Enjoy a luxury vacation in the best lodge in the heart of Amazonia!
In this unique and exceptional place, you will discover one of the ecological wonders of Brazil, a group of jungle islands surrounded by freshwater in the heart of the tropical forest.
Located opposite this archipelago, on the Rio Negro, at 180km from Manaus, the Anavilhanas lodge offers the best quality accomodation found in the Brazilian Amazon. It is quite possibly the most prestigious lodge in Brazil and can be reached by road in 3hrs. Including 10mn of track or more easily by seaplane (contact us for details).
This exceptional property offers bungalows scattered in the forest, built around the concept of combining design and ecology with an emphasis on local and natural materials. Also evident, is a real attempt to integrate the lodge into its environment, with minimum invasion. The services are impressive and the refined decoration is particularly tasteful.
The 22 bungalows are all equipped with large bay windows which give you the feeling of being in amongst the vegetation while enjoying modern comforts and services. You can contemplate rainforest life from your bed or gently swinging in your hammock, without having to worry about insects and other inconveniences. A stay at the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge will allow you to discover the best of the Amazon by prioritizing your comfort. This fantastic lodge really blends in with the lush surroundings creating a truly unique atmosphere.
On your Anavilhanas lodge stay
Luxury accomodation in the heart of a tropical forest
Exploration of diverse wildlife on the Anavilhanas islands
A unique immersion in the Amazon forest
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge – Itinerary at a glance
- Private airport transfer to Tropical hotel
- A night in a standard double room at the Tropical hotel
- Transfers to and from Manaus
- Stay at Anavilhanas with full board in a standard chalet
- Excursions mentioned in the program
- 1 private and guided visit of Manaus
- Private airport transfer
Visit the largest freshwater archipelago in the world: The Anavilhanas National Park
The Anavilhanas archipelago includes some 400 narrow islands with forms carved by the current, spread out over 90 kilometers along the Rio Negro which widens out to 27km at this point.
It is the largest group of river islands on the planet and it is certainly a privilege to visit this extraordinary and unique place.
The appearance of these jungle – covered islands changes radically throughout the year, especially between the rainy and wet seasons. In fact, the appearance of the entire region completely changes.
From December to May (the rainy season), many of the green islands become submerged by the river´s tributaries. If you visit during this period, you will be met with an immense body of water from which the tops of the trees and some high points on the islands emerge. To take a canoe through the foliage of the igapó (the flooded forest) has a magical and surreal side to it.
During the dry season (from June to November), the water slowly retreats, by mid-October there are miles of deserted beaches of fine sand around each islet, making it a paradise for lovers of sun and beaches. (Don’t forget a good sun screen, as the sun can be quite strong in this region). We then sail through the narrow channels that separate the islands to choose your paradise beach for the day.
This region is home to a unique ecosystem which is protected by the Anavilhanas Ecological Station, an integral part of the Amazon Conservation Program, in coordination with the Chico Mendes Biodiversity Conservation Institute. It is therefore a sanctuary serving as a refuge for local biodiversity, now threatened by the increase in river traffic and the pressure of fishing.
By exploring the labyrinth of waterways between the islands of the Anavilhanas archipelago, you will certainly see some very rare animals of the Amazon. For example the placid peixe-boi (manatees) or the pink dolphins of Amazonia (Inia geoffrensis). As well as thousands of birds that fly from one island to another in an explosion of color and strange cries.
Enjoy luxury accommodation in the heart of the Amazon: Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
It’s here in the heart of the truely wild nature that the Anavilhanas lodge is located.
This charming and high-standard accommodation option will seduce you. The quality of its bungalows constitute a perfect mixture of modern lines and local, authentic materials with an ecological approach of minimum impact on the environment.
The lodge has about twenty suites decorated with care and offering all the modern comforts (hot water – air conditioning) that you need. All perfectly integrated with the surrounding nature to minimize the visual impact of the installations which blend perfectly into the surrounding environment.
Let yourself be carried away by the unusual charm of the two bungalows (superior category) offering a panoramic view of the forest with a bay window no less than 10 m long. A stay in one of these is really a special occasion, a unique experience of total immersion in the heart of the Amazonian forest.
