The Xixuau-Xiparina Natural Reserve, about 450,000 acres of pristine rainforest approximately 310 miles north of the city of Manaus, is under the management and protection of the Amazon Association, a no profit organization that promotes environmental conservation and sustainable development projects, including EcoTourism.
The Reserve is accessible by boat with departure from Manaus, travelling along the Rio Negro with public/regional ferries and along the Rio Jauaperi by outboards. Groups with more than 6 participants are transported by the ufficial motor vessel of the organization. The cruise takes about 36 hours, overnight on board in hammock and meals included.
In the Xixuau community, accommodation is in round wooden Malocas: palm-thatched huts built in the style of the neighbouring Waimiri-Atroari indigenous people. Each maloca is equipped with beds, private bathroom, private patio and mosquito nets. Both traditional and international cuisines are available and meals are served in the big open Maloca, also endowed with living room, library, bar, wifi internet connection.
The ecotourism activities, without any additional costs and with local guides, can include watching wild animals like giant otters, jaguars, armadillos, capuchin and spider monkeys, river dolphins, tapirs, turtles, sloths and caymans, an overnight expedition into the forest, canoe trips, bird watching, learning about traditional crafts and cultures, swimming in the river and relax on the beaches.
Tours are organized both for individual guests and small groups up to 20 persons and vary in length with min of 7/8 days, including river transports. The cost of the tavel is related to each participant and accommodation is in double rooms.
Ecotourism as a low-impact, sustainable economic activity is particularly well suited in the Xixuau Reserve because it combines environmental preservation with the socioeconomic needs of the local populations.