Top 14 Amazon Rainforest Tours & Trips
Our Amazon travel experts have hand-selected these Top 15 Amazon Rainforest tours as our most popular travel packages, featuring the must-see areas of the region, teeming with wildlife and natural beauty. These one-of-a-kind itineraries offer travelers an intimate, in-depth look into the world’s largest rainforest with stays at eco-friendly, comfortable lodges or aboard a majestic river cruise. Any Amazon Rainforest vacation package can be customized to your unique travel style including the level of accommodation, type of excursions, transfers, and highlights.
Amazon Rainforest Lodges vs. Amazon River Cruises
There are two main choices when it comes to Amazon Rainforest tours – either stay in a rainforest lodge or book an Amazon river cruise. The main starting points for Amazon cruises are Iquitos in Peru, Manaus in Brazil, and Coca in Ecuador. Typically trips to the Amazon by cruise are from three to seven nights in length and start and end in the same place. On Amazon river tours, the boat makes regular stops and offers exploration by smaller boats or excursions on land. A stay in an Amazon lodge is typically two to four nights long and involves guided walks, boat trips and often night fauna tours in the forest. Travelers who want an active Amazon rainforest trip can choose between a lodge stay, with daily excursions from one central point, or a cruise which anchors in different locations each day.
Popular Amazon Rainforest Tours
There are few better forms of Amazon rainforest travel than the Tucano cruise: our travelers’ favorite. The Tucano is a true expedition cruise going further into the Amazon rainforest than any other cruise and has excellent jungle guides with great knowledge of the Amazon. Tours are in small groups of usually just seven or eight guests giving travelers an intimate experience. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Amazon from the upper deck or relax in your private cabin while the motor yacht continues along the Rio Negro and the Rio Amazonas.
Visiting the Amazon can easily be combined with other destinations. Amazon rainforest trips can are available in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Guyana, and Brazil. This means that it is easy to combine trips to the Amazon with a number of other top South American destinations including Rio de Janeiro, Machu Picchu, and the Galapagos Islands. The best place to go in the Amazon may well depend on which other destinations you are interested in seeing. Contact us for more advice on our sample Amazon jungle tours or your exact tour package.
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Amazon vacation packages come in many forms, cruises or jungle lodge stays. Different levels of comfort are available and there is something to suit nearly any traveler. Amazon Rainforest vacations are one of our top areas of expertise, and we’ll be happy to discuss your plans in detail by phone, email, chat or text.
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Things to Do in the Amazon Rainforest
Whether travelers opt for a relaxing river cruise or an eco-lodge immersed in the mighty jungle, Amazon trips offer plenty of opportunities to experience and learn about the locals, and the native flora and fauna. Some of our favorite Amazon Rainforest tour packages and excursions include kayaking through the submersed Amazon forest, fishing for piranha, tasting the local Amazonian cuisine, and learning from a multitude of educational briefs presented by local, expert guides.
Amazon Rainforest Tours, River Trips & Vacations FAQ’s
Thinking about an Amazon trip? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests. Visit our Amazon Vacation Planning page for in-depth Amazon travel tips.
When is the best time to visit the Amazon Rainforest?
However, it’s important to note that as the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon experiences approximately 250 days of rain a year, spanning all months. Despite having varying seasons, like the “wet” season (December – May), travelers should expect a few hours of light rain at any point in the year. The rain is what continues to keep the rainforests and its rare flora and fauna alive.
Is it safe to go to the Amazon rainforest?
Can you visit the Amazon rainforest?
What can I do in the Amazon Rainforest?
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 stew!
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.
Is the Amazon dangerous?
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.
How do you get to the Amazon rainforest?
Is the Amazon good for animal watching? Are there better places for Animal watching?
How can I visit the Amazon Rainforest?
The advantage 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 Amazonian locals.
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.
Are Amazon River Cruises worth it?
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.
Should I stay in a lodge?
How big is the Amazon Rainforest? What countries are the Amazon Rainforest in?
Is all of the Amazon Rainforest the same?
No – There are different areas with different flora and fauna. The main difference is caused by the altitude. Most of the Brazilian part is at sea-level or only slightly above it, whereas in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, the rainforest sits on higher ground. The higher, the less dense the fauna is. Therefore, for example, if you are interested in birding, you would prefer the Peruvian Rainforest, as, due to the fauna being less dense, it is easier to spot birds. The Peruvian Amazon also offers some of the most luxurious river cruise ships such as the Aria.
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.
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