Mamirauá - Uacari Lodge
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The Jaguar Expedition
Take part in a scientific expedition with the Jaguars of the Amazon.
First package of this kind in the Amazon, on this expedition, visitors can look for jaguars (Panthera onca) in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve (MSDR) floodplain forest, permanently in the company of researchers from the Iauaretê Project / Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development. Some animals have GPS collars, as part of the research, making it possible for them to be monitored by visitors and researchers. It's important to remember that all animals are freely living in a Reserve area, however, spotting chances are very high, but not guaranteed since we do not feed animals for sightings.
|DEPARTURES & RATES 2018|
Ask for discount for early booking
|Individual or Double|
|Jaguar Expedition (Friday to Tuesdays)|
MAY 11->15 / 18->22 / 25->29
|R$ 10.000,00 per person|
For safety reasons, only children older than 12 years old are applied for booking.
The Cancellation cases will be analyzed and fee charged as following:
- More than 30 days from check-in, 25% of total plus R$ 500 service tax;
- Between 1 to 30 days, 40% of total plus R$ 700 service tax;
- No-show, 50% of total plus R$ 1.000 of service tax.
Maximum luggage per person is 15 Kg. If necessary leave your extra luggage in Mamirauá office in Tefé
Packages including: Transportation (Tefé-Mamirauá Reserve-Tefé), accommodation, full board, water, juice, coffee and tea, standard excursions and bilingual guide (English speaking).
It does not include: Air pass Manaus-Tefé-Manaus, hotel and other expenses in Tefé, other expenses in Mamirauá (cooling and alcoholic drinks, handcrafts, books, etc...), any travel insurance, and anything else not mentioned as included.
The Jaguar Expedition is a pioneer initiative that aims for a new conservation model, financially sustainable and replicable, able to provide benefits to local communities through science-touristic activities as well as contributing to the jaguar population tracking in Mamirauá floodplain given that the more information is acquired, the easier it is to create strategies to preserve this species. The package price includes a direct donation to the Iauaretê Project, which is used to finance research and educational projects for local communities.
Uacari Lodge offers the opportunity to join the comfort of a floating lodge totally integrated to the landscape with a special team of researchers and guides. Visitors will work with them, understanding their work better. This experience is a deep dive in the jaguar´s ecology and in its dynamic in the Floodplain Forest.
Uacari Lodge is in Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve in the Middle Solimões region. It's about 60 km from town of Tefé (about an hour and twenty minutes by boat). Tefé is the point of departure for the Lodge. There are one-hour flights every day to Tefé from Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas.
With 5 bungalows split in 10 rooms (Two bedrooms and two bathrooms each) with capacity of 20 guests. The lodge also has a central floating area with a small deck, restaurant, bar, video room and library. The facilities are ecologically sustainable. The energy comes from the sun, the rain is collected, the effluents are treated before going back tothe river, and the tiles are ecological, made of recycled PET from plastic bottles.
Why choose this experience?
- Mamirauá has one of the highest densities of jaguars in the world.
- Mamirauá Jaguars spend three months sleeping and hunting in the treetops, an amazing adaptation to the flooding of the forest. The only records of jaguars exhibiting this behavior are to be found in Mamirauá.
- A small and privileged group of tourists will have the chance to join The Jaguar Expedition. Each trip allows just four visitors, who will closely monitor the work of the researchers of the Iauaretê project. The goal is to find jaguars, the third largest feline in the world.
Challenges of the expedition
- Spot a black jaguar. Since monitoring began, this rare animal has been captured only once in Mamirauá.
- Spot a jaguar family. The jaguar has up to four offspring per pregnancy. The young accompany their mother for an average of two years.
- See a jaguar capturing its next meal. Jaguars usually sleep during the day and become more active at night. However, in places with a high density of animals, there is a chance of seeing them hunting during the day.
The expeditions will take place from May to July in specifics dates.
The Jaguar Expedition - 4 nights package
Visitors will be received at Tefé Airport. If chosen by the visitor, it is possible to fly over Mamirauá Reserve (optional service, directly hired by the visitor himself), track the jaguar's GPS signal and appreciate the beautiful Reserve overview in the company of Iauaretê Project researchers.
After that, visitors will be transferred to the port, where a boat will be prepared to take the group to the Uacari Lodge.After an one-hour traveling through the mighty Solimões, which is how this stretch of the Amazon River is called in Brazil, visitors will get into one channel of the Mamirauá Lake. Along the way it might be
already possible to see aquatic mammals such as the Amazon (Pink) River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) and the Grey River Dolphin (Sotolia fluviatilis).
Day by Day Description
After check-in, visitors will have a small presentation about the MSDR, the Uacari Lodge and the Iauaretê Project, providing them with an opportunity to have a better understanding of the unique Mamirauá floodplain characteristics, learn about the lodge's and the project's activities in addition to their schedule for the next few days. Then, there is still time for a small paddle canoe tour to explore the Uacari Lodge surroundings, leaving the group with a free night after dinner.
After breakfast the group will go on a field trip to look for jaguars with GPS collars. The location of each animal will be previously tracked by researchers, who will have access to the GPS points. The researcher will lead the work in a separately canoe with a VHF receptor. A safety distance will be asked and expected to be respected. The goal is to contemplate the biggest American feline, take photos, contribute to the research and learn about the jaguars. During the afternoon visitors will be involved in regular research activities, for instance inspecting camera-traps installed on the treetops. The goal is to capture animal images or animal signs, such as leftovers and other animal carcasses. After dinner the documentary "The Trapper" will be screened.
Once again the group will go on a field trip to look for jaguars.In the afternoon while heading the boat to the Mamirauá Lake and cruising towards the lake, visitors will be on the lookout for the Uacari Monkey (Cacajao calvus calvus), Black Caimans (Melanosuchus niger), Horned Screamer (Anhima cornuta), Hoatzin (Opistocomus hoazin), Tui Parakeet (Brotogeris sanctithomae) and Spot-breasted Woodpecker (Colaptes punctigula). It will be dark when we head back to the lodge, and there might be a chance of night animals sighting.
In the morning groups will visit one of four communities: Boca do Mamirauá, Caburini, Sítio São José e Vila Alencar which regularly receives Uacari Lodge visitors. During the afternoon a sloth (Bradypus variegatus) - one of the main food supplies for jaguars - census will be made in trails near Mamirauá Lake and some camera-traps will be collected. After dinner the images from the camera-traps will be revealed and discussed.
This is the last morning and there is still time for a short outing after breakfast. Visitors will check-out from the lodge and be transferred back to Tefé, in order to be at the airport on time to catch the flight back to Manaus.
*Schedules can be changed according to the weather conditions.