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Manaus: 2, 3 or 4-Day Amazon Jungle Tour in Anaconda Lodge

1. Manaus: 2, 3 or 4-Day Amazon Jungle Tour in Anaconda Lodge

Spend 2, 3 or 4 days in the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin and the source of 1/5 of all free-flowing fresh water on Earth. Its rain forests are the planet’s largest and most luxuriant and are remarkably home to 1 in 10 known species on Earth. Containing nearly 40,000 plant species, the Amazon sustains the world’s richest diversity of birds, freshwater fish, and butterflies. One of the world’s last refuges for jaguars, harpy eagles, and pink dolphins, its thousands of tree species are home to southern two-toed sloths, pygmy marmosets, and Goeldi’s monkeys. You can choose between private cabins with fan or air conditioning to enjoy the most of this Amazonian adventure. Jungle Lodge Anaconda Island Inn is 30 km from Manaus, a 1.5-hour drive by speedboat. The Lodge is on the banks of the Rio Negro and has a guest lounge, swimming pool, restaurant, accommodating up to 25 guests. Packages include accommodation, round trip transfer from Manaus, all meals included (full board) and bilingual guided activities as outlined below. The rooms have mosquito screens, natural water shower, and twin beds for up to 3 guests per room. Daily breakfast buffet features seasonal fruits and juices, bread, milk, and coffee. Lunch and dinner feature grilled meat or chicken, regional fish, salads, pasta, rice, juices, and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not included. Day 1: Pick-up from the lobby of your hotel and departure from Manaus port by speed boat (regular transportation, approx. 30 min) crossing the Rio Negro to the village of Cacau Pirera. Travel by car (approx. 50 minutes) to the village of Paricatuba. From this village, travel by motorized canoe to the Lodge (located approx. 85 km from Manaus). After lunch, with the bilingual guide, take a canoe trip through small creeks and go fishing for piranhas. A nocturnal expedition will allow you to see alligators and other wildlife that are hidden during the day time.   Day 2: Breakfast, followed by an educational jungle walk for approx. 2.5 hours. During the walk, the guide will teach you about medicinal plants and the trees of the Amazon rainforest. The high altitude means different plant life, bigger trees, and denser forest. After this, return to the lodge for lunch and free time for swimming in the tea-colored waters of the Rio Negro. If 3 or 4-day option booked: After lunch, take a paddling canoe trip through small channels (Igarapés) or flooded lands (Igapós), depending on the season. Day 3 (optional): Early sunrise tour, breakfast, and a visit to the home of local natives. These "Caboclos" maintain a traditional lifestyle and they are proud people who are happy to share their way of living. Here the guide will also explain about local farming techniques. If 4-day option booked: have lunch, and departure for overnight camping in the jungle with a local guide. The experienced jungle guide will show you all you need to know about extracting everything that is needed from the rainforest without destroying it. There will also be an opportunity to see some wildlife and you will be able to listen to the chorus of birds, howler monkeys and other animals at night. Day 4 (optional): Breakfast in the jungle, jungle walk and travel back to the lodge. After lunch you will have free time to swim in the tea-colored waters of the Rio Negro. Prepare to travel back to Manaus, arriving around 5:00 PM.

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Manaus: Full-Day Tour on the Amazon River

2. Manaus: Full-Day Tour on the Amazon River

Spend a day in the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin and the source of one-fifth of all free-flowing fresh water on Earth. Its rainforests are the planet’s largest and most luxuriant, and home to – amazingly – one in ten of Earth's known species. Containing nearly 40,000 plant species, the Amazon sustains the world’s richest diversity of birds, freshwater fish and butterflies. One of the world’s last refuges for jaguars, harpy eagles and pink dolphins, its thousands of tree species are home to southern two-toed sloths, pygmy marmosets and Goeldi’s monkeys. Your tour will begin with a pick-up at your Manaus hotel, or airport. From there you will enjoy a boat cruise to Lake January to see the meeting of the waters at Negro and Amazon Rivers. Switch to canoes and enter the waterway for dolphin observation and to visit the famous Victoria Regia water lilies. Sail by speedboat to an indigenous village, where you will interact with the indigenoue peoples of the Dessanos and Tucanos. Visit a jungle pharmacy and watch villagers going about their daily activities. Meet the shaman of the tribe, and see and purchase lovely handmade indigenous handicrafts.

