Day 1: Friday
Arrival in Tefe where you will be welcomed by a representative of the lodge and transfered to the “Flutuante do Areia Branca” where will be start the journey to Mamirauá Reserve. The trip to the Reserve is made by boat and takes about one and a half hour. In the way you can enjoy the breeze and the magic scenery also you will be to see the little boat across to the river. You might even be able to spot wildlife, such as pink dolphins (Inia geofrensis) at Tefé Lake and tucuxis (Sotalia fluviatilis) in the Solimões River during the trip until the lodge. You will be welcomed for our staff at the lodge. There will always be an English-speaking person at the lodge. Our staff will give you rapid recommendations and explanations on the running of the lodge (meal times, solar power, water, no swimming, etc) and you will be asked to fill in the visitor’s registration form. At this time you will be able to meet all the employees responsible for making an excellent stay. The Naturalist guide will accompany you in some activities and all outings have to be accompanied by a local guide. You must listen to their recommendations at all times specially those regarding your own safety. The outings in the afternoon are starting at 15:30 when the climate is not so hot. At 15:30 you will be ready to go on a walk (dry season) in one of the trails. You will be taken with your whole group to do an Interpretative Trail. The naturalist and the local guide, joining scientific and traditional knowledge will help you to interpret the varzea’s environment (flooded forest). In this first hiking, eight points strategically chosen are classified and explained for them. Whole the “Flooded season” you will make a trip by large canoe among channels and lakes into forest bring together all guests’ group. The local guides don’t speak English fluently. During the flood (May-July) all trails will be done in a small paddle canoe (your guide will paddle you through the trail). The dinner will be served around 19:30. After dinner you will watch a BBC documentary about Mamirauá Reserve. (D)
Day 2: Saturday
The animals wake up with the sunrise and to maximize the wild life view you must also to wake up early to visit the trails. The break fast is served at 06:30am and at 07:00am the activities start. Another trail will be made, on foot or by canoe, in the new scenery chosen to observe the nature. Our trails are designed not to be physically straining and most of them can be walked in three hours at the longest. In the flooded season (May- Ago) the jungle trip will made by canoe as the level of river vary around 12 meters during the “Rainy season”. At 15:30 you are invited for the researchers that are working in the ecotourism area to participate of their field works complementing the technical information in the presentation. If you prefer you can go to another wildlife viewing. After the dinner, you will be ready to do a night tour (on foot or by small canoe) with high chances to see the nocturnal fauna, as tarantula spiders, opossum (Didelphis marsupialis and Philander opossum), two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus) and brown throated three toated sloth (Bradypus variegatus), amazon bamboo rats (Dactylomys dactylinus), bats (Rhynchonycteris naso and Noctilio leporinus), etc. This activity is short and spends around 40 minutes. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Sunday
If you choose to visit a local village, the morning is the time to do it. The Ecotourism program has had plenty of discussion with the local communities about those visits and agreed an informal itinerary with a series of attractions they would like to show and talk about. A person from the community will meet your group and show you around (please see the detailed information sheet about village visits). Depending on the village, you might have the opportunity to buy locally produced handicrafts - take small change with you. If you don’t wish to visit the local community there is possibility to do another trip together with your the local guide. In this afternoon you will be taken on a motorised canoe to Mamirauá Lake, a beautiful lake inside the total preservation area of the Reserve. At the lake you will probably have memorable encounters with pink river dolphins (Inia geofrensis), hoatzins (Opistochomus hoazin) and perhaps the pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) fish. You will stay there until the sunset and on your way back you will spot black caimans (Melanoschus niger), bats (Rhynchonycteris naso and Noctilio leporinus), night birds…
The Dinner is at 20:00 so you will have the opportunity to hear a talk about the ecosystem and about the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute – its work, its research, etc. The naturalist guide will do the Mamirauá presentation at 20:30. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Monday
The animals wake up with the sunrise and to maximize wildlife viewing you must also to wake up early to visit the trails. Another trail will be the new scenery chosen to observe the nature during the morning. Our trails are designed not to be physically straining and most of them can be walked in three hours at the longest. During the flood (May-July) all trails will be done in a small paddle canoe (your guide will paddle you through the trail).
In this afternoon you will be taken on a motorized canoe to Mamirauá Lake, a beautiful lake inside the total preservation area of the Reserve. At the lake you will probably have memorable encounters with pink river dolphins (Inia geofrensis), hoatzins (Opistochomus hoazin) and perhaps the pirarucu (Arapaima gigas) fish. You will stay there until the sunset and on your way back you will spot black caimans (Melanoschus niger), bats (Rhynchonycteris naso and Noctilio leporinus), night birds… After the dinner, you will have other opportunity to see the mystery night fauna. However you will guest of the forest, as you will stay one night into the forest in one tree house specially designed for this end. Accompany of the local guide, you will make a trip by boat until this place and can enjoy making night-lights. When you stay in the tree house, like guest, you will hear the night sounds of the forest habitants. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Tuesday
In this morning you will make another visit to local community, there you have the opportunity to visit the preserved lakes, the brush where is planted the manioc – the main food of the river people. This time you can know more about the “ribeirinhos”, their reality and also to change experiences. The return will be around 12:00, so bring your sun block. After lunch, you can rest in a hammock, watch a video about researches done at Mamirauá or an award-winning BBC documentary on Mamirauá, read a book, or just chat as the outings will only be carried out when the sun goes down a little.
In the afternoon you will go to another hiking or canoe tour, always exploring a different region of the reserve. After the dinner you can watch a video about the flooded forest or just to hear the song of animal night in your room and to relax to next day. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Wednesday
In the morning you go to a longer journey in another view trail together the local guide. At this moment you need to talk low to improve your view opportunity, because de sounds impact put to flight the animals. This activity spends all morning. In the afternoon day in the Reserve, you’ll visit another project of research, developed in the Ecotourism area. At the research floating station, you watch a presentation where you have the opportunity to go out with the researcher and understand their works. In the last night at Mamirauá together with the local guide you will have opportunity to see the night animals again to making second night tour,but at this time the trip will be made by canoe. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Thursday
Now, you are more used to the forest, if you are really quiet and set out early enough, you might see even more wildlife like capuchin monkeys (Cebus paella), howlers (Alouatta seniculus), uakaris (Cacajao calvus calvus) and squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus and Saimiri vanzolinii), three toed sloths (Bradypus variegates), hoatzins (Opistochomus hoazin), etc. Another trail will be made in this morning. In the afternoon you go to know the Araçazinho Lake or Japura Lake, two of the most beautiful lakes of the Mamirauá Reserve, there leave howlers (Alouatta seniculus) e and squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus and Saimiri vanzolinii), several species of birds like parrots (Amazona sp), toucan (Ramphastus sp), etc.
The Dinner is at 20:00. So you can enjoy your last night to talk to the staff or to see another kind of documentary. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Friday
The departure of Lodge will be after the breakfast around 08:30 on Friday. Before leaving, we would be grateful if you could fill in the evaluation form. It is very important for us to know your thoughts about the trip; in this way we can always improve our services. Transfer to the airport of Tefe in time for your domestic flight out. (B)