We both absolutely loved this lodge and our 5 day stay here was the highlights of our 3 weeks in Brazil! You have to take a one hour flight, a 14h speed boat or 2 day slow boat to Tefe from Manaus and it is then a 1-1.5h boat trip to the lodge. This is probably partly what makes this such an amazing experience as you are right in the middle of the rain forest, but if you want air condition, a room with all the modcons and a swimming pool this might not be the place for you.
The lodge only has 10 rooms so the maximum number of guests at any time is 20 and it was only 7 of us for the 5 days we were there. The rooms are a bit bare (see photos) but clean and we absolutely loved the balcony and every afternoon was spent lying in the hammock looking out at the river (there are very few mosquitoes here, probably because of the fast flowing river). The day would start at six when just after our alarm the howler monkeys would start howling accompanied by an amazing sunrise. It was then time for breakfast which normally consisted of fruit, bread and jam before we went on our morning excursions at 7. On the first day we went to a local community which was really interesting and we also had the chance to swim (the swimming pool is only up in the dry season). The other days we went on canoe trips (the same trails are done by foot in the dry season) with a local guide who spoke no English but was excellent at spotting wildlife. We would normally come back just after 11 and have a short break before lunch at noon. Lunch would consist of rice, beans, salad, one chicken, one fish and one vegetable dish as well as desert. We then had an afternoon siesta before going out again from 3.30- c6 where we would either go out in a canoe or the whole group together in a bigger boat, in which case an English speaking naturalist would come. One evening we also went up to Mamiraua lake and drove back in the dark looking for caimans. Dinner was served at 7 and had the same number of dishes as lunch. The food is simple but very good and varied and you get to try a number of local dishes. All the meals were accompanied by fresh fruit juices and water, coffee and tea is always available (at no cost).
Seasons – June and July is what they call the flooded season and I have to say that floating through the forest in a canoe was amazing. The Amazon in Brazil is as far as I understand the only area where this happens and if you can I would really try to come at this time of year. This is also the best time to see animals as you are about 10m closer to the tree tops where all the monkeys are than in the dry season. The dry season starts in August with September being the driest month and the wettest month is February and I think the months either side are very wet too. We had two heavy rain storms in the night when we were there and it is actually quite amazing to see how much it can rain here!
Animals – the Uakari monkey with its red face is what most people really wanted to see and 5 out of the 7 of us saw that while here. We also saw lots of howler, capuchin, spider and squirrel (black and common) monkeys as well as 7 sloths, 3 coaties, a number of birds including many types of green parrots and two types of toucan and grey and pink dolphins. There are lots of caimans here with a couple living in and around the lodge. The best time for seeing caimans is the dry season when you apparently sometimes even get them on the lodge walkways… Piranha fishing can only be done in the dry season. We saw lots of animals but they were all quite far away and although the wildlife viewing is better in the Pantanal the scenery and experience in Amazon is not to be missed!
We have travelled a lot and we both agreed that this is maybe the best travel experiences we have had! We have already started talking about going back in the dry season to see the difference.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pousada Uacari is located in Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, in the heart of Amazon.Mamiraua 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 Mamiraua 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
- Also Known As:
- Pousada Uacari / Uakari Floating Jungle Lodge Tefe, Brazil - AM