Ariaù Travel Guide

  • Faces of the Amazon
    Faces of the Amazon
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  • Yellow and Blue Macaw
    Yellow and Blue Macaw
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  • Francisco caught a Jacare
    Francisco caught a Jacare
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Ariaù Things to Do

  • Worlds biggest Water Lilys

    If the timing is right you get to see them in full size. Place is near the meeting of waters so ask you guide if its wize to include that bit of extra to your excursion. When they are in full bloom then they can hold a baby or was it 3 years old child in their flower

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  • Meeting of the Waters

    This excursion is good on your way back to Manaus.. Its about an half an hour ride from Manaus where the two rivers Amazon (as it is known to the world, locals know it by name Solimoes) and Rio Negro (where Ariau Towers lie) meet.The two rivers run side by side for about 11 km without their waters mixing - how do you know if they mix or not - the...

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  • Visiting Natives

    Another informative excursion where you learn about the ways of natives who live in/by/off the Amazon... Eat tapioca bread, have a taste of fruit (name escapes me) that is only available in Amazon, pet and hold family pet - a baby anakonda...

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  • Croc spotting at night

    Another great activity included in Ariau package... After dinner, when its pitch dark outside, you take a motorized canoe to the river to find/catch some crocs. We had to sit in complete silence as crocs are afraid of human voices but are not bothered by the motor... The guides were looking for a suitable size crock - apparently you can spot them...

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  • Piranha Fishing

    At sunset, in a bush or treetop (hard to tell), with raw fish and couple of beers - good fun. As it was high waters then we didn't have much luck. I cought none but our group cought about 5 and hotel made soup of it for our dinner (good that we were sill allowed our normal food as well as 5 piranhas are not enought for 11 ppl).

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  • Swimming with Pink Dolphines

    Yes - there are dolphines in Amazon and yes - they are pink! And yes- you can touch them and feed them and swim with them. And yes - it is gret and much better than you expected. And just the fact that you can swim in Amazon (only recommended in Rio Negro and certain places) is great.Oh and there is a secret conserning the dolphins who are not...

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  • Canoe ride and walk in Jungle

    Motorized canoe ride to Jungle. It was high waters when we were there and hard to find a place that was not flooded... Our guide Christopher told that after a week or two we would not have been able to get into jungle with big canoe as the treetops are too thick to get through... Good excursion that gives info about the specific species of Amazon.

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  • Relax on a Rio Negro beach

    There are beaches on some of the coasts of the Rio Negro. The water temperature of the Negro is very hot, nearly 30 degrees C. (90 degrees F.). The water may look unappealing due to its color, however it is fine, just don't drink it. The water is blackish due to minerals and stuff, not disease. The beaches are nice and are ok for a half hour or so...

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  • Looking for monkeys

    Go for a jungle walk around the Ariau Jungle Tower's tree top paths in search of monkeys and all other sorts of wild life. You never know what you may find, so just go for a walk on these tree top paths at the lodge, your destined to see monkeys! Jaguars? Maybe, you never know?

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  • Can you catch a Jacare?

    You can go Jacare catching and spotting at night. Jacare are caimen / alligators that live in the amazonia region. They grow up to two meters and if your lucky and have a good daring guide they'll catch one from the canoe. Our guide Francisco caught a small one with his hands (and released it). Just going alligator spotting at night in the Amazon...

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  • Piranha Fishing

    Why not go Piranha Fishing on the negro? It was so much fun. You fish with sticks, raw meat, and lines. Piranhas are attracted to noise so you can yell and splash and they'd come. You get to see them up close when you catch them, they have huge, sharp teeth, wouldnet want to get bit. This was so muck fun, so I really reccomned that you go Piranha...

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  • Canoeing through rice fields

    Go for a canoe ride through the rice fields. The natural beauty and screneess of the area is enjoyable.

