The Piranha Lake Sustainable Development Reserve is located in Manacapuru and was the second RDS to be formed in Brazil in 1997. It aims to generate economically viable income for the riverside populations that live in the region and in a sustainable way.
With 103,000 hectares located 110 km from Manaus on the left bank of the Solimões River, the RDS is one of the main national ecological corridors, preserving the fauna and flora present in the floodplain forest, being totally diversified from the igapó forest because of the waters with different density, pH and speed.
Visits to the RDS Piranha Lake
The RDS do Piranha is included in the ecotourism project because of the great diversity of the forest, rivers and lakes, besides the animals that can be seen free by the forest. Thus, the RDS has emerged as a proposal to visit nature lovers and cultural diversity to have the most immersed tourist experiences in the Amazon.
The tourist can visit any of the three existing systems in the RDS where the communities are divided. They are: Sacambú – with 298 inhabitants; Supiazinho – with 102 inhabitants; Piranha – with 157 inhabitants. Each one of the systems concentrates three communities. The tourist structure is composed of floating hotels, restaurants and tourist routes.
The RDS do Piranha was created to preserve the green area from the pressure of the wood extractivists. A scenario that was promising for the Ministry of the Environment, it contains a great variety of fish and is part of the migratory route of birds. Without the preservation of this area the animals would be harmed, besides the fauna that is rich in species not yet well known by the scientific community.
Alligator Management Plan
The alligator management plan was created by the residents together with the Instituto de Proteção Ambiental do Amazonas (IPAAM).
The management is a control that requires techniques on the capture of alligators, which are 80 thousand present in the RDS. With the plan it can be done in a correct way that does not harm the environment and the animals.
The alligator meat is typically appreciated in the local cuisine, and the leather very much appreciated in the fashion business. With the management plan the riverside community can do the management safely and with much technique.
The RDS has a great potential for ecotourism and there you can perform activities such as: bird watching, photographic essays in Safari, trails in the forest, observation of fauna and many others. Related to ecotourism, community-based tourism is also quite developed, and the tourist can have a deeper contact with the residents of the RDS.
The site also has a great archaeological concentration, still little explored, containing ceramics, utensils and materials used for survival and cultural lifestyles of the Mura Indians.