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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 ruber 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 Solimões 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 and 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.


What do you really love doing? We’ll tailor your itinerary to suit you.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Purchase Local Handicrafts

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

Jaguar, Pantanal, Brazil

Brazilian Amazon & the Pantanal

Designed to appeal to wildlife enthusiasts and keen ornithologists, this itinerary takes in the fresh wetlands of the Pantanal, the world’s largest protected tropical rainforest corridor in the Amazon and the dazzling coastline of Rio.
Utilising carefully selected properties as bases for tracking endemic species, linger for multiple days in remote locations to maximise on opportunities for in-depth explorations and memorable sightings. We can even arrange for those with a larger budget who are keen to track jaguars to join specialist research trips open to only 12 people each year.

9 days

from £2,400 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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Meet our experts

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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What a fantastic trip to Argentina, Chile and Brazil superbly organised by James.

Destination: Argentina, Chile & Brazil
Travel Expert: James

What excellent service from James - he was very knowledgeable and booked the perfect trip for us to Brazil.

Destination: Brazil
Travel Expert: James

Roxy did a truly wonderful job at arranging our itinerary, which was very unique.

Destination: Brazil
Travel Expert: Roxy

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