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Active Wilderness Adventure

6 Days / 5 Nights - From R$5.500,00

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Make lasting memories with an exclusive, multi-generational exploration of the Amazon’s wild side as you choose from exciting activities such as climbing trees, tracking monkeys, swimming in waterfalls, fishing and learning about traditional indigenous crafts.

From a secluded jungle lodge tucked in the rainforest, this rare ecotourism adventure explores the less-traveled regions of this globally-acclaimed nature tourist hotspot. We’ll hike amid incredible biodiversity, watching the abundant wildlife in the highland and flooded forests. We’ll also learn about the land and its people, tour a tropical fruit orchard, and discover how local conservation efforts are protecting untouched landscapes and wild creatures. The Amazon is full of wonders and brimming with surprises—discover them as we explore a range of varied habitats off the standard tourist track.

Journey Highlights

> Search for wildlife on guided rainforest hikes, swim in a waterfall, live in the wilderness sleeping in hammocks and searching for native foods, be surrounded by pristine nature
> Trek through the lush forests of the Amazon, guided by resident Tucano tribesmen who know this land like no other
> Enjoy cultural encounters and learn how indigenous peoples’ past and present have sustained their Amazonian lifestyle
> Spot dolphins, birds, and nocturnal wildlife on the Uatumã River
> Spend a night in the rainforest, sleeping in a hammock
> See monkeys and a rainbow of tropical birds during guided jungle excursions on foot
> Stay deep within the Amazon rainforest at a cozy conservation-oriented jungle lodge, surrounded by the sounds of nature’s tropical symphony

Why Travel With Us?

Most Travelers Never See the Real Brazilian Amazon. With Us, You Will.

  • Visit the Less-Traveled Northern Amazon

    Our unusual itineraries focus on more remote destinations away from the standard tourist track. Here, we’re surrounded by pristine tropical rainforest within a 667-acre private biological reserve. Regular tourists—even those who have been to Amazon many times with other tour operators—rarely see this unspoiled region only 144 kilometers from the city of Manaus.

  • Enjoy a Private Rainforest Experience

    Absorb the jungle’s sensory stimuli as you enjoy a private rainforest trip, delighting in spotting frogs, iguanas, monkeys, parrots, toucans, and lizards at your own pace. A far superior experience to noisy, large group outings, let our expert staff work directly with you to design a personalized journey based on your interests. With our professional assistance, you and your chosen travel companions can select your dates and activities.

  • Small Groups Make For a Better Experience

    Our journeys accommodate a maximum of 7 guests for hiking and tree climbing excursions, cared for by our professional crew. While other companies offer trips that combine various large groups, ours is the most intimate family-based Amazon experience out there. You’ll share wondrous natural encounters with a few other guests who share your passion for the natural world.

  • Fresh Organic Home-Style Cuisine

    Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge produces approximately 50-70% of the food consumed onsite. The kitchen is on a raised open platform, fully equipped with a wood stove and oven. We harvest the seasonal fresh vegetables and fruit by hand, which grows walking distance from our kitchen. The processing that occurs between the farm and kitchen is minimal, and the attention to detail is extensive, ensuring freshness and quality. Needless to say, this also greatly reduces waste. If you’re curious, just take a peek into our kitchen; our open layout invites you to watch us work.

  • Journey Experts

    Accompanying each journey is a diverse team of experts–from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on wildlife, landscapes and local culture. Not only do they undergo rigorous guide training based on WCS scientific research, they are also selected for their ease with children and ability to relate to young travelers.

  • Make Your Own Adventure

    Although our pre-planned itineraries are already curated for smaller groups, since that’s how natural exploration is best experienced, our customized trips take this a step further: Your private adventure is explicitly tailored to your group’s needs and interests, whether you’re traveling with immediate family, multi-generational groups, friends or business associates.

  • Amazon Emotions is a Wildlife Conservation Society Partner

    Working in alliance with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Amazon Emotions aims to leave behind a positive legacy by supporting conservation projects in the Amazon. Since March of 2018, our pledge to natural preservation has only strengthened with the launch of the Jaguar Vision Project, a unique way for science-lovers to learn about modern science and explore the jungle. We invite you to venture deep into these efforts, helping us monitor our trap cameras located in different locations along the natural trail that you will walk as you “follow the Jaguar” on his path.

