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MAMIRAUÁ – AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE IN THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON

MAMIRAUÁ – AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE IN THE BRAZILIAN AMAZON

The Sustainable Development Reserve Mamirauá, created by Amazonas Government decree in 1996, is located about 600 miles west of Manaus, in the Amazon Region known as the Middle Solimões, at the confluence of the river Solimões and covers an area of ​​1,124,000 hectares. It is a unique environment with a complex ecosystem of ponds, lakes, islands, restingas, chavascais, paranás and many other formations that remain 7 to 15 metres below water for six months of the year.

A key characteristic of the Mamirauá Reserve is its diversity of aquatic and land habitats, suffering intense, ongoing changes, defined by the dynamics of water in the region.  The seasonal variation from dry to wet determines the flora and fauna and all life in the várzea, which has to adapt to these changes.

As a result, we have a large number of endemic species – with about 35 species of mammals, 350 birds, 80 reptiles and over 300 species of fish that divide the space between the forests and rivers. During the flood season, more than 90% of the Reserve is submerged facilitating observation of local fauna. In the dry season, the lush forest reveals trails and lakes of great beauty.

Located within the Reserve, Pousada Uacari is a tourist eco resort that offers leisure activities amid nature and wildlife observation. Since 2001, has the support of  Mamirauá Institute and the access is by boat from  Tefe city (AM).

During the stay, guests have the opportunity to be in direct contact with the river communities (Ribeirinhos), experiencing their way of life and customs. The program includes, hiking trails during the dry season or canoe trips during the floods, a visit to the communities and a talk with local leaders, so the visitor can interact and learn about the history and the challenges faced in conservation area.

Visiting Mamirauá Institute and the Uacari Inn provides an authentic experience in the Amazon, and contributes strongly to the Brazilian Community-Based Tourism.

Best season: Year-round but the landscape changes considerably. From September to March: dry season, good trails. From April to May: start the tours with canoes. From May to August: only rides in motor without a kayak.

Tips: During the flood is easier to observe mammals such as monkeys. In the dry season you can see types of fishes as pirarucu, alligators and several species of birds.

 Sustainability

-The Guides for the tours and those responsible for guest service at the Inn Uacari belong to Auxiliary Association and Ecotourism Guides Mamirauá Reserve (AAGEMAM) formed by people from the community who work on a rotating basis, thus obtaining additional income to support their families;

-The Uacari Pousada was all designed to minimize the impact on the environment, using local wood, straw and the installation of appropriate technologies such as rainwater collection, solar power for energy, water heating and system waste filtering;

-A Category RDS Conservation Unit has the purpose to reconcile biodiversity conservation with sustainable development in an inhabited unit also by human populations. In it are carried out several studies that contribute to the preservation of this valuable ecosystem;

-Because of the Community character, Uacari hostel is an enterprise that differs considerably from the conventional jungle lodges installed throughout the Amazon.

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