecolodge is a magical place. How often did you spend a night with caimans splashing directly under your bed? But beyond the beauty, super kind staff and fascinating forest and wetlands, Mamiraua is a place to see to fill up on hope. A unique ecosystem lovingly looked after by empowered communities that are living in peace with themselves and the world surrounding them. And it’s a sadly too rare case where tourism is clearly playing an entirely positive role, both for the forest and for the people living in it.
What a life-changing this experience was.
My 5 days spent on this floating lodge will be a time I will never forget! What a life-changing this experience was. The people at the lodge are simply amazing. They put so much time into developing a sustainable truly eco-friendly experience to observe and conserve nature. We learned so much! Not only about the wildlife, but problems that the forest faces and some of the conservation efforts that are taking place. The guides were so wonderful! Our English-speaking guide and the rest of the crew made sure we were comfortable and attended to the entire time. They were all so knowledgeable about the forest. The food was surprisingly some of the best we had in Brazil! Fresh caught fish every day with a rotation of various delicious sides. Overall I would come back to this lodge again and again.
The eco-lodge is a fantastic place to enjoy the Amazon rainforest and wildlife. The project (sustainable eco-tourism) and the people working there are special people. I want to thank a lot everyone for the big job they are doing there with passion and professionalism. Many thanks to the local guides, there are really good guys loving nature, they are all natives. Their culture is so nice and important: simple and strong people, always kind, friendly and working hard. Thanks to the cook (a different river fish every day). Thanks to the biologist team working there. It was really a very good stay, I recommend it to all the people loving nature, Amazonas and Brazil. Beautiful experience. I will come back!
Wonderful place for intact nature, good food, kind staff and great guides on the trails and canoe trips for photographs. The history of the Mamirauá Reserve where the Lodge is located, in the middle of Solimões river, should also be divulged due to its importance for sustainable development.
Getting to know the Mamirauá Reserve and staying at this lodge is more than wonderful. It’s inspiring and “recharges our batteries”. The entire team is excellent and each tour is more interesting than the other. It was a very special experience and it must be interesting to visit during the dry season. It has solar energy capture boards and has wifi. I loved it and thank you for the welcome.
It was absolutely magical
We went to this Ecolodge in August 2019, as it was just getting into the dry season. What can I say about the trip, it was absolutely magical. I confess I was slightly nervous about this part of our Brazil journey, as I really didn’t know what to expect. But from the moment their staff picked us up at the airport, through the boat ride to the lodge, the rooms, the people, the canoe trips, the village visit, the food (!!!) — absolutely everything was top-level, fun, informative, and friendly. We have been recommending this trip to everyone we know.
The rooms are basic but clean and functional and seem pretty amazing for a lodge that is floating on the Amazon. Waking up to howler monkeys, arriving at night to the watchful red eyes of the caimans, going through the flooded forest (!!), everything is really spectacular. The guides were incredibly informative, and the visit to the local village was a great way to get a sense of the daily life of the people on the river. Learning about the concept of a locally-managed sustainable wildlife refuge was absolutely fascinating. In short, this was a huge part of our Brazil visit, which itself was the trip of a lifetime. Can’t recommend it enough.