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Manaus: Amazon River Small Group Speedboat Tour with Lunch

3. Manaus: Amazon River Small Group Speedboat Tour with Lunch

Discover the landmarks of Manaus and the Amazon Rainforest on a full-day guided tour with a small or private group, including pickup and drop-off at hotels in Manaus. Select the option for a private tour to experience this day with friends and family only, or select a small group tour to meet other travelers. Start your day off with a hit: interacting with pink dolphins. Have the unforgettable experience of swimming with these playful and docile animals. Watch your dealer feed them in the water and learn about government agencies’ attempts to counter overhunting. Next, visit an indigenous village to learn about their culture and watch a presentation of their rituals, musical instruments, traditional dances, and songs of their culture. Purchase some souvenirs and listen to them tell you about their history and legends in this amazing encounter.   From there, head to the last stop of the first part of the tour: lunchtime in a floating restaurant. To get there, you’ll navigate through Igapo (flooded forest) by walking along a wooden walkway suspended over the lake. You might even get lucky and spot some sloths, birds, and monkeys. Enjoy a delicious lunch with an all-inclusive buffet with drinks, fruit salad, fish, and chicken.   After lunch, you’ll go sailing on the Amazon River to observe various villages and their characteristics, like houses built on stilts. Where the Negro River meets the Solimões River, stop for photos and an explanation of this natural phenomenon. Then, head to the Lake Catalan to visit a village of floating houses, schools, and churches. On this site, stop in at a floating farm that raises several species of fish.   Return to your starting point through the border of Manaus, visiting the Rio Negro Bridge, various neighborhoods, the historic center, the main harbor, and Adolfo Lisboa market. Depending on the time of the year and the weather, you may even have the time to stop in at one of the beaches along the way. This is sure to be an amazing day that will immerse you in the diverse ecology of the Amazon.

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Manaus: Amazon Tour at Juma Floating Lodge 2,3,4 or 5-Day

4. Manaus: Amazon Tour at Juma Floating Lodge 2,3,4 or 5-Day

Day One: At 8:00 AM you are transferred from your hotel to the Ceasa port where a speed boat takes tourists to the meeting of the waters, the point where the Rio Negro and Solimões River meet. From there you are taken to the Careiro Village on the other side of the Solimões River. The excursion continues by car (van) for about one hour to Mamori River.  A final trip by speedboat takes you to the lodge, arriving there at approximately 11:30 AM. At 3:00 PM the activities begin. Leave the lodge by canoe for dolphin and bird watching, piranha fishing, and end the day watching a spectacular sunset around 6:30 PM, and then head back to the lodge for dinner. At night you will enjoy a thrilling experience of Cayman spotting. Day two: At 5:30 AM, you are taken by canoe to watch the sunrise of a new day in the Amazon rainforest. Return to the lodge around 7:00 AM for breakfast. Shortly after, you will do a jungle trek that takes up the rest of the morning. During the walk, much is learned about medicinal plants, trees, insects such as spiders and there is even a chance of seeing monkeys. If the 2-day option is booked, after lunch, return to Manaus at about 1:30 PM, arriving there at about 4:30 PM. If the 3, 4 or 5-day option is booked, the afternoon activity starts at 3:00 PM. A canoeing adventure in the flooded forest and small channels. Spend some hours quietly passing through the exuberant Amazon jungle while observing the flora and fauna explained to you by native guides. After dinner, go out on a motorized boat for the Night Safari, where there will be a good chance to spot some wildlife along the river and small channels in the Amazon. Day Three: From 8:00 AM-11:00 AM, visit the home of a local family to learn about their simple but fantastic way of life in the forest. Return to the lodge for lunch, if the 3-day option is booked, and depart for Manaus at approximately 1:30 PM, arriving at approximately 4:30 PM. If the 4 or 5-day option is booked, after lunch, take the chance to explore the small channels and spot some birds, monkeys, Caymans, and dolphins. Optionally, take the chance to learn about the nocturnal life by staying overnight in the forest, with a chance of spearfishing. Day four: Learn survival techniques and plenty of facts about the forest. Have the opportunity to spearfish, trek, and canoe. Return to the lodge, where lunch is served. If the 4-day option is booked, leave for Manaus after lunch, and arrive at around 4:30 PM. If the 5-day option is booked, prepare yourself to camp out in the woods and spend the night in the forest escorted by a professional guide. Day five: Return to the lodge at around 11:00 AM. After enjoying lunch, leave the lodge and head back to Manaus.

