MANAUS ECO PARK
Spend an adventurous evening in a comfortable, yet rustic lodge deep in the Amazon jungle, where you will see monkeys being rehabilitated, hike through the forest, look for caiman at night, and perhaps even fish for piranhas.
Day 1 - December 29, 2014
A local guide will meet you at the gangway for the short transfer to the Marina Tauá floating jetty. Here, you will board a motorized riverboat and cruise for about a half hour along the Rio Negro to the Amazon Ecopark Lodge.
Being in the heart of the jungle, the lodge is rustic yet comfortable. It was created as a scientific and educational property before opening its doors to the public in 1995. Several streams and more than six miles of jungle trails crisscross the terrain, offering easy access to natural savannahs and dense forests of towering trees and wild orchids. The lodge also has a beach and four small ponds. While not luxurious, the bungalows are comfortable and pleasantly decorated, while maintaining a rustic and original atmosphere.
Upon arriving, you will be greeted with a welcome drink and then check in. Shortly afterwards, you will meet your guide in the lobby for a motorized canoe ride to nearby Monkey Island. At the Island, you will see researchers rehabilitating a variety of monkeys that were once held captive. There are spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, wooly monkeys and Capuchin monkeys-many of which are orphans- and they now roam free in the sanctuary.
You'll have the opportunity to have your picture taken with the monkeys before returning to the lodge to enjoy a buffet lunch and free time.
In the afternoon, you will embark on the day's second outing, a motorized canoe ride through the surrounding "Igarapes," which are small creeks that offer a close-up look at the magnificent jungle scenery. During this two-hour exploration, you may stop to visit a local riverfront home and, if water conditions permit, you might fish for carnivorous piranhas.
Then, it's back to the lodge for more free time before dinner. After dining, you will head deep into the jungle once again by motorized canoe, the main mode of transportation in this area.
Expect it to be completely dark, as there are no ambient lights in the jungle. In time, your guide will shine a strong light on the river's surface until in all likelihood it catches the shining eyes of a caiman. While the caiman remains hypnotized by the bright light, you will slowly approach until the guide is catches it with his bare hands, allowing you to take photographs before the alligator-like creature is released, unharmed, back into the water.
Following this caiman-spotting adventure, you will return to the lodge for a relaxing overnight stay.
Day 2 - December 30, 2014
After breakfast at the lodge, you will board a canoe for another journey into the forest, where you will enjoy a guided hike. While meandering through the forest, you will learn all sorts of fascinating facts about jungle survival and natural remedies used by the local residents.
Once back at the lodge, you will check out and return to Manaus via riverboat and then drive on to the port.
Overnight Program Step by Step:
The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and subject to change.
NOTE: As water levels on the Amazon and its tributaries vary, the program itinerary and content is subject to change. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. As this program involves walking over uneven surfaces and through dense undergrowth, it is not recommended for guests with physical and/or walking difficulties. This program is not wheelchair accessible. As the canoes are not covered and rain showers can be expected, guests should be prepared to get wet.
9:00am Ship docks at Manaus
9:15am Transfer to the Marina Tauá.
9:30am Riverboat transfer to the Ecopark Lodge
10:00am Arrive at the Ecopark Lodge for check in
11:00am Motorized canoe ride to Monkey Island
11:10am Visit Monkey Island
11:40am Return to the lodge
2:00pm Canoe ride through the Igarapé
4:00pm Free time at the lodge
8:30pm Caiman-spotting adventure via motorized canoe
Overnight at the Amazon Ecopark Lodge
8:30am Canoe ride and guided hike
10:30am Lodge check out
11:30am Return to the Marina Tauá and drive to Manaus port
12:30pm Arrive at the port
Minimum 32°Celsius (89°Fahrenheit) and maximum 36°Celsius (97° Fahrenheit).
What to bring: Lightweight clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and trousers, sweatshirt, T-shirts and shorts, sturdy walking shoes or boots, hat, raincoat, sunglasses, sunscreen and binoculars.
110 volts in the lodge
Pack one small case or backpack for this overnight
Documents and visa requirements:
Photo ID required
One-night stay in a standard room at the air-conditioned Amazon Ecopark Lodge.
Round-trip transfers to the lodge
Welcome fruit juice drink
Visits per the program
Lunch and dinner buffet on December 19 and buffet breakfast on December 20
Meals and drinks not specified above
Gratuities to drivers and guides
Hotel incidentals, including the mini bar
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, hats, sunglasses, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
$599 Per Guest