Sample Itinerary

Active Wilderness Journey

Day 1 – Waterfall Visit / Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge

At 9:00 a.m. you will be taken by car to the Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge headquarters – 667 acres of natural rainforest within the Cave of the Maruaga environmental protection area. Our site is located just outside the township of Presidente Figueiredo at Km 144 of the BR-174 Manaus-Boa Vista highway, which leads to Venezuela. During this two-hour drive journey, you will witness the vegetation change from colonized deforested areas to virgin rainforest.

On your way to the lodge, you will also have the chance to see the beautiful local crafts, tapestries, books, jewelry and other one-of-a-kind souvenirs at Waimiri Atrorari’s indigenous store, located in the small town of Presidente Figueiredo. Leaving the town, we will visit one of the refreshing waterfalls that this area is known for. The hike to the waterfall takes 10 minutes, and the landscape is beautiful – with moss-covered trees, bromelias and orchids everywhere. This trail ends with a spectacular waterfall.

You’ll arrive at the Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge with a warm welcome and plenty of time to take in the view, calmly settle in and meet for an orientation snack with our team. A typical Amazonian dinner will also be served at the jungle lodge. Tucked in the world’s richest rainforest, our family owned and operated venture allows us to share the wonders of the Amazon with visitors while preserving the environment.
(Day 1: L, D)

Day 2 – Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge / Uatumã River

After breakfast, you will be transported by car from the jungle lodge to the boat ramp, where our motorized canoe awaits. Along the way, you will stop for a picnic lunch before enjoying an exhilarating wildlife ride on the Uatumã River en route to your camp. Excellent photographic opportunities await on this journey. The river, located in the lake and island ecosystems of the northern tributary of the Amazon River, is known for its extensive peacock bass population as it is in the Uatumã Biological Reserve, a strictly monitored conservation unit of 938,720 hectares (2,319,600 acres) created in 2002. The water is transparent, but appears the color of dark tea as a result of the tannins deposited by the rich vegetation along the banks. We frequently observe and hear a variety of monkeys, including the squirrel, brown capuchin and red howler monkeys. You’ll also be on the lookout for river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis), the plethora of regional birds and the 26 species of land and water mammals such as the threatened ocelot, jaguar, giant anteater, tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis), Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis), giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) and neotropical otter (Lontra longicaudis).

The Uatumã is home to some of the most prized game fish in the Amazon, including the peacock bass, catfish and piranha. Whether a professional or amateur, you never know what you will encounter when casting a lure into the lake. The region’s artisanal fishers use a vast variety of tools and techniques, each appropriate to the specific situation and species of the fish. The use of different techniques on the limited fish stocks is based on knowledge accumulated over the generations by the local riverside populations based on each species’ population dynamics and the cyclical fluctuations of river conditions. We only provide bows and arrows for piranha fishing in line with ancient practices dating back to precolonial times. Fishing for piranha is relatively easy, always fun, and makes for a delicious lunch and dinner. For those with a more serious interest in fishing, it will be necessary to bring one’s own gear and tackle.

As you settle into your hammock for the night, enjoy dinner and stargazing around the campfire. For millennia, tribesmen in Amazon have looked to the night sky for meaning and inspiration. These events are correlated with natural phenomena such as floods and low river level, times to grow different plants, seeding and harvesting periods, and increasing or decreasing amounts of edible fish or other sustenance availability. This knowledge is still alive and applied in the Amazon today, and your guide will teach you all he has learned from his ancestors.

While many animals sleep, others emerge, making the Amazon their own. These weird, otherworldly creatures of the night — insects, frogs, alligators, and more — are ripe for discovery. Our jungle night canoeing gives you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the nocturnal wonders of the Amazon Rainforest. Surrounded by hundreds of jungle sounds in the deep darkness, you enter a world inhabited by the most unique, diverse and shy night creatures. Spend one night in a hammock with a local family excited to receive us.
(Day 2: B, L, D)

Day 3 – Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge / Canopy Tour

After breakfast, depart by motorized canoe, enjoying a last wildlife ride before we exit Uatumã River and continue to Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge. Along the way you’ll travel near small villages, passing typical scenes of daily life as you go.

A highlight of your trip to Amazon is a chance to meet people from other cultures, broadening an understanding of the human experience. A visit to a local Rumo Certo village and stop for a picnic lunch. During your time in the village, activities may include a visit to a local school this afternoon will enrich your knowledge of this ribeirinho people—indigenous dwellers in the rainforest for centuries— and their distinctive heritage. Return to Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge and settle in for relaxing evening and dinner. After dark, head up to the veranda to listen to the symphony of night sounds in the forest.

