THE AMAZON

The Amazon is one of the most iconic and best-known areas of Brazil. It’s the river and the rainforest and the state of Amazonas covers a huge proportion of the country.  Much of the Amazon is unchartered territory and unpopulated however the areas which can be visited are truly memorable.

The river stretches from Tabatinga, on the border with Colombia and Peru, and runs through to Belem and the mouth of the river at the Atlantic Ocean. Boats can transfer people and produce the entire length of the river, passing through Manaus, the main city of the Amazon, where most tourists will begin their journey to the area. Manaus is also where the Rio Solimões and the Rio Negro meet. These are the two main tributaries of the Amazon and they join just outside Manaus at a phenomenon known as the Meeting of the Waters. For 6 km the two rivers’ waters run side by side without mixing. The Rio Solimões is a brown colour while the Rio Negro is black. It is one of the main tourist attractions of Manaus and the same also happens near Santarém, with the Amazon and Tapajós rivers. Manaus is close to where most of the Amazon lodges are located and where most of the touristic boats depart for expedition cruises along the river. There are a variety of boats which venture, primarily up the Rio Negro, for cruises of between 3 and 7 nights in length, while for a more exclusive experience there are also some excellent private yachts for charter with full crew to enable you to path your own course. A trip on a boat enables you to see more of the river however usually the lodges offer more comfortable accommodation and there are a variety of excellent lodges to stay in. Whether you stay aboard a boat or in a lodge you will enjoy a similar experience whereby you will be taken into the forest, looking for wildlife and learn about medicinal plants, head out in small boats to explore the smaller tributaries of the river, search for birds, go piranha fishing, spot caiman at night, see pink dolphins and visit local communities.

If you are looking for more adventurous activities in the Amazon then there are exciting options such as kayaking trips, overnight trips into the forest, opportunities for tree-climbing for spectacular vistas over the canopy or even sport fishing for those river monsters. As you venture east from Manaus along the river there are major settlements at Santarém and Belem from where boat cruises also depart although the infrastructure isn’t quite so good. Close to Santarém is Alter do Chão which is best known for its Ilha do Amor (the island of love), a picturesque island ringed by a white sand beach directly in front of the town. With direct connections from Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Sao Paulo, make the Amazon an essential part of your trip to Brazil and explore this vast area of wilderness.

WHERE TO STAY

Our favourite luxury hotels

Hotel Villa Amazonia - Luxury hotel in Manaus, Brazil

Villa Amazonia

Located in the historic centre of Manaus, close to the famous opera house, this small boutique hotel features 30 exclusive apartments, all which face an indoor garden and a natural stone pool.

Anavilhanas Amazon Lodge - Luxury Amazon Lodge in Brazil

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

Anavilhanas is the place to stay if you are looking for a luxury holiday to the Amazon in Brazil. A gorgeous property with chalets and bungalows in the heart of the Anavilhanas archipelago, the lodge offers a haven of luxury amidst one of the worlds most fragile eco-systems. A truly stunning property in a stunning location.

Mirante do Gaviao - Luxury Lodge in the Amazon in Brazil

Mirante do Gaviao Lodge

For those seeking a touch of luxury in one of the most unique environments in the world, Mirante do Gaviao Lodge is a beautiful property situated in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. As the newest lodge in the Brazilian Amazon, it has been built in a sustainable manner with the surrounding habitat in mind, and offers serene views of the Anavilhanas Archipelago.

Cristalino Jungle Lodge - Luxury lodge in the southern Amazon in Brazil

Cristalino Jungle Lodge

A gorgeous property in one of the most amazing locations on earth. The incredible Cristalino Jungle lodge is an amazing property in a 29,000 acre private reserve, named by National Geographic as one of the best hotels in Brazil and certainly is the best hotel in Brazil for anyone who wants a birdwatching holiday to Brazil.

Tucano Amazon cruise, Amazon, Brazil

Tucano Motor Yacht

This beautifully crafted Amazon yacht, ideal for exploration of the the river and its many tributaries, offers guests good food, comfortable accommodation and excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

Amazon Premium Clipper Cruise

This unique boat offers a wonderful way to explore the many tributaries of the mighty Amazon river in small groups and comfortable surroundings from a few days to a week in length, allowing you to see the best the area has to offer.

Untamed Amazon Cruise, Brazil

Untamed Amazon Superior Cruise

This boat is the very first vessel of its kind in Amazonia that uses 100% solar power generation for all electricity use. The Untamed Amazon was designed to offer a unique and remarkable experience in the Amazon rainforest, particularly for those wishing to fish in this unique environment.

Iberostar Grand Amazon Cruise, Brazil

Iberostar Grand Amazon

This a luxury ship that takes guests on an exciting and breathtaking cruise along the Rio Negro and Amazon River. Providing total comfort and excellent service, you are sure to have an unforgettable Amazon vacation.