Uakari Floating Lodge consists of 5 bungalows with two rooms and two bathrooms in each bungalow. Each room has a porch with a view of the river and the forest. In total, there are 10 rooms with a capacity of 20 guests. The Lodge has a central floating area with a small deck, a kitchen, a restaurant, a bar, a video room, and a library.
Uakari Lodge serves food traditional to Brazilian and the region. There is seasonal fresh fruit, beiju, homemade bread, juice, coffee, and milk. The typical Brazilian rice and beans are delicious as well as the salad and vegetarian options. Delicious desserts, made with local fruits are available as well. You can also observe and try some typical Amazonian fruit such as açai, cupuaçu, sapodilla fruit, camu camu, araza, pineapple and passionfruit.
Sustainable & Community Run
Started in 1998, Uakari is managed by the Mamirauá Institute and the communities from Mamirauá Reserve. The enterprise’s aim is to generate income for the local people and to contribute to the preservation of natural resources. Ten different communities from the reserve manage the Lodge, the employees, the contractors, and the salespeople.
The facilities are sustainable. The energy comes from the sun. The rain is collected and kept. The effluents are treated before being discharged back to the river. The tiles are ecological, made of recycled PET from plastic bottles.
Uakari Lodge’s operation is a performance line of Mamirauá Institute’s community-based tourism program. Uakari Lodge has two teams. One team works in Tefé town and takes care of reservations, arrivals and departures of the guests. The other team works at the Lodge. You’ll probably have more contact with the Lodge’s team. You’ll find a bilingual naturalist guide. He’s going to be your host.
Most of the employees come from riverine communities, the management, local guides, maids, cooks, auxiliaries and janitors. The Lodge’s team works in a rotation system. Each person works about 10 days a month before returning home. The objective is not to make the people depend on the touristic activity, but they can keep doing other activities. Mamirauá’s Auxiliaries and Ecotourism Guides Association (AAGEMAM) was created by local people to organize tourism management and to strengthen community organization.
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