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3 days - Tambopata Amazon Jungle Tour

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3 days - Tambopata Amazon Jungle

"Die Lodge ist gut! Die Touren sind abwechslungsreich und interessant." Norbert, traveled in November 2023
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3 days Iquitos Amazon Jungle tour with Pink Dolphin watch Tour

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3 days Iquitos Amazon Jungle tour with Pink Dolphin watch

"The lodge was cozy and the food delicious, the activities were varied and we gained a good overview over the amazon." Tabea, traveled in June 2022

5 Days Amazon Lodge Cuyabeno Reserve Tour

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5 Days Amazon Lodge Cuyabeno Reserve

"The accommodation, food, guides and activities are all amazing. I would highly recommend this trip." ELIOTT, traveled in January 2023

4 Days Amazon Lodge Cuyabeno Reserve Tour

4 Days Amazon Lodge Cuyabeno Reserve

"The tour itself was amazing!! Very nice lodges, great activities with a nice amount of rest inbetween." Amy, traveled in September 2022

Amazon Riverboat Adventure In Depth Tour

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Amazon Riverboat Adventure In Depth

"Great way to explore the river and life surrounding it." Martin, traveled in February 2024

Amazon Jungle - 3 Days Tour

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Amazon Jungle - 3 Days

"From the pick up from the hostel to the Tours inside the jungle everything was awesome!" Marlene, traveled in April 2023

Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle Tour

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Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle

"Awesome tour, every detail was very well planned out and excellent guide!" Abril, traveled in May 2022

Puerto Maldonado Amazon Eco-Lodge 3D/2N (from Puerto Maldonado) Tour

Puerto Maldonado Amazon Eco-Lodge 3D/2N (from Puerto Maldonado)

"The food was delicious and it was nice to see the animals, trees, boat tours and have a mud bath on the side of the river." Christi, traveled in February 2018
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5-Day Amazon Cuyabeno Adventure Tour

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5-Day Amazon Cuyabeno Adventure

"The Cuyabeno, so far is my favorite place in the Amazon. Totally recommended." PatyRodriguez, traveled in June 2018

Bolivian Amazon Pampas Air-Expedition 5D/4N (from La Paz) Tour

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Unique Amazon Sustaintable Comunities Encounter in Ecuador with meals included! Tour

Unique Amazon Sustaintable Comunities Encounter in Ecuador with meals included!

4 Days 3 Nights on Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Tour

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4 Days 3 Nights on Pacaya Samiria National Reserve

ROYAL IQUITOS - 4 DAYS Tour

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"The Amazon is truly a precious, unique and fragile ecosystem that should be preserved at all cost." Veselin, traveled in September 2023

Peru Essentials Tour

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Peru Essentials

"Sufficient time to soak up the culture." Dylan, traveled in December 2018

La Selva Amazon Lodge 4 days Tour Tour

La Selva Amazon Lodge 4 days Tour

"Exploring Ecuador's great nature revealed breathtaking scenic views that left me in awe of this country's beauty." Sawyer, traveled in February 2024

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This trip was truly the trip of a lifetime. Jesus really submerges you into the Peruvian culture and the three days you’re there, you are nonstop with activities. Our guide was so knowledgeable and he made the trip. His family grew up in the rainforest so he was able to tell you the history about most things there (the families, the foods, the animals etc). We went during rainy season, and still had a wonderful time. If you’re looking for adventure, meeting wonderful people, and being in nature - this trip is for you!
I had a wonderful time. So many great experiences, swimming in the Amazon, ziplining in the jungle, nature hikes, animal sanctuaries. The hotel grounds are wonderful. And the food is delicious. Staff is super attentive and friendly. Great place if you just want to chill but also lots of optional activities.
First time in the jungle and Nicky Amazon lodge made it one of the best experiences of my life.Evi our guide was a walking talking Google. How he managed to locate animals birds and insects amongst the jungle foliage I don't know.Even when he pointed them out I found it at first hard to see.He new every bird animal and insect by name .His knowledge of the various eco systems was amazing. The lodge was just as you would expect helpful polite nothing to much trouble.Food was excellent freshly prepared with plenty of local flavors .Our lodge was excellent hot shower room service every day. A great big tick for all the staff at Nicky lodge just amazing.

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"We spent 4D/3N in the Paradise Lodge. It was a fantastic experience. We had two outstanding guides: Fernando and Saul. We had programs from early morning to late night. The highlight was the trip to the Sadokal Lake. It's simple amazing. The best fun was fishing on Rio Madre de Dios. We even caught some fish. The food was unbelievable in the middle of the jungle. I strongly recommend this tour everybody who wants to go to the jungle.

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"First time in the jungle and Nicky Amazon lodge made it one of the best experiences of my life.Evi our guide was a walking talking Google. How he managed to locate animals birds and insects amongst the jungle foliage I don't know.Even when he pointed them out I found it at first hard to see.He new every bird animal and insect by name .His knowledge of the various eco systems was amazing. The lodge was just as you would expect helpful polite nothing to much trouble.Food was excellent freshly prepared with plenty of local flavors .Our lodge was excellent hot shower room service every day. A great big tick for all the staff at Nicky lodge just amazing.

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"This journey was truly unforgettable, thanks to the incredible experiences, accommodations, and crew. The crew's attentiveness and the expertise of the guides were exceptional. Every aspect of the journey exceeded my expectations, from the refreshing cold towel in the jungle to the meticulous care of our belongings by the crew. I highly recommend this to everyone. Greetings Sebastiaan

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Discover the breathtaking beauty of Amazon Rainforest tours with Go Amazon Rainforest. Immerse yourself in the diverse ecosystems of the world’s largest rainforest. Embark on unforgettable adventures in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and more. Experience the incredible biodiversity and natural wonders of the Amazon. Choose from lodge accommodations or luxury cruises, tailor your itinerary to your preferences, and create a unique travel experience. Start planning your dream trip to the Amazon Rainforest today with Go Amazon Rainforest.

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Our custom Amazon tours  have been carefully crafted with enriching private excursions and thoughtful routes honed with years of in-destination experience. Browse our best-selling Amazon Rainforest travel packages below and begin an unforgettable journey tailored uniquely to you.

Rio de Janeiro & the Amazon Rainforest Tour

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Rio de Janeiro, the former capital nestled between tropical mountains and sea, welcomes you. Let nature dominate at the Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge…

Machu Picchu & the Amazon Jungle Tour

Discover two of Peru’s best wonders on this Machu Picchu and Amazon jungle tour. First, visit Lima, the burgeoning capital of Peru, and then follow…

Manu Reserve Zone Park 8 Days Tour

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This special tour will start and finish in Cusco, city of the Incas, and take you through  Manu  over  8 days . Here you will be immersed in one of the world’s …

Places to Visit on an Amazon Rainforest Vacation

The mighty jungle spans multiple countries, meaning there are plenty of places to visit in the Amazon Rainforest depending on the region in which you are traveling.

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The Amazon Rainforest, located in South America, is a vast and expansive ecosystem that covers an extensive area, making it one of the largest rainforests in the world.

Understanding the Vast Size of the Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest spans across multiple countries including Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and others, encompassing an area of approximately 2.1 million square miles.

Within this immense expanse of land, the Amazon Rainforest sustains an awe-inspiring variety of flora and fauna, making it a hotspot for biodiversity. It is home to countless species of plants, animals, and insects, many of which are not found anywhere else on the planet. The sheer size and complexity of the Amazon Rainforest are what contribute to its ecological significance and its vital role in maintaining global climate stability.

Exploring the Diverse Ecosystems within the Amazon

As you venture into the Amazon Rainforest, you’ll quickly realize the breathtaking diversity of ecosystems it offers. From the dense evergreen forests to expansive flooded wetlands, the Amazon Rainforest showcases an astonishing array of habitats and landscapes.

