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What to Know Before You Travel to the Amazon?

What to Know Before You Travel to the Amazon?

The Amazon Rainforest is truly a natural treasure. It is home to 1 out of every 10 species on earth. The Amazon Rainforest is home to tens of thousands of different species of animal and plant life, incuding: 40,000 plant species 3,000 freshwater fish species 370 types of reptiles More than 2,000 new species have been discovered in ...

What’s the Difference between the Peru and Brazil Amazon?

What’s the Difference between the Peru and Brazil Amazon?

Taking a trip to “the Amazon” is something a lot of people want to do at some point in their lives. At the same time, “the Amazon” is a vast and diverse rainforest that is home to around one-in-ten of the known species on Earth. It spans across eight countries, and the piece of the Amazon you ...

8 Mind Blowing Facts to Know About the Morpho Butterfly

8 Mind Blowing Facts to Know About the Morpho Butterfly

The blue morpho butterfly is a beautiful insect found in the Amazon forest. Its beauty goes beyond what meets the eye, though. If you’re taking a trip to the Amazon any time soon, you should be up to speed on the natural life that you’ll be witnessing. Not only will a little extra knowledge help you ...

Rainforest Activities and Tours to Do on Your Cruise

Rainforest Activities and Tours to Do on Your Cruise

Hold onto your captain’s quarters…your Amazon rainforest cruise is set to begin! It’s the second longest river in the world. With a 4,100-mile river system, the Amazon winds its way in and around 8 of South America’s countries. For many, this kind of cruise is a once in a lifetime adventure. Plan to make the most of every single moment! ...

Amazon Safety Tips for Your Jungle River Cruise

Amazon Safety Tips for Your Jungle River Cruise

Are you embarking on an Amazon River cruise soon? Home to 10 percent of the planet’s known species and over half of the planet’s rainforest, the Amazon is certainly a bucket list worthy destination. But, while traveling to the Amazon will certainly be a memorable experience, there are some safety precautions that you need to keep in ...

7 Amazon River Animals to See on Your Cruise

7 Amazon River Animals to See on Your Cruise

When you hear the word Amazon you instantly associate it with discovery and adventure. It is one of the longest river in the world traversing 4000 miles. In fact, it is still well debated whether it is the longest river in the world. You already know the Amazon is in South America, but did you know that ...

What to expect on your Amazon River Cruise?

What to expect on your Amazon River Cruise?

Planning to take an Amazon river cruise? While it’s one of the most awe-inspiring experiences you could have, there are many things that you have to prepare for. You would be surprised by the number of things that could catch you off guard if this is your first time taking the trip. For example, you’ll ...

10 Things to Know Before You Visit Machu Picchu

10 Things to Know Before You Visit Machu Picchu

Are you thinking of visiting Machu Picchu? Perhaps the most relevant legacy of the Inca civilization that attracts thousands of visitors year around due to the rich architectural treasures and historic richness that it possesses. In this post, you’ll familiarize yourself with 10 things you need to know before visiting Machu Picchu: Things You Need ...

The Best National Parks in Peru

The Best National Parks in Peru

Amazon rainforest covers most of South America territory. This region is shared by nine countries including Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela and it covers 2.6 million square miles of Continental land. The rainforest is home to a diverse and unique plant-life and wildlife. Many people are not aware of the fact that Amazon is ...

A Detailed Guide Of Orchids of Peru

A Detailed Guide Of Orchids of Peru

Are you thinking of visiting Peru? This place is fascinating and unique. It has many cultural and natural treasures. For years, Peru has been a fascinating destination for many tourists. Peru has a large variety and diverse ecosystems. The best way to enjoy the marvels of Peru is by taking an Amazon River Cruise as ...

Tips for Visiting Galapagos Islands You Need to Know

Tips for Visiting Galapagos Islands You Need to Know

Are you planning a trip to go to one of the most unique places in this world but do not know which one it is? Are you a person who loves nature and wants a vacation in an all natural and one of a kind place? Visiting Galapagos Islands should be your number one destination ...

