MANAUS ECOPARK EXPERIENCE
This exciting expedition affords a look at the jungle of the magnificent Amazon. You will make your way via riverboat to a lodge situated in the heart of the jungle, home to playful monkeys and elusive crocodiles—both of which you will have a good chance to see.
The Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge is scientific and educational property, created and directed by a private initiative in 1991, opening its doors to the public as an Ecotourism Lodge in 1995. It’s approximately one hour from Manaus, and right in the middle of the Amazon Forest, several streams of clear water run through the area. Over 6 miles of jungle trails including un-catalogued species, natural savannahs and creeks enable visitors to explore the jungle, observe orchids and giant trees. The lodge also has a beach and four natural small pools.
Right after the ship’s clearance, your local guide will be at the gangway for the 30-minute transfer to the Marina Tauá and to its floating jetty, where you will board a riverboat for a cruise of approximately 30-minutes along the Rio Negro to the Amazon Ecopark Lodge. With several streams and over six miles of trails running through the area, the Ecopark Lodge is an ideal launching point for jungle explorations. During such expeditions, you are likely to admire orchids, gaze at giant trees and spy un-catalogued species of wildlife.
Before enjoying a chance to spot the creatures of the Amazon, savor the comforts of the lodge by taking a moment to sip a welcome fruit drink and check in followed by an informal buffet lunch.
Then it will be time to meet your guide in the lobby for your first thrilling jungle excursion: Embark on the day’s first outing, a motorized canoe cruise through the area’s ‘Igarapes’ or small creeks, for a close-up look at the magnificent jungle scenery. You may stop to visit a local native home along the riverside and, if river conditions permit, you may even fish for voracious piranhas.
After dinner, depart again by motorized canoe—the main form of transportation in the jungle—and penetrate the dense vegetation until you are completely surrounded by the darkness of the jungle. Your native guide will then begin flashing a strong light on the river’s surface until, with luck; it catches the shining eyes of a caiman. While the caiman remains hypnotized by the bright light, you will slowly approach until the guide is able to catch it with his bare hands, allowing you to take a few photographs before the alligator-like creature is released, unharmed, back into the water.
After this exciting day return to the lodge for a relaxing overnight stay.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before stepping aboard a canoe for a journey into the forest, where you will enjoy a guided hike. Learn about survival techniques and the natural remedies used by the locals. Next, visit the nearby Monkey Island. At the Island, you will observe researchers working to rehabilitate monkeys that were once held captive. The spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, wooly monkeys and Capuchin monkeys—many of which are orphans—now roam free in this sanctuary.
Your approximately two-hour canoe exploration will draw to a close and you return to the lodge were you will be refreshed with an informal buffet lunch.
As the morning eases into the afternoon hours, bid farewell to your friends at the Ecopark Jungle Lodge and by 1:00pm, return to Manaus via riverboat and your awaiting vehicle back to the port in time to re-board your ship.
Overnight Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes.
As water levels on the Amazon and its tributaries vary, the program itinerary and content is subject to change. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. As this program involves walking over uneven surfaces and through dense undergrowth, it is not recommended for guests with physical and/or walking difficulties. This program is not wheelchair accessible. As the canoes are not covered and rain showers can be expected, guests should be prepared to get wet.
8:00am Your ship docks at the Manaus floating pier
Upon clearance You are met and transferred to the Marina Tauá
8:30am Board a local riverboat and transfer to the Ecopark Lodge
10:00am Arrival, welcome drink and check in
3:00pm Visit the home of some local residents, learn about the traditions of jungle life
8:30pm Caiman spotting tour via motorized canoe boat
9:30pm Return to the lodge
8:30am Jungle recognition walk and visit the Monkey jungle rehabilitation center
11:30am Lunch and check out
1:00pm Depart the lodge and travel by boat back to the Marina Tauá and then by vehicle back to the Manaus port
2:30pm Approximate arrival at the port and re-embark your ship
It will be hot and humid with the chance of showers intermittently
Minimum 32 & maximum 36 degrees Celsius
What to Bring: It is recommended that guests bring lightweight clothing, including long-sleeved shirts and trousers, T-shirts and shorts, and a sweatshirt or sweater. Please bring sturdy walking shoes or boots, a hat, a raincoat, sunglasses and sunscreen. It is also recommended that guests bring binoculars.
Currency: Brazilian Real
Electricity: the Lodge has 110 Volts
Luggage: Please pack one small piece of luggage or backpack for this overnight
Documents and Visa Requirements: Valid photo ID and your ship’s identification card
Accommodation: One night stay at the air-conditioned Ecopark Jungle Lodge – Single or double occupancy.
Hotel facilities: private but simple rooms, reception, restaurant facilities, and a leisure/bar-lounge area.
Land cost includes:
Roundtrip transfers to the lodge
Welcome fruit juice drink
Visits as per the program
Lunch & dinner buffet on Day 1
Buffet breakfast and lunch on Day 2
Beverages: One soda or bottled water during the included meals
Land cost Excludes:
Any meals or drinks not specified above
Gratuities to drivers, guides and tour director
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.
Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Overland Programs must be purchased no later than 45 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 45 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.