Jaguar Conservation in the Amazon

Tailor-Made Tour
Group Tour
9 Days
From 3388
Big Cat Safari
Off The Beaten Track
Conservation and Rewilding

Tour Introduction

9 Days from 3388 per adult. Prices based on rates applicable at the time of costing which may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote

This special itinerary begins with the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon in Manaus with a day to experience the impressive Meeting of the Waters and the Amazon river dolphins.

Next comes a unique tour of the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, the largest protected area of flooded forest in the Amazon and home to an astonishing diversity of wildlife and friendly local communities.

This is an area of abundant waterways and oxbow lakes and much of the wildlife is very specialised in order to survive this period of inundation. The reserve was the first sustainable development area to be designated in Brazil and it aims to combine sustainable practice for local people living within the reserve (such as fishing management, jobs and education) alongside conservation and scientific research. Much of the proceeds from visiting are put into the projects of the reserve such as community development or conservation work.

On this itinerary you will have the privilege of joining a research team from the Mamirauá Institute in their research into the jaguars of the reserve. This will include hands on experiences with data collection and analysis and opportunities to observe jaguars fitted with GPS collars within a flooded forest. On previous trips a black jaguar as well as cubs have been observed alongside many classic Amazonian birds and primates such as the bizarre bald uakari monkey.

The final two nights are spent at a lovely rustic lodge located in a prime location for primate and birdwatching. Highlights here include the charismatic cock-of-the rock and the rare golden-handed tamarin.

Full Itinerary

Price from 3388 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 11

Arrive into Manaus with a transfer from the airport to your hotel in central Manaus.

Staying at Villa Amazonica . Includes No Meals.

Day 2
Rio Negro

Morning private tour to the municipality of Novo Airão to see a rural Indian community on the Rio Negro.

There will be an opportunity to see Amazon (pink) river dolphins here at a small floating house where a group of dolphins have become comfortable with humans. There is a unique opportunity to get into the water to stand on a submerged deck with the wild dolphins which happily swim up to you.

Later continue on a private boat transfer towards the "Meeting of the Waters". The light (sediment rich) coloured water of the Amazon and the dark (acidic and tannin rich) water of the Negro do not readily mix and the where the two mighty rivers meet, they flow side by side for many miles creating an impressive sight visible from space. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Staying at Villa Amazonica . Includes Breakfast.

Day 3
Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve

Transfer to Manaus airport. Fly to Tefe, and transfer to the floating lodge by boat through the varzea flooded rainforest. Afternoon activities in a small and exclusive group with English speaking researchers from the Mamirauá Institute studying jaguars in the reserve.

Daily activities will include boat trips to look for GPS collared jaguars and other wildlife as well as data collection and presentations.

The reserve is a 22,000 square mile area of varzea, or flooded Amazonian rainforest, which is flooded for several months of the year (April to July) by the sediment rich white water of the Solimoes River and is home to a plethora of other wildlife as well as many communities.

Staying at Uakari Floating Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 4
Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve

Guided activities in a small group (maximum 4 guests) with the jaguar research team of the Mamirauá Institute by boat into the lush rainforests of the exemplary Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve.

The reserve is home to one of the highest densities of jaguars in the Amazon including some black individuals. The research team fit GPS collars to a few jaguars each year here to gain a better understanding of their ecology and movements near local villages and this data is used to help conservation initiatives.

During your outings there is a high chance of at least one memorable encounter with the majestic jaguar, although sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Staying at Uakari Floating Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 5
Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve

Another full day exploring the reserve with the jaguar research team.

You will have opportunities to help gather data, check camera traps and look for field signs and gain a unique insight into the conservation of jaguars in the Amazon.

Other wildlife you may encounter includes two species of river dolphin, black caiman, hoatzins, scarlet and red-and-green macaws, three-toed sloths and many species of Amazonian primate including the unique looking bald uakari monkey.

Staying at Uakari Floating Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6
Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve

Another full day to explore the reserve in search of jaguars and the other wildlife of the reserve.

There is option to also join the research team in a charter flight above the forest giving a new perspective on the vastness of this mighty rainforest.

Staying at Uakari Floating Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7
Presidente Figueiredo

Return to Tefe by boat and fly to Manaus. Met on arrival and transfer 2 hours 20 minutes north of Manaus by road to the Pousada Aldeia Mari Mari Lodge near the village of Presidente Figueiredo. Arrive at the lodge in time for dinner and perhaps a night walk.

Staying at Pousada Aldeia Mari Mari Lodge. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 8
Presidente Figueiredo

Today enjoy exploring the surrounding rainforest with your private guide. There is a Guianan cock-of the-rock lek just a 15-20-minute walk from the lodge where several stunning male birds gather early in the morning to perform for the females.

Various other rainforest wildlife is present including the rare midas (golden-handed) tamarin, black spider monkey and Colombian red howler monkey.