A stay in the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge includes all meals. You will discover a delicious cuisine that elegantly uses local produce to create the tastiest dishes.
A team of guides is constantly present to propose different activities designed to add a fun and active dimension to your stay, and assist you on your exploration of this amazing ecosystem. You will be able walk the forest paths, fish like the locals, discover the nocturnal animals, explore in a pirogue and meet the Botos – the pink dolphins of the Amazon. A unique opportunity to encounter a very rare and unfortunately endangered animal.
A particularly attractive feature of this lodge is the 13m high observation tower rising above the canopy. Standing at the top with a pair of binoculars, you can observe life in the treetops or contemplate the fantastic twilights, rich in the region’s colors. You will experience a bewitching show of sound and light if you pay attention to the forest awakening as the day gives way to the night.
Moreover, there is a swimming pool set facing the river, ideal to refresh you during the hottest hours of the day.
Anavilhanas is a charming lodge and an original concept perfectly combining authenticity and luxury. Everything is organized so that your stay is a seamless and unforgettable experience; treat yourself to a different view of the Amazon!
Visit the “Paris of the Americas” a city lost in the Amazon
To complete this fabulous stay at the centre of the Amazonian rainforest, you must visit the regional capital, Manaus, the famous “Paris of the Americas”.
An important crossroads in the Amazon thanks to its strategic position at the confluence of the Solimoes and Negro rivers. Manaus is above all a city of merchants and adventurers. They have always come here, attracted by the riches extracted from the forest and with dreams of fortunes made by reselling the goods in Europe.
This intense commercial trade led to a high level of prosperity in the region. It culminated with the trade of rubber sap which, once vulcanized, became the highly coveted rubber.
It was at this time, that there were many rich merchants who wanted to give their city the image of a great European capital. It was these affluent members of society that built the beautiful buildings that you will see during your guided tour.
When seeing these structures, you can really imagine the extreme power and wealth of these families who in their time had the means to meet the technical, financial and human challenges that these constructions represented. This gives an idea of the prosperity of the times. They had to bring artists, craftsmen and an enormous quantity of materials and already assembled pieces from the best workshops across the Atlantic to build the masterpieces that we can see today.
The famous municipal market, Mercado Adolfo Lisboa is an example. It was reopened in 2013 after 7 years of renovation. The beautiful wrought iron halls of several thousand m² were entirely made in Scotland before being transported by boat and then mounted on the spot. Also, there is the Amazonas Theatre whose 36,000 tiles are from Alsace, the marble is Italian, the metal structure is English and the furniture and tapestries are Parisian. In 1896, when it was completed, it was simply the most extraordinary building in South America!
Detailed Itinerary – Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Day 1 : Manaus
After landing in Manaus, you will be taken to your hotel by private transfer.
On the trip from the airport to your hotel, you will begin to see the locality and get an idea of the daily life of people in Manaus. Indigenous influence is everywhere, whether in the architecture, cuisine or in the many geometric figures found in the local designs.
Depending on the arrival time of your flight, (before 13:00) it is possible to visit the centre of Manaus (private visit with a guide, for 3 hours).
Night at the hotel.
Day 2 : Manaus – Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
In the morning, after eating a delicous Brazilian breakfast, you check out, and then, between 8 am and 9 am depending on the location of the hotel, a vehicle will pick you up to take you to the lodge * (non – private service). It is also possible to make this trip extra special and go by seaplane, consult us for details.
During the 3 hour journey to the lodge, about 200km away, you will discover the Amazon rainforest for the first time.
What strikes us immediately are the trees. Their gigantic and imposing sizes are far bigger than the largest European species. Because of their enormous height, each is a true multi-storey ecosystem. From the ground to the top, each branch is home to some kind of wildlife and there is a symbiosis with other plants, such as ferns, lianas and beautiful orchids. These have played a leading role in the development of plant knowledge of the region, which has, over the centuries, encouraged many European botanists and explorers to explore these forests in search of a rare beauty.
Arrival at the lodge, check into your forest bungalow.
At noon it’s time to go for lunch. A tasty and elaborate cuisine with regional products is served in an idyllic setting overlooking the surrounding jungle, ideal for relaxation and the simple pleasure of good food.
In the afternoon, an activity (see list in day 3) will be proposed by the hotel team according to the weather, the season or simply your desires.