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Manaus: Amazonas Jungle Trek & Anavilhanas Archipelago

5. Manaus: Amazonas Jungle Trek & Anavilhanas Archipelago

Get picked at your hotel at 8:30 AM in the morning, and be driven by a motorized canoe for few kilometers from Manaus. Arrive in the jungle and go on an educational jungle walking tour for about 3 hours. During the walk, your guide will teach you about medicinal plants and the trees of the Amazon rainforest. The high altitude means different plant life, bigger trees, and dense forest. See the cast flora and fauna of the Amazon Rainforest, like scorpions, spiders, snakes and so on.  Then, visit the Anavilhanas Archipelago, which is the biggest and largest freshwater archipelago in the world. The Anavilhanas Archipelago is found on the Rio Negro, 70 kilometers upstream from Manaus where the Rio Solimoes and Rio Negro join as one river. At its widest, the river is measured at 27 kilometers wide. Later, lunch can be prepared depending on the season on the beach, in the jungle during the trek or, if rainy, can be prepared in the floating house. Experiment with local food fish “Peacock Bass or Tambaqui” with the famous manioc and rice. Arrive back in Manaus at 4:30 PM.

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Manaus: Piranha Fishing and Alligator Watch Evening Tour

6. Manaus: Piranha Fishing and Alligator Watch Evening Tour

A tour combining piranha fishing and alligator spotting is a good option for those who want to enjoy an exciting and authentic Amazon experience. This adventure begins at the river terminal in Manaus, where you will board the boat bound for the coast of Iranduba. On the journey you will explore more of Manaus including the palafitas (stilt houses), the landscape, the local fishermen, and the ribeirinhos (native people). Upon arrival in Iranduba, you will look for a good place to go piranha fishing. The Solimões River is much richer in fish that the Rio Negro and you are likely to catch various types of catfish. Here you can enjoy fishing with a rod made of bamboo and learn how the native Caboclos people fish. When it starts to get dark, you will head off in search of alligator. The naturalist guide will do his best to capture an alligator with his bare hands so you can take a close look at the fascinating animal. After providing information about the alligator, the instructor will then return the animal back to its natural habitat.

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From Manaus: Negro River Half-Day Trip

7. From Manaus: Negro River Half-Day Trip

Your trip begins with a pickup from your hotel. Head to the marina where a boat will be waiting for you. Depart upstream on the Negro River to visit an indigenous tribe that came from the border with Colombia and still keep their traditions, language, and rituals. Learn from them about their lifestyle and watch as they demonstrate their traditional rituals. Afterwards, visit a project that takes care of the freshwater pink dolphins. Have the chance to enter the water and touch these amazing docile creatures. Be sure to take photos of this unforgettable moment. Dolphins frequent this location because of the care and friendliness of the locals. Enjoy the rest of your trip on a beautiful, white sand, and warm water beach of the Negro River.

