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Amazon Turtle Lodge

Birdwatching

Birdwatching in the Amazon will transform your experience into a true immersion in nature. We will walk through remote places, we will sail silently in motorized canoes through Igarapés and flooded forests, slowly, contemplating wildlife and listening to sounds that only Amazonian nature can provide us.

The Birdwatching package includes not only the route for bird watching, but also activities that involve visits to local communities and the contemplation of Amazonian fauna and flora. These activities provide contact with nature.

The Packages

Differential of this itinerary

  • Visit the meeting of the waters of the rivers Negro and Solimões;
  • Specialized Birdwatching’s guide;
  • Exploration of the lakes around the Mamori and Juma rivers;
  • Visit a caboclo’s house;
  • Piranha fishing;
  • Boat tour at night to watch animals of nocturnal habits;
  • Jungle walks to observe fauna and flora with a focus on Amazonian birds;
  • River Tour - motorized canoes - exploration of Igapós (flooded forest) and Igarapés (river arms) in search of places identified as habitat for certain species of Amazonian birds from that region.

Day 1: Meeting the Mamori river and Tracajá lake

Leave the hotel at 08:00 a.m. by car to the river port Ceasa (20 minutes). Take a speedboat to the village "Careiro da Varzea" (30 minutes). At this point we will be passing the meeting of the waters, where the Negro and Solimões Rivers meet (Encontro das Aguas). This is where the Amazon River is formed, flowing from this area all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It is truly a magnificent sight to see. The two rivers run side by side without mixing for many kilometers and you will most likely be visited by a few curious river dolphins as well.

After a stop at the fruit market, take a bus or van to the Araça River via the Manaus-Porto Velho highway (40 minutes BR319). By boat we will pass through many lakes and small wildlife abundant creeks, where you will have the opportunity to see the incredible giant Amazon water lilies (Vitoria Regia) with their enormous floating leaves.

You will also pass by native villages and the floating houses of Caboclo’s village. This length of the trip is ideal for observing wildlife due to the abundance of many varied species, such as birds, alligators, fish, sloth, and monkeys. During this trip to the lodge you have the opportunity to stumble on a creature at anytime. Arrival at Amazon Turtle Lodge after 50 minutes ride by boat, it is scheduled arrival around 12:00 p.m.

Lunch will be served; freshwater fish, beef (meat), chicken, salads and exotic fruits from the Amazon (buffet style).

  • At 03:00 p.m. there is a motorized canoe trip that will allow you to be introduced to the area;
  • Throughout the duration of this trip you will be experience the pristine and varied birds of the region, with the opportunity to observe and enjoy the great diversity of animals found in the area;
  • It is common to see squirrel monkeys, sloth, iguanas, spiders and a wide variety of birds, including the beautiful white egrets that delicately wade amongst the floating grass islands.

At 07:30 p.m. dinner will be served in the Amazon Turtle Lodge restaurant. Once again a delicious buffet including freshwater fish, beef (meat), chicken, salads and exotic fruits from the Amazon.

Day 2: Birdwatching Tour & Ecological Trails

At 05:30 a.m. we leave the lodge to the sunrise and bird watching tour, a wonderful opportunity to experience the majestic Amazon and all its birds awaking with the sun. We will return in time for breakfast. It will be served at 07:30 p.m.

At 08:30 a.m. put on your walking boots and get ready for an exciting trek in the jungle, to looking for more birds.

  • Looking for those bird species that we do not find in an open area and of course learn about jungle survival techniques and medicinal plants with our experienced jungle tour guides. It is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazon Biodiversity.

At 12:30 p.m. lunch and relax time until the next adventure.

At 03:00 p.m. we will go for a boat tour looking for more birds, but this time in an open area having the chance to find some Red Capped Cardinal and the Pigmy King Fisher and many others interesting species of birds that will make your tour something very special.

If you want to try fishing, that will be a great chance to catch a fish in the Amazon. Just let your tour guide know about it. At the end of the day you will cruise back to the lodge and with a bit of luck, maybe you can see one of the fantastic Amazonian Sunset to finish your day.

At 07:00 p.m. dinner and about 08:00 p.m. we will embark on a night trip to go alligator spotting. This expedition is very exciting and involves everyone keenly trying to spot the alligators along the river banks and on the floating grasses. Once we locate it, one of the tour guides will try to catch it, with their bare hands. You will have the opportunity to take photos or even to hold it if you wish to do so.

