What?

A new form of social gathering on a tropical island in the depths of the Brazilian Amazon.

A 10-day adventure that offers you the freedom to explore unspoiled landscapes and indigenous traditions.

A space that allows music, art and culture to co-exist in harmony with nature. The O MATO Experience.

Where?

Rio Negro
Brazil

When?

6th - 16th
September

From Where?

Manaus
(MAO)

Who?

100
people

Venue

"Cheiro do Mato", a year-round eco-lodge on a peninsula in the middle of Brazil's tropical rainforest, 200 km north-east of Manaus. Situated on the banks of a black water river, it borders the Anavilhanas National Park  – a labyrinth of hundreds of wooded islands, that are home to many rare animals and plants.

____ Where You Sleep

Naturally, in the middle of an unspoiled rainforest area, we had to challenge ourselves finding the most beautiful way to set you up comfortably, while not damaging the surrounding environment.
We oriented accommodations to local customs: Our traditional Amazon ship supplies enough space to place everyone's personal hammock, which will be provided. Enjoy the morning sun with a stunning view over the whole river delta, while breathing in fresh air. And for those of the adventurous kind, you are able to place your hammock in one of our jungle camps. Waking up in the woods, welcomed by an orchestra of tweeting birds, is definitely the way to start your day right.

____ What You Eat

Using as few industrial products as possible, we cooperate with neighbouring settlers, street-food vendors, local fishermen and farmers to deliver an authentic culinary experience. Both, breakfast and dinner, will be prepared in our restaurant by local chefs and come with regional fish, meat or vegetarian ingredients. For lunch, exclusive pop-up street food vendors serve Brazilian delicacies as well as South American classics.

Program

In addition to a musically diverse program, our location - with direct forest and water access and a proximity to the National Park - presents endless possibilities. Choose between music nights, tours, activities & workshops.

____ What You Do

Explore the tropical world on different boat trips or jungle hikes. You can choose from a variety of tours, from relaxed excursions to more demanding expeditions. All start off straight from the venue.
The program also offers a range of traditional as well as modern workshops and activities. Learn about indigenous traditions from locals or get active by yourself with activities such as wakeboarding or canoeing. For further details read our full program here..

Ticketinformation

You can choose between two types of tickets

6th until 16th of September:

6th until 10th OR 10th until 16th of September:

  • Food: 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Sleep: Accommodation in personal hammock (ship or jungle)
  • Program: 2 basic tours and a selection of activities
  • And more: fresh water, hostel discounts & travel guide services
  • Transportation: From Manaus and back (not for 5 Day Pass; read FAQs)

Ticket Registration / Payment

1. I applied for a ticket on your website, but didn't get a confirmation. Is something wrong?

It usually takes up to 48h to receive a response. In case you don’t receive anything from us after max. 3 days, contact us via at info@o-mato.com. Also, have a look in your spam folder, it is quite usual that emails get lost there.

2. Is there a minimum age?

Yes, to ensure safety and responsible behavior for all participants, the minimum age is 21 years.

3. How can I pay for my ticket?

EUROPE & BRAZIL: After applying for a ticket, you will receive a confirmation mail with the payment details. The best way is to transfer via bank account given in the mail. In specific cases we can also offer Western Union (charges a 3-4 USD fee) or Paypal (charges a 20-30 USD fee)

INTERNATIONAL: We accept Western Union (charges a 3-4 USD fee) or Paypal (charges a 20-30 USD fee)

4. Can i pay my ticket in installments?

Yes, you can pay your ticket in max. 3 installments (1 payment per month). Installment plans stop in July.

5. Can I cancel my ticket anytime?

You are free to cancel your ticket any time. The closer we get to the Experience, payback conditions change. Please have a look at our T&C, article 6.4.

6. I transferred money to your bank account and didn't get a confirmation. Is something wrong?

It can take up to a week until your money arrives in our account. In case you didn’t receive a confirmation within 7 days, please contact us at guest@o-mato.com.

7. Are you hiring workers, volunteers, photographers/video people etc. for O MATO?

We work with our own experienced team and recruit our workers ourselves. Nonetheless we are always open to people who want to get active. Sent us your request via info@o-mato.com

Before the festival

8. When should I arrive in Manaus to be on time for the boat?

The boat leaves Manaus on 6th of September at 12pm. Please make sure to arrive on time. If you’re late you will need to get extra transport, that will cost you 50 USD.

9. Where is the boat leaving from?

You’ll be informed via mail/text from us 1-2 days before the 6th of September. You’ll receive all instructions needed to get to the departure spot. (This includes the departure information for 5 Day Passes as well)

10. I bought a 5 Day Pass, how does the transfer to/from Novo Airao work?

6th to 10th: After the event we will bring you to the next village called Novo Airao. From there on you can either take a bus (4h/R$40 p.P.) or hire a cab driver (3h/R$270 for the whole car)

10th to 16th: To get to the pick up spot, you can take a bus (4h/R$40 p.P.) or hire a cab driver (3h/R$270) from Manaus Bus Station (Rodoviária) to Novo Airao (Harbour). Pick up time will be 1 pm on 10th of September. Please make sure to be on time.

11. How much money should i bring? Will there be an atm?

O MATO is a cash free zone. You can change your money (€/R$) into O MATO Coins before the event via bank transfer or at the event at our office. We ask you to bring enough money, as we don’t take cards and the next ATM is a 1,5 hours boat ride away. We recommend bringing 150 - 300 USD for drinks, tours and others.

The Experience

12. What is the mosquito situation at the venue?

There are no mosquitos at Cheiro do Mato. They bypassing Rio Apuau is a black water river and very acidic, which is really bad for mosquitos but very healthy and nutritious for your skin.

13. Will I have phone signal at O MATO?

No, there is no reception at the venue. Please tell your loved ones that you won’t be reachable for these 10 days.

14. What are the tours/workshops/activities included in the ticket price? When will the tours/workshops/activities take place?

For every theme (jungle, river, culture) there is one introduction tour included in the price. All additional tours and workshops cost around US$ 5-15, depending on scope and logistical effort. Activities are free for everyone.

15. Do i have to sleep in the hammock?

We don’t oblige you to do so, but from experience and local habits we know that hammocks are the most comfortable way to sleep in the jungle. If there is no way for you to sleep hanging, we won’t stop you from putting up a tent.

16. Will there be a medical service?

We have well experienced paramedics at the venue, who are well prepared for the conditions given.

17. When do we get back to Manaus after the 10 Days?

The boat will return to Manaus harbor on 16th of September around 12pm.