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Uakari Floating Lodge Packages

Mamirauá, the largest protected flooded forest and the first Sustainable Development Reserve in Brazil is opening itself for Ecotourism. For Ecotourists, Mamirauá offers a unique experience. The Reserve is one of the best places to sight the rich Amazon wildlife. Besides the endemic white uakari, animals like howler monkeys, brown capuchin and squirrel monkeys, caymans, sloths and river dolphins are easily sighted. For birdwatchers Mamirauá has more than 400 identified species, including the majestic Harpy-eagle (harpia), and the curious hoatzin. The fauna in Mamirauá is very rich in fish, the pirarucú (Arapaima gigas) is also among the flagspecies of the area. Ecotourists will also be fascinated with the trees, orchids and bromeliads, and also various types of insects and arthropods.


4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS

From Saturday to Tuesday

Day 1 - Saturday
Pick up is at 8:30 at Tefé Airport and transfer to the Areia Branca Pier. Departing around 9:15 from Areia Branca Pier, by regional boat you can enjoy the breeze and the magic scenery. You might even be able to spot wildlife, such as pink dolphins at Tefé Lake and tucuxis in the Amazonas River. The Naturalist Guide gives you the first information about the route.
The arrival is at 11:30 at the Uakari Lodge, our staff will be waiting for you. There will always be an English-speaking person at the lodge. Our staff will give you rapid recommendations and explanations on the running of the lodge (meal times, solar power, water, no swimming, etc) and you will be asked to fill in the visitors registration form. At this time you will be able to meet all the employees responsible for making an excellent stay.
All outings have to be accompanied by a local guide and you must listen to the their recommendations at all times, specially those regarding your own safety.
Lunch will served from 12:30 to 13:30 and Dinner at 19:30. After lunch, you can rest in a hammock, watch a video about researches done at Mamirauá or an award-winning BBC documentary on Mamirauá, read a book, or just chat - outings will only be carried out when the sun goes down a little. At 15:30 you will be ready to go on a walk (dry season) in one of the trails. You will be taken with your whole group to do an Interpretative Trail. The naturalist and the local guide, joining scientific and traditional knowledge will help you to interpret the varzea’s environment (flooded forest). Our 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). When you return from the tour, you will have the opportunity to hear a talk about the ecosystem and about the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute – its work, its research, etc. The naturalist guide will do the presentation at 19:00. After the dinner you can watch a movie or go to sleep hearing the sounds of the forest.
(L,D)

Day 2 - Sunday
If you choose to visit a local village, the morning is the time to do it. The Ecotourism program has had plenty of discussion with the local communities about those visits and agreed an informal itinerary with a series of attractions they would like to show and talk about. A person from the community will meet your group and show you around (please see the detailed information sheet about village visits). Depending on the village, you might have the opportunity to buy locally produced handicrafts - take small change with you.
If you choose not to visit a village you can go for another tour with your local guide. At 15:30 the local guide will accompany you in a traditional canoe, in the heart of the forest, where you will have the opportunity to view various species of animals. After the dinner, be ready to do a night tour with high chances to see the nocturnal fauna, as spiders, opossum, two-toed sloth, rats, bats, etc. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Monday
In your last day in the Reserve, you are more used to the forest, if you are really quiet and set out early enough, you might see even more wildlife like capuchin monkeys, howlers, uakaris and squirrel monkeys, three toed sloths, hoatzins, etc. If you prefer you can practise a traditional fish or piranha fishing.
In this afternoon you will be taken on a motorised canoe to lake Mamirauá, a beautiful lake inside the total preservation 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 caimans, bats, night birds…
The Dinner is at 20:00. We usually invite researchers for dinner, if they are available that evening. So you might have the opportunity to meet a researcher for an informal chat about his/her work. However, this is not guaranteed as it depends entirely on researchers’ availability. So you can enjoy your last night to talk to the researchers, to see another kind of documentary or just pack for the next morning. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Tuesday
Your departure will be early, during the beautiful Amazonian sunrise. Check out at 5:30 am, the transfer is by speedboat and spend 1h 30 min to arrives in Tefé.


5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

From Tuesday to Saturday

Day 1 - Tuesday
Pick up is at 8:30 at Tefé Airport and transfer to the Areia Branca Pier. Departing around 9:15 from Areia Branca Pier, by regional boat, you can enjoy the breeze and the magic scenery. You might even be able to spot wildlife, such as pink dolphins at Tefé Lake and tucuxis in the Amazonas River. The Naturalist Guide gives you the first information about this route.
The arrival is at 11:30 at the Uakari Lodge, our staff will be waiting for you. There will always be an English-speaking person at the lodge. Our staff will give you rapid recommendations and explanations on the running of the lodge (meal times, solar power, water, no swimming, etc) and you will be asked to fill in the visitors registration form. At this time you will be able to meet all the employees responsible for making an excellent stay.
All outings have to be accompanied by a local guide and you must listen to the their recommendations at all times, specially those regarding your own safety.
Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 13:30 and Dinner at 19:30. After lunch, you can rest in a hammock, watch a video about researches done at Mamirauá or an award-winning BBC documentary on Mamirauá, read a book, or just chat - outings will only be carried out when the sun goes down a little. At 15:30 the local guide will accompany you in a traditional canoe, in the heart of the forest, where you will have the opportunity to view various species of animals. When you return from the tour, you will have the opportunity to hear a talk about the ecosystem and about the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute – its work, its research, etc. The naturalist guide will do the presentation at 19:00.
After the dinner you can watch a movie or go to sleep hearing the sounds of the forest. (L,D)