One of the key features of the Amazon Rainforest is its extensive river network, including the mighty Amazon River and its tributaries. These waterways serve as lifelines for the region, not only providing transportation but also shaping the surrounding landscapes.

  • The lush floodplains support a rich variety of aquatic life.
  • The dense canopy of the rainforest is teeming with foliage and serves as a sanctuary for countless species.
  • The diverse range of ecosystems, including swamps, savannahs, and montane forests, harbor distinct plant and animal communities.

Exploring the Amazon Rainforest allows you to witness firsthand the intricate interplay between the different ecosystems and the remarkable adaptability of its inhabitants.

Overall, the vast size and ecological richness of the Amazon Rainforest make it an unparalleled destination for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Embark on an unforgettable journey into this natural wonderland and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Amazon Rainforest with Go Amazon Rainforest.

Amazon Rainforest Tours in Brazil

Embark on a breathtaking journey through the Brazilian Amazon with Go Amazon Rainforest. Discover the beauty and wonder of this vast rainforest, immersing yourself in its unique ecosystems and diverse wildlife.

Discovering the Beauty of the Brazilian Amazon

The Brazilian Amazon is renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty. As you venture into this enchanting rainforest, you’ll be greeted by lush greenery, towering trees, and the vibrant symphony of exotic creatures.

Explore the mesmerizing biodiversity that thrives within the Brazilian Amazon, from the colorful birds soaring through the canopy to the graceful river dolphins gliding through the waters. Get up close and personal with fascinating creatures like sloths, jaguars, monkeys, and anacondas.

Popular Tour Destinations in Brazil

Within Brazil, the city of Manaus serves as the perfect starting point for your Amazon Rainforest adventure. Located in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, Manaus offers easy access to the region’s most captivating destinations.

Embark on daily excursions to the tributaries of the Rio Negro, where you’ll immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of the tropical jungle. Marvel at the stunning landscapes, experience the unique flora and fauna, and witness the wonders of the Amazon firsthand.

Activities and Experiences in the Brazilian Amazon

There are endless activities and experiences to indulge in during your Amazon Rainforest tour in Brazil. Engage in thrilling jungle treks, navigating through dense foliage and uncovering hidden gems along the way.

  • Embark on a captivating boat ride along the Amazon River, immersing yourself in the peaceful serenity of the waterways.
  • Visit picturesque indigenous communities to learn about their traditional customs, rituals, and sustainable way of life.
  • Experience nocturnal adventures, where you’ll witness the Amazon come alive under the magical moonlight.
  • Discover hidden waterfalls and take refreshing swims in pristine natural pools.
  • Engage in birdwatching expeditions, spotting vibrant toucans, macaws, and countless other avian wonders.

Every moment in the Brazilian Amazon is an opportunity for awe and discovery, where you’ll create unforgettable memories and connect with the raw natural power of this incredible ecosystem.

Peru Amazon Rainforest Tours

Welcome to the wonders of the Peruvian Amazon, a breathtaking destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. With Go Amazon Rainforest, embark on an unforgettable journey through the diverse ecosystems of the Peru Amazon Rainforest.

Experiencing the Wonders of the Peruvian Amazon

Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the Peruvian Amazon. Explore the dense jungles, winding rivers, and vibrant wildlife that call this region home. Discover the enchanting sights and sounds as you venture deep into the heart of this ecological paradise. From thrilling jungle treks to tranquil boat rides along the Amazon River, Peru offers a range of experiences for every type of traveler.

Highlights of Amazon Rainforest Tours in Peru

During your tour, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the incredible biodiversity that thrives within the Peruvian Amazon. Encounter colorful macaws, playful monkeys, elusive jaguars, and other fascinating wildlife species. Marvel at the unique plant life, from towering trees to delicate orchids. Dive into the pristine waters of the Amazon and discover the wonders that lie beneath during snorkeling or diving excursions.

Combining Amazon Tours with Machu Picchu Visit

Enhance your Peru Amazon Rainforest adventure by combining it with a visit to the legendary Machu Picchu. Experience a perfect blend of natural and cultural wonders as you explore both the Amazon and the iconic Inca ruins. Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and archaeological marvels of Machu Picchu while also indulging in the wild beauty of the Amazon. It’s an opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Exploring the Amazon in Other South American Countries

When it comes to exploring the Amazon Rainforest, South America offers a multitude of options beyond Brazil and Peru. These lesser-known countries provide unique and captivating experiences for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Colombia’s Unique Amazon Rainforest Experiences

Colombia’s Amazon region is a hidden gem, characterized by its rich biodiversity and untouched landscapes. Journey deep into this pristine rainforest and immerse yourself in the vibrant ecosystem. Marvel at the incredible variety of flora and fauna, from colorful birds to elusive jaguars.

Embark on thrilling hikes through dense foliage, guided by knowledgeable local experts who can unveil the secrets of the Amazon. Explore winding rivers and encounter indigenous communities that call this region home, learning about their ancient traditions and way of life.

Ecuadorian Amazon: Birdwatching and Wildlife Encounters

Ecuador’s Amazon offers a unique paradise for birdwatching enthusiasts. With over 1,500 bird species, including rarities like the Hoatzin and Harpy Eagle, it’s a haven for bird lovers. Explore the Yasuni National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where you can spot colorful toucans, macaws, and many other avian wonders.

Aside from birdwatching, the Ecuadorian Amazon presents fantastic opportunities for wildlife encounters. Set out on guided excursions, where you may observe playful river dolphins, monkeys swinging through the treetops, and caiman gliding along the riverbanks.

Lesser-known Destinations: Guyana and Suriname

For intrepid travelers seeking off-the-beaten-path adventures, Guyana and Suriname offer extraordinary explorations of the Amazon Rainforest.

In Guyana, discover the breathtaking Kaieteur Falls, one of the world’s most powerful waterfalls. Embark on treks through dense jungle, marveling at ancient tepuis (table-top mountains) and encountering unique wildlife, such as giant river otters and giant anteaters.

In Suriname, journey into remote corners of the Amazon, where you can witness the awe-inspiring sight of sea turtles nesting on pristine beaches. Explore the vast nature reserves, hike along trails enveloped by lush greenery, and encounter diverse plant and animal species found only in this untouched habitat.

These lesser-known destinations in South America offer intrepid explorers the chance to experience the Amazon Rainforest in a truly unique and immersive way. Discover pristine landscapes, encounter incredible wildlife, and marvel at the wonders of this unparalleled natural paradise.

Lodges and Cruises in the Amazon Rainforest

When embarking on Amazon Rainforest tours, one of the key decisions is choosing accommodations that allow you to fully immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Amazon. Whether you prefer the comfort of a lodge or the adventure of a cruise, there are options available to suit every traveler’s preferences.

Lodge Accommodations in the Amazon

Stay in a cozy lodge nestled deep within the Amazon Rainforest and wake up to the sounds of nature. These lodges offer a unique opportunity to experience the serenity and beauty of the jungle while providing essential comforts. Enjoy comfortable rooms, delicious local cuisine, and knowledgeable guides who will lead you on exciting excursions to explore the surrounding biodiversity. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the rainforest while staying in a secluded lodge.

Cruising the Amazon River: An Unforgettable Experience

Embark on an unforgettable journey along the Amazon River and experience the grandeur of the rainforest from the comfort of a cruise ship. Cruise along the winding waterways, witnessing breathtaking vistas and encountering diverse wildlife. Relax on board while enjoying luxurious amenities and services, including spacious cabins, gourmet dining, and engaging activities. Explore different sections of the Amazon, stopping at remote locations and venturing into the heart of the jungle with experienced guides.

