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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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parrot lick

Wildlife Peru and Galapagos

Private journey

14 days from £4,625pp

monkeys

Family Brazil: Waterfalls, rivers and rainforests

Private journey

14 days from £3,726pp

Silvia Market

Off the beaten track Colombia: San Agustin and the Amazon

Private journey

12 days from £2,482pp

Squirrel monkey

Family Ecuador and Galapagos

Private journey

13 days from £4,961pp

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Our insider tips for The Amazon

David

David Nichols

Taking an Amazonian cruise is the best way to visit the world's largest rainforest for those who might be nervous about night-time encounters with creepy crawlies or the jungle heat and humidity. Days are spent taking guided boat excursions into the forest on the look out for the fascinating and varied flora and fauna, so you see as much as from an eco-lodge. However, once back onboard you can retreat to the comforts of an air-conditioned cabin or enjoy an ice-cold beer on the breezy sundeck!

Adam Calladine

Adam Calladine

Extending into 9 countries including Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, its not only easy but also highly worthwhile combing an adventure to the Amazon with the cultural,  archaeological, beach or mountain-based highlights on offer in these or their neighboring countries. Wherever or however you do it (and there are many excellent options!), you'll learn lots about the medicinal use of plants and spot an impressive array of exotic fauna.

Laura

Laura Rendell-Dunn

Visiting an indigenous community in their village and observing how they co-exist in harmonious symbiosis with the surrounding forest is a fascinating and humbling experience and great way to learn about traditions and skills passed down through generations over thousands of years. Buying a handmade necklace, an intricately woven basket or wood carving will also help them supplement their incomes whilst preserving traditional artisanal traditions.

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Try your hand at catch and release piranha-fishing during your stay in the Amazon! Its great fun and will allow you to see their vicious looking teeth and powerful little jaws for yourself! Fortunately, the tales of man-devouring piranha are pure Holywood fiction so once you're done with the fishing, why enjoy a refreshing dip and tell your friends you have swum with piranhas (and if you're lucky, pink river dolphins!)

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