Manaos or Manaus is the gate to visit the incredible Amazon Rainforest, in the northwest of Brazil. Of course, it´s a big city and you will find many hotels there to stay during your visit to the area. But today, I will suggest Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, a cozy and exclusive jungle hotel located in front of Parque Nacional de Anavilhanas (Anavilhanas National Park), in the margins of Negro River, 180km from Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. So, you will arrive to this wonderful lodge, after 2:30 hours from Manaus, to discover a unique place surrounded by Rio Negro, Igarapés do Pato and Igarapés do Monteiro. The hotel is in front of Arquipélago de Anavilhanas (Anavilhanas Archipelago), a national park with more than 400 pristine islands! The dark waters of the river, with pH between 4,3 and 5,2, inhibit the proliferation of insects.
The hotel is awesome and offers cottages, bungalows, and great service: a swimming Pool overlooking Rio Negro and islands, a fitness Center, a deck with hammocks, an outdoor lounge, 13m high Observation Deck with a stunning view over the river and the Anavilhanas Archipelago. Reception lounge and Concierge, TV lounge (SKY HD channels) with non-electronic games for kids
Bar serving a special selection of caipirinhas and south-American wines, local handicraft shops, and convenience products, board games, a small library with books about the Brazilian Amazon...
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge also offers a great restaurant, with a-la-carte service, and available for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. Bar service is available of course.
Anavilhanas offers a variety of tours and activities in each of its travel packages. The lodge programmed a special package with all the essential Amazon experiences according to the number of days you choose to stay, but there are a great collection of experiences. Take a look to some of them:
TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICE BOW AND ARROW
Have fun with Waimiri-Atroari’s original artifacts and learn techniques to sharpen your aim and hit the targets. Quick introduction to indigenous traditions and way of life.
TOUR INTO THE ARCHIPELAGO ON BOARD OF A REGIONAL BOAT
Travelers embark in a full day sailing through the waters of the Rio Negro, reaching the heart of the National Park, tasting regional fishes at lunch and experiencing the Amazon in its most traditional way.
CANOEING THROUGH THE IGAPÓS AND IGARAPÉS
Hear the sounds of the forest and explore the rivers. In canoes for up to 2 people, you can watch the scenery changing as you paddle along waters and between trees.
VISIT TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Canoe trip on Rio Negro and visit to a local caboclo community. Get to know their lifestyle, traditions, agriculture and social organization.
ANAVILHANAS ARCHIPELAGO NOCTURNAL SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy the unique feeling of the nightlife inside the forest, lightened by the stars, exploring the igapós to spot birds, sloths, snakes and alligators hidden in the sounds of darkness.
TOUR IN ARCHIPELAGO OF ANAVILHANAS LOOKING FOR PINK DOLPHINS
The countless canals, lakes and islands of one of the world’s largest river archipelagos are explored in seeking of Pink and Gray Dolphins.
HIKING ON DRYLAND FORESTS
Led by experienced local guides, explore areas that are not affected by floods – the firm forests or dryland forests. During the tour, learn about trees, fruits, and wild fruits, survival strategies and medicinal herbs.
RECREATIONAL PIRANHA FISHING OR JUNGLE HIKE INTO THE FLOODED FOREST
Enjoy the amazing scenery and catch some fish during this fun activity done in canoes along the igarapés.
In the dry season, from September to December, water gets warmer and fish are more concentrated in the National Park, where fishing is not allowed. However, during this same period, it is possible to walk through the islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago and to know closely the differences of fauna and flora of the firm forest and the forest of igapó, characteristics of the Amazon Forest.
Leaving at dawn, the guest will be taken to the islands to watch the birds flying and the beauty of all the colors when the sun rises in the Amazon sky.
THE ANAVILHANAS NATIONAL PARK
The Anavilhanas National Park is a Brazilian preservation unity located in the state of Amazonas and covering the territory of Iranduba, Manaus and Novo Airão.
Comprising about 400 islands, the park is situated in Rio Negro, next to Parque Nacional do Jaú. With a 350 018ha preserved area, it was first created as an ecological station. From october 2008 on, Parque Nacional de Anavilhanas was recategorized as a National Park. Today, the park is managed by Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio). Currently, in accordance with the tourist trade in the region, visitation must have an educational character.
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