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From Manaus: Rio Negro & Anavilhanas 3 or 4-Day River Cruise

8. From Manaus: Rio Negro & Anavilhanas 3 or 4-Day River Cruise

Visit several natural landmarks, experience the local way of life, get to know the most important ecosystem in the world, the Amazon Rainforest, and understand a little bit more about the culture, history, and lifestyle of this region on your Amazonian adventure. Day – 1 Get picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Manaus port where you will board your boat. First, head to the famous Meeting of Waters about 20 kilometers downstream. From there, travel onwards to January Lake traveling through one of the many streams that can be found in the region.  Enjoy lunch on board and then go for a short hike to see the water-lilies. Leave in a smaller boat to fish for piranha and spot some cayman when it gets dark. Afterward, return to the main boat and travel upriver to Jaraqui, where you will spend the night on board. Day – 2 Rise at dawn to see the sunrise, and maybe even spot some local birds and river dolphins. Breakfast will be served when you get back to the boat. Then, head off on a hike through the jungle, where you will learn about local flora and fauna and some medicinal plants from your guide. After a 2.5-hour walk, return to the main boat for lunch. Then, make your way to the Anavilhanas Archipel. In the afternoon, get a closer look at the archipelagos and see some local wildlife, such as birds and monkeys. Once back on board, travel downstream to your resting place for the night. Day – 3 Enjoy breakfast on board as the boat travels downstream towards an indigenous community territory where you will be greeted with a welcome dance before having a tour of the land. Then enjoy the opportunity to swim with dolphins before being served lunch once back on board. Make your way back to Manaus in the afternoon where a driver will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel or the airport. If you have chosen the 4-day option, visit a local family's house in the morning and get to know a little more about their lifestyle and learn about the manioc making process. Camp in the jungle overnight.  Day – 4 Early in the morning, enjoy another hike in the jungle as you learn more about the Amazon Rainforest from your guide. Once back on the boat, enjoy breakfast on board as the boat travels downstream towards an indigenous community territory where you will be greeted with a welcome dance before having a tour of the land. Then enjoy the opportunity to swim with dolphins before being served lunch once back on board. Make your way back to Manaus in the afternoon where a driver will be waiting to transport you back to your hotel or the airport.

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Manaus: 2, 3, 4 or 5-Day Jungle Package at Amazon Boto Lodge

9. Manaus: 2, 3, 4 or 5-Day Jungle Package at Amazon Boto Lodge

Discover the Amazon Rainforest by staying at Amazon Boto Lodge, a Jungle Lodge with all activities and meals included. The lodge is located 120 kilometers south of Manaus in the lake Juma, which is an area surrounded by a beautiful virgin forest. The lodge was built on stilts in an isolated area in the jungle with a view to the lake and jungle. The lodge does not disrupt the natural environment, which is important for forest conservation. Stay in private suites with air-conditioning and bathrooms. The Lodge is a simple and clean place, perfect for small groups interested in exploring the Amazon Jungle. You won't be overrun by guests: the Lodge hosts no more than 18 persons a time. Lunch and dinner are generally regional fresh fish, chicken, beef, beans, salads, rice, vegetables, and fruits. At breakfasts, enjoy bread, cheese, eggs, coffee, milk, juice, tea, and fruit. Day 1: At 8:00 AM, you’ll be transferred from your hotel to the Caesa port where a speedboat will take you to the “meeting of the waters”, the point where the Rio Negro and Solimões River meet. From there, you’ll be taken to the Careiro Village on the other side of the Solimões River. This excursion continues by car or van for about 1 hour to Maçarico lake. A final trip by speedboat takes you to the lodge, arriving there at approximately noon.   At 3:00 PM, the day’s activities begin. Leave the lodge by canoe for dolphin and bird watching, as well as piranha fishing. End the day by observing a spectacular sunset around 6:30 PM before heading back to the Lodge for dinner. At night, go Cayman spotting, a truly thrilling experience. Day 2: At 5:30 AM, you’ll be taken by canoe to watch the sunrise in the Amazon rainforest. Return to the lodge for breakfast before heading out for a jungle trek that takes up the rest of the morning. During the walk, you’ll learn all about medicinal plants, trees, and insects—you might even see some monkeys. If the 2-day option is booked, after lunch, leave for Manaus at around 1:30 PM, arriving for about 4:30 PM. If the 3, 4 or 5-day option is booked, the afternoon activities start at 3:00 PM with a canoeing adventure in a flooded forest. From September to February, this activity is done by trekking. Spend a few hours quietly passing through the exuberant Amazon jungle while learning about the flora and fauna from your guide. After dinner, go out on a motorized boat for the Night Safari, where you’ll be likely to see some wildlife along the rivers and small channels.   Day 3: From 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, visit the home of a local family to learn about their simple but wonderful way of life in the forest. Return to the Lodge for lunch. If the 3-day option is booked, after lunch you’ll leave for Manaus at about 1:30 PM for a 4:30 PM arrival.   If the 4 or 5-day option is booked, after lunch, go out to explore some more small channels and spot birds, monkeys, Caymans and dolphins. Optionally, learn about nocturnal wildlife by staying overnight in the forest and going spearfishing.   Day 4: After breakfast, go trekking in a different area where you’ll learn survival techniques and plenty of facts about the forest. Return to the Lodge for lunch. If the 4-day option is booked, leave for Manaus after lunch for a 4:30 PM arrival time. If the 5-day option is booked, prepare yourself to go out camping in the woods and spend the night in the forest with your guide.   Day 5: After breakfast, go on a canoe trip to explore and swim in the lake. Return to the lodge for lunch at about 11:00 AM. After enjoying lunch, leave the lodge and head back to Manaus.

