*As seen in The Logbook.
Amazon Tupana Lodge was founded in 2007 by Conceição Khattab, who grew up in a little town in the Jurua River about 780 km from Manaus. Having been born in an area that manufactured rubber latex, he grew up surrounded by nature and gained a deep appreciation for all aspects of the jungle and the river. Which have been incorporated into the beautiful and quite singular Amazon Tupana Lodge.
Working with a team of fifteen locally employed and highly trained staff the lodge has sixteen rooms with a rustic decoration inspired by the jungle aesthetic. Each accommodation is constructed using the same architecture, techniques and materials used by the natives and each offers the basic comforts. Because the differential here is not to offer luxury in accommodation but luxury in the ever present and surrounding forest.
The team working at Amazon Tupana Lodge are primarily natives of the Rio Tupana region and the village of Caeiro Castanho. The presence of the lodge helps several families directly and indirectly with projects and social programmes that are included in some activities. For example, the fruits and vegetables offered at the lodge are provided by the native’s plantation.
Amazon Tupana Lodge rests in a hidden area of the river where the calm waters are very dark and reflective like a mirror. Quite remote, the guests feel completely enveloped in the jungle and totally off grid. It is entrancing to be surrounded on all sides by an endless chorus of jungle noises, from the movement of the waters and trees and the myriad of animals that thrive along its banks.
Interestingly, the PH level of the mirrored black waters of the Tupana River inhibits the proliferation of insects which makes this an even more unique jungle location. A relief to any traveller, as one thing that nobody has ever wanted while relaxing on holiday are more mosquitoes. Fewer insects also means fewer animals sneaking into the lodge for late night buffets, so unlike other jungle lodges, guests are unlikely to wake up with part of the jungle crawling across their floor!
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
The trip to the hotel starts with an adventure through the Meeting of The Waters of Rio Negro and Solimoes which are the two largest rivers of the amazon and form the great Amazon River. Then, a 178km road trip. The transportation shifts between vans and speedboats with every safety precaution taken, but this is definitely an off-grid adventure.
The lodge has a very positive energy and part of this is a restriction of access to TV, cellular connection and the internet which increases the contact to nature and attracts more animals to the lodge’s perimeter. It encourages communication and introductions between other guests and friendships to be struck up.
PRICE: 30,000 Reais /per night
FULL NAME : AMAZON TUPANA JUNGLE LODE
ADDRESS: KM 178 – BR 319 – MANAUS – AMAZONAS
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 92 992215499