The most fascinating, easily accessible destination along the Rio Negro is the Arquipélago de Anavilhanas. The second-largest freshwater archipelago in the world, it boasts upwards of 400 islands. During the dry season, many of them are fringed with beautiful white sands beaches. If you don't mind sharing with flocks of wild birds, you'll have them completely to yourself. Should you want to go swimming, you'll very likely share the warm waters with schools of friendly pink dolphins.
Anavilhanas Islands In the Rio Negro, between Manaus and Novo Airão, are the Anavilhanas Islands, an archipelago of 400 islands and islets, with hundreds of lakes, watercourses, igapós and igarapés, extending for some 90km/55mi. The Anavilhanas Nature Reserve (area 350,000 hectares/875,000 acres) offers a complete cross-section of the Amazonian eco-system. When the river is high, between November and April, the islands are almost all flooded, with only around 180 of them emerging from the water. During this period they are populated by squirrel monkeys, night monkeys and sloths, by a variety of birds, including parrots, toucans, woodpeckers and herons, and by reptiles and amphibians (caimans, turtles, etc.). When the waters slowly recede the larger animals (jaguars, pumas, tapirs, deer) return. The islands re-emerge from the water, and with them the numerous channels between them - a labyrinth of waterways by no means easy to navigate.
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge:
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is a small and fashionable Jungle Hotel across from Anavilhanas National Park, on the margins of Rio Negro (Negro River) and 180 kilometers (112 miles) outside of Manaus. There you will find such diverse experiences as adventure, contemplation and knowledge in the heart of the Amazon Forest combined with distinguished service and comfort accommodations for our guests.
With 20 exclusive suites arranged in combined cottages or individual bungalows, the Lodge is nested amidst the forest as few can be.
All packages include transfer from Manaus to the Lodge, meals, tours and lodging.
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is the only Hotel in Northern Brazil to be part of the Associação de Roteiros de Charme (Charm Itinerary Association), greatest authority in quality artisanal lodging for boutique hotels in Brazil, following the principles of low-impact intervention to conduct tourism activities responsibly and in harmony with the local community. We are also described as one of the most authentic and unique hotels in Brazil by National Geographic Traveler editors for 2011 Stay List.
Visiting the Amazon is a lifetime experience, out of which we carry memories of an exuberant and delicate nature. In our Lodge, these sensations are heightened by well-being and relaxation specially tailored for you.
Brol recommends Anavilhanas Lodge! It is a truly Amazon experience.