Jungle Journeys In BrazilPosted on: 23 October 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Brazil is an ideal jungle destination, taking you right to the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
Famous for its football tradition and Rio de Janeiro carnival, Brazil is a country of great diversity. From the bustling urban mosaic of São Paulo to the infinite cultural energy of Pernambuco and Bahia, the untouched wilderness of the Amazon jungle and world-class landmarks such as the Iguaçu Falls, there is plenty to see and do in Brazil.
For those of you who would prefer to do your Brazilian Amazon jungle tour on the water, rather than trekking the land, a number of tour operators do river water tours through the Amazon along the Rio Negro and Rio Solimones.
Brazilian Amazon jungle tours by river usually start from Manus and last anywhere up to a week. On the boat you should have opportunity to see a large number of the bird species living in the jungle and possibly some of the land-based animals as they come to the water for a drink. Just stay away from the anaconda and piranha.
Lake Janauari Ecological Park
Located approximately an hour from Manus, the jumping destination into the Amazon jungle, Lake Janauari Ecological Park is located in 9,000 acres of wooded land forest.
Famous for its wild flowers and plants, visitors to Lake Janauari Ecological Park can take day treks from Manus or spend longer periods jungle trekking through the park to see the many animals and birds that have made this their habitat.
Adolpho Botanical Garden
Unlike most botanical gardens you may have previously visited, Adolpho Botanical Garden is a sizeable 100 square kilometers in size. Located to the east of Manus, the gardens have a variety of trails that visitors can trek as part of their Amazon jungle tour experience.
The gardens are also fairly conveniently located near to Lake Janauari Ecological Park - meaning that visitors can take in the uniqueness of both in the same holiday.
How To Get There
British Airways (http://www.britishairways.com) and TAM (http://www.tam.com) fly to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro from London. To check out the latest flight deals, visit http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/Brazil/.
Pousada Guanavenas, meaning the 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 two 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.
Ariau Amazon Towers
Simultaneously declared the world's only and the world's largest tree-top hotel, the Ariau Amazon Towers lodge is located 60 km north-west of Manus on the banks of the Rio Negro. Access to the lodge can either be via boat up the Rio Negro or car. 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.
Acajatuba Jungle Lodge
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 meter 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 en-suite bathroom.
Terra Verde Lodge
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.
Have you been on a jungle adventure? Have you visited Brazil before? Do you have any handy travel tips to pass on?
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