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Why visit the Amazon Rainforest?

Earth's largest and most diverse rainforest spans roughly 2 million square miles of the Amazon basin. You can enjoy this stunning wilderness in Brazil by staying in rainforest lodges or taking a river cruise to see the incredible flora and fauna. 
The key highlights of the Amazon include: 

  • Taking an Amazon river cruise from Manaus (3-7 days)
  • See the 'Meeting of the Waters' not far out of Manaus, where the Black waters of the Rio Negro and the brown waters of the Rio Solimoes merge to form the Amazon. 
  • Manaus - the city in the jungle.  The Amazon's largest city which includes an opulent Baroque opera house.
  • Amazon wildlife including otters (neotropical and giant), tapirs, spider monkeys, capuchins, brocket deer ... It's not always easy to spot, but a good guide makes all the difference. 
  • Diverse bird life including harpy eagles, macaws, parrots and very much more. 
  • There are a surprisingly small numbers of lodges in the Brazilian Amazon, but they are mostly very good quality. 

The Amazon: How to do it.

Southern Amazon: For this region you fly to Alta Floresta.  There is one superb lodge here called Cristallino Lodge. 

Around Manaus: Fly in to Manaus and then take road and boat transfers to a nearby lodge, or take a small plane to one of the more outlying lodges such as Uakari Floating Lodge. 
Or, join a river cruise which mostly start and end in Manaus. Trips of between 3 and 7 days are available. 

When to visit the Amazon

You can visit at any time, but the experience is different depending on the water levels. High water is around June, and at this time you're much closer to the top of the trees canopy, and most excursions are done by boat. September is lowest water, so from around August to October/November you have more chance to explore the forest on foot. 

Where to stay in the Amazon

For such a vast region there are actually not that many lodges in the Brazilian Amazon. Some of our favourites include: Cristallino Lodge in the southern Amazon and Uakari Floating Lodge not far from Manaus.  We also love the MV Tucano for a special river cruise. 

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Time: GMT -3 hours

Flight time:

Most flights go to Sao Paulo but some airlines have direct flights to Rio de Janeiro, and to North-eastern Brazil. British Airways and TAM have direct flights from London and many European carriers also offer flights to Brazil.

Language: Portuguese is the official language. Spanish and English are understood quite widely.

Visas:

Not required for British nationals.

Health:

There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.

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