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“Surrounded by nature”

Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve
Reviewed 8 September 2013

This is the place to go if you like to be surrounded by nature and value friendly atmosphere combined with real ecotourism. Accomodation is basic but it really fits the environment and you have everything you need. You wake up early in the morning with sounds of howler monkeys and splashing fishes. Food is very good and all meals are served in central part of the lodge. You have the chance to see a local community and get a real flavour of Amazon life. They support a variety of research projects and share with you what they are up to. Most if not all staff is from the area which is quite unique and they are all very friendly even if you speak just 2 words of Portuguese. I spend one night in the tree house which is another short boat ride from the main camp which was fantastic as the sounds of the wildlife are even more intense. Overall I loved it and could have stayed easily a full week (now just 4 nights). Highly recommended!

Date of experience: August 2013
2  Thank Yvonne N
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

My wife and I spent 5 days at Mamiraua Uakari Lodge. The location and the Amazon here is absolutely beautiful. Lots of monkeys and birds. The lodge is very very comfortable and staff is very nice. However, we were very disappointed with the head guide Danielo. Too often he was disinterested in spotting animals, rarely voluntarily explaining flora and fauna, and did not adhere to the schedule. The excursions regularly departed 30 to 40 minutes late, despite us requesting to please leave on time, especially in the mornings when animals are most active. Also, when on the boat he wasn't looking for animals like he is supposed to, and instead often looked down at the floor, looked at pictures on his camera, or talked to the other more junior guide.

This is a really wonderful place, it just needs a quality head guide that is more enthusiastic and enjoys being a guide and showing off to us this beautiful place. A great guide is very important to the overall experience. We paid a lot of money to stay there and felt very disappointed about the guide service.

Also, the last day felt very disorganized and unfortunately bit of waste of time. The tour did not end until 2pm and all we did was a 40 minutes excursion, only to rushed back to the lodge and to wait 2 hours to go back to Tefe town. We were first told that once in Tefe we would go to a market. But upon arrival we were taken to institute kiosk shop where we hung out for about 45 minutes with nothing to do and then driven across town to Uakari office with another gift shop, where again we spend 30 minutes doing nothing. None of this was interesting nor necessary. We would have much preferred to spend that that morning having a proper excursion that lasted 2-3 hours.

Our main purpose to visit Mamiraua was to spend time in nature and see as many animals as possible - and that should be the overall emphasis coming from the guides. We sometimes felt there was more emphasis on food or hanging out at the lodge which was of secondary interest to us.

Hope this part of the tour improves because overall the amazon here is great.
And more explanation is needed about the flora and fauna and perhaps a recap at the end of the animals we've seen. There was zero talk or about insects or amphibians despite us asking about it.

At the time of our visit there were some researchers also visiting. One of the evenings one of the researches gave a slide show lecture about his jaguar research. This was absolutely fantastic as it gave us a firsthand look at what kind of research is being done on the magnificent animals like jaguars. highly enjoyable.

Date of experience: July 2013
4  Thank Gasiorkiewicz
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

My husband and I were looking for an Amazon experience that was really close to nature and not just a jungle trek near Manaus. Well, we certainly found it in Mamiraua! The waters were swarming with enormous fish and caymans, and the trees were covered with birds and monkeys. We were even lucky enough to see the Uakari (red-faced) monkey (twice) and the pink dolphins (twice!). The food was fantastic and the staff were of a very high calibre. They were extremely polite and accommodating. The staff were more than willing to tailor each activity to make sure it was suited to our interests and enjoyment. The accomodation was quite comfortable and spacious as well. If you want to see the depths of the Amazon with relative comfort, Mamiraua is the place for you.

Date of experience: October 2012
7  Thank sarah0527
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

We visited Mamiraua reserve in October 2010. We enjoyed everything about the place.
The amount of wildlife is just overwhelming, you'll feel as if you were in Indiana Jones movies. Thousands of alligators crammed into a lagoon, birds galore, huge 4 foot fish - pirarucu - leaping out of the water all the time, pink dolphins, you name it. Words do no justice to the place. You have to see it for yourself.

The infrastructure of the lodge is perfectly adequate to the objective of the reserve. You won't miss anything. Being away from technology is a plus in this kind of place.

The guides are excellent, very friendly, sharp eyed and knowledgeable. A biologist will accompany most outings, and English is spoken.

Our only challenge was not even the mosquitoes - it was a tiny, invisible to the naked eye TICK that crawls through your socks and sucks your blood. Even if you're wearing boots and socks, if you fail to spray your feet with bug repellent, they will suck the blood out of you. We ended up with very swollen itchy, aching feet for a couple of days.

As the place can only house up to 20 people and it's rarely full, you'll have almost personalized service.

If you really want to know what the Amazon is about, this is the place to go, not one of those fancy, pricey resorts.

Date of experience: October 2012
3  Thank ValeriaBarreira
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Reviewed 9 November 2011

I visited Mamiraua in August 2005. I enjoyed every thing about my 5 days there.
The daily educational trips, wildlife, food, weather, lodging, guides and our person in charge "Paulo." If I had known Mamiraua Reserve was going to be so much fun I would have made arrangements to stay longer. The one thing I wish the organization would change is when departing Mamiraua for Tefe, transport the people in a faster boat so they would have time to explore the town of Tefe before flying back to Manus.

Date of experience: August 2011
1  Thank Robert G
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