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ARIAU  AMAZON  DISCOVERY - BAM01A
Visit: Manaus - Rio Negro River - Ariau Amazon Towers - Amazon Rainforest and Lakes

4 days - 3 nights /
Starts any day of the week


PROGRAM  ITINERARY

 Tour Description:  All Ariau Amazon Towers packages ( including the 3 days / 2 nights and 2 days / 1 night ) include excursions into the rainforest, on rivers and lakes surrounding the lodge. Depending on changing water levels, weather conditions at the time of your visit and other factors beyond the control of the guides, different activities may be scheduled. The day by day program shown below is therefore to be considered "tentative" and can be changed at any time, however, your professional Naturalist guides will do all they can to make your discovery into the Amazon as exciting as possible. When leaving the lodge we may head out by canoe, make a jungle walk, fish for the infamous piranha, visit native houses, observe nocturnal wildlife etc.
 


A normal day at Ariau Amazon Towers begins with a breakfast buffet followed by a morning excursion into the forest or on the waters of the tributaries. Return to the lodge for lunch and after your meal, and some rest, the guides will then take us out on and afternoon exploration trip into a different part of the jungle. At night there will yet be another activity. On all excursions into the jungle and on the waters you will be accompanied by your local bi-lingual naturalist guides who will explain and teach you about the flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest.

 DAY BY DAY ITINERARY  *

 Day 1 - Any day  - Manaus (Amazon) - Ariau Amazon Towers / Transfer in - Sightseeing
AM
- Services begin with a transfer from the airport to the dock, located at Hotel Tropical. Travelers already at the Hotel Tropical in Manaus, or any hotel in the city, will be picked up at the lobby and taken to the local riverboat ready to depart. The transfer boat will leave up the Rio Negro River at around 8 AM (afternoon transfers to the lodge at 2 PM are available as well). Enjoy the two hour boat ride * leaving the city behind now traveling up one of the biggest tributaries of the Amazon River.

- Contact us for additional services in Manaus and/or airfares to and in Brazil -
NOTE - We strongly recommend travelers to arrive in Manaus at least one day early and book departure flights late on the last day

Arrive at Ariau Amazon Towers by mid morning. The friendly staff will greet and assist you with your luggage while a welcome drink is offered. Check into your room or suite and enjoy the remainder of the morning to get to know the facilities at the lodge.
 

PM -
Lunch will be served at noon. All meals at the lodge are served buffet style in the typical treetop restaurant and include several types of meat, birds, regional fish, pasta, beans, rice, soup-of-the-day, several salads, fresh homemade bread, natural juices made of Amazonian fruits, a wide selection of exotic fruits of the Amazon and sweet regional desserts. After lunch, at around 3 PM, our Naturalist guide will lead us by motorized canoe away from the lodge on a reconnaissance tour. They will explain about the flora and fauna of this part of the Amazon rainforest. A stop will be made at the house of some of the natives living in the area to observe their way of living. Return to the lodge late in the afternoon.
 

EVE -
Buffet dinner will be served around 7 PM while other dining options are available at additional costs (Restaurant a la Carte "A Beira do lago"). Enjoy your first evening in the jungle and overnight at the lodge.
(L, D.***)

 Day 2  - Ariau Amazon Towers / Transfer in - Sightseeing
AM
- You will wake up by the sound of the macaws and birds of the rainforest. The morning hours are the best time to really capture the "feel" for the Amazon. You may want to make an early walk to the Rio Negro over the lodges' bridges or relax and listen to the sounds. Breakfast at the lodge is at 7:30 AM followed by a 9 AM trek into the jungle. Our guides will make frequent stops to explain about the plants, trees, insects, birds and other wildlife that live in the area. Keep your cameras handy as we never know what may come into shooting range. Return to the lodge for lunch.
 
PM -
After lunch we head out for some fishing "Amazon style". With no more than a simple pole, a hook and some meet we will be trying to catch the infamous Piranha. The Rio Negro River is known for excellent Peacock Bass fishing during certain times of the year, ask us. 
 

EVE - After dinner we leave the lodge by canoe and travel up the river in search of the Amazon caiman. Overnight at the lodge.
(B, L, D.)



 Day 3  - Ariau Amazon Towers / Transfer in - Sightseeing
AM
- After breakfast we will leave for a visit to a native settlement in the area. Here we have a chance to learn about their cultures and customs and maybe this way we will appreciate really all we have in our world. These natives live of the jungle. They grow their "produce" and fish and hunt when possible. This may also be the time to purchase some of the handicrafts that are made by these families. We will return to the lodge late in the morning.
 

PM -
After plenty of activity over the past few days it will be a welcome change to have the afternoon at leisure. After lunch you are welcome to explore the lodge on your own. Maybe you would like to take a dip in the pool or head out to the beach (seasonal). The lodge offers an optional dolphin observation program where you can actually swim with the wild pink river dolphins, a unique experience with a unique kind of dolphin (ask us). Golf carts can be rented by the hour (ask us) if you are not willing, or not able, to walk the miles and miles of catwalks that connect the different parts of the lodge (map).

EVE - Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
(B, L, D.)
 
 Day 4  - Ariau Amazon Towers - Manaus / Transfer out
AM
- Early morning wake up call for what may be one of the highlights of this visit to the jungle. Some of your best pictures will be taken during this sunrise tour by boat. You will have long lasting memories of this magical time of the day when the sun slowly starts to rise and the birds, insects and wildlife wake up from another night. Return to the lodge for breakfast.
There are two options for the return transfer to Manaus on this last day. The transfer boat will depart at 8 AM and at 2 PM - Your option. On either return option to Manaus we will provide the transfer to the airport or hotel in Manaus.
For those on afternoon departures you have the morning at leisure at the lodge to explore on your own.
 

PM - Visitors on an afternoon transfer to Manaus will enjoy lunch at the lodge and transfer to Manaus at 2 PM, arriving around 4:30 PM. Upon arrival at the dock transfer to the airport or hotel in Manaus.
(B, L ***.)

END OF SERVICES



* IMPORTANT NOTE: The itinerary, as shown, is subject to change without prior notice. Certain circumstances, such as: changing weather conditions, safety concerns and in general any reason or situation beyond our control may force local tour operators and / or their guides to alter any part of this itinerary for the wellbeing and in the best interest of travelers. Changes will only be made if they are absolutely necessary. Our goal is to provide clients with a safe environment and programs that exceed their expectations.

** Transfers by speedboat (50 min.) and by helicopter (15 min.) are available at additional costs - ask us
*** Lunch at the lodge on day 1 and day 4 depend on transfer time to/from Ariau Amazon Towers

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