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Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge
Ranked #2 of 191 Specialty Lodging in Manaus
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

The lodge is located 30 minutes or so from the Manaus airport by car and then boat. The hotel was great at arranging to have someone pick us up from the airport and deliver us to the hotel. Upon check in you are handed a specialty cocktail and shown to your room. Staff was super friendly and did their best to communicate with you. We didn't speak Portuguese, but we do speak Spanish which was very helpful for those who didn't know any English. The rooms are decorated in theme with the atmosphere. They are pretty basic, but have a refrigerator and a/c unit. You don't expect to spend a lot of time when you are in the jungle in your room so it did the job.

The tours they have are pretty interesting (Enrique was a great guide!), but staying here longer than 2 or 3 days max would be a little much. The heat is sweltering and during times where there are no tours and its "rest and relax time" everyone is laying around the lobby/bar area napping and sweating like dogs on a hot summer day. The hotel has wifi in the lobby area only (it did manage to extend to the beach chairs though, just wasn't as strong/reliable).

Tip - bring snacks with you to the Amazon. The only food you can get your hands on are either the lunches set up with the tours or the breakfast/lunch/dinner provided by the hotel at set and limited times (the food isn't that varied either so you sort of feel like you are eating the same thing for every meal even though it all tasted fine). They have some food you can get all day at the bar but its a very limited selection and if you want something to snack on besides Pringles you won't find it here.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

The accommodation is simple, basically a hut with a/c and a bathroom. The a/c was noisy but effective and the bathroom was clean and it came with it's own resident frog (we were happy with the frog, he was quiet and minded his own business, it is the jungle after all). The walls are thin so there is little sound proofing between rooms but you will soon realise that the jungle is a noisy place anyway. We stayed for 3 nights and did all of the tours on offer (meeting of the waters, jungle walk, canoe tour, local house, piranha fishing, Caiman spotting, and the local monkey sanctuary). I wouldn't recommend staying too much longer as there is little to do once the tours are complete, although there were options to do other, third-party, tours for an extra price. The food was plentiful with a good variety of dishes. The planning of the tours did seem a little haphazard and I would have appreciated a timetable in advance, but the staff were open to requests and told you what was coming up the next day if asked. You may see less wildlife than you expect whilst here, but then most people expect too much from the dense jungle environment. We saw monkeys, sloths and macaws as well as plenty of smaller stuff whilst walking around the lodge. You will also see dolphins on the river cruise as well as caiman/alligators, and monkeys on the other tours. Overall a good place to stay if you want a taste of the jungle and the river.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Great summary visit to the near amazon, hardworking staff coupled with nice chalet style accommodation. Just wait until you hear the sounds of the jungle in the night - its like stereo! Anselmo the guide - was a proper authority on the Jungle and what it has to offer from piranha fishing on the first night, to the meeting of the waters - even the staged meeting with the indigenous tribes is done without belittling them. I went in March 2010 and the amazing thing was they had free wifi in the hotel bar area. The ecopark was relaxing the fresh fruit and the breakfast were amazing- don't forget to try the tapioca pancakes. The visit to the boat people's homes was intriguing similar to visting the favelas- a different world to Bradford!! Seeing real life sloths, baby caimans, prehistoric looking fish, snakes of different sizes etc was amazing for a city boy!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Calverleybestone
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

The lodge is on the tip of the Amazon. Although it is only accessible by boat, you are still close to town. You won't see many wild or exotic animals. As most other reviewers note, the highest concentration of animals is the monkey park near the lodge. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the monkeys in their somewhat natural habitat. If you're considering adding the "meeting of the waters" package, I recommend it, but also opt for the speedboat back. The few hour speedboat tour was the highlight of the trip. A baby sloth was passed around as well as a large boa (for whomever was brave enough). On this extension participants also saw huge lily pads and caught piranhas. The buffet meals were average and a bit repetitive. The lodge sells only small bottles of water (very irritating!). I think they should sell small and large water bottles as well as stock bottles in the room refrigerator. I ended up buying a few extra just in case I got thirsty in the room. This isn't the most convenient. Also if you're arriving when rain is forecast, consider bringing an umbrella/raincoat, books, cards, etc. Wifi is only available in the eating area, and the signal is weak so download whatever you need before you arrive. They have a small bar with pool table which is the only form of entertainment after dark. They have a tv next to the bar which doesn't help the "vibe".Some music/evening activities would definitely improve the atmosphere. I felt that they didn't put forth extra effort because most patrons will not be return customers.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

