[:pb]Hotel inaugurates a floating freshwater pool in the Amazon river[:]

[:pb]New attraction of Juma Amazon Lodge is surrounded by a deck, straw kiosks and has a beautiful view to the Brazilian rainforest

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A natural swimming pool amidst the nature of the Amazon is the novelty of Juma Amazon Lodge. It is a floating deck, on the Juma river, in front of the hotel, with an area for sunbathing, reading, drinking a caipirinha or simply admiring the landscape. The pool with river water has 8 meters long by 5 meters wide and 2.5 meters deep. It is made of steel screen that allows the passage of water from the river, but not from fish or caymans. The novelty arrives at the beginning of the period of flood (between March and August), when the Amazon gains new landscapes.

This is because the summer rains and the natural defrost of the Andes Mountains, on the west coast of South America, make the rivers in the Amazon region gradually rise more than 15 meters over this period. The phenomenon causes residents and tourists to navigate the flooded waters in the middle of the jungle. During this time, crossing the jungle in wooden canoes provides many memorable experiences, such as seeing the tree tops reflected clearly on the water and watching the birds much closely.

Surrounded by the jungle, Juma Amazon Lodge is in a preserved area of 7,000 hectares (around 17,300 acres), 3 hours away from Manaus city by boat and car. Juma was especially created for an authentic Amazon experience. Its bungalows (facing the jungle or facing the Juma River) are stilt houses similar to native dwellings, built from wood and thatched with babaçu straw (a native palm tree).

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Before reaching the hotel, on the way from Manaus in a comfortable motor-boat, travelers can be welcomed by the amazon botos (the pink Amazon river dolphin) swimming in the river, and are able to see the famous Meeting of the Waters, the point where two of the Amazon River’s largest tributaries – Solimões River, with muddy water, and Negro River, with dark water – run side by side without mixing for as far as six kilometers. The reason they never mix is because of the stark differences in temperature, speed and water density between the two. It’s a unique view in the world.

Everyday, guests explore the Amazon Jungle by canoeing through the forest to observe birds as uirapuru and jaçanã, besides trees of diverse species. In this time, they cross the forest by igapós (vegetation of flooded areas). On other tours you can visit the home of a ribeirinho (local dweller) or a sumaúma, an Amazon tree which is over 40 meters high and 100 years old. Among the animals that can be seen around the bungalows are bichos-preguiça (sloths) and some species of monkeys – such as barrigudo (woolly monkey), guariba (howler monkey) and parauacu (saki monkey).

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Gastronomy – Breakfast at Juma Amazon Lodge is served on collective tables, so that guests can get to know each other and exchange experiences. Besides coffee, milk, bread, butter, cheese and fruit (watermelon, orange, melon and pineapple), the menu includes regional flavors such as fruit like ingá, umbu and taperebá (all used to make juices), and delicious tapiocas (a kind of manioc pancake). Lunch always brings a fresh Amazon fish (pirarucu – also known as arapaima –tambaquipintado, among others), grilled or baked.

Sustentability – Besides using solar energy to warm the water and power its lights, Juma Amazon Lodge is very diligent with a correct discard for the garbage and sewer produced by the hotel. A sewage treatment plant is used and all the garbage is separated and sent to a recycling center. Charity auctions and educational projects are held for the local community, with donations of clothes, books and toys, and lectures about environmental preservation.

Photo Credits:
Nelson Garrido (Aerial Juma Hotel Photo)
Vinicius Campos (Arara bird, monkeys on the runway and canoes)
Juma Amazon Lodge (natural smimming pool)
Ita Kirsch (others)


Address: Juma River, Autazes (city), Amazonas-AM, Brazil

How to get there: Juma Amazon Lodge is located in a remote and preserved region 100 km (62 miles) southeast of Manaus. It can be reached in approximately three hours by vans and boats. The trip can also be done by hydroplane (30 minutes) upon request.

Extra Information: Juma is located in a black-watered region, so there are almost no mosquitoes there. The lodge is equipped with telephone. As space is limited, guests are asked not to bring more than 10 kg (22 lbs.) of luggage per person. It is recommended to be vaccinated for yellow fever ten days before traveling. And it is important to bring swimsuits, tennis shoes, long pants, hat, sun block, insect repellent, raincoat, flashlight and binoculars.

Packages and rates at the website: www.jumalodge.com

More information:

Eduardo Merli

[:en]Five great experiences in the Brazilian Amazon Jungle now[:]

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Woolly Monkey(Photo: Akinori K) e Sunset atRio Juma (Foto: Stefan Aerni)

Canoeing through igaps (flooded forest) and overnights in the forest are some of the attractions offered by the jungle hotels in the region, such asJuma Amazon Lodge, during the rivers’ flooding period

Days are never the same in the Amazon Jungle, Brazil, South America. Between February and May, the region becames a unique show for tourists.The level of the river climbs up to 15 meters (about 50 feet), allowing for more areas inside the jungle to be reached by boat.

