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Probably the best recognised, most romantic and exotic river in the world, the Amazon runs - fed by its tributaries - from its modest source in the Andes down to the Atlantic Ocean in northern Brazil. The majority of this vast basin, 7 million sq.km., an area almost as big as Australia, is blanketed in primary rainforest, and includes territory from nine nations: Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname. Throughout, the biodiversity is astounding, with one in 10 of every natural species to be found.

Much of the region is unsullied wilderness, home only to remote or undiscovered tribes. There are virtually no roads, few airstrips, only a handful of large river ports. Elsewhere, human society clings to the banks of rivers and streams, surviving on subsistence agriculture, stock-rearing and fishing. Ambitious developments in the past and present - the rubber boom, large scale logging, Fordlândia, soya - have met with varying degrees of success, and nowadays large tracts of the forest are under threat.

Amazonia is not uniform jungle; different species thrive in different areas, and a visit to the Amazon region in one country can contrast notably from the next. But the local people welcome visitors, and recognise the protection that sustainable tourism offers them.

Our holidays to The Amazon

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monkeys

Family Brazil: Waterfalls, rivers and rainforests

Private journey

15 days from £3,918pp

Pantanal Brazil

Signature Argentina and Brazil: Amazon, Pantanal and Iguazú Falls

Private journey

15 days from £4,097pp

Galapagos Sealion

Family Ecuador and Galapagos: Amazonian tribe and wildlife encounters

Private journey

13 days from £5,254pp

Macaws Amazon Rainforest

Peru Birdlife: Machu Picchu to Pristine Amazon

Private journey

12 days from £2,032pp

Weather: when to go

Jan

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Mar

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Apr

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May

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Sep

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Oct

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Nov

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Dec

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Essential information

Language

Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish

Time difference

Key events

Manaus, the largest Amazonian city in Brazil. There are several major holidays and festivals including the Festival do Amazonas, June, with events and exhibitions of aspects of the region’s c...

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Our insider tips for The Amazon

David

David Nichols

An Amazonian cruise on a traditional-style riverboat or a luxury contemporary craft, with guided excursions into the forest. See a flight of macaws at sunset, pink dolphins breaching astern, alligators lurking on the banks: magic.

Adam Calladine

Adam Calladine

A jungle hike from an eco-lodge, learning about the medicinal value of plants, spotting troupes of chattering monkeys swinging from tree to tree, watchful sloths nestled in the canopy and battalions of leaf-cutter ants transporting their outsized loads.

Laura

Laura Rendell-Dunn

Visiting a family on their small-holding, or an indigenous community in their village, observing how they co-exist in harmonious symbiosis.

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Achieving your first catch on a piranha-fishing expedition, barbecuing and eating it afterwards!

What our experts say

The Amazon of Peru probably gives you as a visitor the most variety and choice of experience of any of the countries which share the basin. The Tambopata region  - accessible by an hour’s flight from Cusco - has a range of comfortable lodges, ideal for first timers or those wanting a taste of the jungle.  Manu, rather more remote, offers superb wildlife-spotting opportunities – I even caught a glimpse of a jaguar here, and have photographic evidence to prove it!  From Iquitos you can take an Amazon cruise, several vessels make regular trips, from the traditional to the luxurious.  

Ben Line

Ben Line

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