7 Reasons Why Traveling By Boat Is Awesome

7 Reasons Why Traveling By Boat Is Awesome

Traveling by boat is something most people overlook when making vacation plans. You might think to take a road trip instead. Boat travel is one of the most relaxing and luxurious ways to see the world. A cruise along the Amazon River ensures that you’ll be able to experience everything this exotic area has to ...

How to Save Tropical Rainforests?

How to Save Tropical Rainforests?

Tropical rainforests are found around the equator mostly between the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn. It is said that usually, all months have an average precipitation of at least 60 mm. Average annual rainfall is no less than 1,680 mm. Plants grow more rapidly in these forests. Because the forests are of great importance the question ...

The Pros and Cons of Big Ships and Small Ships

The Pros and Cons of Big Ships and Small Ships

Cruising is the best decision you have made to start off your vacation. Such kind of traveling adventure for days on a ship is worth your time and money. Making the decision is a huge step, there is more you need to think about when choosing a ship. Big ship and small ship. Does a ...

Pink Amazon River Dolphin Facts

Pink Amazon River Dolphin Facts

The pink Amazon River dolphin is one of the most unique species of dolphins. Of course, the main reason for its uniqueness is because of its colour. However, many people find it hard to believe that the dolphin is actually of a pink colour since it is rarely seen. Pink dolphins are also known by ...

Amazon River Monsters

Amazon River Monsters

The Amazon rainforest is a complete ecosystem. There you will find various species of hundreds of living creatures. From the wonderful jaguar to the poison dart frog, and from Jesus lizard to the black caiman. The Amazon forest is the home of many creatures. In this article, we will discuss some of the amazing Amazon ...

The Boiling River of the Amazon

The Boiling River of the Amazon

What comes to your mind when you think of the Amazon? Some might think of the thick dangerous jungle, while others may think about exotic animals living in the tropical environment. People who are adventurers may think of lost civilizations, ancient legends, and forgotten cities of gold. But do you know about a small village ...

How to Choose an Amazon River Cruise?

How to Choose an Amazon River Cruise?

The idea of escaping to the Amazon River for a vacation seems wonderful. However, when you actually sit down to plan your trip, you are definitely getting confused. The river flows through more than 4,000 miles of the region, which means that you have a variety of vacation and itinerary styles to choose from. We ...

The Plants of the Tropical Rainforest

The Plants of the Tropical Rainforest

There are more than 2/3 of plant species in the world that are found in tropical rainforests. The rainforest plants provide food and shelter to the animals that live in the rainforest. They are also taking part is the gaseous exchange. Rainforest plants provide the basic supply of oxygen in the world. A humid environment ...

Amazon River Cruises: Brazil vs Peru

Amazon River Cruises: Brazil vs Peru

Amazon is the biggest rainforest that you can find out there in the world. It spans across many different countries, including Venezuela, Suriname, Peru, Guyana, French Guinea, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, and Bolivia. Out of these two countries, Brazil and Peru have received a lot of attention. In fact, Brazil owns about 60% of the Amazon ...

What Can You Do In the Amazon Rainforest?

What Can You Do In the Amazon Rainforest?

The Amazon Rainforest extends over South America from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Andes Mountains in the west. It is home to the myriad species of fauna and flora, containing 50 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Numerous indigenous tribes live in the Amazon, rehearsing the ancient lifestyles unchanged more than thousand number ...

Books About the Amazon River

Books About the Amazon River

Now and again, Rainforest Cruise has the Special Guest Cruise departure, similar to Delfin II Amazon journey that cruised in Feb 2016 with the visitor John Hemming who is a widely acclaimed author, traveler as well as an expert on Amazon as well as Incan Civilization. We have chosen a rundown of the best Amazon River books, ...

What are the dangers of Amazon river trips and travel?

What are the dangers of Amazon river trips and travel?

As the vast majority of the Amazon river trips that operate in the rainforest are run by experienced, knowledgeable and capable businesses, the risks for travellers visiting the area are minimal. However, as the jungle is alive with exotic wildlife, home to a unique climate and located in a developing part of the world, ensuring ...

