Overview

Probably the best recognised and most exotic river in the world, the Amazon runs from its modest source in the Andes down to the Atlantic Ocean in northern Brazil. Throughout this vast basin, the biodiversity is astounding, with one in 10 of every natural species.

The majority of the Amazon basin, seven 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.

Much of the region is wilderness, home only to remote or undiscovered tribes. 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.

The Amazon rainforest is not uniform jungle; different species thrive in different areas, and visiting 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.

You can contact our Travel Experts if you feel inspired to book a holiday to the Amazon. We have over 40 years of experience in organising award-winning trips to Central and South America, so you can trust us to book an exciting trip for you.

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Colombia / The Amazon

Off the beaten track Colombia: San Agustin and the Amazon

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Peru / The Amazon

Peru Birdlife: Machu Picchu to Pristine Amazon

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Brazil / Iguazu Falls / The Amazon

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The weather in The Amazon is wide and varied

The lush, tangled Amazon rainforest stretches out across eight countries- Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana- and shelters a vast array of beautiful, fragile species. Elusive, shy creatures such as jaguars, ocelots and tapirs can be difficult to spot, but capybaras, caimans, spider monkeys and colourful birds are plentiful. Wherever you visit, be that Bolivia’s Madidi National Park, Colombia’s quaint eco-village Puerto Nariño or Brazil’s elegant city Manaus, there tend to be only two main seasons. From roughly June - November is the dry season, with scorching temperatures, clearer skies and more easily accessible hiking trails. The wet season from December - May ushers in heavy rains which flood many parts of the rainforest, meaning you can explore by canoe and spot animals along the way.

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