Day 2 - Wednesday
Animals in the forest wake up at sunrise, so if you are interested in sighting as much wildlife as possible, you have to wake up early. The breakfast is served at 06:30, at 7:00 the activities begin; you will be ready to go on a walk (during the dry season) in one of the trails. You will be taken with your whole group to do an Interpretative Trail. The naturalist and the local guide, joining scientific and traditional knowledge will help you to interpret the varzea’s environment (flooded forest).
Our 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 in a motorised canoe to Apara Channel. You will go through landscapes, channels and lakes systems which compose part of the varzea’s ecosystem, a great moment to spot wildlife, with high possibilities to see primates and birds. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Thursday
If you choose to visit a local village, the morning is the time to do it. The Ecotourism program has had plenty of discussion with the local communities about those visits and agreed an informal itinerary with a series of attractions they would like to show and talk about. A person from the community will meet your group and show you around (please see the detailed information sheet about village visits). Depending on the village, you might have the opportunity to buy locally produced handicrafts - take small change with you.
If you choose not to visit a village you can go for another tour with your local guide. In the afternoon you will go to another hiking or canoe tour, always exploring a different region of the reserve. After the dinner, be ready to do a night tour with high chances to see the nocturnal fauna, as spiders, opossum, two-toed sloth, rats, bats, etc. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Friday
In your last day in the Reserve, you are more used to the forest, if you are really quiet and set out early enough, you might see even more wildlife like capuchin monkeys, howlers, uakaris and squirrel monkeys, three toed sloths, hoatzins, etc. If you prefer you can practise a traditional fish or piranha fishing.
In this afternoon you will be taken on a motorised canoe to lake Mamirauá, a beautiful lake inside the total preservation 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 caimans, bats, night birds…
The Dinner is at 20:00. We usually invite researchers for dinner, if they are available that evening. So you might have the opportunity to meet a researcher for an informal chat about his/her work. However, this is not guaranteed as it depends entirely on researchers’ availability. So you can enjoy your last night to talk to the researchers, to see another kind of documentary or just pack for the next morning. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Saturday
Your departure will be early, during the beautiful Amazonian sunrise. Check out is at 5:30 am, the transfer is by speedboat and spend 1h 30 min to arrives in Tefé.


INCLUDED IN THE ABOVE PROGRAMS
- Transfers as mentioned in the program;
- Accommodation;
- All meals;
- Standard Tours;
- Guiding;



TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TRIP TO MAMIRAUÁ RESERVE, WE SUGGEST:
- The area you are about to visit in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve is part of the Várzea ecosystem, a forest flooded by the sediment-rich Amazonian rivers. It is made up of channels, lakes and the seasonally flooded forest itself.
- The outings to the lakes and channels will use speedboats and canoes. At these times it is essential to protect yourself from the tropical sun. We recommend high factor sunblock and UV filtering sunglasses. Polarizing sunglasses will allow you to see through reflections on the water.
- A system of trails has been constructed to allow access into the forest. We recommend adequate clothing and trekking boots, as some sections of the trails are often swampy. Please, don’t use your best clothes as you’ll get muddy!
- Várzea contains more than their fair share of mosquitoes. They bite not only at night but also during day. So, don’t forget insect repellent. DEET at 30% concentration works efficiently.
- We recommend bringing the following items of personal equipment:
- binoculars
- long, comfortable trousers (pants)
- long sleeved shirts
- tennis shoes (or lightweight shoes)
- hat or peaked-cap
- insect repellent
- rain coat
- sunblock
- personal medication needed

- You will be visiting a protected area. By Brazilian law, it is strictly forbidden to remove any kind of biological material from the reserve (including plants, animals, eggs, flowers, seeds, etc.). The ecotourism management will be strictly enforcing this rule for the benefit of the wildlife of the reserve. You will find trash bins in the floating house. Throwing rubbish into the forest or lakes and channels will pollute the ecosystem. It is not allowed.
- Due to the presence of piranhas, caiman and venomous snakes in the water, we do not recommend swimming in the lakes, channels or the flooded forest.
- Your guides will be accompanying you throughout your stay in the forest or trips to the lakes. For your safety, it is forbidden to enter the forest or undertake your own excursions without the company of a guide.
- Alcoholic beverages are only allowed at the Uakari lodge, and forbidden during outings.
- The Mamirauá Ecotourism Program cannot be held liable for accidents caused by disobeying these rules.
- During the low water period you will be able to walk along the trails. However, at high water (usually from January to July) you will only be able to move along these trails by canoe. Some care should be taken on these occasions:
- Do not touch branches or tree trunks (venomous animals such as scorpions, fire ants and spiders live there and are extremely hard to see).
- Always use your lifejacket while in speedboats and canoes. Your life may depend on that.
- Please be silent and do not use brightly colored clothes; in doing so your chances to spot something interesting will increase.
- When in contact with local inhabitants, or visiting local villages, remember that you are the outsider. Respect to traditional populations is very important to Mamirauá.



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