Best swimming holes in the Amazon basin

Best swimming holes in the Amazon basin

When you think about the Amazon Rainforest what springs to mind? Lush vegetation? Exotic animals? Towering trees? One thing that probably does not come up is swimming. However, with around 60,000km of inland waterways, countless lakes, lagoons and beaches, the Amazon is one of the most exciting and diverse swimming spots in the world. Though ...

Pacaya Samiria vs. Galapagos: Two of the best nature reserves on the planet

Pacaya Samiria vs. Galapagos: Two of the best nature reserves on the planet

Pacaya SamiriaWhen it comes to biodiversity and abundance of wildlife, there are few more exceptional places on earth than the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest. So it should come as no surprise to nature enthusiasts that Pacaya Samiria, one of the largest protected areas in the Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands were voted into ...

Birdwatching on Amazon cruises in Peru

Birdwatching on Amazon cruises in Peru

With a huge variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects, the Amazon has always been a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and animal lovers. However, with more than 400 species in Peru alone, it’s the jungle’s birds that really bring the rainforest to life and amaze visitors time and time again. Birdwatching on Amazon cruises ...

Pacaya Samiria amongst the 10 best places for wildlife on the planet

Pacaya Samiria amongst the 10 best places for wildlife on the planet

The largest protected area in Peru, and one of the largest in the Amazon region, Pacaya Samiria covers an area of around 20,000 square kilometres and contains some of the most diverse and unique wildlife on earth. Though much of the reserve is given over to virgin forest, there are a number of Amazon cruises ...

What can you see if you stay a few days in Iquitos before your Amazon Peru cruise?

What can you see if you stay a few days in Iquitos before your Amazon Peru cruise?

As the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos sees the departure and arrival of almost all cruises that explore the jungle’s waterways. Though many of the travellers that come to the city are keen to start their Amazon cruises, taking a few days to explore this unique jungle metropolis can really add to your trip. ...

Luxury Amazon cruise boom in Peruvian Amazon

Luxury Amazon cruise boom in Peruvian Amazon

As the modern world gets ever busier, more crowded and more demanding, increasing numbers of people are opting for holidays that allow them to escape the hustle and bustle of their daily lives and experience something a little bit different. And the Amazon, with its unique landscape, unrivalled biodiversity and ancient indigenous cultures, is one ...

Nature photography Tips in Amazon Rainforest

Nature photography Tips in Amazon Rainforest

Though you’re guaranteed to remember your trip to the spectacular Amazon rainforest forever, having a few beautifully shot photos will make your memories all the more vibrant. Plus, a few great images will let you show your friends and family exactly what they missed. However, unlike the beaches, mountains or cities you’re used to snapping, ...

The most colourful insects in the jungle

The most colourful insects in the jungle

As the most bio-diverse region on earth, it’s no surprise that a lot of people travel to the Amazon Jungle to see and experience its unique habitat and exotic inhabitants first hand. In fact, many travellers join Amazon jungle expeditions purely to learn about the environment, taking the opportunity afforded by the trip to get ...

The most luxurious boat on the Amazon river

The most luxurious boat on the Amazon river

Though the stunning landscape of the Amazon is enough to tempt anyone to South America, if you really want to enjoy the jungle in style, travelling on a Luxury Amazon cruise is the only way to go. From air conditioning to living rooms and outdoor jacuzzis to al fresco dining, passengers on board these high ...

In which country can I spot the most animals in the Amazon rainforest?

In which country can I spot the most animals in the Amazon rainforest?

For many visitors to the Amazon, getting close to the local wildlife and spotting rare, exotic and endangered species is a huge part of the rainforest experience. Though the entire Amazon is alive with plant and animal species, there are some places where you’re more likely to see rainforest wildlife than others, especially if there’s ...

What is the cost of expedition cruising in the Amazon River?

What is the cost of expedition cruising in the Amazon River?

With 80,000 species of plant, 2.5 million species of insect and 10% of the world’s known animal species, it’s no wonder that visitors flock to the 5,500,00km2 rainforest from all over the planet. And with their unique access, high levels of comfort and specially designed itineraries, Amazon river trips are the perfect way for keen ...