Dinner in the restaurant around 19:00. A great opportunity to discover other local specialties based on local produce from the river and the surrounding jungle expertly prepared to bring out all the qualities of their delicate flavours.
After the meal, you are invited to take a night boat ride to meet the nocturnal animals that come out at night in search of food. In the night silence, your senses sharpen and by listening to the thousands of unusual rustles coming from the jungle, you become aware of the agitation of all these animals hidden in the trees.
Using an electric lamp, the guide spots small caimans that become fixated by the light so he can pick them up out of the water and show them to you up close. The bravest among you will be able to hold the reptiles for a truly memorable experience!
* It is possible to make the transfer in the afternoon (departure between 13:00 and 14:30 depending on the location of your hotel.) You can also choose your own departure time between 8:00 and 15h00 at an additional cost.
Day 3 : Anavilhanas lodge
In the morning breakfast is served in the form of an attractive buffet of various local juices and seasonal fruit, as well as more traditional, sweet and savory dishes, to energize you before a busy day of activities. (or lounging!)
Throughout the day, the guides will offer different excursions and activities which are included in your package. We strongly recommend each of them, but it’s up to you whether you want to participate or not.
Visit to see the pink dolphins and the handicrafts in Novo Airao (at 2h30):
Stand on a floating barge where the pink dolphins come every day, with the hopes of receiving a nice fish as a treat! Then you will visit two craft centers where craftsmen offer products made with natural materials such as braided vegetable fibers, naturally colored seeds and local wood.
Walk in the forest (about 2h30):
Explore the jungle led by experienced local guides, who will reveal some of the Amazon’s mysteries. They will tell you about the trees, fruits and edible berries as well as forest survival techniques and some herbal medicines. Learn how to find shelter and survive in the jungle.
Tour of the Anavilhanas archipelago (about 2hr30):
You will go for a boat ride along the countless canals, lakes and islands of the world’s largest river archipelago. During this excursion, you will enjoy the fabulous and untouched landscapes as well as the animal life of the region.
Piranha fishing (2hrs):
A fun fishing party aboard a traditional wooden canoe through the Igarapés (waterways) where you can catch a few piranhas or other fish while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding scenery.
Lunch and dinner at the lodge.
Day 4 : Anavilhanas – Manaus
Watch the Amazonian sunrise (approximately 1hr30):
Departure at dawn (5:30 am) to one of the Anavilhanas lakes where you can observe many birds and contemplate the beautiful colours and shades of an Amazonian sunrise where the air itself seems tinted with purple hues.
Breakfast awaits when you get back from your morning excursion.
After a last time enjoying the good food of the Anavilhanas Lodge, it’s time to get your suitcases packed and to check out.
A hotel vehicle will take you back to Manaus (not private).
After a journey of about 2hr30 you will reach the city centre, and explore this with a local guide for roughly 3hours. During the visit, your personal belongings remain in the vehicle which will accompany you to the different sites: Amazonas Theater, Rio Negro Palace, port market.
After the tour, the driver will either take you to your hotel or drop you off directly at the airport.
Accommodation in Manaus for the Anavilhanas Lodge Tour
Hotel Saint Paul (standard)
If you want to be located in the centre of Manaus during your stay, we recommend the Saint Paul Hotel for several reasons. Firstly, its location means it’s ideal to discover the city on foot, only a few hundred meters from the Teatro Amazonas, the emblem of the city. This is an important point because most quality hotels are out in the suburbs which means you would need to travel by Taxi a lot. It also has some rooms with a view of the theatre, adding a little charm to your stay.
Moreover, even though the rooms are relatively plain, they are well equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay. Swimming pool, sauna and gym complete the offer. To top it all off, the price is excellent, making Saint Paul the best value for money when staying in the center of Manaus.
Hotel Tropical Manaus Ecoresort (superior)
If you are looking for maximum comfort and a large range of services for your stay in Manaus, then the Tropical Hotel is the place for you. It is located in the north of the city, on the waterfront, in a park full of vegetation and with leisure facilities and a mini-zoo.
The rooms are luxuriously equipped and decorated in a classic style, with 7 categories covering the needs of the vast majority of travelers. This is the most comprehensive establishment you can find in Manaus.