Venture higher into the rainforest to explore the treetops on a canopy tour. Our tree climbing adventure begins with an Angelim Tree (Dinizia excelsa), soaring 200 feet above the forest floor, specially selected for your adventure. You’ll receive thorough instructions in tree climbing techniques, and your guide will be alongside you as you ascend into the canopy. Once high up in the tree, there will be a canvas hammock waiting for you to rest, relax and observe Amazon nature life from a bird’s eye view. The canvas hammock is safely and securely tied to the tree and your safety rope remains locked and secured, permitting you to relax and enjoy your experience in this marvelous treetop canopy.

The forest is transformed completely at dusk: sounds and smells are intensified and other senses are awakened. On a night experience, unlike a daytime ascent, our guests find the beauty in the small details, such as the croaking of frogs or the hum of insects. And if you turn off your flashlight you can observe the sparkle of fireflies in the woods, or hear the flutter of bats. When you turn on the lights again you can see the reflection of hundreds of tiny insect eyes all around. As we come down from the tree and make our way back to the lodge you can hear the call of cicadas, owls and other night birds. Enjoy your evening dinner at our jungle lodge, learn more about the family’s efforts to preserve the land and the traditions of the local people.
(Day 3: B, L, D)

Day 4 – Exploring the Rainforest Wilderness / Optional Camping Experience

Explore the rainforest by foot. At every turn, our guides reveal the secrets of the rainforest, helping spot creatures we would never see on our own given the amazing camouflage of so many masterfully adapted species. Where dry ground exists, step ashore for rainforest walks, keeping an eye out for a host of birds: large-billed terns, laughing falcons, gray tanagers, snowy egrets, horned screamers, tiger herons, short-tailed parrots, parakeets and perhaps the flashy scarlet macaw.

This private ecological reserve focuses on conservation, environmental education, and training in sustainable land use and resource production. Trails through primary rainforest reveal a wide variety of plants and animals in their natural habitat, including more than 150 different kinds of birds including a great diversity of hummingbirds, along with spider monkeys, howler monkeys, coati, brocket deer, tamandua anteaters, peccaries and the elusive ocelot. A top attraction is the morpho butterfly, colored in vivid blue color with shiny wings that reflect the light, making them easy to spot amidst the jungle canopy. They are one of the largest butterflies in the world; their wing span measures up to 20 centimeters. Venture out into the jungle with your local guide for the opportunity to spot unusual insects and animals.

After your walk, enjoy a soak in one of the fresh springs near the base camp, where a small stream of freshwater, known as igarapé, offers a natural massage. Enjoy a picnic lunch before further nature viewing. You have the afternoon to explore the jungle, focusing on surviving in the wilderness. You will set up your own hammock on the camp site; this will be your home for the night. Then, your training begins. We will take you through all the skills you need to find water, make shelter, light a fire and procure food. The jungle base camp provides basic accommodations within the native environment; open to the fresh air and natural forest sounds, allowing for an authentic rainforest camping experience. Learn to slow down and tune in your senses, becoming an active part of the local ecology. Beneath a starry sky you’ll enjoy the evening’s open camp fire and dinner, where guests congregate and chat over the day’s events.
(Day 4: B, L, D)

Day 5 – Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge

Spend a morning learning about global efforts to conserve rainforests while taking a guided walk through the reserve. During the afternoon, guests can choose to learn bush skills such as tracking and species identification. Others can opt to spend the afternoon reading on our veranda at the Jungle Lodge, honing cooking skills in our open kitchen, or exploring the lodge.
Day 5: B, L, D)

Day 6 – Jungle Lodge / Manaus

Enjoy a sprawling breakfast spread at the Jungle Lodge. Either your Active Wilderness Journey comes to a close here, as you leave for Manaus to catch a flight home or to your next destination, or you can continue the Amazonian experience by adding on the Rio Negro to the Meeting of the Waters boat excursion.
(Day 6: B)

B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner

Modifications to the Itinerary

The weather in the Amazon is unpredictable and we reserve the right to alter your scheduled activities. It may be necessary to change the order of the days in any itinerary at our discretion, based on safety/weather operational considerations. Your safety and enjoyment are our primary concern.

