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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, 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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Family Brazil: Waterfalls, rivers and rainforests

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Signature Brazil: Brazil at a glance

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12 days from £3,424pp

Pantanal Brazil

Signature Argentina and Brazil: Amazon, Pantanal and Iguazú Falls

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16 days from £4,543pp

Squirrel monkey

Family Ecuador and Galapagos

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13 days from £6,289pp

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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 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!


Laura Rendell-Dunn

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.

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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.  

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