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Xingu Luxury Amazon

The Xingu basin offers the most prolific multispecies fishery in the Amazon and probably of all freshwater rivers on earth. The river flow through virgin primary Amazon forest, protected by the Kayapo indigenous people. The Kakapos are one of the most important Indian ethnic groups in Amazon, but no more than 8,000 Kayapo people remain living in these areas. Their cosmology, ritual life and social organization are extremely rich and complex. Visit the highly restricted indigenous territories of Brazil that host some of the most pristine flora and fauna of the Amazon, discover a unique jungle immersion with our professional bilingual guides (English/Portuguese), hike through trails in the Amazon with Kayapo Warriors and learn about their hunting techniques while searching for unique wildlife of the region, eee the Kayapo women and children create their iconic body painting designs and have the opportunity to be painted yourself as a Kayapo, enjoy each morning and afternoon boat safaris in the look out for tapirs, great river otters, deer, as well as jaguars and pumas, Experience our World Class service Jungle lodge with a private chef and host while exploring some of the most uncharted areas of the Brazilian Amazon. Enjoy the amenities of the Xingu lodge with a riverfront swimming pool and small spa with massages and Kayapo body painting.

07 Days – From £ per person 

*equivalent in USD, EUR accepted

Itinerary: Manaus, Kayapo Indigenous Land, Manaus

  • Price is per person, based on eight people sharing in a double/twin room
  • Charter Flight
  • Accommodation on all inclusive basis
  • All the excursions mentioned in the itinerary 
  • All transfers by car  / boat on a private basis
  • Indigenous Community Conservation Fee
  • All mandatory local taxes
  • Visa, where applicable
  • International Flights (See Flights to Brazil)
  • Domestic Flights 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Copy of your Passport have to be send at the moment of booking
  • A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is recommended to enter any Indian Territory in Brazil but is no longer required
  • You have to present a negative COVID PCR test taken less than 2 days before entering the Indigenous Territory (extra cost)
  • Covid vaccine certificate will be required before entering Indigenous Territory 

International flights are not included in the package price. We give you the freedom to book the flights yourself, use miles and choose your preferred airline, and if you are stuck we can help you find the right connections. Return flights to Brazil start from £800 per person, depending on the connections and time of the year. Fly to Manaus (MAO).

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This is a sample itinerary and prices are correct at the time of writing. We can tailor it to suit your plans by changing the length of the trip or the order of activities. More days can be added. Other hotels can be chosen, according to your liking. You can also combine this trip with other sights in Brazil, like the cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro, the exciting Amazon rainforest, the fascinating Pantanal, the culture of Bahia or the deep canyons of the south. For more travel inspiration check these itineraries.

Best time to visit: September to December

To avoid unpleasant weather surprises, we recommend to check our Brazil Weather Guide to plan your trip in the right season. Click on the month you want to travel in and see the tours which are best for each month of the year. 

Day 1 - Arrival in Manaus

Arrive in Manaus, the capital of Brazil’s largest state, Amazonas. It is an ideal starting point to explore the Amazon region. Boats are the main means of transportation here. On arrival you will be transferred to the hotel in the center of Manaus. Overnight at Villa Amazonia.

aerial view of Rio Negro in the Brazilian Amazon

Day 2 - Departure to Xingu Lodge

After breakfast you will be transfered to the airport to catch your charter flight to the Xingu Lodge (3,5 hours flight). The mythological Xingu River inside the Kayapo Indigenous Land in the Brazilian Amazon is home of Xingu Lodge. On arrival at the lodge (20 min by boat upstream) you will be greeted by your host with fresh signature cocktails. After settling in the lodge manager will provide a brief tour of the property and orientation session as well as introduce the staff including both Brazilian and Kayapo members. Depending on your arrival time at the lodge, you will have the afternoon of activities with a short trail in the jungle and the sunset the magnificent lodge view. The lode is located on the bank of the Xingu river looking out over a gorgeous rapid. Every evening you will be delighted by the chef’s delicious gourmet cuisine. Overnight at Xingu Lodge.

