Uakari Floating Lodge sits within the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, a site recognized by UNESCO as part of the Natural Heritage of Humanity. Mamirauá Institute and the communities from Mamirauá Reserve share in the management of the lodge. Guests stay in thatched-roof floating huts, each with its own terrace, bathroom with hot water shower, two large single beds, and a terrace with a hammock. This is a real ecotourism lodge: accommodations are comfortable, but basic. Rooms have solar powered lights and showers with solar heated water. Meals are plentiful and very well prepared.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Manaus and transferred to the airport for an early departure by prop plane, flying one and a half hours west, following the Amazon river for several hundred miles. Upon arrival, you will be met for transfer to the renowned Uakari Lodge, transferring to the pier and continuing by boat for another hour and a half to arrive to the lodge.
This lodge was started by a Brazilian biologist who helped establish the 23,000 square mile sustainable development reserve that now surrounds it. The lodge is an integral part of this ecotourism project, which involves the local community in managing the reserve, and giving them the right to manage the reserve’s fishing resources in a sustainable manner. The park is home to an astonishing array of wildlife, perhaps most notably the white coated and red faced Uakari monkey, but also including several other species of monkeys, tropical birds in variety and numbers that you would otherwise have to go to the Pantanal to see, and pink river dolphins. You make forays into the surrounding reserve to spot wildlife with local guides and can also make an optional visit to a local community. This is one of the premier spots in the entire Amazon for viewing wildlife and experiencing real ecotourism.