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Juma Amazon Lodge
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“Amazing place. Go now!”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

Far removed from squalid Manaus, this place is a gem. An amazing blend of adult summer camp, jungle exploration and education, tempered with just enough relaxation to feel like you were on vacation.

My partner and I were welcomed and felt very at home here, to the point of not wanting to leave at the end of our four day stay.

In case the staff are reading this, the only sore point that our entire cohort of guests experienced was at dinner time, each night. The dinner is communal, with the cohort you arrived to the lodge with and is wonderful and scheduled from 7-8PM. Each night, at 8:05ish we were relatively brusquely encouraged to leave. Right Now.

Since, after the first day, we had become somewhat bonded to one another and were thus conversing, intensely, this was a rude awakening. That aside, though, I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Room Tip: If you are a couple, I would definitely spring for the private cabins!
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We had a group of 15 (9 teenage girls). There was something for everyone. We had a wonderful time. The food was very good. We had some vegetarians and picky eaters with us, but everyone seemed to find something they liked. The rooms were so cool. Loved the hammocks. It was the end of July, the fans were enough to keep cool. The tours were awesome. We experienced things that are once in a lifetime. People are shocked to hear that I went Piranha fishing and had it for dinner or that a monkey curled up with me in a hammock for a nap. The sunrise was spectacular and the night sky was amazing. I don't think I'll forget how many stars and shooting stars we saw. Not something we see everyday in our city. I also got to swing from a vine and tried to climb tree. The kids did much better at this activity. Our guide, Joao, was amazing. He was very knowledgeable and very patient with our group with so many questions. If you enjoy nature/camping you will enjoy being here. The staff was very helpful and friendly. After being in Rio with 3.5 million people for World Youth Day, it was a wonderful way to relax before coming home.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

I stayed at this hotel in July/13 for 4 nights. I think that's enough to have greater day trips and not get bored to repeat same experiences. Hotel has many activities during the day, since walk at jungle, fish, crocodile adventure, sunset, sunrise... everything about trips were amazing ! But be prepared to stay in a very simple room, with warm water at shower, no glasses at the windows. In July, after all rainy period, the river is completely full and you need a boat to leave the hotel. You stay "inside" the river. It's an amazing experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Juma Amazon Lodge is a jungle lodge set well away from the usual tourist haunts.It is about a 3 hour trip from Manaus by boat and car, with the boat trip to the lodge being the most scenic.

From the outset everything was taken care of. We were met at the airport by Juma staff and taken to our hotel in Manaus, where we were overnighting, and picked up from the hotel the next morning for transfer to the lodge. The reverse happened on our departure.

The lodge is an eco lodge and they have done much to be sympathetic with the jungle and rain forest and minimise the impact of the lodge on the environment. We were greeted on arrival by our guide for the 6 days we were there, with a welcome drink and an explanation of the intent and operation of the lodge.

Activities included Piranha Fishing, Caiman spotting, jungle hikes,bird watching, farm visit and a night in the jungle. Swimming is from the boat pontoon and it is quite safe

We caught piranha and a saw a number of caiman, both black and white and saw a multitude of bird varieties.

The staff could not be more helpful, every request was met and the manager enquired regularly to ensure everything was to our satisfaction.

The lodge is exactly as described, a jungle lodge. If you can't survive without the internet or five star hotel service then Juma is not for you. If insects bother you or you need air conditioned rooms, Juma is not for you, but if you want a great jungle experience complete with monkeys, caiman, frogs, fish, and a natural jungle setting, then go to Juma. Tours are organised but there is no obligation to join them, but you will miss some memorable experiences if you don't go.

Our thanks go to all the staff for making our visit a memorable one but a special thank you must go to Joao, our guide, who went out of his way to ensure we did and saw as much as possible. His knowledge of the rain forest and animal life is encyclopaedic and he speaks 3 languages fluently.

Room Tip: The Special rooms have hot water but you don't really need it give the ambient temperature
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chandler, Arizona
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

