By Brazil Nuts Director ADAM CARTER
Or Do the Lodge Option…
The other way to “do” the Amazon is by staying in (realtive!) comfort at a jungle lodge.
Within 4 hours of Manaus there are a number of excellent lodge choices, but each one is very different, so you need to know what your trade offs are in terms of cost, comfort, how far you want to travel, size of lodge etc. These factors are what characterize each lodge and will determine how you enjoy it. Ariau Jungle Lodge is massive, and a real theme-park like environment. Many people – and families – enjoy it. But it is not “a lodge” as we consider it. More like a hotel in the jungle, with ample faculties and nice excursions. The Juma Lodge and The Tupana Lodge are two options much more remote in the jungle, taking 3-4 hours to get there. But getting there is half the fun. These are rustic but pristine and deliver a real sense of adventure. In the middle is the Amazon Eco Park. Very nicely done, great feel, but more built up and only 45 minutes from Manaus. However, you still feel remote.
And here is the deal: Most people do end up staying at one of these lodges, and forego the boat experience
Why? Basically because the jungle lodge option is cheaper, you can start on any day (versus fixed departure dates) and frankly the activities are the same! Whether you stay at a lodge or travel by boat, you do essentially the same treks, nature observing, piranha fishing, caiman spotting, jungle survival training, etc. So for the comfort, flexibility and price, many opt for the lodge
I will say, however, there is something very alluring and romantic about the boat option. If you have the time and the $$$, consider it!
That’s all for now. More on individual Amazon programs and products in later posts. Coming up next: Highlights of Brazil’s Northeast - Recife, Olinda & Porto de Galinhas!