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Discover the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador or Colombia. A trip to the lush, mighty jungle offers travelers a chance to reconnect with nature, discover rare wildlife, learn about the locals, and more. Choose between staying at an authentic Amazon Jungle Lodge or cruise the Amazon River on an exploration vessel. Much like the plant and wildlife found within the Amazon Rainforest, a trip to this region presents endless opportunities.
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Your dream Amazon Tour awaits. Venture into the Amazon Rainforest and experience the natural beauty of the world's largest jungle on our one-of-a-kind Amazon travel itineraries. Choose from a wide range of custom-made all-inclusive tours or the Amazon including Brazilian Amazon Lodges and Peruvian Amazon Lodges in a national park, amazing Amazon Cruises, or choose from one of our awe-inspiring Rainforest tour packages. We'll craft a truly custom Amazon Jungle tour just for you. After all, it?s the reason we are the best Amazon Tour Operators!
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A Trip to The Amazon Rainforest
Did you know the Amazon Rainforest spans Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and even Bolivia? The Amazon River basin has an extensive network, with many tributaries and different types of forests, that harbor an abundance of flora and fauna. People from around the world travel here to revel in the beauty and sheer wildness of the jungle. Amazon trips are the perfect getaway from your regular life.
Interested in going but need some travel inspiration for your trip to the Amazon? Explore our top blog articles about Amazon lodges and cruises , with topics ranging from the Best Peru Amazon Cruises, our one-of-a-kind PDF Amazon Travel Guide, and our incredibly popular Highlights of the Amazon by Country Guide.
Amazon Cruises in Brazil
If you are more interested in embarking on a cruise than exploring the Amazon Basin, you can choose between luxury Peruvian Amazon cruises or more authentic Brazilian Amazon Cruises. We recommend the Tucano Amazon River cruise, in Brazil. This cruise leaves from Manaus and is most famous for taking travelers further into the Amazon. This riverboat was featured in National Geographic Traveller Magazine because, unlike other cruises, it is a motor yacht, which means it is capable of bringing passengers the farthest up the Rio Negro. On this boat, you can explore the lesser-known tributaries of the Amazon where you are more likely to see unique wildlife, in addition to daily shore excursions and hikes to search for flora and fauna with your expert naturalist guides.
Another great option is the Iberostar Grand Amazon cruise. This route takes travelers around the Rio Negro, the largest blackwater river in the world. With excursions consisting of winding trail hikes, vibrant flora and fauna spotting, and sunrise and sunset trips, there’s literally no Amazon experience you’ll miss out on.
For the ultimate Amazon trip, you might consider combining two of Brazil’s best highlights into one multi-destination tour. In fact, our Rio de Janeiro and Amazon Rainforest tour does just that. No need to figure out the logistics - we’ve got you covered.
Amazon Cruises in Peru
When it comes to Amazon Rainforest cruises in Peru, you have several options. Iquitos is the main highlight of traveling to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. How could it not be with its charming city streets and direct linking with luxurious Amazon cruises? Board the Aria Amazon Cruise, an eco-friendly exploration vessel of the utmost luxury, perfect for couples or honeymooners. You can also opt for the Delfin Amazon Cruise, a spacious yet intimate vessel featuring panoramic suites, top decks, and fantastic cabin service. Between the Aria and the Delfin, you’ll be exploring the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest in style.
Many of our clients ask us how they should experience the Amazon Rainforest. So, we typically go over the Amazon Cruises vs. Amazon Lodges. Below, learn more about our favorite Amazon Lodges.
Amazon Jungle Lodges
If you’re looking for true Amazon Rainforest immersion, choose from our highly recommended Amazon Lodges like the Mirante do Gaviao Amazon Lodge, where you can spend up to 5-nights within the rainforest from the comfort of an eco-friendly lodge. During the day, your expert naturalist guide will take you to various locations within the jungle to spot wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to visit local tribes in addition to learning more about how people are still thriving in the Amazon.
