The 10 bedroom Uakari Floating Lodge is located in the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve -the largest protected area of flooded forest in the Amazon. This Reserve was designated in 1996 with the aim of combining the conservation of the area with the managed use of local resources by the local population. Ecotourism is seen as providing an economic alternative and a means of alleviating pressure on the natural resources. The local communities are active participants in the management of both the reserve, and the lodge.
To get to the lodge it is a 1 hour flight from Manaus to the town of Tefe followed by a 1.5 hour boat ride in motorised canoe. The excursions depend on the season, with canoe excursions in the wet season through the flooded forest, and dry season excursions by canoe to explore channels, creeks and lakes, as well as forest hikes. There are also visits to local villages, evening presentations on the reserve, and night hikes/canoe trips.
The wildlife is abundant at Uakari Floating Lodge, and it is a strange experience to paddle through the flooded forest and observe species such as sloths, Red Howler monkeys and the endemic scarlet-faced white Uakari monkey at close range, and pink river dolphins, manatees and caiman swim amongst the submerged trees.
In the dry season when the waters have receded the spectacle changes as fish and predators concentrate around the remaining water courses. During this time it is easy to see why there is a no swimming policy at the lodge!
Open: All year.
Location: The lodge is located in the Mamiraua Reserve in the Brazilian Amazon, on a bend in the Solimoes River. It is about a 90 minute motorboat ride from Tefe, which is a 1 hour flight from Manaus.
Rooms: There are 10 suites, equipped with solar power. All have en-suite bathrooms and private terrace.
Activities: The lodge offers excursions in motorised canoes on rivers and lakes and guided walks on forest trails, all led by local guides. There are 2 seasons, the rainy season from January to April, and the dry season from May to September. In the dry season the wildlife concentrates in and around the remaining wetlands. During the flood season (May to July) all excursions are done by canoe. Nocturnal boat rides and walks are offered. There is a hide in the forest, designed for viewing and photographing animals and birds. Guests can also visit local villages. Guests can observe wildlife from the lodge.
Facilities: There is a restaurant offering a varied menu featuring fresh fish, chicken, regional fruit and juices. The lodge does not serve red meat. The 2 floor central area of the lodge also has a library, video and conference room, television room, bar and deck. The lodge provides a laundry service. Batteries can only be charged for a very limited time each day, so it is advisable to bring spares.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Please check with us.
Health: Uakari Floating Lodge is in an area of low malaria risk, though prophylactics are often recommended for the Amazon.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access and a VHF radio communication system.
Notes: Please note that luggage should be limited to 15kgs for the motorboat transfers to and from the lodge.
Rio, the Amazon and the best beaches in Brazil, with plenty of time fully to experience each place.
This unique lodge is owned partly by local communities & partly by the Mamirava Institute which protects the biodiversity of a large rainforest reserve.
"Everything 100%. The pick ups,the staff, the activities, the food,Diania at Ecotourism and Biancia at the Lodge were professional, efficient, friendly and caring. The managers need to be advised that there must be maintanence done or the place will deteriorate in the next year. The 7 communities got their profits last year and no money was left for work like fixing a leak or a door."