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  • Jungle Hike

    You must go for a hike in the Jungle or properly correct "forrest" of Amazonas. With a good guide, like Francisco, you will learn alot about the flura and fauna. Did you know that when the Negro floods yearly is gets 10 meters (30 feet) higher! Amazing! You can see the water lines by looking at the tree trunks, they change color (colour) at a...

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  • Floating Homes

    When going down some of the Rio Negro canals look out for some floating homes. These are actual houses floating on the river, they are not boats. Look out for them, they are very unique and cool.

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  • Visit Local Villiges (8)

    Visiting local villages is a must. It's included with the Ariau Towers package. I visited two different villages, one of them reminded me of my town at home, South American style, with the activity centered around the school (the football field too). Real fun!! Great to interact with the local children and people!More picts...!

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  • Visit Local Villages (7)

    Visiting local villages is a must. It's included with the Ariau Towers package. I visited two different villages, one of them reminded me of my town at home, South American style, with the activity centered around the school (the football field too). Real fun!! Great to interact with the local children and people!More picts...!

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  • Visit Local Villages (6)

    Visiting local villages is a must. It's included with the Ariau Towers package. I visited two different villages, one of them reminded me of my town at home, South American style, with the activity centered around the school (the football field too). Real fun!! Great to interact with the local children and people!More picts...!

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  • Visit Local Villages (5)

    Visiting local villages is a must. It's included with the Ariau Towers package. I visited two different villages, one of them reminded me of my town at home, South American style, with the activity centered around the school (the football field too). Real fun!! Great to interact with the local children and people!More picts...!

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Ariaù Nightlife

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    by SumTingWong Written Feb 8, 2003

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    Night life in Ariau is extremely limited, but going for a night animal spotting is awsome. This gives you a chance to try and spot some of the nocturnal animals of the Amazon: like the sloth, taiper, Jacare, and many more. You can go with your guide and just listen and sopt the nightlife of the Amazon!

    Macaco at night

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Ariaù Transportation

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    by SumTingWong Written Feb 8, 2003

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    Motorized canoe is the best way to travel around the canals of the Rio Negro. These canoes are large and hold up to 30 people comfortably, and are so screne to be on, not all bouncy.

    Canoe

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Ariaù Warnings and Dangers

  • Obey the guide

    and you will be fine... Ppl from our group were afraid of doing things cos they thought it is not safe - don't lose out by being afraid of unknown - the guides of Amazon Towers are really experienced and there is no way they would recommend anything that is any danger to you...

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  • Jacare, Piranhas, Mosquitos, and the...

    The negro river is full of wonderful creatures and amazing creatures, but they can still be dangerous. Jacare, or alligators can bight off an arm or hand, Piranhas are carnivorous figh that have sharp teeth to eat flesh, mosquitos can carry disease, and there are paricites that eat mammals from the inside out. Do not go in the Rio Negro unless your...

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Ariaù Tourist Traps

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    by mustardgirl Written Nov 12, 2006

    this place is in middle of jungle and everything is bought in form mainland and that is evident on the price of things sold in 2 shops of Ariau... just a thought that came to mind when i remembered two ppl who spent most of the free time browzing souvenirs and arguing about price...

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Ariaù What to Pack

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    by mustardgirl Written Nov 12, 2006

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a waterproof jacket cos when it starts to poor down then you'll be soaked to the bone... Bring good walking shoes for jungle walk as it is muddy there

    Miscellaneous: Insect repellent for jungle walk. Jungle was the only place I saw couple of mosquitos. Due to hight waters there was none in the lodge area

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Ariaù Favorites

  • Go to NOVA AIRÃO

    You need to go to NOVA AIRÃO ( Anavilhanas - the largest river Archipelago in the world, a natural reserve with 380 islands ) to see the litlle Marisa feed and swim with the pink dolphins . In Ariau we really are inside the nature . unforgettable !!!!

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  • Almost the paradise

    the colors, the music of nature, the animals ....THE TRUE NATURE. The music of the nature . You´ll never forgget

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