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Cruise the Amazon

Listed under River Trips in Amazon River, Brazil.

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Amazon explorations usually include in their itineraries stops in some or all of Iquitos, Santarem, Parintins, Manaus and Boca de Valeria, but the river's rich basin runs though nine countries and its the longest river in the world so there are many potential routes. The best way to choose would be to get local advice for the time of year you're planning to travel. While we're on statistics, there are one of my recent guides told me, 4,000 species of fish in the Amazon, and more than 1,000 different kinds of birds flying overhead.

I would recommend a smaller vessel with less than 30 passengers, so you get to know the guides properly – these are the people who will help you capture the best photos.

Written by  Kate Tonbridge.

Other expert and press reviews

“River of plenty”

By John Nowlan for The Australian First Published October 03, 2009 JEAN-MICHEL Cousteau warns us to expect a dramatic change in the colour of the ocean. We are cruising through sparkling blue Atlantic waters off the coast of Brazil heading towards the … Read more...

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“Brazil: A river that runs with adventure”

For those eager to test themselves against extremes of climate or topography, other parts of the world offer a stiffer examination. Yet ever since the early explorers reported a "sweetwater sea" in the newly discovered continent of South Ameri… Read more...

Written by press. The Telegraph 9 January 2004

“An Amazon boat trip”

By Alex Bellos for The Observer First published Sunday September 14 2008 ...We arrived one evening at Manaus docks and loaded up the Iguana with ice, drink and food. We set off upriver, watching the lights of the city disappear behind us. When I woke u… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Observer, 14 September 2008

“A Wild Cruise on the Amazon”

By Caroline Hendrie for The Times. First published 4th October, 2008. A couple in a dugout canoe paddled purposefully past, kingfishers flashed by almost touching the miso-soupy brown water, and every now and then something smooth and grey surfaced for… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Times, 4th October 2008

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Caiman Spotting in the Amazon

Caimans are South American alligators and no less intimidating than any other kind of alligator. Caiman spotting has become one of the not-to-miss Amazon activities (along with piranha fishing). You wait till dusk when the caimans are most active then go out on the river in a canoe and watch for their glinting eyes reflected in your torch light.

Most of the Amazons jungle lodges will offer caiman spotting as one of their activities, often with the additional excitement of the guide jumping into the river and wrestling the caiman on board your boat for you viewing pleasure...

The Amazon

The Amazon’s source is in Calillona, Peru and the rivers mouth is in north east Brazil, emptying into the Atlantic. Its only the earth’s second longest river (to the Nile), but the largest by volume and width, in some places its ten kilometress wide.

Regular flooding of the Amazon River brings essential nutrients to the Amazon Rainforest, home to a myriad of exotic wildlife and marine life, including piranhas, macaws, toucans, leopards and anacondas. It is also home to many Indian tribes who have evolved with the river and the rainforest and have a vast collective knowledge of plant traits and uses.

You can see the river up close on an adventure cruise and there are small settlements at several points along its journey. You can also go kayaking or rafting on it.

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