Accommodation

Active Wilderness Journey

Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge

Situated deep within a private rainforest conservation area, this jungle lodge is owned and run by a family for whom nature conservation is the way of life. It was constructed using traditional materials and designs inspired by the traditional Amazonian houses. Our lodge sits on 667 acres of natural rainforest within an environmental protection area.
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Dates, Prices & Info

Active Wilderness Journey

2019 Departure Dates: On demand

2019 Adventure Pricing

Low Season: January to May + October to December

1 Traveler 2 Travelers 3 to 7 Travelers
R$ 8.800,00 R$ 7.100,00 R$ 5.500,00

High Season: June to September

1 Traveler 2 Travelers 3 to 7 Travelers
R$ 9.500,00 R$ 7.600,00 R$ 5.900,00

Prices are per person and based on single, double or triple occupancy depending on number of people in your group, and quoted in Brazilian Reais. Prices in US Dollars, Euros or other currency will depend on the exchange rate at the time of payment.

Please click here to read our Booking Terms & Cancellation Policy.

Dates for 2020 will be similar to those in 2019 and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. 2020 dates and fees may change slightly. Guests who reserve their space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered.

Included

  • Five (5) Nights at the Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge based on double or triple occupancy
  • Private guided tour: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French-speaking specialist guide
  • Meals: Day 1: D / Day 2, 3, 4, 5: B, L, D / Day 6: B
    B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner
  • Activities
  • All ground transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinking water and natural juices
  • Standard wine, beer or caipirinha included with dinners
  • Basic equipment for the excursion
  • Entrance fee to the waterfall

Not Included

  • Flight tickets and local airport taxes
  • Insurance (mandatory that you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Accommodations and transfers not listed in the itinerary
  • Soft drinks (we have no soft drinks at the lodge or on the boat)
  • Photo equipment and binoculars – please bring your own
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, medicines souvenirs, etc.)
  • Any costs arising from unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, flight cancellations, lost baggage or any other.

Do Children Pay?

  • The journeys are recommended for children over 6 years old. There is no babysitter or childcare available at the lodge.
  • For journeys booked in low season (January to May + October to December): Up to two (2) children under 11 years old accompanying their parents, stay for free at the lodge.
  • For journeys booked in high season (June to September): Up to one (1) child under 11 years old accompanying their parents, stays for free at the lodge. For two (2) children under 11 years old, we offer a 50% discount for the second child.

Starting / Finishing Point

The journey begins and ends in the city of Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, Brazil. We recommend that you arrive in Manaus one day before coming to Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge. The regular pick-up time for this journey is at latest 9:00 am and the afternoon drop-off is 14:00 pm at earliest. If flight schedules fall outside of these recommended times, we can organize a custom arrival and departure. Please let us know in advance to make the necessary arrangements.

Min / Max Group Size
1 people / 7 people

Small group sizes are the best way to experience nature, and this is especially true for our photographic adventures. With only 7 travelers, you’ll receive plenty of space and personalized attention when needed. As a small group, we maintain the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions in a way that maximizes photo opportunities – we’ll depart early in the morning to chase the best light, remain at a site of specific photographic interest to fully explore the potential, or move to a new destination when desired. Our three expedition leaders, including two expert naturalists and a photo guide, are always available to answer your questions, provide tips and techniques, and to help you better understand and photograph this amazing region of the world as we split into the smallest possible groups on shore.

Physical Requirements

Easy / Moderate
Nature walks on our excursions are generally easy and tend to move at a slow pace in order to better spot wildlife. Bear in mind that it is hot and humid in the Amazon year-round, and during rainy season walking through mud on the trails may be necessary. Walking in the heat and humidity of the tropics can make the walks more challenging than expected, and the terrain is very uneven. There are no flat trails for the most part. The daily walks are flexible as routes will vary depending on changing weather patterns and seasonal differences in the regions visited.

Tree Climbing Knowledge and Group Training

No prior climbing experience is necessary. Ascending the tree is comparable to hiking a steep trail with a daypack. Our expert guides outfit you in specially designed tree climbing harnesses appropriately adjusted for your size. When the time to climb comes, our guides will provide adequate training for each member of the group before setting out. Part of this preparation includes asking for medical information that the Amazon Emotion’s team evaluates for providing an optimal experience for each customer.

Travel Insurance

To protect your investment and provide peace of mind while traveling, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and even lost luggage. Please contact us if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer.

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