Boating has always been one of the essential methods of transportation in the Amazon Rainforest, mainly for commercial reasons between Towns. In the past 15 years tourism via River Cruises has become an undisputed attraction in the vast and remote South American Amazon Rainforest, providing the opportunity to travelers from all over the Globe to explore the most excluded and untamed parts of the Amazon Jungle. Keep reading what the Amazon offers in each country here.
Tourism and commercial development in the most important areas within the Amazon Basin of Ecuador (Yasuni), Peru (Iquitos) and Brazil (Manaus) has helped local operators to expand the River Cruise offer in different standards to extend a wide variety of options to travelers that prefer to take advantage of the comfort, route and overall facilities of cruising deep into the Amazon with daily hikes and activities accompanied by the most professional guides and staff in each area.
River cruising has become the preferred option among other approaches to explore and discover the richness of the Amazon Jungle in terms of Wildlife, Primary Forest hiking, canoeing, swimming and more!
There is quite a respectful variety of cruise options to choose from: from small cozy yachts like the Acacia (Per) or the Desafio (Brazil) to medium-size vessels like the Anakonda (Ecuador) or the Aria (Peru) to wonderfully sculpted large motor-vessels like the Iberostar (Brazil). Also cruises can be distinguished by category by their level of comfort, social areas, and types of cabins, amenities and overall service on board.
All this surely gives the adventurous traveler to choose the best cruise option based on their preferences and level of commodities required to have a true-Amazon experience with just the right level of comfort to enjoy a complete experience.
There is also the possibility to choose the length of the program for 4, 5, 6 and even 8 days river cruises to adapt and mix a cruise to your trip to one of our beautiful and biodiverse Countries. In case you have the time for a long vacation, you can add more than one destination to your Amazon experience. Otherwise, even visiting one of the countries will be very memorable as each one has its own unique features to enjoy.
The most popular destinations for Amazon Jungle adventure seekers are:
60 per cent of the Amazon rainforest lies in this region. Most people automatically equate Brazil with Amazon. Amazon cruises here will take you to the Negro and Solimoes Rivers. It is home to more than 20 million hectares of protected habitat. Brazil is a good selection if you are taking a longer expedition as it can take time to explore the vast wilderness.
Ecuador is heaven for lovers of the wildlife. It is considered to be one of the world’s 17 mega-diverse countries and most of the endemic species found. You can also visit the Galapagos Islands. It is feasible to combine the 2 cruises to make for the perfect Ecuador experience.
Amazon cruises are available from 3 to 10 nights. The length you choose depends on how much time you have and what destinations you would like to visit. If you want a comprehensive experience of the Amazon region, a trip of 3 to 4 nights is feasible; luxury ships can offer longer itineraries lasting from 3 to 7 nights.
Lastly, you must select the time of the year for the river cruises. Amazon has the rainy season from December to May. For simple jungle walks and fishing excursions, choose the dry season from June to November.
Two-thirds of Peru’s land is covered with Peruvian Amazon jungles. It also happens to be the birthplace of the Amazon River. Passengers can add some interesting destinations like Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, or Cusco after or before the cruise expedition. The Peruvian part of the Amazon is peaceful and less developed as compared to Brazil. The cruises will smoothly roll over tranquil waters with no port stops. You will get to explore at varying points on small skiffs.