1. How to get there: The hostel is located in Mamirauá Natural Reserve in Amazonas state. The nearest city to that destination is Tefé, 450 km from Manaus. You can reach Tefé from Manaus by boat or plane, the airline and maritime offer daily trips. The boats are not very comfortable, the trip takes 2 days. Another alternative is the jet boat which sails twice a week, the trip takes 12 hours. Once in Tefé, the tourist is welcomed by the hostel staff and is transported by ship to Mamirauá (ride that lasts one hour and a half).
2. Ecosystem: Mamirauá is a 1,124 million hectares, protected natural reserve, where you can find the largest oak forest in the Amazon, which remains under water for 3 months of the year achieving an exotic beauty. It also safeguards countless animal species, among which stands out the white monkey of Uacari.
3. Tourist attractions: The natural and cultural attractions combine to offer the visitor a truly intense and original experience. The main attraction of the reserve is its abundant wildlife, as a result of more than 12 years of preservation. Visitors will see 5 species of monkeys (Guariba and Uacari-Branco), over 400 species of birds, pink dolphins and Açu crocodiles, with the highest concentration of the world in this area. The area has a total of 10 lakes, among which stands out Mamirauá Lake, heart of the reserve and main destination for thousands of aquatic birds. The visitor may share with local communities to learn about their culture and the use of natural resources in a sustainable way.
4. Tourist activities: The visitor will have the option to walk through 11 different paths, in which you will have the opportunity to observe monkeys and other mammals such as raccoons and “preguiça” bug. During the rainy season the water level rises 12 m, reason why these paths have to be done on canoe.
5. Tourist services: Floating Pousada Uacari provides high quality accommodation; it has 9 double rooms with balcony. Water is heated by solar energy and facilities have a system of wastewater treatment. The food, based on fresh fish, is a mixture of Brazilian cuisine with international. People with food allergies and special dietary needs should inform the association in advance. Guides are trained to provide the visitor with quality service.
6. Suggested tour package: Communities offer packages of 3 to 7 nights for 4 people minimum, with prices ranging between USD 690 and 1250 per person. We recommend the package of 3 nights (Wednesday to Saturday) that includes full board, transportation from Tefé to Uacarí Inn and guided services on natural trails. The price per person is USD 690. Please note that the activities and / or their sequence may change because of environmental reasons: water level variations and climate change.
7. Code of conduct: The tours are conducted in small groups of maximum 4 people, to provide personal attention to visitors and reduce environmental impact. All tourism activities should be performed in the company of a local guide. Be careful not to leave traces of your presence in the jungle or in the visited villages. Pick up your trash. Do not move plants, flowers or other objects from original places, it is forbidden to take any souvenir from the forest. Respect animals, observe them from a certain distance and don’t feed them. Do not light fires. Maintain appropriate behavior with the locals and your fellow travelers. You are responsible for your own safety; rescue in extreme conditions is difficult and expensive and may take several days and cause damage to your health and the environment. If you wish to make a donation, please contact your local authorities. Although you can photograph and film nature, but must ask permission from the people if you want to take pictures of them.
8. What to bring: Clothes should be adapted to a warm humid climate: pants, long sleeve t- shirts, waterproof coat and appropriate shoes for walking. For your protection: sunglasses, hat or cap, sunscreen and insect repellent. We recommend you bring binoculars and flashlight with extra batteries.
9. Our organization: Local communities are organized to undertake various tourism activities with the aim of improving the quality of life of its members and preserve their cultural and natural heritage. The benefits of ecotourism operations are divided into two equal parts: one is assigned to the preservation of the area and educational activities; the other is distributed evenly over the 7 communities that work in the reserve. In 2003, Mamirauá reserve was awarded as the best ecotourism destination winning the prize "Conde Nast Travel Award", also was a finalist in the competition for sustainable tourism organized by the Smithsonian Magazine and was listed by "Lonely Planet Brazil" (2002) as one of the best places to observe the flora and fauna of the Amazon. Mamirauá Institute, a nonprofit organization that works with local communities to ensure sustainable development, runs the reserve. It also, carries out research to ensure the reliability of the information on the local ecosystem, facilitating interaction between tourists and researchers. Also, maintains and updates an image bank, including an award-winning documentary by the BBC, and many photographs of renowned Brazilian naturalist photographers.
10. Booking information: For reservations, sales and travel information, call or write to:
- Phone: (+55) (97) 3343-4160; and (+55) (97) 343-2736
- Fax: (+55) (97) 3343-2967
- Mobile phone: (+55) (97) 8116 -349
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.uakarilodge.com.br, and www.pousadauacari.com.br www.mamiraua.org.br/
- Skype: ecourismo.mamirahua
- Address: Avenida Brasil, 197-AM 69470-000 Tefé, Brazil.
- Contact: Shirley Pineiro.