Day 3: Visit a local communities & Birdwatching tours

At 05:30 a.m. we will leave the lodge once again to the sunrise and bird watching tour in other area and back to the lodge for a breakfast, this morning you will explore the Eco-Trekking near of the lodge and identify some birds species on this trek.

At 12:00 p.m. lunch at Amazon Turtle Lodge restaurant.

At 03:00 p.m. visit a caboclo’s house to learn about their customs and culture.

We will visit rubber and cassava plantations, and others.

  • This is a great opportunity to take photos of the local custom, see how collect fruits in the jungle, Brazil nuts, herbs, vegetables and spices. Check out how they prepare their food using all this goods ingredients and of course during the tour you will look for birds, it is the highest point in that tour;
  • Dinner will be at 07:00 p.m.;
  • During the evening you can enjoy the moon and the stars in the heart of the jungle, laying in one of our outdoor hammock.

Day 4: Birdwatching & Return to Manaus

Breakfast at 08:00 a.m. during this morning we will leave the lodge by canoe to looking for and observe the fresh water dolphins and birds on small channels (igarapés), flooded forest areas (igapós) and on the rivers and lakes.

We also will visit school at native village and community give you the opportunity to see how is the life of these people that live in the banks of the rivers in the jungle. The people called as (Ribeirinhos or Caboclos).

Lunch at 12:00 p.m. Transfer 01:30 p.m. back to Manaus using the same itinerary arriving around 05:00 p.m. in Manaus. Drop of at hotel or Airport.

Differential of this itinerary

  • Visit the fish and fruit market (Ceasa);
  • Visit the meeting of waters;
  • Canoe paddling to photograph natural landscapes;
  • Birdwatching tour;
  • Piranha fishing;
  • Alligator spotting;
  • Walk trails and meeting the Medicinal plants;
  • Survival techniques in the jungle;
  • Visit the house of a rubber tapper;
  • Observation of technique of Latex extraction and handcrafted rubber;
  • Canoe ride to observe the dolphins;
  • Sunset tour;
  • Canoe trip to contemplate the beauties of the Amazon.

Day 1: Meeting the Mamori river and Tracajá lake

Leave the hotel at 08:00 a.m. by car to the river port Ceasa (20 minutes). Take a speedboat to the village "Careiro da Varzea" (30 minutes). At this point we will be passing the meeting of the waters, where the Negro and Solimões Rivers meet (Encontro das Aguas). This is where the Amazon River is formed, flowing from this area all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It is truly a magnificent sight to see. The two rivers run side by side without mixing for many kilometers and you will most likely be visited by a few curious river dolphins as well.

After a stop at the fruit market, take a bus or van to the Araça River via the Manaus-Porto Velho highway (40 minutes BR319). By boat we will pass through many lakes and small wildlife abundant creeks, where you will have the opportunity to see the incredible giant Amazon water lilies (Vitoria Regia) with their enormous floating leaves.

You will also pass by native villages and the floating houses of Caboclo’s village. This length of the trip is ideal for observing wildlife due to the abundance of many varied species, such as birds, alligators, fish, sloth, and monkeys. During this trip to the lodge you have the opportunity to stumble on a creature at anytime. Arrival at Amazon Turtle Lodge after 50 minutes ride by boat, it is scheduled arrival around 12:00 p.m.

Lunch will be served; freshwater fish, beef (meat), chicken, salads and exotic fruits from the Amazon (buffet style).

  • At 03:00 p.m. there is a motorized canoe trip that will allow you to be introduced to the area;
  • Throughout the duration of this trip you will be experience the pristine and varied birds of the region, with the opportunity to observe and enjoy the great diversity of animals found in the area;
  • It is common to see squirrel monkeys, sloth, iguanas, spiders and a wide variety of birds, including the beautiful white egrets that delicately wade amongst the floating grass islands.

At 07:30 p.m. dinner will be served in the Amazon Turtle Lodge restaurant. Once again a delicious buffet including freshwater fish, beef (meat), chicken, salads and exotic fruits from the Amazon.

Day 2: Meeting the Amazon: Sunrise, Adventure & Relax

At 05:30 a.m. we go for early morning sunrise and birdwatching.