How to make the most of your honeymoon on a luxury Amazon cruise

How to make the most of your honeymoon on a luxury Amazon cruise

Ask any nature lovers, keen travellers or adventurers for their all time favourite destination wish list, and there’s a good chance that the vast Amazon jungle will claim one of the top spots. Unique, eye-opening and beautiful – there can be few better places to start your married life. If you’re thinking about embarking on a ...

Arapaima, giant Amazon fish in danger of extinction

Arapaima, giant Amazon fish in danger of extinction

From poison dart frogs to golden tamarin moneys, hyacinth macaws to three-toed sloths, many of the animals that make their home in the Amazon rainforest are now under threat. Whether it’s because of illegal logging, the destruction of their natural habitat or over hunting, the future of some of the rarest and most beautiful creatures ...

See the Yasuni parrot clay lick on Manatee and Anakonda cruises

See the Yasuni parrot clay lick on Manatee and Anakonda cruises

From its vast size to its unique habitat and its mighty river to its towering trees, there are a whole host of attractions that draw visitors to the Amazon from around the world. For many, one of the main reasons to visit is the abundant animal life. With a huge variety of species living within ...

Tribe makes first contact with outside world

Tribe makes first contact with outside world

If you though Marty McFly had a lot to take in when he landed in a futuristic 2015 in Back to the Future Part II, just imagine what the learning curve is like for Amazonian tribes making contact with the outside world for the very first time. Though there are currently no hoverboards to be ...

Why cruise the Bolivian Amazon?

Why cruise the Bolivian Amazon?

Though all cruises and expeditions on board the Amazon Clipper Fleet are packed with adventure, new experiences and unforgettable memories, cruises in Bolivia are just a little bit different. As the least populated, least explored and least developed part of the Amazon Basin, the Bolivian jungle offers intrepid travellers a unique opportunity to experience the ...

Camu Camu the new Amazon ‘it’ fruit?

Camu Camu the new Amazon ‘it’ fruit?

Home to around 80,000 species of plant, and with more being discovered every day, it’s no wonder that some of the berries, leaves, roots and flowers found in the Amazon have unique properties. From curing headaches to inducing hallucinations, rainforest plant life has a wide range of applications. Since the acai berry took the health ...

Why we’re losing 54 million tons of carbon due to logging?

Why we’re losing 54 million tons of carbon due to logging?

Though many facts about the Amazon are pretty mind blowing, one of the most staggering pieces of Amazon Rainforest info is that the jungle produces a whopping 20% of the world’s oxygen. By cleaning the air that we breath and providing fresh oxygen for all the life on earth, the Amazon acts as the planet’s ...

How many species can you spot in five days?

How many species can you spot in five days?

With around 1,500 described species of bird within its borders, the Amazon Rainforest is a true birdwatchers paradise. Thanks to the huge variety of jungle species, many enthusiasts travel from across the globe to join Amazon cruises and spot as many exotic and rare birds as possible. Though birdwatchers on Amazon river trips do face ...

Un-contacted tribes of the Amazon

Un-contacted tribes of the Amazon

What with the internet, smartphones and TV, most of us are connected to the outside world every moment of our lives. The thought that some people in the world today could be completely unaware of technology, civilisation and industry is almost unbelievable, especially when we can jet off on exotic Amazon Jungle expeditions, cruises or ...

Why does the Amazon River flow backwards in some areas?

Why does the Amazon River flow backwards in some areas?

If you’re at all familiar with basic Amazon rainforest info, you’ll know that the mighty Amazon River flows from west to east. Rising in Arequipa, Peru and emptying its contents into the Atlantic Ocean, the river discharges more water than any other waterway in the world. However, this wasn’t always the case. Originally, this vast ...

The meeting of the waters

The meeting of the waters

Though there are many spectacular sights in the Amazon, one of the most incredible is the point at which the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões meet to form the mighty Amazon. Though the huge river encounters many other waterways along its 4,000-mile route, the confluence of these two waterways is the most dramatic and offers ...

