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“Amazing eco-lodge for a true Amazon experience”

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Pousada Uacari / Uakari Floating Jungle Lodge
Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Tefe
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“Amazing eco-lodge for a true Amazon experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

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.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

My brother, sister and I stayed here for a 3-day package in July 2012. In hindsight, i wish we had stayed for 4.

Flying into Tefe, you are picked up by the hotel by the lodge's employees. Odds are people on your flight are also heading to the lodge. After a quick bus ride down to the docks, you are on a boat and off to the lodge. If you go during the flooded season (as we did), that will be the last you touch land until you come back to Tefe.

From Tefe, it's a 60-90ish minute boat ride to the lodge. As we approached the lodge for the first time, I knew we had made the right decision. Pulling up to a floating structure in the bend of a river in the middle of an Amazonian flooded forest is a memory I won't forget.

After a quick introduction (and signing a document saying you understand there are all sorts of animals around you that can do you harm), you settle in your room. Our 3-person room was more than adequate. We made good use of the hammocks on the balcony during downtime. And the mosquito nets were invaluable.

The main lodge serves all meals. Lunch and dinner usually consisted of both fish and chicken options with the fish being locally caught. The types of fish changed every day. It was definitely good eating. There's a small bar in the lodge that will sell you beer brought in from Tefe at (what I thought were) really good prices.

This lodge is an educational experience for travelers, so your days are planned out for you. You are up with the sunrise, and then it's time for breakfast and you're out for a morning activity by 7. You'll be back by 11 where you'll eat lunch and then rest during the hot period of the day. And at 3:30 you're out again for an afternoon activity. Then you're back for dinner. Then there's a presentation about something pertaining to the reserve - whether it's animal research or about the lodge itself, and it's bedtime.

I was excited about the canoe trips through the flooded forest, and they were magical, but one of the highlights for me was going to visit one of the local communities within the reserve and learning how people live in/with the river year-round. It was really a great educational experience.

Can't really think of many negatives other than you should know what you're getting into before you go here. This lodge is in the middle of nowhere! If that's attractive for you, great! You'll love it. If that's scary for you, this place may be too much for you to handle. There is no air conditioning. There are lots of bugs (don't forget repellent!). We had a large frog living in our bathroom during our stay - at first it freaked us out, but we came to make him our room's mascot. There are bats that fly around the rafters outside your room, and we saw a couple get into the main lodge. When you go on a ride through the flooded forest, large spiders will definitely jump into your canoe. Our guides kept on telling us of caimans that have been known to swim up onto the lodge's structure. You are in the middle of the Amazon, so be expecting these things!

But those minor inconveniences are part of the charm of the place. And there's so much more to enjoy - you wake up to the screams of howler monkeys mixed in with all sorts of other birds and monkeys. The sunsets are breathtaking. The stars are unbelievable. You'll see all sorts of birds and monkeys - we were lucky enough to see the uakari monkey....a monkey so rare that the only place in the world it exists is around the lodge. We spotted a few pink river dolphins.....And the whole time you'll be floating in the Amazon river system.

It's an exceptional experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

I stayed on a 4 day package in December 2011. I specifically chose this lodge as it is a sustainable development project that involves and benefits the local community as well as being far enough into the amazon to experience it as the awesome place it truly is. the wildlife, nature viewing, the floating cabins, the food, the people...every single part was as imagined and truly a magical experience. the lodge is not a 'mainstream' lodge that is easily accessible, however if you choose to visit, you will not be disappointed. this place gave me access to the amazon i imagined.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2012

Want the best of the Amazon rainforest and at the same a relaxing stay with no worries? Go to Uacari Lodge. A bit expensive, but still worth the money. Everything fixed from you depart the plane till you board it again some days later.

All food is natural from the forest, with lots to chose from. You will never leave the dining room hungry. The service from the guides? Exelent!

Only two things to put my finger on:
- The guides does not speek very good English if any at all.
- If you arrive by anything other than plane you need to find the office yourself (there is no pickup).

Conclution? Most relaxing place and serviceminded people in a very long time!

  • Stayed March 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed at the lodge on the 4 day package. Yes -its an adventure even getting to the lodge but it's all worth it !. We saw pink river dolphins ( boto), sloths, caimans,loads of birds. We were kept awake by giant piraricu fish slapping against the side of our floating bedroom. The staff were amazing and the food was good. I was rather ill during my stay ( probably due to the harsh effects of anti -malarials which I did NOT need ... despite what the GP said ) and the staff were briliant. It's a magical place- the rain forest smells of fruitcake and you soon get used to being woken each morning by the noise of the howler monkeys. I didn't realise a 10 foot black caiman slept under our bedroom .Don't be surprised if you walk over for breakfast and you find you've met a caiman crossing over the walkway. At this point you may scream very loudly and the caiman will hiss at you and disappear asap... what an experience !
Like other comments , its not for your 'normal 'holiday type person . But if you care about the environment and want to be inspired go to Mamirua and stay at Uakari.I plan on returning . Top tip - take your own wind up torch or headlight.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2012


We spent three nights here and loved it. The chalets and lodge are in the middle of the river. You can hear the sounds of the birds and jungle animals all around you. It is very peaceful. The rooms are built on 14 year old floating logs and are very spacious. Each chalet has two rooms, a verandah with hammocks and lounging chairs where one can spend time watching caimans in the water around you, many flocks of birds and listening to the howler monkeys. There is a small swimming pool near the main building and it is fenced to keep out the caimans. The location of the pool depends on the force of the current  which was quite strong during our stay.

Our beds were very comfortable,  the solar heated shower was excellent and there was an unlimited supply of bottled water available. All walls have large shuttered and screened windows so are well ventilated. During a terrific thunderstorm with incredible winds and lightning we were dry and cool.  There was a very good mosquito net over each bed which we used at night. There was no Internet connection during our stay.

All meals are included and they were all very good with at least one dish typical of the region at every meal. The bartender also makes a wicked passion fruit caipirinha. Meals were served in the main building. On the second floor of this building there is a small library with DVDs of the Reserve and its research.

This is an excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

We stayed a week at this wonderful lodge. The individual floating cabins are very spacious, bright and comfortable. The food is incredible and varied- very impressive considering the remote location. The experience was great from the start to finish. Our guide made every attempt to make sure that our outings were special. We saw a lot of wildlife during our stay including the Uakari monkey on our fifth day. We thought we were extremely lucky to see a whole troupe at a relatively good distance. During our stay we also briefly spotted a harpy eagle- very rare. This lodge gives you the opportunity to really commune with nature unlike other lodges located too closely to Manaus. The outings were very informative and educational. We spotted pink and grey dolphins, various types of monkeys, heard the pirarucu under our cabin, observed the caiman near the property and enjoyed the sight of numerous species of birds. The visits to local communities were also very worthwhile. Overall,
this lodge represents great value for money for those who want to really experience the Amazon. We'd love to return.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pousada Uacari / Uakari Floating Jungle Lodge
Address: Reserva de Desenvolvimento Sustentavel Mamiraua | Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, Tefe, State of Amazonas, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Amazonas > Tefe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Tefe
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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