'Survivor 6' turns viewers on to the Amazon

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Television viewers tuned in to "Survivor 6," now running on CBS-TV, are surely getting the idea that it's a jungle out there.

And indeed it is, there on location in Brazil, roughly 35 miles from Manaus.

According to Carlos Fida, president of PanAmerican Travel Services, " 'Survivor 6' has raised interest in travel to the Amazon region, which is indeed a thrilling destination but in reality is safe and often very comfortable."

Fida said PanAmerican's newest package offers the perfect location for clients to get a close-up Amazon experience: a stay at the Uakari Floating Lodge, part of the Mamiraua Ecotourism Project and located 90 minutes by boat from Tefe town on the Solimoes River.

Headquartered within the protected area of the Mamiraua Reserve, the Mamiraua Ecotourism Project offers excursions along river channels, lakes and forest trails as well as visits to local villages whose people are trained to take part in the management of the project.

The Uakari Floating Lodge has 10 suites with two double beds and a seating area. A central unit houses a restaurant, a bar, a library, video equipment and a conference room.

PanAmerican Travel services offers a three-night stay, priced at $835 per person, double, ($147 single supplement).

The cost includes accommodations, all meals with nonalcoholic beverages, excursions with a bilingual guide, national park entrance fees and roundtrip transfers from Tefe airport to the lodge.

For clients booking mid-week (Wednesdays to Saturdays), the price per person, double, is $550; roundtrip air fare from Manaus to Tefe (on Varig or Rico airlines) is not included in either package.

Closer to Manaus, the company offers a three-night package at the Ecopark Lodge, whose 54 air-conditioned suites have private baths and hot showers.

Activities range from visits to a monkey jungle and evening alligator spotting to piranha fishing and a boat excursion.

Including transfers by boat to the lodge, accommodations with all meals and excursions, the package cost per person, double, is $461.

For more information, call (800) 364-4359 or visit www.panam-tours.com.

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