2019 Amazon rainforest holidays

Amazon Rainforest Holidays

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Exploring the Amazon Jungle...

The Amazon is one of those destinations that makes the most seasoned of travellers go all misty-eyed, and our holidays to the Amazon rainforest help you make the most of this unique environment.

Whether you just want to dip into the jungle for a few days, or you want to plan an extended stay to experience everything the Amazon rainforest has to offer, we can design a tailor-made holiday just for you.

We work with a huge range of jungle lodges, tour guides and even luxury riverboats to ensure that you can plan the Amazon rainforest holiday that's right for you, whether you want to explore from a lodge, watch the rainforest drift by from the comfort of a riverboat cabin, or camp out under the jungle stars...

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Our Favourite Amazon Rainforest Holidays

Different countries offer different experiences of the Amazon, and we've picked out some of our favourite holidays to the Amazon rainforest here. But remember: all our South America holidays can be completely tailor-made to your requirements. Just get in touch with our experienced and friendly advisors, and together we can come up with the perfect Amazon rainforest holiday for you.

Machu Picchu and Amazon rainforest holidays Andes to Amazon in Peru 14-day holiday to Machu Picchu and the Amazon rainforest for £2295pp

This two-week holiday in Peru combines a stay at one of our favourite Amazon rainforest lodges with plenty of time in the Andes, visiting Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu ...

Amazon rainforest holidays in Brazil Amazon Adventure in Brazil 10 days in Brazil for £2150pp

This ten-day holiday starts in fabulous Rio de Janeiro, before flying north to begin your stay in a superb jungle lodge in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. From here you'll be able to explore to your heart's content...

Luxury Amazon rainforest cruise Amazon Deluxe in Peru 6-day Luxury Amazon rainforest cruise from £3595pp

This has to be hands-down the most luxurious way to experience the Amazon jungle: just sit back on the balcony of your luxury cabin and watch as the wonders of the Amazon unfold around you ...

Ecuador Amazon rainforest holidays Amazon Adventure in Ecuador 8-day jungle holidays in Ecuador for £1695pp

This great holiday in Ecuador gives you the chance to enjoy an extended period of time amid the incredible bio-diversity of the Amazon rainforest, staying in one of our favourite eco-lodges ...

Amazon jungle tour in Peru Lodge to Lodge in Peru 9-day Amazon rainforest holiday in Peru from £1895pp

If you're a real wildlife-lover then this is the perfect Amazon holiday for you, staying in three different jungle lodges to enjoy the unique environments and wildlife that each lodge offers ...

Adventure tour in Peru's Amazon rainforest Deepest, Darkest Peru 9-day Amazon holiday for £1495pp

This adventure holiday in Peru's Amazon jungle includes a solid week camping in the heart of the Peruvian rainforest for an amazing wildlife experience in the Pacaya-Samiria reserve ...

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The Peruvian Amazon

Taken altogether, the Amazon rainforest covers almost two-thirds of Peru, and every inch of it is packed full of wildlife and adventure... In fact, Peru's Amazon rainforest is one of the most bio-diverse places on earth, home to nearly 1,500 unique animal species, over 800 species of birds, 2,500 classes of butterflies and 64 recognised tribes of people, including some of the last 'uncontacted' groups on earth.

Among the animals to be found in the Amazon jungle in Peru are some of the world's rarest and most endangered species, such as the pink river dolphin, the Amazonian Manatee, and the Three-toed Sloth. What's fantastic about visiting the Peruvian Amazon is that once you move away from the area of human habitation, and into areas such as the amazing Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, you are rewarded with pristine primary rainforest and the chance to get up close to jaguars, anacondas and all the other usually reclusive denizens of the Amazon...

Jaguars in Tambopata

The Northern Amazon or Tambopata?

There are two main areas of the Amazon in Peru: the northern Amazon including the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, and the southern Amazon basin, centred on the world-famous Tambopata Reserve. Both have different pros and cons, so here's a quick look at what each has to offer.

The Tambopata Reserve covers a massive 3.5 million acres and provides a refuge for some of the Amazon's most endangered wildlife. Nearly 700 bird species have been observed in Tambopata, together with 1300 butterfly species, 90 types of amphibian, and over 100 species of mammals, including many that are now almost unknown elsewhere in the Amazon. Jaguars, tapirs and spider monkeys can all be found here, as well as large numbers of other monkeys, caiman, peccarys, giant otters and sloths.

Tambopata also offers arguably the pick of Peru's jungle lodges, including the best luxury rainforest lodges in Peru. With regular flights from the town of Puerto Maldonado to both Lima and Cusco, it also fits in well to wider holidays in Peru, including sites like Machu Picchu.