Luxury Amazon Cruises for a Memorable Trip

For those seeking the pinnacle of luxury and refinement, luxury Amazon cruises provide an unparalleled experience. Indulge in the sophistication of top-notch facilities and services while surrounded by the pristine beauty of the Amazon Rainforest. These cruises offer exclusive amenities such as spa treatments, gourmet dining experiences, and personalized itineraries tailored to your preferences. Sail in style while observing the incredible wildlife and breathtaking landscapes, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Customizing Your Amazon Rainforest Tour

Embark on a journey like no other with Go Amazon Rainforest as you personalize your Amazon Rainforest tour to suit your preferences. Immerse yourself in the astonishing beauty and diverse ecosystems of the Amazon as you tailor your activities and itineraries. Here’s how you can make your experience truly unique:

Personalizing Your Experience in the Amazon

When customizing your Amazon Rainforest tour, you have the freedom to choose the level of adventure and relaxation that suits you. Whether you prefer an adrenaline-pumping jungle trek, a serene canoe ride through winding rivers, or a peaceful birdwatching experience, the Amazon Rainforest offers options for every type of traveler.

Additionally, you can select the duration of your tour, whether you’re looking for a short immersive getaway or an extended expedition deep into the heart of the rainforest. Discuss your preferences with our experienced guides to ensure your personalized journey fulfills your wildest dreams.

Tailoring Activities and Itineraries to Your Preferences

With Go Amazon Rainforest, you have the flexibility to choose from a wide array of activities and create an itinerary tailored specifically to your interests. Explore the pristine jungle trails on guided hikes, embark on thrilling wildlife spotting adventures, or engage in cultural exchanges with indigenous communities.

Perhaps you’re fascinated by the vibrant birdlife of the Amazon; our experts can plan specialized birdwatching excursions to take you to prime locations for avian encounters. Or maybe you’re captivated by the amazing plant life of the rainforest; we can arrange educational tours at botanical research centers.

Tips for Planning the Perfect Amazon Rainforest Trip

To ensure a seamless and unforgettable experience, here are some essential tips for planning your Amazon Rainforest tour:

  • Research the climate and weather patterns during your desired travel dates, as the Amazon experiences different seasons throughout the year.
  • Consider your physical fitness level and choose activities that match your capabilities.
  • Pack appropriate clothing and gear, including lightweight and breathable clothing, sturdy footwear, insect repellent, and a hat.
  • Ensure you have the necessary vaccinations and medications recommended for the region.
  • Book your tour in advance to secure your preferred accommodations and activities.
  • Inform your tour provider about any dietary restrictions or special requirements.

By following these tips and working closely with our team at Go Amazon Rainforest, you can create the perfect Amazon Rainforest tour that aligns with your interests, preferences, and travel goals. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the world’s most magnificent rainforest!

Amazon FAQs

Thinking about an Amazon trip? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests. Visit our Amazon Vacation Planning page for in-depth Amazon travel tips.

For many reasons, the best time to visit the Amazon is from June – November. During this time, the Amazon Rainforest experiences its dry season – meaning the water levels are lower, allowing access to forested areas and greater opportunities for land-based exploration excursions. However, it’s important to note that as the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon experiences approximately 250 days of rain a year, spanning all months. Despite having varying seasons, like the “wet” season (December – May), travelers should expect a few hours of light rain at any point in the year. The rain is what continues to keep the rainforests and its rare flora and fauna alive.

Yes, traveling to the Amazon Rainforest is safe! In Brazil’s main center for visiting the Amazon – Manaus, you’ll always have guided activities with expert naturalist guides to help you navigate the jungle. Outside of town make sure you have all recommended vaccinations, according to your doctor and that you take a Malaria prophylaxis. Although along the Rio Negro, where most travelers go, there are very few mosquitoes!

All Amazon lodges and cruises offer jungle walks guided by local professionals to get to know the vegetation. Discover the importance of medicinal plants, spot vibrant macaws and parrots, and learn to identify the calls of rare animals. While listening to the sounds of the animals in the jungle is a common experience, actually spotting the fauna can be difficult. Travelers may consider the Pantanal wetlands for wildlife spotting, as it is less dense than the Amazon. Piranha fishing is also very popular. Local guides can also take you to different areas where other animal species can be seen, such as the pink river dolphins or macaws. Alligator (jacare) spotting at night is one of the most fascinating activities.

In general, the Amazon Jungle is not dangerous for travelers! Animals in the Amazon are not aggressive, as there is plenty of food available. Even the aforementioned “alligator” is a “caiman,” the peaceful cousin of the crocodiles you have heard about from Australia and the Florida Everglades. Your guide will always make you aware of toxic plants or spiders. Most guides are from the local communities, knowing well the healing properties of the plants that surround you. The one element to be aware of is Malaria: there is no vaccination, rather prophylaxis you take before traveling to the Amazon and stop taking as soon as you depart.

If visiting the Amazon in Brazil, you’ll get to the Amazon rainforest mostly by flying into Manaus, or for a more remote experience, by flying into Alta Floresta, with its luxurious lodge, or into Tefé for the most remote experience possible. In Peru, the main access points are Puerto Maldonado, Manu and Iquitos. In Bolivia, it is Rurrenabaque, Coca in Ecuador and Leticia in Colombia.

No – There are different areas with different flora and fauna. The main difference is caused by the altitude. Most of the Brazilian part is at sea-level or only slightly above it, whereas in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, the rainforest sits on higher ground. The higher, the less dense the fauna is. Therefore, for example, if you are interested in birding, you would prefer the Peruvian Rainforest, as, due to the fauna being less dense, it is easier to spot birds. The Peruvian Amazon also offers some of the most luxurious river cruise ships such as the Aria. The Brazilian Amazon Rainforest offers travelers a wide range of lodges and cruises. Embark on a large cruise ship such as Hurtigruten or Iberostar, or a small, intimate cruise such as the Tucano. The Ecuadorian Amazon boasts Yasuni National Park, home to millions of species of plants, birds, insects, and mammals.

Typically, you would stay at a lodge or cruise along the river. It depends on what kind of experience interests the traveler(s). The advantage of a lodge is that your stay in the Amazon Rainforest can begin at any time, whereas cruises have set departure dates. While cruises offer plenty of departure dates, it can be challenging to be on a strict schedule. On the other hand, the advantage of a river cruise is that you see a vast extent of the rainforest, with different animals and vegetation, without needing to turn back after each excursion. Cruises also tend to include a stop at local communities where you can experience and learn about the lives of Amazonian locals. Whether you experience the Amazon on a cruise ship or nestled in a lodge, you’re sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado is the heartland for Peruvian Amazon Rainforest tours. Its location in the south-eastern region of Peru makes it strategic to add to a visit to Machu Picchu or Cusco. A boat ride will take you from Puerto Maldonado down the Madre de Dios river to a comfortable jungle lodge. Here you can spot all kinds of unique wildlife, visit the Tambopata National Reserve, or the world's largest macaw clay lick, the Chuncho claylick.

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Iquitos is the gateway to Amazon River exploration in the Peruvian Amazon. Lodges tend to be more rustic, but Iquitos is where the most luxurious Amazon River cruises embark. Iquitos city has a fascinating history, while just beyond the buildings, the dense rainforest seems to go on forever. River cruises sail around the Pacaya Samiria Reserve where you'll have ample opportunities for bird watching, sporting pink river dolphins, and maybe an elusive jaguar.

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Manu National Park

Manu National Park is for off-the-beaten-path Amazon touring. This UNESCO World Heritage site spans an astonishing 1.5 million hectares of highly protected Peruvian Rainforest and is not easily accessible. Expect long car and boat rides through the jungles to get to your lodge, all the makings for a wild adventure!

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Tambopata Research Center

The Tambopata Research Center is an eco-friendly lodge in the Peruvian Amazon near Puerto Maldonado. This research center is the only lodge within the Tambopata National Reserve, giving you prime opportunities for wildlife spotting. Ongoing research for the Macaw Project continues onsite.