During this time, crossing the jungle in wooden canoes provides memorable experiences, such as seeing the tree tops reflected clearly on the water and watching the birds closely than in other seasons.

From the USA, American Airlines flies daily non-stop from Miami to Manaus, the entry-gate to the Amazon Jungle by five hours.

Immersed in the jungle, three hours away from Manaus by boat and land,Juma Amazon Lodgeoffers the ideal location for deeply getting to know the region’s, with amazing rides:

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Canoe ride (Photo: Juma Amazon Lodge)

Canoe – Is done on paddling canoes through theigaps(flooded forest). It’s possible to swim and watch river dolphins.

Night in the forest – After dinner, guestsspenda night in the forest, sleeping in hammocks, listening to the animals’ sounds.

Picnic – After walking throughthemany trails in the forest, the food isroastedon woodenspits over red coals.

Sumama Thesumamais a giant Amazonian tree, reaching up to130 feet (40 meters). During the ride, visitors can reach one of these trees.

Tree climbing This ride explores the Amazon’s tallest tree tops.

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Juma Bungalow (Photo: Juma Amazon Lodge)


The hotel is by Juma River in Autazes city, Amazonas, Brazil. In a preservedforest area ofaround17,300acres, it has 21bungalows (built from wood andthatchedwithstraw) with private bathrooms and hot showers. Juma is located in ablack-wateredregion, so there are almost no mosquitoes there. It is recommended to be vaccinated for yellow fever ten daysbefore traveling.


Packages price: StartfromU$S 900 for three nights (January to May 2016, includingall meals,English speaking guides, transfer betweenthehotelandManaus and rides, except Tree Climbing). Children from 0 to 5 years old are freeof charge.

Photos/Credit:Juma Amazon Lodge
Bress Comunicao
Eduardo Merli WhatsApp. 55 (11) 993406780, merli@bresscomunicacao.com.br
Renata Rog Cel. 55 (11) 997484984[:]

[:en]A charmed Brazilian ecopousada immersed in the jungle[:]

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More than 12 years ago, Daniel Santos and his wife, Daniela Bonora, exchanged their hectic city life in So Paulo for the calm Trancoso, in the south of Bahia State, one of the most paradisiac places in Brazil. There, 400 meters (1300 ft) away from the sea, the couple has put together a pousada. Passionate about nature, they’ve planted hundreds of native species to the local rain forest, the Mata Atlntica (a rich vegetation that covers part of the country along the coast), and over the years formed an enormous garden. There are heliconias, bromelias, fern and orchids, besides endangered species such as mahogany and jacaranda.

In the mist of this 5 000 m (5500 yards) garden, the 12 rooms of Mata Nativa Pousada are distributed. The area’s flora attracts many native birds, such as ti-sangue (Ramphocelus bresilius), sanhao (Tangara sayaca), japira (Cacicus haemorrhous) and corrupio (Icterus jamacaii), besides wild animals, such as macacos-prego (a type of monkey), micos (calitrix geoffroi), bichos-preguia (sloths) and others. Every day we see these animals and we have a selection of books in the reception area to help guests identify the plants, says Daniel.

Guests can see this natural richness from the balconies of their rooms, which are also equipped with natural essence amenities and solar heating system. Brazilian art and freshly picked hibiscus are part of the dcor. Two units also have a hot tub, one has two stories and a kitchen, and eight can accommodate up to four people.

Running alongside the garden with the rooms is the river Trancoso, clear and calm. It’s the starting point of kayak rides guests can take in order to further see the vegetation and more native birds. On the margin of the river there is also a spa (services paid separately) and the swimming pool, which has a shallow area for children. It’s also possible to go on horseback rides, rent kayaks or bicycles, which can be used for a visit to the beach, to a bull ranch and to city’s historical center, called Quadrado, 300 meters (980 ft) away.

Gastronomy Besides dishes exclusive for children, the menu of Mata Nativa Pousada offers homely recipes made from natural ingredients. Almost all types of bread available for breakfast such as kmmel, wholewheat, potato bread, carrot bread and pumpkin bread are produced in the kitchen of pousada. The same is true for the yogurt, cakes, chutneys and jellies, such as the hibiscus jelly. If the guest prefers, there are also scrambled eggs and tapioca, freshly made.

Carbon free Following its sustainable policy, Mata Nativa Pousada allows guests to neutralize their carbon emission footprint from the plane ride, offering a tool that calculates, from the distance traveled, how many trees are necessary to be planted in order to offset the damage. The pousada also offers saplings for guests to plant in the region. We want guests to understand the importance of preserving the environment even before they arrive, explains Daniel.


Mata Nativa Pousada

Estrada para Arraial, s/n Trancoso Porto Seguro Bahia

743km/461mi South of Salvador

12 rooms

Daily rates from USD 94 (March and April), including breakfast.

Credit cards: Diners, Mastercard and Visa.