Nature Reserve

The Agua Boa Amazon Lodge is situated in one of the most unspoiled natural environments in the world. Located between an ecological park and a national park, the Agua Boa river and its surroundings have an Ecotourism Reserve Status, and enjoys permanent protection from the Chico Mendes Institute and IBAMA. This protects the entire area from illegal commercial fishing, hunting, and deforestation. The whole area being a protected nature reserve also creates a ‘buffer region’ for the protection and ultimate preservation of the elusive Yanomami tribes-people. The environment of the nature reserve is home to countless species that live in the Amazon, many of which are endangered, and allows them to thrive and live almost undisturbed.

We are committed to work in conjunction with the Chico Mendes Institute and IBAMA to maintain, and where possible to improve, the rich and wonderful environment of the Amazon rain forest so it can be enjoyed for many decades to come.

The region consists of thick rainforest and savannah and is home to the Jaguar, Tapir, Sloth, freshwater (pink) Dolphin, giant Amazon Otter, Capybara and a myriad of other animals, many of which are endangered. The birdlife is tremendous, with many species vying with each other in the bank-side vegetation. It remains a veritable paradise for bird watchers and provides fantastic photographic opportunities as our guests travel the river.

In any typical square mile botanists have discovered an incredible 3000 different plant species, and any 4 square mile area can yield up to 1,500 flowers, 750 species of tree around 400 different bird types, somewhere in the region of 150 different species of butterflies and moths, and approximately 160 kinds of reptiles and amphibians.

Finally, it is possible, within any particular square mile, to find 125 different mammals, and as for insects, other than the butterflies, there would be too many to calculate when you consider that so far in the Amazon rainforest over 1,100,000 insect types have been identified and named. Entomologists reckon that this is only the tip of a very large iceberg.

It is thought that about 70% of the world’s medicines, used as potential cures for many of today’s serious ailments, are synthesized from plants found in the rain forests of the world.