Peru Highlights

Peru is filled with archaeological ruins, scenic landscapes, and delicious flavors. Must-see places in Peru include:

Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in four or two days. The Inca Trail is a 500-year old pathway where the elite Incas once entered into the “Lost City of the Incas”. Plan with your Peru for Less travel advisor in advance, Inca Trail permits tend to sell out even 6-months in advance.

Amazon Rainforest

Step into the lush Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and witness a spectacular array of wildlife in its natural habitat. Lodges in Puerto Maldonado are ideal for excursions and daily activities. Those looking for a more luxurious Amazon experience would love an Iquitos Amazon River cruise. Colorful macaws, giant tarantulas, and playful river otters are among the sights you’ll behold.

Cusco city has it all, archaeological ruins, colonial buildings, top-rated restaurants, and countless places to explore. Your Cusco City Tour will take you to the top highlights like Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, the Cusco Cathedral, and more.

Arequipa is a picturesque town and also the second-largest city in Peru. Local markets, beautifully built colonial architecture, and El Misti volcano are among the things you’ll see while walking the cobblestone streets of the white city.

Lake Titicaca

Sail on the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca and step on the reed Uros and Taquile floating islands. Some of the best weavers are found in this area so pick up some Peruvian textiles here for unique souvenirs.

Nazca Lines

The Nazca Lines are mysterious geoglyphs and geometric shapes drawn onto the desert floor hundreds of years ago by the Nazca culture. Little is known about them nevertheless, the Nazca Lines inspire awe in those who take a flight over them.

Lima is a mixture of modern city living and historical significance. Here you’ll find Central restaurant (ranked #6 by 50 Worlds Best), UNESCO World Heritage sites like Historic City Center with the San Francisco Convent, and the best shopping in Peru.

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Amazon Rainforest Tours

Our Amazon Rainforest tours transport you into a symphony of sensations in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Listen to the sounds of howler monkeys as you walk on platforms in the canopies, see the colorful feathers of macaws on bird-watching excursions, taste exotic fruits, go piranha fishing, or watch pink river dolphins play in the Amazon river. Our Amazon vacation packages include luxury lodges in Puerto Maldonado or high-end river cruises in Iquitos for an unparalleled adventure into the wild that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. Complete with transfers, naturalist guides, and gourmet food, you’re sure to enjoy yourself here in one of the world’s most biodiverse places.

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Luxury Amazon Cruise and Machu Picchu

Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Amazon Cruise

From the clouds forests of Machu Picchu to the weaving Amazon River, this itinerary will show you Peru's best natural and ancient sites.

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Mystic Amazon & Andes

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Explore the Amazon rainforest in Puerto Maldonado before flying to Cusco to discover Machu Picchu for yourself. Then, admire the scenery and cultures of Lake Titicaca.

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Tour through the Peruvian Amazon rainforest with a naturalist guide then explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the famous Machu Picchu.

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Amazon Lodge

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Dive into the nature of the Amazon jungle with daily excursions through the rainforest, along the waterways, and into oxbow lakes.

What to see in Amazon Rainforest

Discover Amazon wildlife in its natural habitat. Watch monkeys and sloths feast on fruit trees, giant river otters play in oxbow lakes, colorful macaws soar through the sunset skies, and so much more. Learn from indigenous communities about Amazon plant medicines or how to fish for piranhas. Your naturalist guide will delight you with their expert animal knowledge.

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Puerto Maldonado

Puerto Maldonado offers unique experiences for nature and wildlife enthusiasts. Located in the southern region of Peru, Puerto Maldonado is the ideal location for adding the Amazon rainforest to your Machu Picchu itinerary. A scenic boat ride down the Madre de Dios river will usher you out of the city to your comfortable lodge. Spot endangered species at Lake Sandoval in the protected Tambopata National Reserve or visit the Chuncho clay lick, the world’s largest macaw clay lick.

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Located on the banks of the Amazon River, the historic city of Iquitos is the best place for embarking on an Amazon river cruise. Known as the gateway to the northern Amazon River, Iquitos is ideal for off-the-beaten-path wildlife viewing and bird watching. Spot pink river dolphins, three-toed sloths, red-bellied piranhas, and if you’re lucky- jaguars near the Pacaya Samiria Reserve.

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Manu National Park

Manu National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site spanning 1.5 million hectares of the Peruvian Amazon. Home to a bewildering array of plant and animal species, this highly protected national reserve has limited access to tourists making it less traveled than other parts of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest.

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Tambopata Research Center

At the Tambopata Research Center, you can moonlight as a scientist on your Peru vacation. New species are still being discovered in the Amazon Rainforest and you could be the namesake of the newest one. Opt for an even more educational Amazon tour by choosing a research center as your base for jungle exploration.

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The Amazon Rainforest is the largest jungle in the world. You’ll see species of plants, birds, fish, mammals, and insects as you relax in a comfortable all-inclusive lodge near the Tambopata Research Center in Puerto Maldonado. Luxury Amazon River cruises from Iquitos are an alternative option for jungle exploration done in style.

Hike the famous Inca Trail to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. This 26-mile hike through idyllic Peruvian landscapes only permits 500 people per day, so talk with your Inca Expert travel advisor today to book in advance.

Visit Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to Machu Picchu. Tour through historical sights and Inca temples or delight in gourmet food at some of the top restaurants in Cusco.

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca is a cultural and natural wonder in Peru. For impressive sunsets, a visit to the Uros and Taquile floating islands, and relaxing luxury hotels, head to Lake Titicaca.

Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley has unending sites to behold and things to do. Visit the Maras Salt Mines, Ollantaytambo ruins, Pisac market, begin the Inca Trail, or simply relax at your scenic Sacred Valley hotel with unmissable views.

It’d be a mistake to miss out on Lima’s top restaurants and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The capital city is home to the most exclusive restaurant in Peru: Central. You can also tour through museums, art galleries, and more in the vibrant city of Lima.

Nazca Lines

The mysterious Nazca Lines are giant geoglyphs drawn into the desert floor. Soar above them to see the hummingbird, the astronaut, the spider, and many more!

Arequipa is a refreshing mix of colonial architecture, Peruvian history, and natural beauty. Visit the historical center, Santa Catalina Monastery, or various lookout points in the city for views of El Misti Volcano. Then, spot Andean condors soaring through Colca Canyon as you continue your tour through scenic Peru.

Puerto Maldonado Lodges

These lodges are the perfect respite for jungle exploration. Crafted with the surrounding environment in mind, you'll encounter simple but comfortable structures built with local materials and with attention to their environmental impact. Most lodges are outfitted with a restaurant, common area, and additional amenities for exploring your surroundings.

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" We wouldn’t stop talking about how well executed and planned everything was. I personally loved the Inca trail addition and I am so glad you gave that to us as an option. The hike to Huayna Picchu was also a group favorite. "

Natasha Mehta & friends NY & PA, USA Traveled to: Cusco, Lares + 2-day Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu

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" It exceeded my expectations and I loved the people I met there. The hikes were so well organized, food was amazing, and the guides were super caring even getting the cooks to make a cake for me on my birthday on the Lares trek. "

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" Based on the trip you organized, the historical knowledge, the people, the food, the culture and the natural beauty of Peru, it was simply the best trip I’ve ever taken. This trip will forever be in my memory. "

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" Our trip to Peru was nothing short of magnificent. As for our favorite part, we loved it all. Machu Picchu was everything we thought it would be and more. We had a wonderfully successful trip to Peru! "

Steven Kopelic PA, USA Traveled to: Amazon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco

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When is the best time to travel to the Amazon Rainforest?

The best time to visit the Amazon Rainforest in Peru is dependent on which region of the Amazon you prefer to experience. In the Northern Amazon, like Iquitos, the best time to visit is during the wet season or high water season from December-May in order to take advantage of boat excursions that elevate you closer up to the animals. In the Southern Amazon, like Puerto Maldonado, the best time to visit is during the dry season from May-September which conveniently correlates with the best time to visit Machu Picchu.

