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“Amazon Jungle Visit”
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Juma Amazon Lodge
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“Amazon Jungle Visit”
Reviewed 17 July 2014

All information on their web site accurately described the lodge and services. My expectations were exceeded. The staff was excellent. Everyone provided a high level of customer service. Food was great! Group guide Enrique Sanchez and guide boat driver, Jonilson, were the best!! Did the 3 day/4 night package. Was there during the World Cup. A TV was set up in the reception area to watch the last of the matches, with the daily activities scheduled to allow guests and staff to watch. Was a great experience and would do it again. A good value.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

I visited Juma on 5 June this year for 3 nights. Having confirmed my arrival times I was picked up at Manaus airport and transported by van to the dock, then boat, crossing the meeting of the rivers, followed by another drive and a final boat ride. Traveling to and from the lodge is an integral part of the experience. It takes three hours but it passes quickly, we stopped for drinks along the way just make sure you have some water.
At the lodge we see made welcome and the agenda for the next few days was explained. It was all very well organised and our guide was keen to make sure we had everything we needed. The lake / river was very high almost at the foot of the cabin but this did not detract from the experience. It was not a problem.
There are no Mosquitos here and shorts tee shirt and flip flops are all you need around the lodge. Use sun screen. Swimming in the lake is a great way to relax and cool off. Take long trousers and long sleeved shirt with good shoes and insect repellant for your walk in the rainforest which is amazing. Enjoy piranha fishing, searching for Caymen, canoeing, bird watching etc.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

The trip to the hotel passes by the meeting of the waters which was a great letdown and nothing out of the ordinary. After a van trip you take another boat to the hotel. Some beautiful photo shots on the way with coloured trees reflexions in the water and shimering light.Accomodationnis in huts on stilts with electricity fan and cold water. They are spacious rustic and provide the essentials although quite warm inside even with the fan.There is netting on the windows. Food in the restaurant is acceptable although fairly basic. Drinks are not overly expensive. There is tv in the bar area. Swimming in the river in front of the hotel is quite pleasant. The exploratory boat trip is not of great interest although there are some nice photo shoots of reflexions in the water. Staff are very very friendly and go out of the way to be helpful.No animals to be seen in the vicinity although you might hear a bird or two. The caiman spotting was of limited interest. You can fish for piranhas under the walkways of the hotel. We caught 3 and they were of reasonable size.A one night stay was fine.Boredom may set in if you stay longer. Not overly cheap but if you would like to spend a night by the river this hotel will meet your needs although i dont think the prices are warranted.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

Room is a comfortable treehouse. Location beautiful. Our guide was fantastic. Stayed 2 nights 3 days which was perfect. Food is good. Rooms can be hot but have ceiling fans...not a problem for me but some other guests could not sleep. No mosquitos !

  • Stayed May 2014
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

At the Juma Lodge you really feel like you are DEEP in the Amazon Forest. My cabin/palapa actually rested on stilts over a flooded tributary of the Amazon. Our guide, Leon, took us on amazing hikes into the forest to see the tremendous biological diversity in the forest, and even out on the river to fish for Piranha (which was served the following day for dinners). The rooms were comfortable, complete with hammock. And dinners were convivial affairs, where we shared tales of the days adventure. You can even arrange to rappel up into the forest canopy for sweeping views of tree tops.

Just two caveats: First, this Lodge is NOT on the Amazon River, or even its two major tributaries. So if you are looking to spend time on the Amazon River you will be disappointed. The Lodge is actually several hours away from the true Amazon River, via an actually pretty thrilling boat journey from the Amazon port city of Manaus.

Secondly, while the bar was well stocked with cold beer and the national Brazilian drink, capeirinha, the wine selection left a lot to be desired. Also, when I was there the bar was CASH ONLY, so make sure you bring enough reais.

In other tips, make sure you bring a rain poncho and waterproof hat, because the downpours can be fierce. Leon was kind enough to lend me a ponch one especially wet day--because I had neglected to bring one and there were none for sale at the hotel. Oh and forget about Internet access -- there was none during my stay, which could be considered good or bad.

