The world's largest country in the tropics
Lodges in Brazil
Holiday in one of the spectacular Brazilian Amazon lodges and you'll be able to get back in touch with nature, with the chance of seeing a vast array of animals, fauna and plants in this vital part of the world's ecosystem. Realising the importance of this in 1996 the Brazilian Ministry of Environment's (MMA) decided to establish the Amazon as one of the world's largest Ecotourism Hubs (the area actually comprises 12 townships) and now ecotourism has become a major economic activity, underpinning the local communities and tour operators - a far cry from the early 1980s when there were basically only three major hotels in the state of Amazonas! If you would like to spend some time at any of the Brazilian Amazon lodges that have been developed since the 1980s, the following are some of the better known ones: Pousada Guanavenas (jungle lodge) is a 52 room palatial Amazon lodge with air-conditioning in each room and with each room having its own bathroom. Activities at the hotel include 2 swimming pools, a games room and even a volley ball court. However, the lodge has two standout features: a private veranda overlooking the Canacari Lake and hot water showers! Otherwise, Ariau Amazon Towers is a must-see for people looking for something more from a lodge break. Simultaneously declared the world's only and the world's largest tree-top hotel, the Ariau Amazon Towers lodge is located 60 km northwest of Manus on the banks of the Rio Negro. Access to the lodge can either be via boat (up the Rio Negro) or car (overland). The lodge is located in the Rio Negro natural park and has 291 rooms, 2 restaurants and 3 swimming pools. Hardly slumming it, this fantastic lodge has been declared the "5th Wonder of the Modern World" by Newsweek magazine!
Also located 60km northwest of Manus, and accessible by boat or overland, Acajatuba Jungle Lodge is most certainly a step back into the real Amazonian world. Accommodation at the lodge has been constructed in the local "Caboclo" style - meaning all 20 cabins are built on elevated pilings 1 metre from the ground. The lodge is highly recommended for those tourists seeking closer contact with the nature of the Amazons - but the lodge still allows visitors the luxury of having their own on-suite bathroom.
One of the oldest lodges in the Amazon, Terra Verde Lodge (or "The Forest of Life" as it translates into English) was set up by a famous ecologist on his private estate in the late 1970s. Today the lodge can be accessed via river - up the Rio Negro, or via land. Terra Verde Lodge is certainly the place to stay if you really want to get back in touch with nature - over 175 different species of birds have been recorded here. The lodge is probably now more famously known as being the location for the recent Survivor Amazon series.
Beside these better known Brazilian Amazon jungle lodges, accommodation at a number of the other Amazon lodges that now operate under the government's incentive scheme can be arranges either in Manus or at a travel agent in one of the major cities in Brazil. Keep in mind however that if you are going to a Brazilian Amazon jungle lodge you'll need to make your way to Manus - from where a tour representative should take you the remainder of the way to the lodge itself.