What are the best places to visit in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest?

Do i need vaccinations for an amazon rainforest tour.

The CDC recommends yellow fever, hepatitis A, typhoid, and measles vaccines for traveling to Peru, though they are not required for entry. Malaria medication is recommended for remote parts of the jungle. All travelers should consult with their doctor before traveling.

How can I protect myself from mosquitoes in the Amazon Rainforest?

The best way to protect yourself from mosquito bites while on an Amazon Rainforest tour is to wear protective clothing and insect repellant. Clothing such as light-weight long sleeved shirts and long pants that cover exposed skin on legs can then be sprayed with insect repellant. Regularly reapply repellent to your skin and clothes as rain and sweat can reduce its efficacy.

What should I pack for an Amazon Rainforest tour?

The following are good things to pack for your visit to the Amazon Rainforest:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Waterproof case for phone/camera
  • Waterproof sandals or flip flops
  • Fast-dry clothing
  • Personal medications
  • Journal for jotting your thoughts and observations
  • Water bottle
  • Water-resistant jacket that is lightweight and easy to put in your day pack.
  • Rain poncho
  • Two bathing suits/swimming trunks
  • Sweater or hoodie for the evening.
  • One or two pairs of hiking pants for rugged rainforest walks
  • One or two pairs of shorts
  • One or two long sleeve shirts (100% cotton is great for the jungle)
  • Three pairs of cotton socks
  • Two to three short sleeve shirts
  • Insect repellant with DEET
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunblock of at least 15 SPF
  • Toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash etc
  • First aid kit with bandages, aloe, antibiotics, pain reliever, etc.
  • Contact lenses and extra pair of eye-glasses if you wear glasses.
  • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
  • Sun/rain hat
  • Plastic bags (zip lock bags and a larger trash bag)
  • Swiss army style knife

What is the ideal amount of time for an Amazon Rainforest tour?

The ideal amount of time for an Amazon Rainforest tour is 4-days and 3-nights. With both Amazon lodge and Amazon River Cruise itineraries using the first and last dates as respective arrival and departure days, the 4-day/3-night program includes 2 full days of jungle tours and maximizes your time in the Amazon.

Should I choose an Amazon jungle lodge or an Amazon river cruise?

If you want a luxury Amazon Rainforest experience, opt for high-end cruise options in Iquitos like Delfin. Amazon River Cruises feature amenities like air-conditioning and floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the jungle as you pass by in comfort.

Lodge experiences range from rustic to resplendent and can cater to many different price ranges. Lodges allow you to explore their expansive properties and provide special opportunities to spot animals.

Both experiences are unique and include daily excursions into the Amazon Rainforest with naturalist guides.

Is the Peruvian Amazon safe?

The Peruvian Amazon is a safe place to travel to, especially the areas visited on an organized tour arranged by Inca Expert. With violent crime virtually unheard of in touristic areas, the greatest safety concern comes from insect bites carrying yellow fever or malaria, or improperly handled food. You can protect yourself by having all recommended vaccinations, wearing insect repellent, and by eating at reputable restaurants. Travelers should avoid remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon where illegal mining and logging are prevalent.

How do I get to the Amazon Rainforest from Lima or Cusco?

Flights operate directly from Lima to Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado with daily schedules. Flights operate from Cusco to Iquitos three times a week, while daily flights fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado.

The bus journey from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado is 11-12 hours. Iquitos is not accessible by road and can only be easily accessed via flight.

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Hike deep into the rainforest to explore the jungle, go fishing for piranhas, kayak alongside pink river dolphins, and get to know indigenous people whose culture maintain centuries-old traditions.

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Amazon Expeditions: Immerse Yourself in the Fountain of Life

For the intrepid traveler, an Amazonian lodge-based land tour or riverboat cruise opens up a mysterious world of mindboggling mega-diversity. Experience this legendary South American rainforest on a worry-free Surtrek-led expedition.

Hike deep into the rainforest to explore the jungle at night, go fishing for piranhas, kayak alongside Pink river dolphins, sleep in a world-class luxury jungle lodge or sail along an Amazonian tributary aboard a modern, state-of-the-art Amazon riverboat . Each night, fall asleep to an orchestra of jungle amphibians and insects and wake to the calls of brilliantly colored tropical birds. Plus, when making contact with remote indigenous communities, get a sense of what it means to be in harmony with nature and one’s own natural essence.

For all of this, your Surtrek Amazonian tour will be custom designed to meet your particular, needs, interests, abilities, schedule & budget. Simply contact one of our travel experts to start planning your Amazon experience today.

  • Amazon Lodges

Discover unparalleled adventure and immersion in the heart of the Amazon with our curated selection of Amazon lodges. Nestled deep within the rainforest, our lodges offer an unforgettable experience surrounded by breathtaking biodiversity. From guided wildlife excursions to serene canoe rides along winding rivers, each moment is an opportunity to connect with the natural world. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the jungle, while enjoying comfortable accommodations, locally sourced cuisine, and expert-led expeditions. Whether you seek thrilling encounters with exotic wildlife or tranquil moments of reflection, our Amazon lodges provide the perfect base for your rainforest exploration. Book your adventure today and embark on a journey of discovery in one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders.

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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Amazon with our exclusive Amazon river cruises. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the world’s largest river basin while cruising in comfort and luxury. Our expert-guided expeditions offer unparalleled opportunities for wildlife spotting, from elusive pink dolphins to majestic jaguars. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of indigenous communities along the riverbanks, and explore remote tributaries teeming with exotic flora and fauna. With gourmet dining, luxurious accommodations, and personalized service, our Amazon river cruises promise an extraordinary adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Book your voyage today and set sail on the ultimate Amazonian odyssey.

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  • Amazon Jungle Tours

Discover the wonders of the Amazon rainforest with our immersive jungle tours. Led by expert guides, our tours offer unparalleled opportunities to explore this biodiverse paradise. Trek through lush jungle trails, spot exotic wildlife, and immerse yourself in the rich culture of indigenous communities. With carefully crafted itineraries and comfortable accommodations, our Amazon jungle tours provide a safe and unforgettable adventure for nature lovers of all ages. Book your experience today and let us take you on a journey into the heart of the Amazon.

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How to choose an Amazon vacation

While planning trips to the rainforest, we often ask our travelers what kind of Amazon journey they’d like to embark on: Based at a lodge or on a riverboat cruise? Both great options, but have their unique characteristics.While planning trips to the rainforest, we often ask our travelers what kind of Amazon journey they’d like to embark on: Based at a lodge or on a riverboat cruise? Both great options, but have their unique characteristics.

  • More flexibility , given there are no set departure dates
  • A more in-depth experience , as you’ll be staying in the rainforest itself, where creatures of the jungle – including birds and monkeys – will be your neighbors
  • More room for free-time roaming , as you’ll be free to explore nearby paths early in the morning or late in the afternoon, before and after your day’s activities
  • The rustic elegance of your accommodations  — with natural surroundings, thatched roofs and materials native to the region—giving travelers the feeling of really being in the rainforest

However, the tradeoffs of a lodge-based stay include occasional glitches like the electricity going out for short periods, supplies delayed from upriver, unstable or non-existent Wi-Fi, etc.

