The Amazon is one of Earth’s most biodiverse places. A tropical wilderness, home to incredible flora and fauna.
We were thrilled to see an ocelot in the wild in a natural setting and also were delighted to take a portrait shot of a mother and baby tapir. We were also delighted to find and photograph an unknown jaguar that had not been documented. We also were thrilled to watch a life and death battle between a Cocoi Heron and a snake...the snake ultimately was eaten by the heron, but what a battle!
Earth's largest and most diverse rainforest spans roughly 2 million square miles of Brazil’s Amazon basin. You can take a tailor-made holiday created by our Brazil experts to enjoy this stunning wilderness. Stay in rainforest lodge or take a river cruise to see the diverse flora and fauna, from toucans to pink river dolphins and spider monkeys.
The Amazon rainforest is generally accessed from two centres:
The southern Amazon accessed from the town of Alta Floresta, and where you can stay at the excellent Cristalino Lodge
The more northerly region accessed via Manaus, the capital of Amazonas. From here there is a choice of lodges just a short road and boat ride away, or you can take a small plane to an outlying lodge deeper in the rainforest, such as Uakari Floating Lodge. You can also join Amazon river cruise boats from Manaus – MV Tucano is one of our favourites. Here are some of the highlights of a holiday in the Brazilian Amazon.
- Amazon wildlife and birdlife: Head into the forest with a great guide to spot wildlife such as otters, sloths, tapirs, spider monkeys, capybara, capuchins, brocket deer, dolphins ... And the birdlife here is incredible too. Try to spot harpy eagles, macaws, parrots … there are over 1300 avian species here.
- Explore Manaus: Manaus is the city in the jungle. It grew rich on rubber, and is the Amazon's largest city, even with an opulent Baroque opera house.
- See the 'Meeting of the Waters: Not far out of Manaus, the black waters of the Rio Negro and the brown waters of the Rio Solimoes meet and, after flowing along together for about six kilometres, merge to form the Amazon River.
- Take an Amazon cruise: An expedition cruise of between 3 to 7 days on the Amazon is one of the very best ways to experience the rainforest. As well as good chances to spot wildlife and birds, you can visit river villages and take walks in the forest – if it’s not flooded!