Overview

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.

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.

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Colombia / The Amazon

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Peru / 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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