How to catch a Piranha in the Amazon rivers

How to catch a Piranha in the Amazon rivers

As one of the most famous Amazon rainforest animals and one of the most feared fish in the world, the piranha has taken on an almost mystical persona in the minds of many travellers to the region. As a result, many visitors to the jungle want to catch their very own meat-eating fish, with some ...

Across the continent from Iquitos to Manaus

Across the continent from Iquitos to Manaus

Though they are located on opposite sides of the Amazon jungle, the cities of Iquitos in Peru and Manaus in Brazil have a lot in common. Surrounded by the Amazon jungle, isolated from the rest of their respective countries and home to a unique rainforest culture, these jungle metropolises are the starting points for many ...

Lodge based tour vs. Amazon cruise expedition

Lodge based tour vs. Amazon cruise expedition

Spread over nine countries and 5,500,000 square kilometres, there’s no denying that the Amazon jungle is big. Though this vast size makes the rainforest one of the most diverse and ecologically important places on earth, it can make it difficult for visitors to narrow down where they want to go and how they want to ...

The most intimate ships for exploring the Amazon river

The most intimate ships for exploring the Amazon river

Though any cruise along the mighty Amazon River is guaranteed to be unforgettable, traveling on a small, intimate vessel can make the journey even more memorable. Giving passengers the chance to really get to know each other and connect with their surroundings, small, specially designed boats are the perfect way to experience the Amazon in ...

The biggest mammal in the Amazon

The biggest mammal in the Amazon

As one of the most biodiverse habitats on earth, any trip to the Amazon jungle is likely to involve a few close encounters with some of the wilder local inhabitants, some of which are found nowhere else on earth. Though some jungle residents are hard to spot, others are plentiful and happy to show themselves ...

How is chicha made and what exactly is it?

How is chicha made and what exactly is it?

For many travellers around the world, one of the most important parts of getting to know a new country and its culture is trying the local tipple. From wine in France to sake in Japan, vodka in Russia and ale the UK, you don’t really know a country until you’ve sampled its alcoholic produce. When ...

Flooded season or dry season for cruises?

Flooded season or dry season for cruises?

With the average daily temperature staying around 27˚C throughout the year, the main decision that anyone planning a trip to the Amazon has to make is whether to visit in the flooded season or the dry season. Most Amazon cruises operate throughout the year, adjusting their itineraries to suit the conditions. This allows guests to ...

Are there still uncontacted tribes?

Are there still uncontacted tribes?

Today we live in a fast-paced, technologically-minded world. We can contact old school friends, find out the latest news or send a picture half way around the globe all at the touch of a button. So the idea that there are still people living in a world without TV, the internet or even electricity is ...

What is the Pacaya Samiria?

What is the Pacaya Samiria?

Located around 183km south west of Iquitos and covering an area of approximately 20,000 square kilometres, the Pacaya Samiria is the largest protected area in Peru, and the second largest in the entire Amazon region. Packed with rare and unique wildlife, the reserve is incredibly important both for scientists attempting to learn more about the ...

The Arapaima

The Arapaima

As the Amazon rainforest is famous for its animal life, a great way to learn more about the Amazon jungle is to get to know its wild inhabitants. From the illusive to the plentiful and the cuddly to the downright terrifying, the Amazon is home to a huge variety of creatures, each with their own ...

The Anaconda

The Anaconda

With its lush vegetation, vast waterways and remote regions, it’s no wonder that the Amazon Rainforest is home to a huge variety of animal life covering an enormous spectrum of species. Though a lot is known about the Amazon jungle and its inhabitants, there is still a huge amount that scientists have to left to ...

Top cruising routes in the Amazon

Top cruising routes in the Amazon

Covering an area of 5.5 million square kilometers, straddling nine countries and incorporating some of the most isolated and remote parts of the planet, the Amazon rainforest is pretty big by anyone’s standards. On top of its vast size, the Amazon has a huge array of waterways, natural reserves and other attractions, making it a ...

