Uakari Lodge, Mamiraua Reserve
access from Tefe
The award-winning Uakari Floating Lodge in located within the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, the largest protected area in Brazil devoted to conservation of flooded-forest (varzea). It is a 90 mins speedboat ride from Tefe and is managed by seven local communities. The reserve consists of a rich eco-system of endemic and threatened species such as the elusive uakari monkey, as well as sloths, pink river dolphins, toucans, macaws, hoatzins, howler monkeys and black caimans.
Uakari has just 10 rooms, each is simply built out of timber and covered in thatch, connected by a series of floating walkways designed to create minimal environmental impact. Each room has a private bathroom, netted windows and a terrace with a view of the forest. One single tap with solar powered heating. River water is used in the sink taps this looks dirty but is clean. They provide drinking water for cleaning your teeth.
The lodge also has a central floating structure with reception area, restaurant, bar, TV room, library and conference room.
Guests stay on a full board basis with twice-daily wildlife excursions within the Mamirauá Reserve led by experienced naturalist guides from the local community, who have an active involvement in the management of the Reserve, as featured in the recent Bruce Parry BBC documentary 'Amazon'. Resident researchers give lectures at night.
In July the region is most flooded therefore one can travel by boat closest to the canopy for good views of monkey and sloth.
Sep - May is the drier season. With Dec being when waterlevels are lowest and therefore best chance to see aquatic life e.g. caimen, river dolphin, pirarucu fish.