We spent 5 days in the Uakari Lodge. Everything the other travelers say is true. If you're looking for the true Amazon experience, skip those fancy air-conditioned jungle lodges and stay in Uakari Lodge instead.
Accommodation is in floating lodges. It's pretty basic, no power, no phones, no computers, away from it all. But the lodge has radio communication. It's very clean and comfortable. Showers have no hot water, but you won't miss it. And as there is room for only 20 people it's hardly ever booked up, the peace and tranquility of the place is unbeatable.
Yes, it's true that there's a resident alligator that sleeps underneath your lodge, and might nudge - or bump - your room a bit. It also coughs very loud. An alligator coughing is something you can't miss. But not to worry, there's so much fish around for the alligators that they won't even give you a second glance.
Make sure you wake up in the middle of the night and watch the starry sky. It's and out-of-this world experience, staring into the millions of stars you're finally able to see - no artificial lights around - while huge pirarucu fish leap out of the water. And the forest at night is noisy! If you are a light sleeper, then bring earplugs. Huge animals, fish, bugs, birds, monkeys are all awake and messing around.
Food at the lodge is pretty basic but nutritious. Lots of local staples. You may not be offered bread for breakfast. Remember you're in the middle of the jungle, so there's no fresh croissant, of course.
The staff will try their best to please you.
Also, the program is the best example of eco-tourism you'll find in Brazil. They are really serious about what they do, and the whole program can barely make ends meet. Running costs are high, so they're not really making a profit there.
Now, beware: although we were not attacked by mosquitoes, make sure you bring a powerful bug spray. We were plagued by a tiny tick or mite that crawls through socks and into your boots. The itching drives you crazy, and we ended up with very swollen feet. So make sure you spray your whole body, not only uncovered parts. And bring hat, sunscreen, the works.
- Also Known As:
- Pousada Uacari / Uakari Floating Jungle Lodge Tefe, Brazil - AM
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pousada Uacari is located in Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, in the heart of Amazon.Mamirauá was the first sustainable development reserve in Brazil and is a world Natural Heritage site. The reserve is one the most important protected tropical forest blocks in the world and harbors a rich ecosystem home to endemic species, such as the exotic bald uacari monkey and the black-headed squirrel monkey.The lodge floats peacefully above water and consists of 05 comfortable bungalows with an exceptional location from where you set off on tours to see fauna, interact with residents from local communities and meet researchers who work on the reserve.Pousada Uacari is an initiative of the community-based tourism program of Mamirauá Institute. It is administrated through shared management between the Institute and the communities of the reserve. the objective of Pousada Uacari is to generate income for local residents and promote the conservation of natural resources. ... more less
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