Xingu Lodge, remote luxury lodge located deep in the pristine Amazon forest in Brazil

Day 3 - Wildlife with warriors

Today wake up early to take kreakfast at the lodge at 06:30. After breakfast depart for a wildlife trail with the Kayapo warriors, your specialist wildlife guide. On the trail you may see various species of privates including, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, and capuchin monkeys as well as various other small animals and birds. Throughout the interpretive trail, the Kayapo warrior will share some of their hunting techniques and their knowledge of the jungle Lunch will be hosted back at the lodge. Following lunch, enjoy some leisure time at the lodge. Time for a special massage or refresh at the swimming pool. After lunch, set out with the guides and Kayapo warriors on a boat safari along the pristine Xingu river, in search of great river otters, tapirs, and macaws. End the evening with cocktails and appetizers at the lodge followed by a delicious dinner prepared by the lodge chef. After dinner embark on a brief night safari, along the river, in search for nocturnal animals. Overnight at Xingu Lodge.

Kayapo family in the Brazilian Amazon

Day 4 - Kayapo Culture Discovery

At 6:30am you will have breakfast at the lodge. After breakfast enjoy the picturesque morning in the Kamotjam indigenous village. The focus of the day will be to learn more about Kayapo people and their way of life. First spend some time with the Kayapo women as they show one of the most iconic elements of their tradition: body painting. Using natural dyes from Amazon ingredients, called jenipapo and urucum. Also learn how they harvest and process the manioc root into a flour, which is one of their main starch staples for their diet.  Next, spend some time with the hunters and learn some of their unique hunting techniques. Also learn about some of the unique dances and ceremonies of the Kayapo. For the truly active guests there is an opportunity to go for a hike with Kayapos to see their camera trap project. After lunch in the village, join the Kayapo children for a refreshing swim in the river. In the afternoon take the speedboat, searching for elusive animals that can be found in this pristine natural environment such as the jaguar and black puma. Get back to the lodge around 5pm for appetizers and cocktails. After dinner, enjoy the bonfire on the beach to hear some of the traditional Kayapo stories. Overnight at Xingu Lodge.

Kayapos boy in the Brazilian Amazon

Day 5 - Fishing Experience

At 6:30am you will have breakfast at the lodge. Set out with your naturalist guide and Kayapo warriors for another wildlife outing this time heading down the river, searching for monkeys and mammals. Experience how natives catch fish in the river and take the opportunity to learn more about the catch and release fly fishing activity. You can access a wide variety of waters, from runs, rapids, deep pools, flats, jungle creeks from our specially designed aluminum skiffs with the assistance of one experienced English speaker professional guide and the ancient knowledge of the Kayapos native guides together. That brings to the Xingu a superior fishing experience. Take a fresh fish and traditional picnic lunch on the river prepared by your guides and Kayapo warriors. Return to the lodge in the evening for a sundowner and appetizers. Following dinner your specialist guide has prepared a special astronomy session to take in the impeccable night sky of the Amazon. Connect with the Kayapo like never before, spend the night in their own tribe. Overnight at Xingu Lodge.

Kayapo man catching fish

Day 6 - Return to Manaus

Enjoy a final breakfast at the Xingu Lodge. Transfer in speedboats (25 min) for your final river safari back to the indigenous Pukararakre Kayapo village. At the village you will have a final chance to say your farewells to the tribe members that were part of your experience. Board your charter plane back to Manaus / Carajas / Marabá (3,5 hours of flight). Upon arrival in Manaus you will be transferred to the hotel in the center. Spend the afternoon discovering the historic center of this giant urban metropolis of the rainforest. Overnight at Juma Opera Hotel.

Kayapo children by Xingu river in the Brazilian Amazon

Day 7 - Departure

Today you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight.

Monkey from the Brazilian Amazon rainforest

* NOTE : If you would like to combine the trip with a river cruise, explore ur programs. Tell us more about your preferred way of travel and the activities you like.

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