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Situated in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, Mamiraua is a Ramsar Site and the largest protected area of flooded forest in Brazil. It is home to approximately 400 species of bird and at least 45 species of mammal.

Endemic to Mamiraua are: the bald uakari cacajao calvus, an extraoridinary primate with an exclusive diet, comprising the seeds of unripe fruits, the black headed squirrel monkey, the Amazon manatee and the pink river dolphin. Caimans are here, in their thousands, as are cormorants, sloths and flora such as bromelids and orchids.

The area is important, not only for its unique biodiversity, but also because it was the first conservation area in Brazil to integrate the biodiverse resources and habitats with sustainable resource management and the inclusion and involvement of traditional communities, all brought about as a result of ongoing scientific research in the reserve. The native Riberinho people assist with collecting data, in return for being taught how to hunt and fish sustainably.

The Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve is located 600 kilometres west of Manaus.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: harpy eagle, two-toed sloth, keel-billed toucan, bald uakari, pink river dolphin
  • Where: Amazonas, Brazil
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Uakari Lodge

This unique accommodation is in a remote setting in Mamirauá Reserve, and consists of seven floating wooden structures connected by a floating walkway. Designed to minimise its environmental impact, the lodge is staffed by the local community and offers a variety of river and rainforest activities.