Top 10 Amazon Jungle Lodges Around Manaus, Brazil
Most of our Brazil Amazon River cruises depart form Manaus, the state capital of the North region of Brazil and the gateway to the Amazon. If you are having trouble deciding whether to do an Amazon River cruise or jungle lodge stay, or you would like to experience both, we've put together a list of the top 10 Amazon jungle lodges around Manaus, Brazil.
Staying in a jungle lodge upon arrival is a great way to acclimatise and immerse yourself in the Amazon before embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime river cruise.
Best Amazon Jungle Lodges Around Manaus
1. Anavilhanas Lodge
The Anavilhanas Lodge is a fantastic option for those searching for a touch of luxury, combined with an unbeatable location in the midst of the Amazon jungle. The cabin accommodation is built on stilts, made with rustic materials and features all the modern conveniences along with Queen sized beds and private verandas boasting impressive views over the forest. The lodge is situated in an area featuring over 400 wooded islands which pepper the Rio Negro and offers plenty of opportunities for boat and hiking excursions, along with wildlife viewing.
2. Juma Lodge
Juma lodge is an eco-friendly property, designed in harmony with the environment and aiming to fully immerse guests in the forest experience. Accommodation is constructed on stilts 15 metres higher than the water line, allowing guests to witness a truly unique perspective on jungle life. Cabins are attractively appointed, offer a great deal of privacy, and it’s not uncommon to get up close and personal encounters with the local wildlife. The property overlooks a picturesque lake and is surrounded by pristine forest and waterways in every direction. There is a myriad of daily excursions to choose from, including guided forest walks, bird watching, boat trips and visits to the small indigenous communities that border the lakeshore.
3. Amazon Ecopark Lodge
This ecolodge is situated along the River Tarumã, a tributary of the Rio Negro, only 30 minutes from Manaus. It’s a great option for families and has more of a typical hotel feel than other lodges, whilst its location in a pristine private reserve offers a great introductory taste of the Amazon jungle. Amazon Ecopark lodge consists of 22 traditional bungalows, each containing three individual suits, bathtub, hot shower and air-conditioning. The open-air panoramic restaurant is particularly attractive, and a great place to sample the delicious and varied local and international cuisines on offer. Opportunities for wildlife viewing abound here. Guests can pay a visit to the nearby Primate Rehabilitation Center or embark on bird-watching safaris by canoe.
4. Tiwa Amazonas Eco-Resort
The Tiwa Amazonas Resort is one of most accessible jungle lodges, located only 10 km from Manaus and easily reachable via a 20-minute boat journey across the Rio Negro. Whilst this does mean its location is less wild than many other options this is compensated for by its accessibility and by the pleasant cabin accommodation which overlooks a beautiful natural lake. The lodge features a sandy river side beach, pool and water sports centre, and offers a wide array of jungle-focused adventure activities.
5. Amazonat Jungle Resort
Amazonat requires travelling a little further from Manaus - 2 hours by road from the international airport. But you will be rewarded with a wonderfully immersive stay deep in the primary rainforest. The accommodation is built with environmental preservation in mind and includes 10 duplex chalets and 20 guest rooms. The lodge organises plenty of informative treks into the rainforest. Or you may prefer to ease into jungle life by unwinding at the lake beach and pool, making use of the sports facilities and massage services, or relaxing in one of the hammocks in the delightful decking area.
6. Amazon Village Eco-Lodge
This rustic eco-lodge is located on the edge of the Puraqucura river and offers a superb taste of the Amazonian environment within easy reach of Manaus. Rooms are spacious, beautifully constructed from traditional materials and feature private verandas. The lodge does not have hot water or air conditioning and maintains low battery-powered lighting, but this creates an authentic atmospheric feel allowing guests to feel more in tune with the nature that surrounds them. Available excursions include nocturnal safaris, fishing and canoe outings.
7. Amazon Lodge Amazonas
For those in search of a unique serene experience within easy reach of Manaus (at a distance of only 80km), you won’t find much better than the Amazon Lodge Amazonas – a one-of-a-kind floating jungle lodge situated right on the river. Nearby is the the Meeting of Waters, a famous sightseeing destination where the Amazon River and Rio Negro merge. The lodge offers a rustic set-up – there is no hot water, day-time electricity, or phone or internet connections. But you’ll feel the intimate connection to nature as a result. There’s also an attractive restaurant serving up delicious regional fare, complete with hammocks and caipis bar, which is a great place to unwind and watch the sunset after a day of rainforest trekking.
8. Amazon Tupana Lodge
The Amazon Tupana Lodge is a small, rustic and very charming place to base yourself for a jungle excursion, and is located 178 km south of Manaus. The accommodation is situated in the heart of a diverse biological reserve along the Tupana River and every effort is made to ensure that the dwellings (which consist of 14 rooms), facilities and tours are run in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem. The area is teeming with wildlife, so you’re virtually guaranteed to see a diverse range of mammals, reptiles and birdlife. The lodge organises packages including transfers to and from Manuas and sightseeing trips and activities such as jungle trekking, canoe outings and sport fishing.
9. Ariaú Amazon Towers Hotel
This falls more within the hotel category, but its close proximity to Manaus, combined with unique forest setting makes it a great choice for those looking for a convenient spot to base themselves either before or after embarking on a river cruise. The apartments, which contain 288 units, are connected via tree top walkways that extend for 6 miles and offer fantastic views of the canopy level. Rooms consist of a Queen sized bed, mini bar, balcony and private bath. Facilities at Ariaú Amazon Towers include two swimming pools, a convention centre, restaurant/bar, a convenient store, observation towers and a cyber café, making it a great option for those in search of a little more comfort.
10. Manati Lodge
This lodge boasts a stunning location in the Ubim and Acajatba areas along the Negro river, and offers an unbeatable opportunity to sample the very best of Amazonian flora and fauna only 60 km from Manaus. The lodge’s capacity is small – there are only 3 rooms, which can accommodate up to 5 people – and the architecture is rustic and locally-inspired. Facilities are fairly basic, though comfortable, with private bathrooms, air conditioning and balcony with hammocks all available. The Manati lodge offers a personalised, intimate experience highly attuned to nature, with all meals, jungle activities and guided trips included in the price.
For anyone seeking a truly immersive jungle experience, we’d definitely recommend combining your Amazon river cruise with a stay in one of these unique Amazon jungle lodges around Manaus, Brazil. If you’re interested in booking any of these accommodation options, simply contact us for further information.