  • First-Class Amenities:  luxury riverboats are often considered “floating boutique hotels,” attended to by fully-trained staff and crew members, enjoying excellent food, air-conditioned rooms, regular access to hot water, and comfortable lounge areas and balconies.
  • Covering more ground  during short trips, allowing embarkations for day trips at a number of destinations along the river
  • Trips to pristine locations:  A cruise can allow you to discover places largely untouched by tourism, whereas the trails at most lodges are more well-trodden
  • Easier excursions:  With less hiking involved, excursions from cruises tend to be a bit easier, which is especially great for older or younger guests

What you’ll experience on a vacation in the Amazon

Explore the Amazon, one of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems, teeming with exotic flora and fauna. Witness the electrifying calls of howler monkeys in the treetops, spot the gleaming eyes of caimans during nighttime jungle safaris, and observe families of Giant otters on serene lakes. The Amazon also offers a unique cultural experience, with indigenous communities. Participate in mesmerizing ceremonies led by traditional shamans and capture the beauty of the rainforest and its rivers through your lens. Immerse yourself in the Amazon’s natural wonders and rich indigenous traditions

Is it safe to visit Amazon

While Amazon rainforest visits are generally safe, it’s crucial to be aware of potential risks, especially when delving deep into the jungle. Surtrek prioritizes your safety during Amazonian tours, whether on riverboat cruises or at luxury jungle lodges. We select top-rated accommodations with CPR-trained staff, first-aid supplies, and close communication with local health and security professionals. These accommodations serve fresh, properly prepared food and purified bottled water, while experienced local guides accompany you throughout your Amazonian journey. To further ensure a safe adventure, travelers can also follow some common-sense steps:

  • Getting the appropriate vaccinations and medications  before  you go to the Amazon
  • Protecting yourself from mosquito bites (using insect repellant, wearing long sleeve shirts…)
  • Keeping a safe distance from wild animals and NOT provoking them
  • Not drinking tap water or using ice cubes
  • Rinsing fruit in purified water
  • Keeping an eye on your luggage and take practical steps to avoid pick-pocketing in tourist areas

Best Time to experience the Amazon

The Amazon experiences distinct seasons, often referred to as the “low water” and “high water” seasons due to frequent rainfall. The ideal time to explore the Amazon basin, especially for rainforest hiking, is during the low-water season from June to November. Fewer daily showers, lower rivers, and accessible hiking trails make it easier to explore deeper parts of the jungle on foot. Additionally, the low-water season means fewer mosquitoes, and wildlife gathers around remaining wet areas, enhancing your chances of wildlife encounters. In contrast, the high-water season from December to May brings rising rivers, which facilitate waterway navigation but may flood some jungle trails

What to pack for the Amazon

Packing for an Amazonian rainforest adventure is a unique challenge. While the jungle heat is expected, travelers often overlook frequent heavy rains, jungle critters, weight limits on flights, and high humidity. Beyond the conditions, you’ll encounter extraordinary activities like piranha fishing, nocturnal river safaris, wildlife treks, and kayaking on the Amazon River. To ensure you’re well-prepared, Surtrek provides a detailed packing list after booking your unforgettable rainforest adventure. In general, we recommend including the following types of clothing and gear:

AMAZON PACKING ESSENTIALS:

Documents & money

  • Passport (valid 6 months after the date of travel) + 1 photocopy
  • Visa or visa fee requirements (if applicable)
  • Tickets or e-tickets
  • Guidebook & maps (cellphone downloads)
  • Insurance cards (medical & travel insurance)
  • Credit cards (+ credit card contact info)
  • Cash (a minimal amount and in small untorn newer bills)
  • Emergency contact info
  • List of your personal medications
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Getting to the Amazon

The Amazon region is vast, covering around 40% of all South America and spans into eight countries. Below, Surtrek has selected three of the most popular countries for accessing and experiencing the mysteries of the Amazonian rainforest:

  • Ecuador:  Access to the Ecuadorian Amazon is easy. After landing in the capital city of Quito, Surtrek guides will meet you and assist you with making a short 45-minute flight to the Amazon. Landing at a local airport, you will be transferred to a  world-class eco-lodge  or  Amazonian riverboat  via a 4×4 vehicle or a motorized canoe to begin an unforgettable adventure.
  • Peru:  Home to the second largest area of the Amazon, the Peruvian Amazon is also the most wildlife-rich. When you touch down in Lima, Surtrek partners will be there to welcome and accompany you throughout your lodge-based tour or  Peru riverboat adventure . You will fly to one of two areas in Peru to experience for your Amazonian tour. Spend time in either in the northern Peruvian Amazon outside the city of Iquitos or in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon, where the most visited areas are the Tambopata National Reserve and Manu National Park (Manu is assessable via Cusco, so can be more easily combined with a  Machu Picchu tour ).
  • Bolivia:  The  Bolivian Amazon  is just as biologically diverse as Brazil’s yet visited by fewer tourists. To begin your once-in-a-lifetime adventure here, upon your arrival in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, you will be assisted in flying to the town of Rurrenabaque – the gateway to the Bolivian rainforest. After being welcomed in that town, Surtrek representatives will transfer you to the local river’s dock for a motorized canoe ride into Madidi National Park and onward to your upmarket lodge, shrouded in the mysteries of the Amazonian rainforest.

Why go on a tour of the Amazon with Surtrek?

Since 1993, Surtrek has been introducing adventurous travelers to authentic, tailor-made luxury travel experiences in the Amazonian rainforest. Over this time, we have become adept at offering some of the best and most complete tour services in the rainforest and across all of South America. With our experienced travel team of 25 members strong — including native speakers of five different languages — we will work one-on-one with you to custom-design an Amazonian tour that perfectly suits your particular interests and needs.

Just contact one of our travel experts  to start planning your Amazon experience today.

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Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest through our captivating video tour. Discover the unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of this legendary ecosystem from the comfort of your screen. Our footage unveils the secrets of the jungle, from the majestic canopy to the bustling forest floor, showcasing the vibrant array of wildlife and lush greenery that call the Amazon home. Whether you’re a nature lover, wildlife enthusiast, or simply curious about one of the world’s most iconic natural wonders, our video offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the heart of the Amazon. Join us on this extraordinary journey and experience the magic of the rainforest like never before.

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Whether you want to take a cruise on the Amazon River, observe pink river dolphins, immerse yourself in the diverse Amazon Basin, or take a small group tour, this guide will provide you with the best Amazon Rainforest tours and lodges for your upcoming trip. From Machu Picchu to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, and from the Peruvian Amazon to Scarlet Macaws, we’ll help you plan the perfect Amazon Rainforest adventure. Read on to find out what to expect during different times of the year, the best water levels for river cruises, and the best day tours and travel guides.

Exploring the Amazon Rainforest 

The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Home to an estimated 10% of the world’s species, the rainforest is a critical ecosystem that helps to regulate the global climate.

The Amazon River is the lifeblood of the rainforest, and its waters are teeming with wildlife. From pink river dolphins to scarlet macaws, there is an incredible array of animals to be found in the Amazon basin.

Cruising the Amazon River is the best way to see the rainforest up close. There are a number of different cruise ships that operate in the Amazon, and the time of year that you travel can dictate which part of the rainforest you’ll see.

During the dry season (July to December), the water levels in the Amazon River are lower and you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, one of the largest protected areas of rainforest in Peru.

If you’re looking to see the Amazon Rainforest in all its glory, the wet season (January to June) is the best time to travel. During this time of year, the water levels in the Amazon are higher, making it easier to spot wildlife such as dolphins and macaws.

No matter when you travel, a cruise on the Amazon River is an unforgettable experience. From the bustling cities of Manaus and Iquitos to the remote villages of the rainforest, there is so much to see and do in this incredible part of the world.

Exploring the Amazon Basin – What to Expect 

The Amazon Basin is one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, and a cruise through its waters is an amazing way to see some of the incredible wildlife that call it home. Here’s what you can expect on an Amazon Basin cruise:

1. Incredible Wildlife: One of the main reasons to take an Amazon Basin cruise is to see the amazing wildlife that lives in the region. You can expect to see everything from pink river dolphins to scarlet macaws to capybaras.

2. Unique Landscapes: The Amazon Basin is home to some of the most unique landscapes on the planet. From the flooded rainforest of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve to the black waters of the Rio Negro, you’ll be amazed at the variety of landscapes in the region.

