Accommodation rating: Superior
Set within a vast stretch of untouched rainforest, on a bluff above the Rio Negro, the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is adjacent to the Anavilhanas Ecological Station, a government nature reserve that encompasses the world's largest riverine archipelago, with more than 400 islands and hundreds of lakes and igapós (flood forest). Rich in animal and plant life, the reserve area, which has been designated a Unesco world heritage site, is unspoilt and uninhabited. The journey from Manaus to the lodge takes about three hours. Built on suspended wooden structures, the 16 rooms are located in cottages offering rustic but comfortable accommodations, while four de luxe individual bungalows feature floor-to-ceiling windows and nestle amid the forest. Adorned with artworks of regional craftsmanship, every room offers air conditioning, box spring mattress beds, a hot and cold shower, mini-fridge and private deck. At the restaurant, you will find a blend of Amazonian flavours and international cuisine, while the swimming pool and deck offer views of the surrounding jungle and the Rio Negro.
A set programme of shared daily excursions is organised by the lodge. The excursions on offer may include nature hikes, day time and nocturnal boat rides through the lakes of the archipelago, piranha fishing, alligator spotting, a visit to a local community, craft shops and a manioc farm.
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.