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:
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.
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.
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.
Part of the Amazon Clipper Cruises fleet, The Premium is a luxury river boat running regular cruises on the Amazon.
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, offers a great range of activities.
Eco-friendly lodge on the Cristalino River in Brazil's southern Amazon. Great wildlife and birding.
Location in Alta Floresta, the Floresta Amazonica provides a comfortable stay before or after a visit to the Southern Amazon.
Take an expedition cruise on the Tucano, a comfortable 9-cabin Amazon river boat which departs from Manaus.
Pousada Chez les Rois is a lovely, intimate guesthouse in a quiet setting within easy reach of Manaus city centre.
Southwild Wolf Camp is located in the Parnaiba Headwaters National Park the best place to view the maned wolves and 'Nutcracker Monkeys'.
Tropical Hotel is an eco-resort on the banks of the Rio Negro, offering all modern amenities and activities in a superb rainforest location.
Time: GMT -3 hours
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.
Not required for British nationals.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if you are coming from an infected area. Malaria prophylactics are recommended in the rainforest.