3. A Variety of Cruise Ships: There are a variety of cruise ships that operate in the Amazon Basin, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. Whether you’re looking for a small group experience or a more luxurious option, you’ll be able to find a cruise ship that’s right for you.

4. The Perfect Time of Year: The best time of year to take an Amazon Basin cruise is during the dry season, which runs from May to October. This is the time when water levels are at their lowest, making it easier to see wildlife and explore the region.

5. An Amazing Experience: An Amazon Basin cruise is an amazing way to see some of the most incredible wildlife on the planet. From pink river dolphins to scarlet macaws, you’ll be amazed at the variety of wildlife in the region.

Exploring the Amazon on a Small Group Tour 

The Amazon is the world’s largest river by discharge volume of water and is the largest drainage basin in the world, covering an area of approximately 7 million square kilometers. The Amazon River is located in South America and runs through the countries of Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. It is the second longest river in the world after the Nile River.

The Amazon River is home to many different species of animals, including the pink river dolphins, which are only found in the Amazon River. The Amazon basin is also home to the world’s largest rainforest, which is home to many different species of plants and animals, including the scarlet macaws.

The best time to visit the Amazon River is during the dry season, which runs from October to May. The water levels are lower during this time, making it easier to see the animals and plants that live in the river. The weather is also cooler during the dry season.

If you are interested in exploring the Amazon River, there are many different small group tours available. These tours typically last for about two weeks and include stops in different parts of the Amazon basin, such as the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and the Peruvian Amazon.

If you are interested in learning more about the Amazon River and its wildlife, be sure to check out our travel guide.

Exploring the Amazon on a Day Tour 

The Amazon is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, and a day tour is a perfect way to explore its wonders. Whether you’re interested in seeing pink river dolphins, scarlet macaws, or the Amazon basin itself, there’s a day tour for you.

The best time of year to take an Amazon day tour is during the dry season, from May to October. This is when water levels are at their lowest, making it easier to spot wildlife. It’s also the best time to see the pink river dolphins that live in the Amazon.

If you’re interested in seeing the Amazon rainforest, the best place to go is the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. This reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including scarlet macaws and jaguars.

No matter what your interests are, an Amazon day tour is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Exploring the Amazon on a River Cruise 

If you’re looking for an amazing Amazon River cruise, look no further! A river cruise is a perfect way to explore the Amazon Basin and see all the amazing wildlife it has to offer.

The best time to take an Amazon River cruise is during the dry season, which runs from October to April. This is when the water levels are at their lowest and you’ll have the best chance of seeing pink river dolphins, scarlet macaws, and other amazing animals.

When choosing an Amazon River cruise, it’s important to pick a small group tour so you can really experience the jungle. There are many great companies that offer Amazon River cruises, so be sure to do your research to find the perfect one for you.

Once you’re on your Amazon River cruise, there are plenty of amazing things to see and do. Be sure to visit the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and the Machu Picchu ruins. You’ll also want to take a day tour of the Amazon Rainforest to really experience all the jungle has to offer.

No matter what you do, you’re sure to have an amazing time on your Amazon River cruise. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

Exploring the Peruvian Amazon 

The Peruvian Amazon is a vast and biodiverse area that covers over 60% of the country. It is home to an incredible array of plant and animal species, as well as numerous indigenous tribes. 

A cruise on the Amazon River is a great way to explore this amazing region. There are a number of different cruise ships that operate in the Amazon Basin, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. The dry season (May to October) is the best time of year to visit, as the water levels are lower and you can see more of the animals that live in the area. 

One of the highlights of a cruise on the Amazon River is the chance to see pink river dolphins. These beautiful creatures are relatively common in the river and are often seen playing near the boats. Other animals that you might see include scarlet macaws, capybaras, and caimans. 

The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is one of the most popular destinations in the Peruvian Amazon. This huge reserve is home to a huge variety of plant and animal species, and it is a great place to go on day tours and safaris. 

Machu Picchu is another popular destination in Peru, and it is located in the Amazon rainforest. This ancient Inca site is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. If you want to see Machu Picchu, you will need to take a day tour from Cusco. 

Animals to Look Out For in the Amazon Rainforest 

The Amazon rainforest is home to an incredible array of animals, including some that are rare or even endangered. Here are some of the animals you might see on an Amazon river cruise:

Pink river dolphins are one of the most iconic animals of the Amazon basin. They’re often seen swimming near the boats and are a real treat for wildlife lovers.

Scarlet macaws are another popular sighting in the Amazon rainforest. These brightly colored birds are native to the region and are often seen in the trees along the river.

Amazon jungle cats are another animal you might see on an Amazon river cruise. These elusive creatures are rarely seen, but if you’re lucky enough to spot one, it’s sure to be a memorable experience.

With so many animals to see, an Amazon cruise is a great way to experience the rainforest. Just be sure to check with your tour operator to find out what time of year is best for seeing the animals you’re most interested in.

Plants to Look Out For in the Amazon Rainforest 

The Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, and there are many different plant species to look out for. Depending on the time of year and the water levels, some plants may be more prevalent than others. Here are a few of the most common plants that you might see on an Amazon river cruise:

Scarlet Macaws – These brightly-colored birds are a common sight in the Amazon rainforest. They are usually found near rivers and lakes, and often perch in trees along the banks.

Pink River Dolphins – These dolphins are a common sight in the Amazon basin, and are often seen swimming near riverbanks and in small groups.

Machu Picchu – This Incan site is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America. It is located in the Peruvian Amazon and is surrounded by lush rainforest vegetation.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve – This national reserve is located in the Peruvian Amazon, and is home to a variety of plant and animal species. Scarlet macaws, pink river dolphins, and other wildlife can be seen here.

Making the Most of Your Amazon Rainforest Tour 

As you can see, there are many different factors to consider when planning your Amazon Rainforest tour. By taking the time to research and plan ahead, you can ensure that you have a truly amazing and memorable experience.

The Amazon Rainforest is an incredible place, full of amazing wildlife and scenery. A tour of the Amazon Rainforest is an experience that you will never forget.

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As a child, I dreamed of visiting the Amazon rainforest, but I always envisioned it being wildly inaccessible.

Traveling, especially internationally, is expensive. Looking at lodging alone, hotel prices shot up by 1.7% between April and May, according to NerdWallet's Travel Price Index .

So when I found a three-day, all-inclusive tour of the Amazon rainforest at Green Forest Ecolodge for just $270, I knew I had to go.

The package included all my meals, bus and canoe transfers, a private lodge, and up to four activities a day.

Here's what it was like.

It was a bit of a hike to get there

After landing in Ecuador, I hopped on an overnight shuttle from Quito to Lago Agrio. Still slightly sleepy, I splurged and spent a few dollars on a taxi from the bus station to Magic Hostal, the designated meeting spot.

From there, a driver met me for a complimentary transfer to the canoe launch. The drive took about two hours, winding through suburbs and navigating a mixture of tarmac and grit roads.

After jumping off the minibus, the real adventure started. I was ushered toward the river, where a guide placed my luggage in a thick plastic bag on a canoe to keep it dry.

He then helped me board the precariously wobbling vessel and gave me a green poncho (it's not called the rainforest for nothing).

With that, we were on our way to the lodge

A driver steered the vessel while a tour guide kept a sharp eye out for wildlife. They seemed to understand that time was of the essence in my short three-day stay.

The most exciting sighting was squirrel monkeys — sociable little primates that leaped along overwater branches. But by the time the two-hour canoe ride was over, I'd already seen multiple monkey species, birds, and a sloth.

It started raining as the canoe navigated the last few bends of the Cuyabeno River. I was dry under my fancy green poncho, but not wearing waterproof mascara was definitely a poor choice.

The overwater lodges were connected by a green boardwalk

I was ecstatic as we approached the wooden dock and I got my first glimpse of the lodge I'd be staying in.

I opted for a private overwater bungalow with a terrace and hammock. The double bed inside came equipped with a mosquito net, and the bathroom was semi-open and overlooked the jungle.

