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DEEP IN THE JUNGLE

RIO DE JANEIRO / MANAUS / AMAZON

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

DAY 1

RIO DE JANEIRO

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, the city of mountains and sea, samba and carnival, and a relaxed way of life. You are transferred to your hotel.

Sugar Loaf visit
This afternoon, your orientation begins with a cable car ascent of Sugar Loaf Mountain, a tour of city sights, and a ride along the world-famous beaches. The first cable car takes passengers to Urca Hill which is 215 meters high from where one has a beautiful view of Guanabara Bay and its islands, the Rio-Niterói bridge and Corcovado hill. From this stage, a second cable car will be taken up to the top (395 meters) to see a splendid view of Copacabana beach, the Santa Cruz fortress and some of the beaches of Niterói.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro (B)

DAY 2

RIO DE JANEIRO

Breakfast at the hotel

Jeep tour Corcovado and Tijuca Forest
The special feature of this tour is riding open vehicles and seeing a city from another angle.
Christ the Redeemer, at the top of Corcovado mountain can be seen from almost everywhere in town. In the list of one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, the head and hands of the statue were sculpted in Paris by Paul Landowski while volunteers covered the statue with small triangles of soapstone forming a mosaic, ideal for its resilience to constant winds and lightning. A fine art-deco monument, with elegant lines that enhance the beauty of the statue and its surroundings. Taking a narrow forest road, with nature everywhere and breathtaking beauty in the heart of a city like Rio, the greatest portion of if planted by human hands, the Tijuca National Park is in fact divided as Serra da Carioca (ridge), Pedra Bonita (where the hang gliders take off, Pedra da Gávea and PretosForros and Covanca ridge. A stop at the forest for a short hike to feel how a tropical rainforest can be part of city like Rio.

Overnight in Rio de Janeiro (B)

DAY 3

RIO DE JANEIRO / MANAUS

Breakfast at the hotel

AM check-out and transfer to airport for your flight to Manaus. Arrival and transfer to Tropical Hotel.

Overnight at hotel (B)

DAY 4

MANAUS / AMAZON

Breakfast at the hotel

Early transfer from hotel to Manaus airport for your flight to Tefe – flight trip 5541 leaving 06:00 am and arriving at 07:30.

The visitors will be received for the Sales and Marketing Manager at theTefé’s airport. Around 10 minutes (by car) far away the airport is the“Flutuante do AreiaBranca” where will be start the journey to MamirauáReserve. The trip to the Reserve is made by speedboat and it takes about one and an half hour. In the way you can enjoy the breeze and the magic scenery also you will be to see the little boat across to the river. You might even be able to spot wildlife, such as pink dolphins (Inia geofrensis) at Tefé Lake and tucuxis (Sotaliafluviatilis) in the Solimões River during the trip until the lodge.

The Naturalist guide will accompany you in some activities and all outings have to be accompanied by a local guide. You must listen to their recommendations at all times specially those regarding your own safety. To enjoy your first morning at the Reserve you will make a short trip by canoe.

The lunch will always be served between 12:30pm and 13:30pm. The outings in the afternoon are starting at 15:30 when the climate is not so hot. 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). In this first hiking, eight points strategically chosen are classified and explained for them. Whole the “Flooded season” you will make a trip by large canoe among channels and lakes into forest bring together all guests’ group.
The local guides don’t speak English fluently. During the flood (May-July) all trails will be done in a small paddle canoe (your guide will paddle you through the trail).
After the dinner, you will have the opportunity to hear and talk about the ecosystem and about the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute – its work, its research, etc. The naturalist guide will do the presentation at 20:30. (B, L)

DAY 5

AMAZON

Breakfast at the hotel

The animals wake up with the sunrise and to maximize wildlife viewing you must also to wake up early to visit the trails. But if you choose to visit a local village, this 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. 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 as the outings will only be carried out when the sun goes down a little.
In the afternoon you will go to hiking or canoe tour, always exploring a different region of the reserve. The dinner will be served around 19:30. After dinner you can watch a video about the flooded forest or just to hear the song of animal night in your room and to relax to next day. (B, L, D)

DAY 6

AMAZON

Breakfast at the hotel

A new and different trail will be the scenery chosen to view the wildlife into the jungle. Our trails are designed not to be physically straining and most of them can be walked in three hours at the longest. During theflood (May-July) all trails will be done in a small paddle canoe (your guide will paddle you through the trail). In this afternoon, you will be taken on a motorized canoe to Mamirauá Lake, a beautiful lake inside the total preservation area of the Reserve. At the lake, you will probably have memorable encounters with pink river dolphins (Inia geofrensis), hoatzins (Opistochomushoazin) and perhaps the pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) fish. You will stay there until the sunset and on your way back you will spot black caimans (Melanoschusniger), bats (Rhynchonycterisnaso and Noctilioleporinus), night birds. Dinner is at 20:00. (B, L, D)

DAY 7

AMAZON

Breakfast at the hotel

The breakfast is served at 06:30am and at 07:00am the activities start. We will take a trail by foot or by canoe, in the new scenery chosen to observe the nature. If you prefer you can practice a traditional fish or piranha fishing. This activity is a means of survive belong the local communists and it is transferred from generation to generation. The local resident will learn you with his ability to fish with harpoon and the handling with bait and long line too. In the afternoon,you have a choicetoaccompany a researcher’s team and participate of their field works and supplementing the technical information given last night. Or if you prefer, you can go to another wildlife viewing tour, travelling around the landscapes, channels and lakes system that compose part of the varzea’s ecosystem.
After the dinner be ready to do a night tour (on foot or by small canoe) with high chances to see the nocturnal fauna, as tarantula spiders, opossum (Didelphis marsupialis and Philander opossum), two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus) and brown throated three toated sloth (Bradypus variegatus), amazon bamboo rats (Dactylomysdactylinus), bats (Rhynchonycterisnaso and Noctilioleporinus), etc. This trail is short and spends around 40 minutes. (B, L, D)

DAY 8

AMAZON / MANAUS

Breakfast at the hotel

If you are really quiet and set out early enough, you might see even more wildlife like capuchin monkeys (Cebus paella), howlers (Alouatta seniculus), uakaris (Cacajao calvus calvus) and squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus and Saimiri vanzolinii), three toed sloths (Bradypus variegates), hoatzins (Opistochomushoazin), etc. Another trail will be made in this last morning. The departure of Lodge will be after the breakfast around 09:30 on Friday. The flight from Tefé to Manaus leaves at 19:00am, so when you come back to Tefé, you will be taken to a local hotel - Anilce’s Hotel – to spend a day-use to possibility you walk and know the city. Around 14:30 you will be met at hotel and then takes you at the Tefé’s airport.
You will arrive in Manaus at 20:30. Transfer to Tropical Manaus hotel forOvernight. (B)

DAY 8

MANAUS

Breakfast at the hotel

Breakfast at hotel.

Transfer to Manaus airport.

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Uakari Lodge: The Uakari Floating Lodge is located inside the Mamiraua Reserve and concentrates ecotourism activities. It has 10 simple, comfortable and ample apartments. Each one has about 25m², with their own bathroom and terrace, solar power, hot shower and sewage filtration system. At the central floating house, guests find the restaurant, video room, library, deck, conference room. The restaurant offers a varied menu with fish, chicken(not red meat), vegetarian food, fruits.
The Reserve is a state conservation unit located in the middle Solimões River (Amazon) and 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. 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 season (May-July) all trails will be done in a small paddle canoe. The Uakari Floating Lodge is located at 1½h by speedboat(motorized canoe) and 3½ h by regional boat from Tefe.

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