I loved Ecopark Lodge. I couldn't believe we were only 20minutes from Manaus. It's amazon rustic but with all the creature comforts. This includes the local bird life, who greet you when you first arrive. The rooms had everything you need, it has natural rock pools you can swim in - a life saver in 40degrees! Food was great and the daily activities with the guides awesome. We went Caimen hunting in a canoe one night and all of a sudden we were heading for shore, the guide leant over the boat and before we knew it was holding a caimen. By the end of our stay we were all pretty good with traditional dart blowing and using a bow and arrow. I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking for an unpretentious Amazon experience.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

It looks like most of the reviews of this place or in the category love it or hate it. The category "hate it" seems to be about price and spiders or insects. Well, I moest definitely belong to the category "love it"! It's a beautiful spot with lovely cabins, clean,well taken care of, in a beautiful environment and attentive and caring staff. There are possibilities to do excursions, but also to sunbath and relax. I stayed there for 5 days, in which I may be an exception, and enjoyed every day. Originally I had planned a boat trip before I would be going to a conference. Unfortunately I couldn't get in touch with the agency that organized it due to personal circumstances of the owner of that agency. Therefore I changed my plans on a short notice and booked the Amazon lodge. By the time he could get in touch with me I was already staying in the lodge. Never regretted it!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Location: Its a boat ride across from the city of Manaus, so well located and close enough to the city that it doesn't feel too far. Its a nice large property spread over a well sized area, with their own piece of the amazon forest, which is a nice plus

Amenities: Cottages are independent standing small units with 1-2 rooms.
- Each room is about 15x12 so not too large with an attached small bath.
- No TVs or entertainment in the room
- Each room has an air-conditioner (note: this is a tropical place so you need an AC 12 months a year if you're used to cooler or temperate weather.
-Small beds. If you are 5'10 or more in height, your feet will stick out :-)
- Bathroom is small and clean. Note: They recommend dispensing toilet paper in bins and not in the toilet. This is a bit gross and uncomfortable and really wish they can figure this out. It is 2013 and there is technology to deal with used TP's. Ugh.
- Showers in the bathroom are ok, the water can be a bit cold though and there is not adequate heating to warm the water too much.
- Tap water is not safe to drink so please have plenty of bottled water to brush and stuff.

Common areas:
- Has a small bar and reception which looks out in the open. Nice area to meet and socialize
- Large covered dining hall where breakfast and meals are served. Nice and large.
- They could add a few fans in these areas to increase air circulation. It gets very warm and muggy during the afternoon

Food:
Nicely done. Enough choices for all buffets.
Vegetarian options include rice, pasta, beans, breads (and eggs unless you are vegan/allergic)

Forest hike:
These are a bit underwhelming
They have a nice private forest reserve and they do nice hikes but some of their guides are not the best. Either the guides are busy racing ahead without watching out for the tour group trying to keep up with them or somewhat rushed in their descriptions. They do a decent job, could be better and much more professional.

They have a small monkey forest reserve with about 2 dozen monkey's they take you out to show. Nice small place good for a few photos, not much more there.

This place has a lot of potential, they need to provide some board games, some more entertainment and options for guests who are staying there overnight for a few nights and don't have much to do after it turns dark - there is no TV or Internet connectivity in the rooms (and very low cell coverage on the property).


Providing some local books, entertainment, board games is a suggestion they should look into.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: | Rio Taruma Açu, Manaus, State of Amazonas 69005, Brazil
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Location: Brazil > State of Amazonas > Amazon River > Manaus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 191 Specialty Lodging in Manaus
Price Range: $114 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is a jungle lodge near Manaus in the Amazon, with 64 bungalows, surrounded by pristine rivers and nature. has a private beach, natural swimming pools and Monkey Sanctuary among other features. ... more   less 
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Ecopark Hotel Amazon River
Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge Manaus, AM, Brazil

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