Staying at Pousada Aldeia Mari Mari Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 9

Enjoy a last morning walk in the local rainforest to see wildlife including tamarins, howler and capuchin monkeys and birdlife including white-throated toucan and various parrots.

Later transfer 2.5 hours back to the Manaus airport to check in for your onward flight.

Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation


Pousada Aledia Mari Mari Lodge


Pousada Aldeia Mari-Mari is located in the rural area of Presidente Figueiredo in a peaceful simple wooden village in a beautiful jungle.

Surrounded by nature, each room is clean and spacious, comes with a patio and hammock, private bathroom and hot shower. Guests can enjoy garden views from the rooms. Extras include bed linen and air conditioning.

The restaurant is located near the beach on the river. There is a quiet terrace where you can eat tasty Amazonian meals from the restaurant, while looking at the lovely river and at all the birds living here.

Opportunities for guided bird watching and adventure tourism are available.

Pousada Aldeia Mari-Mari is located 74.6 miles from Manaus Eduardo Gomes International Airport.

Swimming Pool
Air Conditioning

Restaurant, Free Wifi, Free parking, Sun terrace, Hammocks, Guided tours available.

Local Wildlife

The lodge is sometimes visited by the Galo da Serra (Cock-of-the-rock, Rupicola rupicola) which is the bird symbol of Brazil.

Optional Activities

Guided Hiking and tours, relaxing by the river.

Brazil Amazonia

Villa Amazonia


The Hotel Villa Amazonia is a beautiful, charming and relaxing hotel located in the historic centre of Manaus, close to the famous Renaissance opera house building.

All of the rooms face a beautiful garden and a natural stone pool. The spacious rooms have a modern and sophisticated design, and include a bathtub, balcony, special linen, convenient amenities and free wifi.

The façade, reception and restaurant maintain the design of a property which once was a historic mansion that dates back to the golden rubber age. Looking out from the balconies you get the feel of being in the Amazon with all of the tropical plants making the building feel like it is surrounded by the rainforest.

The restaurant, the Fitz Carraldo Bistro, offers a menu blending international classic dishes with the exotic cuisine of the Amazon. Meals are served in the restaurant located on the second floor above the lobby, which was once the living room in the old mansion.

There is a fully equipped gym and a space for business meetings. The staff are very friendly and attentive.

You will leave Villa Amazonia feeling refreshed and well looked after.

Swimming Pool
Air Conditioning

A Bar and Restaurant, Free Wifi, a fully equipped gym, Garden area, Terraces, 24 hour front desk, and room service.

Optional Activities

Tours and excursions are available. You can visit the nearbye Renaissance Opera House, Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market, Provincial Palace and Custom House.

Brazil Amazonia

Uakari Lodge


Located in the remote Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, this community-run lodge is a floating wooden structure with only five guest bungalows (10 rooms). Being in the varzea (seasonally flooded rainforest), during flood times one does not touch dry land and all excursions along the river and through the forest are in small paddleboats with a guide. The headline species is the white uakari, a locally endemic monkey with a startlingly red face and white fur, but much else is also of interest including pink (Amazonian) and grey (tucuxi) river dolphins, two- and three-toed sloths and the endemic black-headed squirrel monkey.

The lodge is reached by a one-hour flight from the northern Amazon city of Manaus west to the town of Tefe, a busy historic river port that used to mark the extent of Portuguese influence in colonial times. From here it is a 1.5-hour ride by motorised canoe up the Rio Solimoes (Upper Amazon) to the Mamiraua Reserve, the largest protected area of flooded forest in the Amazon.

The 10-en suite floating rooms have solar power hot water and a private terrace. There is a separate interconnected floating central building with dining room, library, video and conference room and private veranda with hammocks and chairs that overlooks the river.

Between September and March the water levels are low offering the spectacle of fish and their predators concentrating in the remaining water. During this time excursions are by canoe and on foot.
In the flooded season (May to July) the excursions are by canoe through the flooded forest, observing mid-tree species such as orchids and sloths at eye level. This is the best time of year to see primates including the uakari.

Swimming Pool
Air Conditioning

Central floating building with dining room, library, free Wi-Fi, video room and conference room and private verandas with hammocks and chairs. There is a ceiling fan but no air-conditioning and the windows are screened with mosquito nets.

Local Wildlife

The white uakari monkey, endemic black-headed squirrel monkey, three other species of primate, pink and grey river dolphins, three- and two-toed sloths, 19 species of parrots and macaws, hoatzins, black caiman and the arapaima - the world's largest scaled freshwater fish.

Optional Activities

Jaguar watching with help of local researchers, specialist photographic trips, and birdwatching trips will be on offer.

Route Map

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Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

Fly to Manaus from the international airport in Sao Paulo.

Best Visited:

June to July

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

John Melton

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

3 jaguars!! on two separate days. On the first sightings, guide driver and self sat in the boat from 12.35 till 6am watching Geoff [the jaguar] and his sister Estelle. On the second, two days later, I was able to sit on the opposite bank with my tripod and got perfectly steady film.

Mrs D B - Dundee