At 08:30 a.m. we go on a jungle trek where you’ll learn a bit about survival with our experienced guides

  • He shows how to use wine as ropes;
  • How to climb trees;
  • How to find water and also food;
  • Learn about our fauna and biodiversity.

At 12:00 p.m. lunch – After lunch we go canoeing with oars to watch more birds and animals such as sloths and monkeys. Than we return back to Amazon Turtle Lodge for dinner. Dinner will be served at 07:30 p.m.

After dinner ,leave on motorized canoes for alligator spotting using flash lights.We will catch it with bear hands. Give you the opportunity to take photos and hold it if you want.

Day 3: Eco tours & local communities

At 08:00 a.m. we visit a caboclo’s house to learn about their customs and culture.

  • We’ll visit rubber and cassava plantation;
  • This is a great opportunity to take photos the local custom see how collect fruits in the jungle, brazil nuts, herbs, vegetables and spices;
  • Check out how they prepare their food using all this goods and taste some of this exotic product.

At 12:00 p.m. lunch at Amazon Turtle Lodge’s restaurant. Afternoon program is Piranha fishing and we also may get other fishes too, and will return to lodge as sun is set to cook some of them. Dinner will be at 07:30 p.m.

During the evening you can enjoy the moon and the stars in the heart of the jungle, laying in one of our outdoor hammocks facing many lakes and rivers.

Day 4: Ecological trails & Medicinal Plants

At 08:00 a.m. Breakfast, after we will do a jungle trek to get to know some of our medical plants. Our guide will give information of medical plants and for what sickness they can be used, information that has been passed to us by the native’s Indian tribes.

  • You will have an opportunity to see the rubber gum tree (Seringueira);
  • Observe how is the process of fabrication of the natural rubber by the extraction of the latex from the trunk of the tree without cutting it down.

Back to Lodge. Lunch 12:00 p.m. During the afternoon and evening will have free time you may choose one of our extra activities (canoeing, fishing, spear fishing, animal night watching or simply just watching the wildlife your lovely veranda view).

Day 5: Flooded jungle, dolphins & return to Manaus

Breakfast at 08:00 a.m., during this morning we will leave the lodge by canoe:

  • To observe the freshwater dolphins on small channels (Igarapés), flooded forest areas (Igapós) and on the rivers and lakes
  • We also will visit school at native village and community give you the opportunity to see how is the life of those that live in the banks of the rivers in the jungle. The local native people known as (Ribeirinhos or Caboclos)

Lunch at 12:00 p.m. – Transfer 01:30 p.m. back to Manaus using the same itinerary, around 05:00 p.m. arrival in Manaus. Drop off at hotel or Airport.

What is included

  • Transfers In and Out to the Amazon Turtle Lodge;
  • Private bungalow (SGL/DBL/TPL);
  • Accommodation on beds with mosquito nets;
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner);
  • During meals: mineral water and seasonal fruit juices;
  • All tours mentioned on programme;
  • English or Spanish speaking tour guides.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance of any kind;
  • Alcoholic beverages, such as beer and wine, which can be arranged per your request for moderate consumption.

What to bring in the backpack

We recommend a medium Backpack, which will be used during your jungle adventure, with the following items:

Travel insurance

  • Due to the extreme nature and risks associated with these trips, we strongly recommend that you take individual travel insurance that reflects your personal and family histories;
  • We inspect the vessels we work with regularly, and carry safety, first aid, and emergency equipment on board;
  • We are also connected with logistics for patient removal by helicopter services available in the region if needed;
  • For your trip, we will also be carrying a low refrigeration antidote for snakebites. It is very unlikely that we will need it, but we take every precaution available to us;
  • Manaus has two very good hospitals, one specializing in tropical medicine;
  • We assume no responsibilities for lost or damaged items and personal equipment and gear during the trip, unless it happens by negligence from our part.

Passport, vaccinations and health report

  • We will need copies of the picture page of your passport and vaccination cards;
  • Recommended that you take the yellow fever shot and bring medications for any existing previous conditions you may have. I am personally against taking the malaria pill, and there is no proof of its effectiveness;
  • The side effects can also be greater than the symptoms sometimes, and there are very few cases detected in a single year, but it this is ultimately your choice. Please let us know of any existing conditions you may have that we should be aware of, such as allergies, diabetes, heart and blood pressure problems;
  • We will keep this information confidential.

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