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Uacari Floating Lodge & Mamiraua Reserve

3, 4 or 7 Nights (arriving Mondays & Fridays)

This tour to the Uacari Floating Lodge takes you deep into the Amazon Rainforest, with the Mamiraua Reserve being a biodiversity hotspot as recognised by UNESCO. The lodge is a specialist place for wildlife and ecotourism lovers, and also works closely with local Amazon communities to ensure that everyone benefits from the sustainable tourism model of Uacari.

Amazon Jungle Lodges

Immerse yourself in the Amazon Jungle at one of our Amazon Lodges. Arrive boat and stay at the very edge of the largest river system in the world. Wake up every morning to the staggering sound of the Amazon Dawn Chorus. Witness wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, macaws and even the Amazon River dolphins at such close quarters that they may even become your friends. Trek into the jungle to learn the secrets of the rainforest and how to survive in it. Paddle canoes day and night along the quiet creeks for close-up encounters with caimans. Swing in a hammock at the end of another amazing day in the Amazon Jungle while staying at an Amazon Lodge with Brazil Adventure Tours. 

Uacari Floating Lodge

Uacari Floating Lodge is a rustic lodge set deep in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest and run as a community-based tourism model. The lodge is situated inside the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, the first protected area of its kind in Brazil. As well as the sustainable set-up, Uacari is also co-managed by local communities and the institute themselves. This sustainable model in a biodiversity hotspot means that Uacari is one of the best Amazon lodges for close interaction with the rainforest wildlife, including the rare uacari monkey that gives the lodge its name. Researchers at the reserve also help guests to make the most of their time in the Amazon, and also to learn so much more about the wildlife and plant-life of Mamiraua. Primates are particularly numerous around the reserve, while sloth and even jaguar are also resident. The acquatic life of Mamiraua is also spectacular, with the huge arapaima benefitting greatly from the protection in the reserve. Visits are from Friday to Monday (3 nights), Monday to Friday (4 nights) or for the full 7 nights arriving Monday or Friday, departing on the same day of the following week.

  • Destinations: Amazon - Manaus
  • Duration: 3, 4 or 7 Nights (arriving Mondays & Fridays)
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Over the Amazon Jungle to Manaus
Your flight takes you over the Amazon Jungle to Manaus, flying above miles of nothing but green jungle and silver rivers for the final hour or more. The sight of nothing but trees is a special one if the rainforest cloud clears for you. On arrival in the city, you will be met for transfer to your hotel in the city. A tour of Manaus takes in the amazing array of Amazon produce at the Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market and the Floating Dock on the edge of the Rio Negro. You will then visit the Amazon Theatre, the symbol of the city built during the rubber boom that made Manaus famous around the world. You return to your hotel after the tour with the evening free.
Day 2 : Arrive at Uacari Floating Lodge
Manaus to Tefe & Pousada Uacari
After an early flight from Manaus to Tefe, upstream on the Rio Solimoes from Manaus, you will be met by the lodge boat and transferred to the river for the 90min ride upriver to Pousada Uacari. One of the lodge guides will explain the work of the lodge and the Mamiraua Institute that cares for the Nature Reserve of the same name. Daytime canoe and treks take you along the channels and through the jungle to learn about the native flora and fauna. After dinner at the lodge, an evening welcome presentation tells you more about the Mamiraua Reserve and the institute.
Day 3 : Uacari Primates
Uacari Floating Lodge
One of the main reason for visits to Uacari Floating Lodge are the primates that make their home around the Mamiraua Reserve. Squirrel monkeys are regularly spotted, while the reserve offers guests perhaps the best chance of observing the rare uacari monkeys which symbolise and name the lodge. The bald uacari (also written as uakari) is native to the Amazon wetlands around Mamiraua, and live in groups. They stay in the tops of the trees searching for fruit and seeds during the day, and are very agile, jumping up to 6m. This primate has features similar to humans, with no fur on the skull at all, making for a very distinctive monkey!
Day 4 : Amazon Fishing
Uacari Floating Lodge
Fishing in the Mamiraua Reserve is done as the local communities have done for generations, with harpoons made from rainforest materials, and also with line and bait. One of the local community residents accompanies the fishing trips and teaches you how to prepare your equipment. Mamiraua is a huge aquarium, with a vast array of species that can even be seen from boats. The arowana jump out of the water for food, while the arapaima surfaces to breath, with its size of up to 3m making it one of the largest freshwater fish on the planet. The species has flourished in Mamiraua, the reserve is one of the few places where fishing it is allowed.
Day 5 : Uacari Wildlife
Uacari Floating Lodge
The animals of the rainforest wake up at sunrise and for the best wildlife viewing you must also wake up early to traverse the trails. At Mamiraua you can accompany the research teams and participate in their field works, or use more traditional methods to view the wildlife, with hikes and canoe trips day and night to encounter Amazon creatures. Primates are numerous around the lodge, while sloths, both the two-toed sloth and brown-throated three-toed species, amazon bamboo rats, bats and tarantulas are all found during the darkness. The reserve is also home to the beautiful and elusive jaguar, although sightings are rare in the jungle.
Day 6 : Uacari Chorus
Uacari Floating Lodge
The dawn chorus in the Mamiraua Reserve is as spectacular as any part of the Amazon. The caica parrots are as loud as as any creature, while the pre-historic hoatzin are also easy to spot with their ungainly flight patterns. Neotropic cormorants and large-billed terns enjoy their fishing, while the yellow-rumped cacique provide the decoration in the trees with their wonderful nests. Tree-frogs and toads sheltering in bromeliads are some of the Amazon amphibians to be found, while snakes and lizards are numerous around Mamiraua, although seemingly not as numerous as the black caimans whose eyes appear after dark!
Day 7 : Mamiraua Lake
Uacari Floating Lodge
The lodge trails are designed not to be physically straining and most of them can be walked in three hours at the longest. During the flood (May-July) all trails will be done in a small paddle canoe (your guide will paddle you through the trail). In the afternoon you will be taken on a motorized canoe to Mamiraua Lake, a beautiful lake inside the protected area of the reserve. At the lake you will probably have memorable encounters with pink river dolphins, hoatzins and perhaps the pirarucu fish. You will stay there until the sunset and on your way back you will spot black caimans, bats and night birds.
Day 8 : Riverine Life
Uacari Floating Lodge
A morning boat ride takes you to visit one of the local communities that make their homes on the river system around Tefe. The communities designed the daily schedule in order for them to be able to show visitors the most interesting aspects of 'riverine' life. The way of life is still a simple one based around the natural resources of the river and the agriculture of the forest. After returning to the lodge for lunch and some time to relax in a hammock, you can take afternoon canoe and trekking trips, and spend the evening relaxing amongst the sounds of the Amazon Rainforest.
Day 9 : Away from Uacari
Uacari Floating Lodge to Tefe & Manaus
Your stay at Uacari comes to and end after breakfast when you return downstream to Tefe, where you can fly on to Manaus. Connections to the major cities in Brazil such as Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro can be organised from Manaus. You can also fly directly to Miami from Manaus. Stays at Uacari Floating Lodge in the Mamiraua Reserve are usually organised to coincide with the Manaus/Tefe flights on Mondays and Fridays. Stays are either 3 nights (Friday to Monday), 4 nights (Monday to Friday) or 7 nights (Mon-Mon or Fri-Fri). We can also combine your trip to Uacari Floating Lodge with other Brazil destinations such as the Pantanal.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 1,325 US$ 1,400 US$ 1,450 US$ 1,475
Domestic Flights ** US$ 500

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* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November