Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: 'Off the Grid' at Brazil's Juma Amazon Lodge
Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
The best recommendation we can make for you in 2014 is to go "off the grid." Venture to a place without 3G/4G data, without a WiFi network, and perhaps even without TVs for what some would call "digital detox," but what we now simply call "necessary."
To be specific, we've been off the grid three times already in 2014: in Borneo's rainforest, in Tasmania's Southwest National Park, and at Juma Amazon Lodge in Brazil's verdant stretch of the Amazon.
We recommend that last one most for a Tax Refund Vacation, as it's actually the easiest to go about doing as either a last-minute or long-planned adventure, since TAM offers nonstop flights from Miami to Manaus, capital of the Amazonas region, and the price for a long weekend way, way out in the thick of the world's largest and most biodiverse rainforest is surprisingly affordable.
Packages at the Amazon Lodge range from a full-day experience (from $285) to 6-day/5-night (from $1300), including all meals, tours, and transportation between Manaus and the Lodge. An ideal package is offered from Brazil Nuts from $1,385 per person, which includes all of the above plus roundtrip airfare from Miami and three nights/four days in the Amazon at Juma. Three nights off the grid is just enough time to decompress, make friends with the resident monkeys, and have both adventure and relaxation.
We traveled into the Amazon as a guest of TAM Linhas Aereas as part of their Only in South America project, but all photos and opinions are completely our own.
[Photos: Cynthia D/Jaunted]