1. Manaus: 2, 3 or 4-Day Amazon Jungle Tour in Anaconda Lodge
Spend 2, 3 or 4 days in the Amazon, the world’s largest river basin and the source of 1/5 of all free-flowing fresh water on Earth. Its rain forests are the planet’s largest and most luxuriant and are remarkably home to 1 in 10 known species on Earth. Containing nearly 40,000 plant species, the Amazon sustains the world’s richest diversity of birds, freshwater fish, and butterflies. One of the world’s last refuges for jaguars, harpy eagles, and pink dolphins, its thousands of tree species are home to southern two-toed sloths, pygmy marmosets, and Goeldi’s monkeys. You can choose between private cabins with fan or air conditioning to enjoy the most of this Amazonian adventure. Jungle Lodge Anaconda Island Inn is 30 km from Manaus, a 1.5-hour drive by speedboat. The Lodge is on the banks of the Rio Negro and has a guest lounge, swimming pool, restaurant, accommodating up to 25 guests. Packages include accommodation, round trip transfer from Manaus, all meals included (full board) and bilingual guided activities as outlined below. The rooms have mosquito screens, natural water shower, and twin beds for up to 3 guests per room. Daily breakfast buffet features seasonal fruits and juices, bread, milk, and coffee. Lunch and dinner feature grilled meat or chicken, regional fish, salads, pasta, rice, juices, and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not included. Day 1: Pick-up from the lobby of your hotel and departure from Manaus port by speed boat (regular transportation, approx. 30 min) crossing the Rio Negro to the village of Cacau Pirera. Travel by car (approx. 50 minutes) to the village of Paricatuba. From this village, travel by motorized canoe to the Lodge (located approx. 85 km from Manaus). After lunch, with the bilingual guide, take a canoe trip through small creeks and go fishing for piranhas. A nocturnal expedition will allow you to see alligators and other wildlife that are hidden during the day time. Day 2: Breakfast, followed by an educational jungle walk for approx. 2.5 hours. During the walk, the guide will teach you about medicinal plants and the trees of the Amazon rainforest. The high altitude means different plant life, bigger trees, and denser forest. After this, return to the lodge for lunch and free time for swimming in the tea-colored waters of the Rio Negro. If 3 or 4-day option booked: After lunch, take a paddling canoe trip through small channels (Igarapés) or flooded lands (Igapós), depending on the season. Day 3 (optional): Early sunrise tour, breakfast, and a visit to the home of local natives. These "Caboclos" maintain a traditional lifestyle and they are proud people who are happy to share their way of living. Here the guide will also explain about local farming techniques. If 4-day option booked: have lunch, and departure for overnight camping in the jungle with a local guide. The experienced jungle guide will show you all you need to know about extracting everything that is needed from the rainforest without destroying it. There will also be an opportunity to see some wildlife and you will be able to listen to the chorus of birds, howler monkeys and other animals at night. Day 4 (optional): Breakfast in the jungle, jungle walk and travel back to the lodge. After lunch you will have free time to swim in the tea-colored waters of the Rio Negro. Prepare to travel back to Manaus, arriving around 5:00 PM.