From their meeting us at the airport (with a sign with my name on it!) to taking us back there, the Juma Lodge experience was incredible. My husband and I and our two grown sons (ages 32 and 28) wanted to do something different for a vacation, and Brazil was it! But our 3-day Juma Lodge stay was the most different of all our Brazil experiences! (The others - also great - were Rio, Iguazzu Falls and Isla Bella.) The rides to Juma (boat then van then boat) were interesting in themselves, as was the "shack" where we waited for the second boat. There was a pool table there that my sons enjoyed and it was fun to get to know some of the other guests joining us at Juma. We were all so curious about what we were getting into! The boat ride after that was fun and exciting and fast! Upon arrival we were served unique smoothies and after settling into our "hut" built on stilts near the water, we were served lunch. The buffet was wonderful. I am a fussy and not adventurous eater at all, but I loved the fruit, pasta dishes and chicken at every lunch and dinner! The rest of my family tried everything and loved the variety of dishes. We did buy bottled water sometimes and other times drank the mineral water provided and never had any sort of sickness at all! (Our immunization doctor in Phoenix where we are from had told us to be careful about what we ate, but we were NOTcareful and had no illness problems throughout Brazil including Juma Lodge. We did take anti-malarial pills.) After relaxing in our cabin after lunch we went on a boat to a home on the Amazon and saw how people live there, far from the nearest city. Our guide Kendrick was excellent and spoke perfect English. He did the tour in English and Portuguese. We later had a sunset boat ride, a good dinner, and fell into bed! I wished we had had air-conditioning - one of my wishes for Juma Lodge! But the fans were adequate at night. The next day we were up early for a sunrise boat ride and then breakfast and then a jungle hike with our guide Jaoa or Joao - not sure! He had his machete and led us on a very informative and fun tour of the jungle or rainforest - I never got the differences straight. Again, a well-spoken guide who knew so much about this new to us environment. After this hike we returned by boat to Juma Lodge for lunch and much needed rest. A sunset boat ride, then dinner, then a night-time caymen hunting boat ride concluded the day. Because we were on the short 2-night stay at Juma Lodge, we left the next morning after breakfast. We were deposited promptly at the Manaus airport and easily made our flight on to Iguazzu Falls. The entire Juma Lodge experience was wonderful; the employees met our every need!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We had decided to include a jungle trip in our trip to Brazil and a friend had stayed at Juma Lodge so we booked a four day trip.
We were picked up in Manaus from our hotel.It is a long trip to Juma (about three hours). This includes two boat trips and and bus/van.
The only mis communication was re luggage. We had a long complicated trip and two big heavy cases full of clothes we would not need in the jungle. They recommend that you repack and bring just what you will need for the jungle trip. In fact Juma takes care of your excess luggage and arranges for it to be brought to the airport when you leave. Our connection was fairly tight upon departure and we worried that we would have to go back to our hotel in Manaus. In the end this was done seamlessly but was not well explained ahead of time.
The trip in was enjoyable especially when on the water. You pass through the Black and White Rivers on the way out from Manaus. Watch for it when you fly out. They are clearly visible from on high. It was amazing to feel the temperature difference.
Our host/guide, Tony was wonderful. He looked after us from the hotel pick up to our flight out. Great guy! Our party was small, three couples and we did everything together.
We arrived to a tropical drink in the reception area and two little howler monkeys playing around our chairs. Opinion on the monkeys varies. They are kept around as pets when young and are clearly an attraction for many. Some people, including one woman in our group and my friend who referred me here are afraid of the animals. At the age we saw them (six months) they are playful and affectionate but not dangerous. This apparently changes at around 1 year and they do not keep them after that.
The female curled up in my arms for a little nap the first day which was very endearing.
We loved our cabin. It is very private and has a lovely balcony with a nice big hammock. All cabins are up on stilts and platforms connect to the dining hall and reception area. You really feel that you are in the jungle with wild parrots, monkeys etc all around. The accommodations are comfortable and the food plentiful. If you want to try some Brazilian style food like fejoada it is there. If you want to stick to traditional North American/European food, there is plenty of that too.
You are kept busy with activities throughout your stay. Tony oriented us on the first night with maps and we went bird watching, fishing, hiking in the jungle and visited a small farm on the other side of the Amazon.
We wanted to get in the river and swim which we did twice a day during our stay. The location for swimming is not optimal as it is the boat dock. The water is bath water warm and we enjoyed our swims.
I would strongly recommend Juma for this kind of trip.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Juma Lodge! The trip to the Lodge by boat is very beautiful. The Lodge is totaly integrated into nature. Staff was very helpful and friendly! Food was great. We had a lot of fun with the activities, specially the jungle hike and canoeing in the evening. Also recommend the optional tours of boto encounter and tree climbing (the view at the top of the tree is amazing)! Juma is certainly an excelent option for those who want to be in contact with the Amazon Forest!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Juma Amazon Lodge
Address: Left Side of Juma River | Amazon Rain Forest, Autazes, State of Amazonas 69240-000, Brazil
Region: Brazil > State of Amazonas > Amazon River > Autazes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Autazes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Juma Amazon Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Juma Amazon Lodge is a small and comfortable hotel designed to be totally integrated to the Amazon Jungle. The construction and operation of the lodge comply with and respect the limitations of the environment, which is the very reason for the hotel to exist.Juma Amazon Lodge's goal is to offer a real and unique experience in the untouched Amazon Rainforest. All trips are organized in small groups; guests can take part on many activities around the lodge, each one is designed to help explore and learn about this unique place. ... more   less 
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