We had decided to include a jungle trip in our trip to Brazil and a friend had stayed at Juma Lodge so we booked a four day trip.
We were picked up in Manaus from our hotel.It is a long trip to Juma (about three hours). This includes two boat trips and and bus/van.
The only mis communication was re luggage. We had a long complicated trip and two big heavy cases full of clothes we would not need in the jungle. They recommend that you repack and bring just what you will need for the jungle trip. In fact Juma takes care of your excess luggage and arranges for it to be brought to the airport when you leave. Our connection was fairly tight upon departure and we worried that we would have to go back to our hotel in Manaus. In the end this was done seamlessly but was not well explained ahead of time.
The trip in was enjoyable especially when on the water. You pass through the Black and White Rivers on the way out from Manaus. Watch for it when you fly out. They are clearly visible from on high. It was amazing to feel the temperature difference.
Our host/guide, Tony was wonderful. He looked after us from the hotel pick up to our flight out. Great guy! Our party was small, three couples and we did everything together.
We arrived to a tropical drink in the reception area and two little howler monkeys playing around our chairs. Opinion on the monkeys varies. They are kept around as pets when young and are clearly an attraction for many. Some people, including one woman in our group and my friend who referred me here are afraid of the animals. At the age we saw them (six months) they are playful and affectionate but not dangerous. This apparently changes at around 1 year and they do not keep them after that.
The female curled up in my arms for a little nap the first day which was very endearing.
We loved our cabin. It is very private and has a lovely balcony with a nice big hammock. All cabins are up on stilts and platforms connect to the dining hall and reception area. You really feel that you are in the jungle with wild parrots, monkeys etc all around. The accommodations are comfortable and the food plentiful. If you want to try some Brazilian style food like fejoada it is there. If you want to stick to traditional North American/European food, there is plenty of that too.
You are kept busy with activities throughout your stay. Tony oriented us on the first night with maps and we went bird watching, fishing, hiking in the jungle and visited a small farm on the other side of the Amazon.
We wanted to get in the river and swim which we did twice a day during our stay. The location for swimming is not optimal as it is the boat dock. The water is bath water warm and we enjoyed our swims.
I would strongly recommend Juma for this kind of trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Juma Amazon Lodge is a small and comfortable hotel designed to be totally integrated to the Amazon Jungle. The construction and operation of the lodge comply with and respect the limitations of the environment, which is the very reason for the hotel to exist.Juma Amazon Lodge's goal is to offer a real and unique experience in the untouched Amazon Rainforest. All trips are organized in small groups; guests can take part on many activities around the lodge, each one is designed to help explore and learn about this unique place. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Juma Hotel Autazes
- Juma Amazon Lodge Brazil/AM