This immersive itinerary takes you into the heart and soul of the Brazilian experience. Begin your journey in Manaus, the city built in the heart of the Amazon by the Rubber Barons at the turn of the century; visit the opulent Teatro Amazonas where the first performance was given in 1897 by Enrico Caruso. Meander through the food stalls at the Adolpho Lisboa Municipal Market and sample the rich variety of Amazonian fruits that are mostly unknown outside of the Amazon region. Taste the mouth tingling “tacacá soup” made from jambu which leaves your mouth curiously numb as it is a relative of the coca plant. Here you can also see one of the largest fresh water fish on earth—the Pirarucu that can grow as large as 3 meters long. Afterwards cool off with an ice cold açaí juice at an outdoor café.
In the evening dine at the award winning Banzeiro Restaurant where unusual Amazonian delicacies are featured. You may be hesitant to try the ants on manioc foam, but the delicious tambaqui ribs simply melt off the bone.
Here you will stay for the next three nights at one of the Amazon’s premier jungle lodges in a panoramic private bungalow. Your days are filled with explorations by motorized canoe into the backwaters and byways, discovering the rich abundant flora and fauna as well as visiting the local indigenous villages where you may get to know the lifestyle, traditions, agriculture and social organizations of the “caboclo” people. On your return to the lodge, stop by a special platform in the river where you may safely interact with the curiously pink river dolphins.
Over 300-years ago moqueca was already being referred to in Portuguese colonial documents as a prominent dish of Brazil, where the culinary tastes of the new world were being shaped by native Indian, African, and of course Portuguese traditions. Bahia was the epicenter of this merging of influences. Take an afternoon off from the beach and learn how to make this wonderful dish in a private cooking class with Uxua's famous chef Luiz Hara.
There are also many cacao trees around the Uxua Casa Hotel and Chef Luiz loves to share his love of chocolate making with his guests. Take some time for a chocolate class with Chef Luiz.