Getting from Iquitos to Manaus

Getting from Iquitos to Manaus

Lying deep within the largest rainforest in the world, on the shores of one of the mightiest waterways on earth, Iquitos in Peru and Manaus in Brazil share some fundamental similarities. Largely that both act as the gateway to the jungle in their respective countries. Thanks to their stunning locations in the heart of the ...

Tapajos River, the Caribbean of the Amazon

Tapajos River, the Caribbean of the Amazon

With its white sandy beaches, lush vegetation and crystal clear waters, the section of the Tapajos River that flows past the city of Santarém in Brazil’s Pará state looks more like the Caribbean than the Amazon and, as a result, makes a fantastic pit stop during your luxury Amazon cruise. Stretching for 1,200 miles from ...

What clothes do I wear on an Amazon river trips?

What clothes do I wear on an Amazon river trips?

Knowing what to pack for a holiday can be tough at the best of times, but when you’re heading into one of the most diverse and extraordinary places on the face of the earth, deciding what stays and what goes can be almost impossible. The main thing to remember when joining any of the Amazon ...

Amazing plant life of the Amazon

Amazing plant life of the Amazon

With its lush green looks and unspoiled interior, it will probably come as no surprise that the Amazon jungle is home to some of the most varied, diverse and unique plant life anywhere in the world. In fact, the rainforest contains over 40,000 plant species and there may be many more just waiting to be ...

Top 10 questions to ask your travel agent when planning a family Amazon River trip

Top 10 questions to ask your travel agent when planning a family Amazon River trip

Though any kind of holiday is a fantastic learning experience for a child, the Amazon, with its unique animals, plants and environment is the ultimate eye-opener for younger travellers. Taking your kids with you on a family trip to the jungle is therefore a great opportunity not only to spend some time together but also ...

Top 10 questions to ask your travel agent about your Amazon cruise

Top 10 questions to ask your travel agent about your Amazon cruise

If you love to travel and explore new countries, planning a summer holiday is probably one of the highlights of your year. However, as the Amazon Rainforest is so vast and so unique, knowing where to begin can be difficult. So if you’re planning to explore the jungle’s wildlife and waterways this year, there are ...

Creepiest animals you will spot on an Amazon river trips

Creepiest animals you will spot on an Amazon river trips

Covering over 5.5 million square kilometres, stretching through nine different countries and home to one of the world’s mightiest waterways, the Amazon Rainforest is a unique environment that fosters a huge variety of plants and animals found no where else on earth. As well as the huge array of birds, reptiles, fish, monkeys and wild ...

Iquitos vs. Manaus

Iquitos vs. Manaus

With vast amounts of the Amazon jungle lying in both Peru and Brazil, many visitors to the rainforest will begin their adventure in either Iquitos or Manaus which each acting as the gateway to the jungle in their respective countries. Though most travellers will simply pass through these cities on their way to discover new ...

What level of hiking is needed to on Amazon tours in Brazil?

Though Amazon river cruises take you deep into the heart of the jungle and provide passengers with a fantastic insight into life in the rainforest, one of the best ways to get a real taste of life in the Amazon is to join a hike into the jungle’s interior. Luckily, hiking opportunities in the Brazilian ...

What level of comfort is available on a luxury Amazon cruise?

What level of comfort is available on a luxury Amazon cruise?

Feeling comfortable, safe and cared-for is an important part of any holiday, and is never more important than when venturing into one of the most remote and wild places on earth. Knowing exactly what to expect from your luxury Amazon cruise will help you choose what to pack, give you an idea of what to ...

What do you eat on an Amazon cruise?

What do you eat on an Amazon cruise?

With the Amazon one of the most bio-diverse regions on earth, it probably comes as no surprise that some of the most delicious and exciting foods in the world can be found within its borders. From super-nutritious acai berries to fruit-eating piranha, the Amazon jungle is full of exotic and intriguing foods, many of which ...

Rarest birds spotted on an Amazon cruise

Rarest birds spotted on an Amazon cruise

One of the best things about the Amazon jungle is that passengers on a river cruise can experience the wonder of the natural world without even leaving the comfort of their boat. Pink dolphins swim in the swirling waters, monkeys relax in the nearby canopy and exotic jungle birds crisscross the skies overhead. For keen ...

