Arriving in the Amazon means discovering a parallel universe. An unknown world, mystical, strong, enchanted and surprising from the first moment to the last. It is a place where your senses are heightened as everything takes on great proportions: the symphony of birds, the designs formed by the trees in the jungle, the grandeur of the rivers, the darkness of the night, the power of the sun. Everything is so alive, so vast, but at the same time so lonely, that you have the distinct feeling of being swallowed by the magnitude of the forest as if you were a tiny grain of sand. No matter how hard I try, I won’t be able to clearly explain the whirlwind of emotions that will be awakened.
Start by choosing a very remote lodge in the Amazon Rainforest, one that you need to get to by boat, but that has a good structure for you to feel safe while exploring the rich fauna and flora of this region that holds great cultural potions of indigenous and riverine peoples. My tip is the Juma Amazon Lodge.
The hotel was born more than 20 years ago, in an area of 7 thousand hectares completely preserved, three hours away by boat or 30 minutes by seaplane, from Manaus. Its main differential is the forest itself. It has 19 rustic and comfortable bungalows, all of them with hammocks on the veranda. The restaurant is delicious, with typical regional cuisine. Juma Lodge has an incredible river pool, all protected by screens so that the animals don’t cause any surprises.
It is the perfect alternative to have an authentic experience of connecting with the Amazon and disconnecting from the digital world as there is no television and Wi-Fi is very limited. Experience forest walks, canoe rides along rivers, alligator spotting at night, dolphin watching, contact with the riverside population and the feeling of living in another time and space.
The Amazon Rainforest enters through your pores with such force that you will never forget the gifts of respect, belonging, reverence, poetry, and spirituality that Mother Nature will subtly blow through. I recommend living a jungle immersion! A remarkable and transforming experience.
I wish you all a week of wonderful energy.