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Palmari Nature Reserve Amazon Tour

4-8 Days Recommended

This tour to the Palmari Nature Reserve takes you deep inside the Amazon Rainforest, with outstanding biodiversity in the Rio Javari area, close to the Brazilian borders with Colombia and Peru. The lodge is your base for some adventurous days in the jungle, with hiking, kayaking and fishing activities; visits to local communities; and wildlife observation galore!

Amazon Jungle Lodges

Immerse yourself in the Amazon Jungle at one of our Amazon Lodges. Arrive boat and stay at the very edge of the largest river system in the world. Wake up every morning to the staggering sound of the Amazon Dawn Chorus. Witness wildlife such as monkeys, toucans, macaws and even the Amazon River dolphins at such close quarters that they may even become your friends. Trek into the jungle to learn the secrets of the rainforest and how to survive in it. Paddle canoes day and night along the quiet creeks for close-up encounters with caimans. Swing in a hammock at the end of another amazing day in the Amazon Jungle while staying at an Amazon Lodge with Brazil Adventure Tours. 

Palmari Nature Reserve

Palmari Nature Reserve is a wonderful base for adventurous Amazon trips deep in the rainforest, with outstanding biodiversity in the Rio Javari area, close to the Brazilian borders with Colombia and Peru. Adventurous days in the jungle include hiking and kayaking through remote areas, while camping overnight in hammocks strung between trees on the edge of the Amazon River system. After a night or two at the lodge, you strike out into the wilderness, with many combinations possible for hiking and kayaking for different lengths of trip, from three days to nine or more extreme hikes. These Amazon adventures are only for the adventurous, and participants need to be in good shape as well as tough. 

  • Destinations: Amazon
  • Duration: 4-8 Days Recommended
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Wildlife Observation - Ecotourism

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Over the Amazon Jungle to Palmari
Leticia or Tabatinga to Palmari Lodge
On arrival in the Colombian border town of Leticia (it is also possible to arrive at Tabatinga in Brazil or Santa Rosa via Iquitos in Peru), you will be met for transfer across the border to Brazil. At the port in Tabatinga you board a boat for the journey down the Rio Amazonas and up the Rio Javari to the Palmari Nature Reserve. Set in one of the most remote parts of the Amazon Rainforest, this biodiversity hotspot will be your base for the next few days of activities. After being welcomed and introduced to the facilities of the lodge, you can enjoy sunset before an evening introduction to the nocturnal creatures that live around the lodge.
Day 2 : Amazon Rainforest Experience
Palmari Amazon Lodge
Your stay at Palmari is completely flexible in terms of what you can choose to do. All visits will broaden your knowledge of the fascinating Amazon Rainforest ecosystem, with so much to learn about the forest species, their germination and evolution to survive, and their uses for humans including for shelter, food, medicine and decoration. You can also learn about the rubber manufacturing process, which brought many visitors to the Amazon region to exploit the chicle tree. Trail, boat and kayak take you into the neo-tropical forest, up rivers and creeks, and to ox-bow lakes, interior wetlands and lakes, natural pools and river beaches, in order to observe the living rainforest in action.
Day 3 : Amazon Jungle Activities
Palmari Amazon Lodge
Palmari has many activities available for you to enjoy around the lodge area with your expert Amazon guide. Trail hikes through the rainforest, and canoe and kayak trips to explore the rivers and creeks are the most popular, with an overnight stay in jungle hammocks on one of the river beaches as a possibility. More extreme Amazon trek and kayak adventures are also possible to arrange. You can also learn how to fish for piranha and peacock bass, with traditional methods used by indigenous communities for centuries. More hunting tools are the blowpipe, and bow & arrow, which can be made from natural materials and tried out, all under expert supervision of course!
Day 4 : Amazon Wildlife
Palmari Amazon Lodge
The region close to Palmari is rich in biodiversity, with many reptiles, mammals and birds to observe. Encounters with the Amazon River dolphins, the boto and the tucuxi,are resident in the area; river otters, giant and small also, while freshwater manatee are rare treats. Caimans are abundant and you can learn to catch the smaller ones with your bare hands, to be released immediately of course. Birds too come in huge numbers, with toucans, macaws, parrots and even the magnificent harpy eagle resident in the area. Primates are also numerous, with squirrel, howler, woolly, spider, saki, titi, marmoset, tamarin, capuchin... all found in the canopy, as are anteaters and the wonderful sloth!
Day 5 : Amazon Rainforest Culture
Palmari Amazon Lodge
More options at Palmari include visits to local indigenous communities, of which there are many in the Vale do Javari, including the Mayoruna, Matiz, Marubo and Kanaimari. Boat trips to local villages can be arranged while at the lodge, and they allow you to learn about the cultures of the different peoples. Other cultural experiences to try include the making of traditional handicrafts and jewellery using wood, seeds, fibres, fruits and dried fish-scales. Temporary tattoos using coloured pigments such as huito and achiote are another popular part of a stay in Palmari, and won't last much longer than your stay in the Amazon!
Day 6 : Saying Goodbye to the Amazon
Palmari Lodge to Tabatinga & Away
A morning transfer by river takes you back to Tabatinga and then into Colombia. You can fly from Leticia back to Bogota, or continue further downriver to Manaus in Brazil. There is also the journey up the Rio Amazonas to Iquitos, with flights from there to Lima. You may have some free time to visit the beautifull and vast Uirapuru Murseum before you leave the Amazon. Your flight over the Amazon Jungle will give you time to reflect on the marvels encountered during your stay at Palmari Nature Reserve, which may even inspire you to return in the future and participate in the social and environmental projects based at this wonderful Amazon lodge.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * On Request On Request On Request On Request
Domestic Flights ** N/A

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* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November