The Northern Amazon from Iquitos

However, if you want your Amazon adventure to include the actual River Amazon (as opposed to 'just' the Amazon basin) then you'll need to head a little further north and fly into the city of Iquitos. This jungle metropolis has over half a million inhabitants but has no road or rail links with the outside world - you'll have to fly here from Lima. In fact, until the advent of air travel, Iquitos had closer links with Europe than with the rest of Peru as travelling all the way down the Amazon and across the Atlantic was actually quicker than getting through the jungle and over the Andes to Lima!

From Iquitos you can visit a range of jungle lodges, take a cruise on the River Amazon, or head into the stunning Pacaya-Samiria Reserve. This is arguably the most pristine rainforest in the whole of Peru and offers unparalleled wildlife-spotting opportunities but... there aren't any lodges so you'll need to be prepared to camp or just take day trips into the Reserve.

Tambopata Rainforest Holidays in Peru

Amazon jungle lodges in Peru Lodge to Lodge in Peru 9-day Amazon holiday from £1895pp

This in-depth tour of the Tambopata Reserve stays in two different lodges so that you can experience the different jungle ecosystems that exist within Tambopata ...

Machu Picchu rainforest tours Andes to Amazon in Peru 14 days in Machu Picchu and the rainforest for £2295pp

If you'd like to combine a tour of the Amazon jungle with some of Peru's other highlights, then this two-week trip combines Tambopata with tours of Machu Picchu and Cusco ...

Pacaya-Samiria and the Northern Amazon

Pacaya Samiria tour Deepest, Darkest Peru 9-day Amazon holiday for £1495pp

For a real Amazon adventure, this is possibly our most exciting rainforest holiday. It's definitely back to basics, with you travelling by simple riverboat and camping out in the heart of the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve ...

River cruise in the Amazon Amazon Deluxe in Peru 6-day Luxury Amazon rainforest cruise from £3595pp

By contrast, this trip aboard a luxury river cruiser is possibly the most comfortable rainforest holiday we offer. You can just watch the rainforest unfold from your private balcony, or enjoy trips and treks out into the jungle itself ...

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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.

Brazil Rainforest Holidays

Amazon rainforest holidays in Brazil Amazon Adventure in Brazil 10 days in Brazil for £2150pp

If you're a wildlife-lover, then this ten-day holiday to Brazil's Amazon rainforest is the perfect way to experience the largest jungle on earth. Staying at a superb jungle lodge in the heart of the Amazon, you'll be able to explore to your heart's content...

Brazil jungle tours Brazil Nutshell 12-day holidays in Brazil for £2650pp

Our standard Brazil Nutshell itinerary gives you all the highlights of Brazil in just two weeks and usually includes Rio, Iguazu & the Pantanal, but we can easily change it to accommodate an Amazon adventure instead!

Map of the Amazon jungle in Ecuador

Ecuador's Amazon Jungle

With its warm equatorial location and varied geography, Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse countries on earth. In fact, there are so many endemic species here that it has been described as a land of mega-diversity, and the Amazon jungle in Ecuador is one of the most bio-diverse places on earth...

Just to give you some idea of the incredible variety of wildlife waiting for you here in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest, you can find an estimated 25,000 species of plants (compared to only 17000 in the whole of North America), 1600 species of birds, 350 species of reptiles and 370 species of mammals including monkeys, giant otters, giant guinea-pigs, sloths, spectacled bears, tapirs, jaguars and pumas - not bad for a country that's roughly the same size as Great Britain.

Of course, just like jungles elsewhere in the world, the Amazon jungle in Ecuador faces huge issues, with the destructive impact of oil exploration a particular problem. However, recent governments have imposed much stricter laws in this regard, so there is definitely hope for the future. Happily, where Ecuador does excel is in the sustainable nature of most of its Amazon jungle lodges. We work particularly with Amazon lodges that not only offer employment to the indigenous communities of the jungle as expert guides and trackers, but which are also completely owned and run by the community themselves, who manage tourism in a sustainable way that they are happy with, so you know that you are directly helping protect the rainforest and its people.

Ecuador Jungle Tours

Jungle holiday in Ecuador Amazon Adventure in Ecuador 8-day holiday in Ecuador's Amazon jungle for £1695pp

We think this holiday is a perfect introduction to Ecuador's Amazon jungle, with five full days in the heart of the rainforest so you can see all the wildlife that a holiday in Ecuador has to offer ...

Ecuador Holidays in the Amazon Jungle Andes to Amazon 12 days in Ecuador for £2195pp

This great holiday combines Ecuador's Amazon jungle with the beauty of Ecuador's majestic Andes mountains, giving you two weeks to explore these contrasting sides to Ecuador ...

Amazon rainforest climate

Amazon Rainforest Climate

The Amazon rainforest climate is hot and humid throughout the year, with peak daytime temperatures rarely dropping below 30 degrees. However, the humidity is at its lowest in the dry season from June to September, and this is probably the best time to visit the Amazon rainforest.

That said, the rainy season shouldn't be dismissed if you're thinking of a trip into the Amazon - higher water levels can make it much easier to get into isolated sections of the rainforest which are otherwise inaccessible.

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