Spanning across nine countries in South America, the Amazon is the largest and most luxuriant tropical rainforest in the world. It is home to the most diverse and abundant array of species, and keeps hundreds of indigenous tribes hidden from the outside world. With this fascinating mix of biodiversity and culture, exploring the Amazon offers an unrivalled experience.
Covering an area of 1.7 billion acres of land, this pristine natural wilderness covers approximately half of Brazil. It's a gigantic area of lush vegetation made up of swamps, tributaries and forest. Also home to the world's second largest river, the Amazon River is formed by the merging of the darker murky waters of Rio Negro and the sandy beige waters of Rio Solimoes. This great natural wonder creates one of the most spectacular phenomena and highlights found within the Amazon.
Home to the elusive jaguar and the docile manatee, the pink dolphin and the vampire bat; the Amazon rainforest is packed with some of the most bizarre and mystical creatures. With more than one third of the entire world's animal species, its biodiversity is astounding. It has been estimated to contain the world's largest number of insects and fresh water fish, as well as over 1,500 species of birds and over 430 mammals. The Amazon is a paradise for wildlife and nature lovers alike. With the dense forest and murky waterways, animals can be hard to spot and so having a biologist guide is essential to maximise your Amazon experience.
The city of Manaus is the unlikely gateway to this vast rainforest. It's an enormous city home to millions of people living in th middle of the jungle. Back in the day, during the rubber boom, it was one of Latin Americas most affluent cities and is home to the world famous Opera house; a historical landmark and well worth the visit.
The best way to explore the Amazon jungle and its massive rivers is by staying at one of our preferred EcoLodges or River Cruises. Spy in to the dense rainforest, canoe through a flooded forest and explore the riverbanks in search of wildlife. Visit the indigenous communities and learn about their way of life or simply just relax in a hammock and soak up the sounds of the jungle. As the world's largest and most mystical rainforest, we highly recommend spending between three to seven days to maximise your jungle experience.