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The Amazon is crawling with exotic creatures and diverse plant life! Crossing nine countries with a staggeringly long river, it’s home to roughly 10 million species of animals, insects and plants. Known as ‘the lungs of the planet’, the trees of the rainforest produce more than 20% of our world’s oxygen… talk about a breath of fresh air! Options for exploring this wildlife haven include eco-lodges, multi-country tours and luxury cruises.

 

Eco-lodges

Staying at an echo-lodge enveloped by thousands of hectares of pristine rainforest is one of the best ways to experience Amazonia. We highly recommend Ecuador’s renowned Sacha Lodge, ideal for both families and individuals. This eco gem offers specialist guided activities to view the flora and fauna of the Ecuadorian Amazon, including forest trails, boating in dug out canoes, a treetop observation tower, and the opportunity to walk 94 feet above the rainforest canopy across a suspension bridge.

Amazon cruises

In the Peruvian or Brazilian Amazon, discover unique wildlife and plant species aboard an exclusive small-ship expedition cruise. Along the way, indulge in fine cuisine and Amazonian delicacies complete with stunning scenery. Peru’s Delfin cruises offer the choice of three luxury vessels on a 3 or 4 night itinerary, and Brazil’s M/V Desafio treats travellers to a fully renovated classical schooner boat with original old world features.

Wildlife

The Amazon is home to an incredible array of wildlife, including pink dolphins, caiman, monkeys, giant river otters, and birdlife that will wow you in a range of vivid colours.

Community & Indigenous tribes

As well as being the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon is home hundreds of native tribes, all with their own culture, history and language.  You can expect life-enriching encounters with the local community at many of the various lodges on offer.

National Parks

The Amazon is teeming with biologically diverse national parks, including Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, Peru’s Manu National Park, and Madidi National Park on the upper Amazon river basin of Bolivia. You will be spoiled for choice if you’re after a green vacation!

 

My ultimate Amazonian experience is in Peru. Cruising from Iquitos you can spot colourful macaws, pink dolphins, river otters, various species of monkey, boa constrictors and more. Daily excursions with expert and passionate naturalist guides take you out into the smaller tributaries, visiting local villages, and on walks into the forest. Getting in amongst the forest is essential as the foliage is dense, and other than perhaps caiman, monkeys and birdlife, there is actually a surprising lack of visible wildlife. On foot along jungle trails you can observe the smaller stuff – the weird and wonderful insects that you only spot when you stand still, the plants that all play their very specific part in this highly complex eco-system, and the smaller species such as colourful tree frogs or butterflies. Night walks in particular reveal some of the best wildlife at their most active, and lying in bed listening to the sounds of the Amazon is a very special experience you will never forget!

Chris Lyons, World Journeys Director 

  • The Amazon covers over 5 million square km, making it the world’s largest rainforest. It’s so big, the UK and Ireland could fit into it over 15 times!
  • Amazonia spans numerous countries across South America, including Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname
  • There are around 400 indigenous tribes, with at least fifty believed to have never been contacted by the outside world
  • The rainforest is often called ‘the lungs of the planet’, providing over 20% of the world’s oxygen
  • It’s home to 10% of all known species in our world

 

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Grand Tour of South America 2020

Grand Tour of South America 2020

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South America 32 Days 23 August 2020

Amazonian rainforest, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white sandy beaches, and unique wildlife - the wonders of South America make for an incredible experience! Take...

Amazon Cruise

Amazon Cruise

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South America 4 Days / 3 Nights
Cruise the mighty Amazon aboard the M/V Desafio

Discover the wild nature of the Amazon rainforest with its unique flora and fauna. Spend your days admiring sunrises where thousands of birds...

Amazon Expedition Cruise: M/Y Tucano
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South America 7 Days / 6 Nights

For a true experience in the Amazon rainforest, join the M/Y Tucano and cruise aboard a comfortable and fully air-conditioned 18 guest expedition vessel.

Amazon, Andes & Altiplano

South America 16 Days / 15 Nights
A Luxury Journey

Explore the mighty Amazon on foot and on the river. In Cuzco, stay in a 16th century mansion once occupied by the first conquistadors...

Amazon, Incas & Galapagos
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South America 22 Days / 21 Nights
* Ecuador * Peru * Bolivia

Ancient cultures and rich heritage await you in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. You'll marvel at spectacular wildlife in the Galapagos Islands with massive tortoises,

Ecuador in Luxury
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South America 10 Days / 9 Nights

Experience the very best of enchanting Ecuador, staying at the luxury Casa Gangotena Hotel in the heart of historic Quito to discover this gem...

Ecuador's Amazon
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South America 4 Days
Sacha Lodge

Sacha Lodge is found within a 5,000 hectare private ecological reserve in the pristine rainforest of Ecuador's Amazon. Ideal for families and individuals alike,

Amazon Cruise in Style MV Aqua

South America 3, 4, or 7 night Cruises

Explore an area of unspoilt wilderness! Two and a half million hectares of protected, Amazonian jungle offering an abundance of natural wonders, dramatic scenery,

Delfin II
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South America 5 Days / 4 Nights

Explore one of the world's most intriguing environments; five million acres of protected, flooded Amazonian jungle offering an abundance of natural wonders, dramatic scenery,

M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruise
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South America 4 Days / 3 Nights
3 nights

This is a journey that takes you into the endless heart of biodiversity in the Amazon Basin. You'll soon see why the best way...

M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruise
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South America 5 Days / 4 Nights
4 nights

This is a journey that takes you into the endless heart of biodiversity in the Amazon Basin. You'll soon see why the best way...