Otherwise, I heartily recommend the Juma Amazon Lodge.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Wonderful accommodation, fun excursions, knowledgeable guides. Remote yet comfortable. Food was plentiful and delicious. All around great experience. Be sure to ask the guides what clothing you need for each excursion.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

Because Juma's schedule runs on a 4 day cycle, you can get a good picture of your activities from looking at their website and reading other Tripadvisor reviews

My tips: bring one of those high-tech sweat-rags (i got one at REI and it was amazing the amount of moisture that thing could suck up), bring a small flashlight or headlamp, get a bottle or two of wine in Manaus and enjoy on your private deck, bring a lightweight rain jacket (you will probably still get wet but it can also be used to block the sun if you're roasting in the boat)

LISTEN TO YOUR GUIDES. They know a lot and are always looking out for your safety

Pros:
- Although it's only 3ish hours from Manuas (surprisingly large city), you truly feel like you're on a floating oasis in the middle of the Amazon jungle...WITH FRIENDLY MONKEYS!!!!

- There is always someone ready to help or patiently answer any questions: Communication isn't always easy (Spanish helps a little), but the staff does an amazing job of juggling languages and accents. Don't expect the first person you ask to know exactly what you're saying, but there's always someone around who can help translate or you'll work it out with sign language. AND YOU GET TO PLAY WITH MONKEYS!!!

-The activities are fun and well organized: We went in early April and the lodge was empty the first day and there were never more than 7 or 8 other guests during our 3 night stay. Our guide, Rhildo (sp?), spoke perfect English and was a pleasure to have sit with us during our meals. Rhildo and Marcos (co-guide who understands English but doesn't speak it much) both grew up and live in the area. They are incredibly nice, have an eagle's eye for spotting animals, and an intimate knowledge of the highways and bi-ways that you will constantly be exploring. You will feel safe with them.

Remember, this is the Amazon and life is perilous for every breathing creature. BE QUIET!!!!!!!! What you see in the jungle has a direct relationship to the amount of noise your party generates in the jungle.

The rooms are clean and the food was good/great (for having to bring everything by car/boat from Manaus the food was great overall): The water is very high in April so all the rooms felt like the were hovering over the river. If you are not prepared to deal with some insects I would suggest not coming to the jungle or spending much more money somewhere else where they will spray copious amounts of insecticide in your room 3x a day and someone is paid to squish anything that crawls in your general vicinity. (oh, and if you're bored because there's no Internet, GO PLAY WITH THE MONKEYS!!!)

Cons:
- I would suggest that management charges more per night and provides a steady source of drinkable water because it is not healthy to force money-conscious guests to ration their water intake throughout the day. I estimate that I used at least 25 bottles of water in 4 days/3 nights i stayed at Juma because there was no other source of water I wanted to trust (and I sweat a lot). There is hot water available at all times for tea, but that water had not been purified as far as I understood. Maybe I never figured out where to fill up the aluminum bottle I brought, but I never used it once and I felt guilty every time i opened a brand new water bottle. Juma's owners should come up with a solution more in-line with their eco-friendly branding and does not involve their guests having to constantly buy and never reuse water bottles.

I had some overcooked chicken once or twice and got a little annoyed with some Italians making too much noise?...Really, Juma is an INCREDIBLY GOOD VALUE for what you get: remoteness, daily activities accessible to a wide range of ages and physical abilities, good/great food, nice rooms with 24hr electricity, and...

YOU CAN PLAY WITH FRIENDLY HOWLER MONKEYS! (By play, I mean I had them in my arms, on my shoulders, grooming my chest hair while swinging in a hammock, 'attacking' my feet as we played hide-and-go-seek).

Room Tip: Bungalows with hot water and more privacy are a bit costlier. Otherwise, showers can be cool in the...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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CaioFonseca, Proprietário at Juma Amazon Lodge, responded to this review, 14 April 2014
Hello Sdjschuck

Thank you very much for your great and complete review about us!

We will provide more places for our guests to refill their water bottles.

Hope to have you with us again one day.

Best Regards,

Caio
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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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