The Amazon in Brazil
Brazil contains over 60% of the vast Amazon rainforest, and this last untapped wilderness is a haven for wildlife as well as providing some of the greatest jungle adventures on earth...
Animals outnumber humans by thousands to one in Brazil's Amazon jungle, and we'll give you the best possible chance of seeing them. We'll take you to see the pink dolphins and the albino monkeys, of course (and yes, this is before you've had any jungle mushrooms!), but there are also trips to visit local villages and meet members of the tribes, night excursions by canoe out onto the Amazon river, guided tours out into the forest... and then there are the piranhas! Now, depending on how you feel about this most razor-toothed of Amazon rainforest animals, you can either fish for them or... go swimming with them!
You're also perfectly placed for cruises on the River Amazon itself, and for sights like the "Meeting of the Waters", where the dark waters of the Rio Negro meet the coffee-coloured Rio Solimoes. Holidays visiting Brazil's Amazon rainforest give you an unbelievable experience - it's really something to know that you are surrounded by an environment which hasn't changed in 10,000 years and it is humbling to know that your time there is just the blink of an eye to this huge jungle. The Amazon rainforest animals you see and the culture you experience are both things you will always remember.
The City of Manaus
The starting-off point for any Amazon adventure is likely to be the strangely wonderful city of Manaus. A creation of the 1850s rubber boom, this jungle metropolis has only recently been connected to the rest of the country by road, and for decades its life has revolved around the Amazon river that flows past the city. Ocean-going ships can sail right up to Manaus, and so as you set sail on the Amazon yourself you will weave in-between everything from wooden canoes to massive container ships.
Manaus is actually worth spending some time in itself: there are some fantastic sights to see, such as the stunning Manaus Opera House, built in the 19th century when Manaus was one of the wealthiest cities in the world and styled itself as the "Paris of the Amazon". Spending a night in Manaus can also be a good idea because of the long flight time from cities like Rio and Sao Paulo, as you can often arrive a little late to head straight on into the jungle, so a night here will give you the chance to experience this oddest of all Brazilian cities.
Many of the best Amazon lodges in Brazil are just a short boat ride from Manaus, or you can catch one of the regular small shuttle flights from Manaus to locations even deeper in the Amazon.
Getting to and From Brazil's Amazon Rainforest
Although Manaus is connected to the rest of Brazil by road, it's a long, long way to the nearest city overland. However, Manaus is well-served by flights, with connections to every major Brazilian city, as well as many smaller destinations within the Amazon. Unusually for Brazilian cities, it also has good international connections: direct flights to Miami (with both American and TAM), Lisbon (with TAP) and to Panama, where you can connect with a wide range of further international flights, including KLM flights back to Europe.