Morning River Cruise, Amazon Rainforest

Brazilian Amazon

The overwhelming majority of the Amazon resides in Brazil, including the mouth of the river and the largest part of the Amazon’s fertile basin.

Northern Brazil is dominated by the Amazon Rainforest; a vast tract tropical wilderness divided by the enormous Amazon River basin. More than half of the Amazon River Basin is located within Brazil, supporting incredible biodiversity with an array of mammals, insects, reptiles and bird species.

Amazon Theatre in Manaus, Brazil
Amazon Theatre in Manaus, Brazil

A little more about the Brazilian Amazon

Manaus, the capital of Amazonas State, serves as the main gateway into the depths of the Amazon Rainforest. A stroll downtown uncovers a variety of rubber boom-era British-built buildings including the impressive Opera House. Head downstream by boat to observe the natural phenomena known as the ‘Meeting of the Waters’ where the clay-coloured waters of Rio Solimoes meet the black waters of Rio Negro and flow in parallel for six kilometres before converging to form the Rio Amazon.

Cristalino Lodge, Alta Floresta, Brazil
Cristalino Lodge, Alta Floresta, Brazil

Connect with nature at a wildlife lodge

Stay at one the lodges only a boat ride away from Manaus, such as Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge or stay at the excellent Cristalino Lodge accessed from Alta Floresta in the southern Amazon. Venture deep into the virgin forest with an experienced guide to explore the array of flora and fauna, such as sloth, toucan, caiman and pink river dolphins, that flourish within its ecosystems. Exploring by boat is certainly one of the most rewarding ways to see the Amazon. These include the Clipper Cruises and private charters of the MY Tucano, an expeditionary vessel that sails deep into the Amazon, exploring the dark waters of the Rio Negro and its tributaries.


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Marajo Canal, Belem do Para, Brazil

River Cruise on Rio Negro

Spend a few days cruising up the Rio Negro, a tributary of the Amazon, deep into the Rainforest on a small but comfortable riverboat.

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Tucan, Uakari Lodge, Amazon, Brazil

Birding in the Amazon

Keep a notebook and set of binoculars close to hand when bird-watching in the Amazon, a paradise that is home to more than 1,500 winged species.

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Brazilian Indian, Amazon, Brazil

Purchase Local Handicrafts

Support the indigenous Amazon communities and their unique way of life by purchasing some of their exquisite handicrafts, jewellery and textiles.

Morning River Cruise, Amazon Rainforest

Early Morning Nature Trails

Set out on gentle hikes at the break of day for an otherworldly experience, completely surrounded by thousands of squawking birds.

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Piranha Fishing, Ecuadorian Amazon

Try Piranha “Fishing”

Watch as hungry piranhas latch onto bait before dropping back into the rivers during a safe catch and release fishing experience.

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Amazonian Boat, Brazil

Cruise the Amazon

Sail on the world’s mightiest river during an authentic Amazon cruise that navigates far off the beaten track.

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Pink Dolphins, Samiria National Reserve, Amazon Rainforest, Peru

Search for Pink River Dolphins

Head out to try and find the elusive and magnificent pink river dolphins, which only live in the fresh waters of the Amazon Rainforest.

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Pastaza River Basin, Amazon Rainforest

Amazonian Country-Hopping

Consider exploring the Amazon in more than one country, moving between Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Colombia or Bolivia to experience the remotest corners of the Amazon Basin.

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Negro River, Amazon, Brazil

Swing in a Hammock

After a morning of adventure, head back to your cabin to swing in a hammock to read a good book (or simply for a siesta).

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Jaguar, Pantanal, Brazil

Brazilian Amazon & the Pantanal Wildlife Circuit

Travel into the habitats of Brazil’s most iconic wildlife, offering a window into their natural world. A rewarding trip that puts nature at centre stage, venturing into the beating heart of Brazil’s wildlife.

14 days

from £5,895 pp

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Tucano river cruise
Manaus, Brazil

Sail the Brazilian Amazon

Embark on an in-depth, off-the-beaten-track river journey into the heart of the Brazilian Amazon on board the comfortable MY Tucano riverboat. This explorative eight-day Amazon voyage ventures deeper into this vast tropical wilderness than any other comparative boat.

9 days

from £3,400 pp

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Cristalino Lodge £££££

  • Brazil
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Cristalino Lodge is nestled beside the banks of the Cristalino River in a private forest reserve in the southern Amazon Rainforest. There are 18 rooms, ranging from standard to spacious bungalows set within the forest. All the accommodation has ceiling fans and screened windows allowing the sounds of the jungle into the room as well as hammocks outside. The bungalows have in addition an outside shower set in a private garden. As well as an extensive network of walking trails through the rainforest and canoeing options, Cristalino Lodge boasts a 50-metre canopy tower with three different platforms for watching wildlife below and above the canopy, and there is a screened tree house for chance sightings of tapirs and peccaries that arrive to feed on the salt clay.

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Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge £££££

  • Brazil
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

The Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is set in a vast stretch of rainforest in the Anavilhanas Archipelago, the world’s largest freshwater archipelago, two and a half hours from Manaus, on the banks of the Rio Negro. There are six thatched bungalows and 16 cottages situated throughout the forest, in the traditional caboclo style of the region. They are stylish and comfortable with air conditioning, electricity, hot water and a private terrace. The two panoramic bungalows are huge, double the size of the other rooms, with a glass wall as well as the living room and dining area.

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Uakari Lodge £££££

  • Brazil
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

The Uakari Lodge is a community-run floating lodge in the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve, the largest area of the flooded Amazonian forest. The main objective of the lodge is to help the local communities and preserve natural resources.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy loves to delve into South American culture, so Brazil is always at the top of her hit list. From eating tapioca served from local food carts to the art of capoeira dancing, she loves to find new experiences to share with her wayfaring clients.

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