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Mamiraua, 20-24 October 2008

Mamiraoa is an area of rainforest in the upper Amazon about the size of England. Water rises and falls by up to 15 meters between the dry and rainy seasons! We booked in advance to stay 4 days an eco-lodge there. The only flights now are with Trip (Rico, who also used to fly the routes regularly, have apparently had a problem with their plane ... ... and no longer fly there). Trip was difficult to reserve from outside Brazil - CC payments not accepted online. Fortunately a Portuguese friend helped with the comms and they said we could pay in Brazil ... and it all worked! It is quite a way from civilisation: 2 hours flight from Manaus to Tefe, then an hour and a half on fast boat up rivers up to the lodge which is beautifully located on a bend in a small river. Uacari lodge has decent accom and food, without being luxurious. Uacari lodge has decent accom and food, without being luxurious.

The sounds really make an impression: the loud splashes of the enormous Picarucu fish (largest freshwater fish in world - up to 3 meters) which regularly have to leap out of the water to get oxygen in the dry season, the haunting cries of the howler monkeys (which sound like a combination of a howling gale and noises of dynosaurs fighting in a horror movie), the incredible variety of bird calls, the scratches, squeeks and russles of the wildlife living in the thatched roofs of our floating bungalows! - mainly bats, we discovered. The one thing which did not mke a lot of noise was the caimans (crocodiles) - lots of them around us!

There is a wide variety of activities arranged - all accompanied by experienced, excellent and helpful guides. The main ones are walks of 3-4 hours in the jungle and rather pleasant canoe trips (rowed by the guide) and actually quite good for spotting wildlife. Wildlife is illusive and tends to move away quite quickly. The guides are brilliant at spotting whatever is there. Binoculars were a necessity to get a decent view.

Happily, with a 06h30 breakfast start for 07h00 activity, and with the oppressive heat of the middle of the day, there was 3-4 hours off around lunchtime - to lie in the hammock contemplating the lovely scene (or to fall asleep).

Overall, this leg of the trip was the first we arranged, took the most arranging and was the most expensive by some way. However, definitely worth it. The forest was definitely something to experience once, the location and nature around the lodge itself was superb, we saw a good range of the wildlife (if sometimes rather fleetingly - particularly for the striking rare White Uacari Monkeys we saw on two occasions, which have bright red faces - but they don´t hang around for you to admire them).

Trip Airlines - Success - Arrival in Téfé!

Trip Airlines - Success - Arrival in Téfé!


Uacari Lodge 1

Uacari Lodge 1


Uacari Lodge 2

Uacari Lodge 2


Uacari Lodge 3

Uacari Lodge 3


Uacari Lodge - Room

Uacari Lodge - Room


Uacari Lodge - Hammock Space

Uacari Lodge - Hammock Space


Uacari Lodge - Kingfisher

Uacari Lodge - Kingfisher


Just when you thought it was safe in the water!

Just when you thought it was safe in the water!


Uacari Lodge - A resident!

Uacari Lodge - A resident!


Uacari Lodge - A resident 2

Uacari Lodge - A resident 2


Mamiraua - Walk 1

Mamiraua - Walk 1


Mamiraua - Walk 2

Mamiraua - Walk 2


Mamiraua - Walk 3

Mamiraua - Walk 3


Mamiraua - Walk 4

Mamiraua - Walk 4


Mamiraua - By canoe 1

Mamiraua - By canoe 1


Mamiraua - By canoe 2

Mamiraua - By canoe 2


Mamiraua - By canoe

Mamiraua - By canoe


Mamiraua Wildlife - Hyperactive sloth!

Mamiraua Wildlife - Hyperactive sloth!


Mamiraua Wildlife - Hyperactive sloth 2

Mamiraua Wildlife - Hyperactive sloth 2


Mamiraua Wildlife - Toucan

Mamiraua Wildlife - Toucan


Mamiraua Wildlife - Howler Monkeys up tower!

Mamiraua Wildlife - Howler Monkeys up tower!


Mamiraua Early morning

Mamiraua Early morning

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Brazil

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