Some of the lodges that we work with, including Posada Amazonas, are primarily run by locals from the nearby community. The community has put their heart and soul into ensuring this lodge works to keep both the region and wildlife protected, all while promoting sustainable eco-tourism. If you’re interested in visiting the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, we highly recommend the Posada Amazonas, as well as the Reserva Amazonica and Corto Maltes.
Amazon Wildlife Tours
The Amazon Rainforest is one of the best places on earth to see wildlife. Our Amazon trips, cruises, and jungle lodges are absolutely perfect for wildlife watchers! During an Amazon tour, you might spot monkeys, parrots, hoatzins, river dolphins, piranhas, capybara, caiman, and a whole host of other animals.
Our Best Amazon Trips & Travel Advice
Have you been dreaming about the beauty of the Amazon Rainforest? Have you been wanting to reconnect with nature? Now’s the time! From staying in an Amazon lodge to cruising down the Amazon River, we offer a variety of fully customizable Amazon vacations and cruises. It really all comes down to what fits your travel style best.
Regardless of whether you are planning a trip to Machu Picchu and want to add on a side excursion to the Amazon, or you are visiting Rio de Janeiro and want to include a visit to see some wildlife, there are plenty of Amazon tour options to suit your fancy.
No matter what method you prefer to explore the Amazon Rainforest, you are sure to find the perfect tour for you here at SouthAmerica.travel. The Amazon lodges and cruises we work with are sure to leave you wanting more of the jungle. Get ready for a tour of the Amazon Rainforest you will never forget.
Amazon Tours, Cruises and Lodges FAQ’s
The Brazilian Amazon Rainforest offers travelers a wide range of lodges and cruises. Embark on a large cruise ship such as Hurtigruten or Iberostar, or a small, intimate cruise such as the Tucano. The Ecuadorian Amazon boasts Yasuni National Park, home to millions of species of plants, birds, insects and mammals.
Piranha fishing is also very
popular, but not for the meat. The piranha fish is known to be so
nervous that not much meat survives. However, it makes for a great
Local guides can also take you to different areas where other animal species can be seen, such as the pink river dolphins or macaws. Alligator (jacare) spotting at night is one of the most fascinating activities.
Your guide will always make you aware of toxic plants or spiders. Most guides are from the local communities, knowing well the healing properties of the plants that surround you. The one element to be aware of is Malaria: there is no vaccination, rather prophylaxis you take before traveling to the Amazon and stop taking as soon as you depart.
of a lodge is that your stay in the Amazon Rainforest can
begin at any time, whereas cruises have set departure dates. While
cruises offer plenty of departure dates, it can be challenging to
be on a strict schedule. On the other hand, the advantage of a
river cruise is that you see a vast extent of the rainforest, with
different animals and vegetation, without needing to turn back
after each excursion. Cruises also tend to include a stop at local
communities where you can experience and learn about the lives of
Whether you experience the Amazon on a cruise ship or nestled in a lodge, you're sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
The logistics and the available airports determine the best
Amazon destination. In Peru, Puerto Maldonado is just a 30 minute
flight from Cuzco. An excellent place for birding with a variety
of lodges. Iquitos, to the north on the Amazon river, is the
launching point for many cruises
In Brazil, Manaus
is the destination from which you can reach all kinds of lodges
and all (literally, all) Amazon cruises. Brazil's
Alta Floresta is close to the excellent Cristalino lodge and
is easily reachable from the Pantanal, offering potential contact
to many animals.
Note: beware of mosquitoes. In Brazil, the Rio Negro, which meets the Solimoes River near Manaus to form the actual Amazon River, has slightly acidic waters, a fact that repels mosquitoes. For that reason, most lodges and generally all cruises in Brazil's Amazon Rainforest cruise along the Rio Negro.
There are two types of cruises available: the traditional, authentic experience with local guides and excellent comfort, operated by environmentalists. Alternatively, there are luxury boats run by international hotel chains that offer luxury, though making it more difficult to gain an authentic feel of the area.
It's best to speak with a Travel Consultant to find out what are the best times to travel to the Amazon for you! Most people prefer the period between the rainy and dry seasons. The rainy season can be very interesting and actually pleasant, as it rains intensely once per day, around mid-day, cooling the area significantly.