Pousada Uacari, Tefé, Amazonas
"floating lodge in the Mamiraua reserve- home of the uacari monkey"
|Nearest Airport:||Tefé - 60 kms|
|Trip Style:||Nature + Wildlife, Eco-tourism|
laundry, hammocks, bar, restaurant, supports community projects, supports sustainable tourism, wi-fi
|Recommended attractions:||walking, local handicrafts, indigenous riverside communities, hiking, flora & fauna, boat trips, birding|
|Ideal for:||small groups, friends sharing, families, couples, solo travellers|
|Cards Accepted:||Cash, Bank Transfer, AMEX, Mastercard , Visa|
|Telephone:||+55 97 33434160|
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Note: Where pousadas are off the beaten track, Google maps only show the nearest town, and are not an accurate guide to location.
Alison's pousada review
There are 10 suites here in 5 bungalows set either side of the main lodge which houses kitchen, dining area, an upstairs library, conference and reading/video room and a veranda overlooking the river. All meals are included in the package and there is an excellent variety of local food served buffet style which guests enjoy round a large communal table. Suites are basic, there are no electricity sockets and bugs are endemic like everywhere in the Amazon, but at the same time you get a good bed, a hot solar powered shower, a good mosquito net, and a large amount of roomspace (25 sq metres ) together with a private veranda and hammock overlooking the jungle and gently flowing river which runs down towards lake Mamiraua.
Visitors to the Mamiraua reserve may not explore unaccompanied by a guide but as part of the ecotourism project Pousada Uacari runs a programme of daily activities in the early morning after breakfast ( 7am) and in the afternoon (3.30pm). These include boat trips to local communities and the Mamiraua lake plus canoe trips into the flooded forests (wet season) and jungle treks (dry season) and talks by local researchers (e.g. on the pink and grey dolphin project) in the evening. Apart from that you are left to your own devices and although Uacari has sola powered electricity and a generator for emergencies, it is essential to realise that light is difficult to read by without an additional torch, your mobile won`t work and there is no internet- even for the lodge itself! If you need contact, creature comforts , conventional luxury or entertainment this is not the place to find them; if on the other hand you want to forget the world for a while, support an award-winning ecotourism project, see extraordinary flora and fauna and experience the peace which comes with purely the sounds and feeling of the all-enveloping Amazon jungle, then you could not find a better place.
The ecotourism project itself has evolved over the last 12 or so years and its planning and development was and is carried out following consultation and agreement between local communities, researchers and the Mamiraua Institute. The main objectives of the project are to provide accommodation for those interested in discovering the area whilst generating income for local communities, strengthening their organisation and creating incentives for communities to promote the conservation of the natural resources of the area. Income comes from the purchase of local products, produce and services and profits are divided between local communities, official bodies policing of the area, and the upkeep of the pousada itself.
- Visits to the local communities
- Local handicrafts
- Canoe trips into the flooded forest
- Jungle trails in dry season
- Boat trip to Lake Mamiraua
- Location in the heart of the Mamiraua reserve, in the heart of the Amazon jungle
- The ecotourism project itself, where the pousada exists in harmony with its surroundings and the local communities
- Peace and tranquillity which comes with lack of contact with the outside world
|Try a different place if...
you want conventional luxury or contact with the outside world, or if you don’t like small boats and canoes!