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Manaus: 2-Day River Tour With Overnight Stay

10. Manaus: 2-Day River Tour With Overnight Stay

On the first day, you'll start around at around 8:00 AM, being picked up from your accommodation and then heading to the port. Here, you'll take a boat and head off for a full day of activities. One of the many highlights of the first day is the meeting of the waters from the Negro and Solimões rivers.  You'll get to visit the floating village of Catalão and the Pirarucu fish farm (the biggest freshwater fish with scales). See the lake with water lilies, go piranha fishing, and, depending on the season, ride through the flooded forests. Learn about a different way of life as you visit an indigenous tribe, go on a night excursion looking for caymans, and then spend the night in a local river dweller's home. On the second day, start early in the morning to see the sunrise and go for a nature walk. At 8:00 AM, you'll go trekking in the jungle and learn about survival techniques. See the amazing pink river dolphins and enter the water to get up close and personal with theses amazing creatures. Then, visit the rubber museum to learn about the history of Amazon's wealthiest times. You will return to Manaus around 5:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Manaus

It was absolutely amazing! The tour was exactly as it's been promised n even better. The weather was ok in the beginning but as it seemed that is going to change I asked my guide Milto, I believe his name, to start from the dolphins as that was and my priority and he agreed. In general the guide was very informative, flexible, calm n fluent jn English! He didn't mind to extend the 4 hours that the tour was supposed to take and drive us as smooth as possible through the waves because on our way back there was a storm. I totally recommend the tour with this guide who actually is running a private business in Amazon so he knows how to treat tourists.

We enjoyed the excursion very much. The organization is at the highest level. We contacted the guide before the start of the tour and clarified all the important nuances. Due to the restrictions due to the pandemic, we did not visit all the planned places, but thanks to our guide, the trip turned out to be as rich and interesting as possible. The guide was very attentive and patient. I told a lot of interesting things. The food was delicious home-style. In two days we saw all the most important and interesting! We were very, very satisfied!

This entire experience was wonderful! The staff at the Anaconda Lodge and the tour guides provided superb service and guidance during all activities. They knew exactly where to find all the animals so that we could get up close and personal with them. Our guide, Fabio, was a wealth of knowledge and was so friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this experience, this made my visit to Brazil incredible and unforgettable!

Traveling to the lodge was an adventure in itself. Boat, followed by a ride in a old, but reliable VW van, followed by another hour-long boat ride through the rain forest. Our guide, Kennedy, was knowledgeable and insightful. We really enjoyed a peaceful, pre-dawn, boat ride on the lake with time to listen to jungle sounds including, numerous birds and haunting howler monkeys.

We had a really great time. The tour was very diverse, fun and adventurous and we the guides were very knowledgable and made the tour the perfect experience. Definitely recommend it.