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It was truly beautiful.

Meals were a sociable and elaborate occasion with the other guests

Lunch was served right away. Everyone staying here ate together three times a day in the main lodge, and a bell rang to announce each meal.

Meals consisted of three courses of traditional Ecuadorian cuisine.

There was a starter, main, and dessert at lunch and dinner , and breakfast was a mixture of fruit, toast, and a hot meal. Unlimited hot drinks and bottled water were also available 24/7.

I'm vegetarian, and I was a little worried about the food and drink situation, but I didn't have any issues during my stay. The staff were very conscious of food quality and water safety, so I wasn't worried about getting sick.

I experienced so many excursions as part of my all-inclusive package

On the first day alone, I saw caimans (alligatorid species) and took a guided night hike.

I spotted all kinds of nocturnal creatures like tarantulas.

The second day was busier, starting with a hike through the thick jungle.

While treading through the wet soil — that's almost orange from the high levels of clay — I saw a snake and owl monkeys before crossing some swamp terrain.

Along the way, our guide, Elvis, taught us about the rainforest. I learned poisonous snakes in the Amazon have a triangular head and that indigenous Cuyabeno communities believe copal resin wards off negativity.

I'd been nervous about swimming in the Amazon, but it was surprisingly warm

Later on the second day, I'd scheduled a sunset lagoon swim.

On the way, we saw pink dolphins and woolly monkeys and heard roaring howler monkeys.

I wasn't sure what to expect, and I was a little nervous about swimming (it wasn't exactly balmy). But after diving into the lagoon from the canoe, everything was peaceful.

It was a refreshing bit of solitude as Elvis played music from a speaker.

On the boat ride back, we spotted adult caimans that looked straight out of "Jurassic Park." Their unnerving yellow eyes were shuddering but impressive.

The third day was short and sweet but still amazing

My final morning started with a quick birdwatching excursion. I spotted toucans, macaws, and a nesting red heron.

But after breakfast, it was time to head back out on the canoe to transfer to Lago Agrio.

I couldn't believe the value I got for my money

Visiting the Amazon rainforest was the opposite of what I expected. It was budget-friendly and serene, not expensive and uncomfortable.

After my stay, I realized $270 for three days of food, lodging, and activities was a ridiculously good deal — especially since I got to see caimans, pink river dolphins, five species of monkeys, and hundreds of insects and birds.

I'd definitely recommend the experience, even for the squeamish or those who don't think they're outdoorsy.

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Why Cruise the Amazon?

Amazon River cruises take adventurous explorers on one of the world’s most rewarding wildlife expeditions. Journey deep into the heart of the largest rainforest on Earth on a boat trip down the Amazon, a mystical realm of boundless biodiversity where physical and spiritual worlds entwine, a primeval domain still ruled by the jaguar , home to giant snakes , towering trees and uncontacted tribes hiding in plain sight.

The best Amazon cruises explore the remote reaches of this fairytale forest. Witness the playful pink river dolphins in the headwaters of the Amazon in Peru ‘s Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve aboard some of the most luxurious Amazon cruises available, or see the kaleidoscopic colors of the clay licks in the Ecuadorian Oriente . Why not try boating the Amazon River’s lesser-traveled backwaters in Bolivia and explore three kinds of tropical forest, or maybe catch a rare glimpse of the Amazonian manatee in the Anavilhanas National Park of the Brazilian Amazon . What will you discover on your Amazon River tour?

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Our hand-picked portfolio of traditional Amazon River boats and small Amazon river cruise ships has been carefully chosen to include remarkable vessels operated by only the most trusted of partners, preeminent pioneers of the region who offer exceptional itineraries, unrivaled knowledge and utmost levels of service.

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For those seeking the ultimate exclusivity traveling as a group or with family, an Amazon riverboat charter provides a private escape to explore the Amazon Rainforest, with an entire crew to cater to your every need, and allows for activities to be more tailored to your party’s desires.

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Our custom Amazon Rainforest tours seamlessly combine Amazon cruises with bespoke land tours featuring private expert-led excursions and curated accommodations. Browse our best-selling Amazon vacations below and begin an unforgettable journey tailored uniquely to you.

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Want to know more about cruising the Amazon River? Our destination specialists have compiled the definitive Amazon Rainforest travel guide to help you plan your cruise. Find out when and where to go, what to see and do, where to eat and sleep, and more below.

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What Is One Thing I Shouldn’t Miss In The Amazon?

Of all the amazing sights in the Amazon, the Meeting of Waters in Brazil shouldn’t be missed. At the confluence between the black waters of the Rio Negro and the sandy whitewater of the Solimões River the two rivers’ waters run side by side without much mixing for over 6 kilometers (3.7 miles).

When Is The Best Time Of Year To Go To The Amazon?

The best time of year to visit the Amazon is during the shoulder season between the wet and dry seasons (varies by country). At this time of year river levels remain high, allowing Amazon river cruises to still navigate deep into the rainforest, and the fine weather draws out much of the wildlife.

If seeing the Amazon rainforest at its lushest and getting up close to lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying slightly cooler temperatures) sounds most attractive, then the wet season with its higher river levels might be your best choice.

If jungle hikes, fishing for piranha and other Amazon River fish species , or spotting exotic migratory birds appeals most to you, while still having the chance to see capuchin monkeys , kinkajou, and other mammals, you might be happier choosing the warmer, dry season when water levels are lower.

Our guests are awed by the Amazon at whatever time of year they visit. If you can’t decide, perhaps the best solution is to choose one season this year and the other in the future!

Is The Amazon A Good Family Destination?

An Amazon vacation is a great option for adventurous families with adaptable kids – after all, where better to inspire and educate them about the natural world! Bear in mind younger children may be affected by the humidity levels, and noisy little ones may reduce the chances of spotting wildlife.

Many of our Amazon guides have children themselves and are skilled in keeping young ones entertained, and are naturally experts in spotting any potential natural dangers you may encounter. It should be noted many Amazon river cruises have minimum age requirements of 7 and above, but jungle lodges and private charters are often more flexible.

Can You Swim In The Amazon River?

Swimming in the main channels of the Amazon river is generally not advised due to strong currents and boat traffic. Swimming in smaller tributaries and lakes is safer (especially the Amazon’s blackwater rivers ), but always follow the safety advice of your guide.

What Activities Can People Do In The Amazon Rainforest?

Most people head to the Amazon to spot wildlife, and this can be done on daytime jungle walks, from canopy walkways and lookout towers, or on nighttime boat safaris. Other common Amazon Rainforest activities include piranha fishing and local community visits.

As previously mentioned, more adventurous travelers may swim in the Amazon (sometimes with pink river dolphins!) or go kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or even tree climbing. In certain parts of the Amazon, float plane flights can also be arranged to get a real bird’s-eye view of the rainforest.

How Much Does An Amazon Cruise Cost?

The cost of an Amazon cruise typically depends on itinerary length, boat comfort level and cabin category, although seasonal and single supplements may also apply. Short cruises of 4 days cost between $900 – $4,400 pp, and longer cruises of 7+ days from $1,800 – $9,600 pp based on double occupancy.

Some other Amazon river cruise cost factors to consider:

  • If you wish to privately charter an Amazon river boat , costs can be significantly more, but can actually work out cheaper per person if your group fills the boat.
  • There are also additional costs involved in accessing the remote parts of the Amazon when cruises depart from, namely the domestic flights to Iquitos (Peru), Coca (Ecuador), Trinidad (Bolivia), Manaus or Santarém (Brazil).
  • Port fees and entrances to the national parks are typically included in your cruise cost.
  • For those considering a luxury Amazon cruise, Rainforest Cruises are proud to offer a best-rate guarantee thanks to our unique relationships with operators.
  • To get your cruise cheaper, keep apprised of the latest Amazon river cruise deals .
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