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Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge

In 2001, Vanessa Marino and her husband Leonide Principe – the owners and founders of Amazon Emotions – decided they wanted to expand their tourism business, while at the same time creating a new brand new type of sustainable hotel for people willing to travel to the remote lands of Brazilian Amazon. That dream led to the creation of Amazon Emotion Jungle Lodge, which first opened its doors in 2006; hence the current celebration of 12 years of sustainability, adventure, and passion for exploring.

It’s a world away from the elegance of a typical luxury lodge; instead, it offers an insight into the world of a family for whom nature conservation is a way of life. Situated deep within a private rain forest conservation area, this jungle lodge is owned and run by a family for whom nature conservation is a way of life and constructed using traditional materials and designs, inspired by the traditional house in the Amazon and it’s situated on 667 acres of natural rainforest within the environmental protection area of Cave of the Maruaga and located at Km 144 of the highway BR 174 (direction Manaus-Boa Vista), in the township of Presidente Figueiredo, Amazon, Brazil (the same road that leads to Venezuela).

Impeccable service and a staff eager to deliver an awesome experience for visitors make our lodge an oasis of simplicity and comfort within the remote infrastructure. The lodge’s beauty is in its minimalist style, ideal for a family or a small group of friends who want a little privacy and independence during their stay in the Amazon rainforest.

 

Highlights

– Three separate rooms exclusive for up to 7 guests
– Ideal for groups of friends and families with children
– With epic Amazon views
– Large veranda
– One room with children’s annex
– Two rooms all en-suite with flush toilets
– Indoor and outdoor showers

Rooms

The lodge offers 3 rooms (two bedrooms with en suite bathroom and one bedroom with shared bathroom) designed to accommodate up 7 people per night, a bright and airy sitting veranda, dining room area, a wood fire kitchen and oven, and a fridge-freezer. The idea is to have fun and to feel at home. Impeccable service and a staff eager to deliver an awesome experience for visitors, makes our lodge an oasis of simplicity and comfort within the remote infrastructure. The lodge’s beauty is in its minimalist style, ideal for a family or a small group of friends who want a little privacy and independence during their stay in the Amazon Rainforest.

For ecological reasons the rooms are not equipped with air conditioning. Instead, the well-designed air circulation system will provide you enough refreshing ventilation. At our jungle lodge we want you to disconnect with civilization and connect with nature, that’s why we don’t have television in the rooms.

Home-Style Cuisine

The kitchen is on a raised and open platform, fully equipped with a wood stove and oven. We harvest fresh vegetables and fruits by hand, all within walking distance of our kitchen. The processing that occurs between our farm and kitchen is minimal, but the attention to detail is extensive and ensures freshness and quality. Needless to say, it also greatly reduces waste. Just take a peek into our kitchen. It’s easy, as the open layout invites you to watch us work!

Sustainability

Our low impact design and focus on raising guests’ awareness of how to care for their environment highlights our commitment to a greener present and future for tourism.

Social Commitment

Amazon Emotions makes a concerted effort to benefit our local community in as many ways as we can, including practicing “localism” in our buying and hiring practices, and partnering with local organizations dedicated to cultural and environmental preservation in Torres del Paine.

Local products

Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge generates approximately 50-70% of food for us and guests onsite. We avoid purchasing processed foods of any kind. Vinegar is made from our own bananas and plantains. Oils are either 100% Brazil nut, olive, or sunflower. Our breads contain gluten but we are always able to make special gluten-free preparations when requested. We offer self-serve breakfast, snacks and dinner, with meals prepared by a local cook.

Vegetables & Fruits

All the fruits and vegetables grown at Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge is produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or insecticides. For the fruits and vegetable that we serve from outside of the property, we make every effort to make sure our products are fresh and produced in Amazon.

Dairy & Beef

All our dairy products are produced from our neighbors. When available we use their milk to produce organic yogurt. We also make sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seed milk. We do not serve beef in our buffet.

Fish & Chickens

All the fish that we consume is born and raised at the river. Local fishermen supply the kitchen with tucunare fish, pirarucu, matrixã and pescada. The chicken meat and eggs that you eat at Amazon Emotions Jungle Lodge comes from our neighbors. The laying hens receive some purchased corn but are 100% free range.

Social Commitment

Amazon Emotions makes a concerted effort to benefit our local community in as many ways as we can, including practicing “localism” in our buying and hiring practices, and partnering with local organizations dedicated to cultural and environmental preservation in Amazon.

Local staff

  • 90% of all staff employed are from the local region – the majority from Canoas Community and some from the regional capital city of Manaus.
  • Staff receive regular in-house training throughout the season, with many progressing to a higher position the following season.
  • Amazon Emotions offers competitive wages (all staff receive above Brazilian minimum wage and are compensated for living away from their families etc. during the season) and guarantees very good living conditions including good quality food, comfortable sleeping quarters and regularly scheduled days off.
  • All staff have indefinite contracts, complying with legal requirements for pension funds and medical care, and seasonal staff are given a month’s notice before the termination of their contract at the season’s end.

Cultural Preservation

Amazon has a rich cultural history that is often overshadowed by its natural marvels. At Amazon Emotions, we aim to educate guests about Amazon’s original inhabitants, indigenous tribes such as the Waimiri-Atroari, as well as the caboclo culture and the history of traditional farming in the region.

Caboclos

Caboclo, a Brazilian term originally applied to Amerindians. It was later expanded to refer to people of mixed Amerindian and European origin, and now commonly refers to the non-Indian people and culture of the Amazon region. The term is often used to distinguish the caboclos as “traditional” rural Amazonian inhabitants, as opposed to migrants and other newcomers—although the forebears of present-day Amazonian caboclos were also migrants, many of whom came during the rubber booms of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The caboclo way of life and adaptation to the Amazon forest are similar to those of the Amerindian population. Scientists now study caboclo communities to learn more about the complex ecology of the rainforest. The present-day rubber tappers, Brazilnut gatherers, and other riverine populations involved in newly established Amazonian extractive reserves can all be considered caboclos.

In Brazil, a caboclo generally refers to this specific type of mestiço. who mainly work as rubber-tappers, fishermen and small farmers near the rivers’ margins.

Their have a rather pragmatic culture, rooted in our most remote capabilities: the capability of surviving through the knowledge of the forest and its animals, secrets, beauties, dangers, cycles, means, and the ability of creating the necessary tools for surviving.

Caboclo culture

The caboclo culture such, much like the culture of the remaining Indian tribes, is very different from the culture of the ranchers. In some sense they are the opposite to the dreams of an exaggeratedly developed Amazon, with its dramatic costs to the environment and the human future.

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