Where is the source of the Amazon?

Where is the source of the Amazon?

Though the Amazon River has been known throughout the world for hundreds of years, the exact location of its source, and therefore its exact length, was a hotly disputed subject for many years. Scientists and geographers had a good idea of the general location of the source high up in the Peruvian Andes. However, pinpointing ...

Top things to see in Iquitos

Top things to see in Iquitos

As the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon, the city of Iquitos will probably feature in most jungle itineraries. And as well as being a great starting or ending point, Iquitos is a great city with a lot to offer. So, if you’ve got a day or two to explore this jungle metropolis, here are the ...

New river dolphin species discovered

New river dolphin species discovered

Covering an area of 6.7 million square kilometers and stretching over eight different countries, it’s no wonder that vast tracks of the Amazon rainforest remain virtually untouched by modern life and unexplored by modern science. Every year more is discovered about the Amazon jungle and its inhabitants, with new plant, insect and animal species identified ...

Top Amazon cruise extensions in Ecuador

Top Amazon cruise extensions in Ecuador

As the landscape, culture and biodiversity of the Ecuadorian Amazon is totally unique, it draws visitors from around the world, attracted by the chance to see and experience an environment unlike anywhere else on earth. Though an Amazon expedition cruise is reason enough to travel half way around the world, if you are making the ...

New dwarf tapir species discovered

New dwarf tapir species discovered

If there’s one thing that we all know about the Amazon jungle, it’s that it’s big, really big. So when you hear about a new insect, bird or plant species being discovered, it’s not too surprising that these tiny creatures have managed to evade the scientists for so long. However, when you hear that a ...

Top ten Amazon Peru facts

Top ten Amazon Peru facts

Boasting a wealth of plant and animal life, a completely unique biosphere and one of the most stunning landscapes in the world, it’s no wonder that the Amazon Peru is one of the most fascinating regions on earth. But do you really know just how extraordinary it is? Here are the top ten Amazon Peru ...

Eight animals to look out for on Amazon River trips

Eight animals to look out for on Amazon River trips

If you’re about to set off on one of our exciting and exhilarating Amazon River trips, you’ll probably be trying to learn all about the Amazon in preparation. Knowing a little bit about the environment, the animals and the culture of the Amazon can be a huge advantage and will help you to make the ...

Travelling with children

Travelling with children

Spain may have sunshine, Florida may have theme parks and London may have shopping, but when it comes to holiday destinations, few can beat the variety, beauty and unique landscape of the Amazon. This depth of culture, wonder of nature and scientific importance make the Amazon one of the best destinations in the world for ...

Photo tips under the canopy

Photo tips under the canopy

As well as being a haven for wildlife, a place of special scientific interest and the lungs of the world, the Amazon is also stunningly beautiful. Travel within its boundaries and you’ll want to document, photograph and remember every single moment. If you want to get great shots on a Brazil Amazon riverboat cruise, Peru ...

How to photograph Amazon rainforest animals?

How to photograph Amazon rainforest animals?

If you’re a keen naturalist or an enthusiastic photographer, the Amazon rainforest is likely to be your ultimate location. Bursting at the seams with some of the most beautiful and most exotic animals in the world, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to getting that perfect shot. Amazon rainforest animals however can be ...

The different monkey species

The different monkey species

The Amazon Rainforest is jam packed with an incredible abundance of Amazon Monkeywildlife from piranhas to parrots and anaconda to jaguars. But one of the most plentiful – and for many visitors, the most exciting – creature that lives in the jungle is the monkey. Found in all different shapes and sizes, the various monkey ...

Piranha fishing on Amazon River trips

Piranha fishing on Amazon River trips

hough we’ve all heard of the flesh-eating piranha, few of us have actually ever seen these legendary beasts outside of a Bond villain’s lair or local aquarium. However, in the Amazon these sharp-toothed fish are common, making their home in the rivers and tributaries that make up this vast eco-system. Fishing for piranhas on Amazon ...

Typical foods of the Amazon people

Typical foods of the Amazon people

With a wealth of plant and animal life right on their doorstep, it’s no wonder that the inhabitants of the Amazon Jungle enjoy an exotic and eclectic diet. And just like any other holiday destination, sampling the local cuisine is a great way to get to know the local culture. So, if you’re planning a ...

Flights to different regions

Flights to different regions

Covering an area of 1.4 billion acres or 5.5 million square kilometers, the Amazon Rainforest is truly enormous. In fact, if it were a country it would be the seventh largest on the planet. As travel across the rainforest can be difficult, if not impossible, visitors to the region need to make sure that they ...

Must-See National Parks on Amazon Tours in Brazil

Must-See National Parks on Amazon Tours in Brazil

Though Brazil and its Amazon region boast many attractions – a vibrant culture, unique landscape and fascinating history to name but a few – the one thing that this area has in abundance is nature. In order to protect the wildlife and encourage it to thrive, the Brazilian government has created a vast network or ...

How to glimpse the five rarest Amazon rainforest animals

How to glimpse the five rarest Amazon rainforest animals

If you harbour a love for the natural world, the incredible biodiversity and abundance of plant, animal and bird life in the Amazon will probably be one of the main reasons for visiting the area. And though all of the wildlife you see during your visit will be fascinating, there are some creatures so rare ...

Combined Galapagos tours and Amazon River trips

Combined Galapagos tours and Amazon River trips

For those who love to travel and thrive on adventure, there can be few more exciting destinations than the Amazon jungle and the Galapagos Islands. So, if you’re going all the way to South America, why not combine a trip to the enchanted Islands with a visit to the largest and most diverse jungle in ...

Luxury Amazon cruises in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil or Bolivia

Luxury Amazon cruises in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil or Bolivia

Springing from the heights of the Peruvian Andes and flowing for almost 7,000 kilometres through South America to the Atlantic Ocean, the Amazon River and its tributaries form one of the largest waterways in the world. This huge expanse of jungle and rivers makes for extraordinary scenery and creates a unique habitat for wildlife. However, ...

Amazon cruises vs lodge based tours

Amazon cruises vs lodge based tours

With such staggering scenery, abundant wildlife and fascinating culture, it’s no wonder that the Amazon is one of the world’s most impressive and spectacular holiday destinations. If you’re lucky enough to be planning a trip to the Amazon, the best way to explore the region properly is either to join an Amazon River cruise or ...

Is the Brazilian Amazon home to the world’s largest river?

Is the Brazilian Amazon home to the world’s largest river?

A glance at any school textbook will tell you that it is the Nile that holds the title of world’s longest river. Flowing 6,695km from Lake Victoria in Uganda all the way to Egypt and the Mediterranean, the Nile brings life to millions of plants, animals and humans on its way. Measuring in at 6,437km, ...

A new riverboat for an Amazon cruise Peru: the Amatista

A new riverboat for an Amazon cruise Peru: the Amatista

Once you’ve decided which part of the vast Amazon region to visit, your next task is to choose which vessel and which itinerary suits you best. In Peru, there’s a wide range of specialist jungle ships cruising the Amazon. The newest, and arguably one the most beautiful of which is the 35-metre long Amatista. The ...

High water season vs. low water season

High water season vs. low water season

Just like every other destination on earth, the Amazon is affected by High water seasonweather patterns that cause some months to be wetter, hotter or more humid than others. And though the average temperatures don’t fluctuate too much – it’s always pretty warm and quite humid – the water level is affected by melting snow ...

The best Peru tours for educational holidays

The best Peru tours for educational holidays

Combining a fun-filled family holiday with a little bit of learning helps to enrich the experience for everyone, and ensures that your kids get as much out of their holiday time as possible. Natural CruisesAnd as it’s home to some of the most unique and some of the most spectacular experiences on earth, the rich ...

How Amazon Jungle lodges take you closer

How Amazon Jungle lodges take you closer

The Amazon Jungle is big, really big! In fact, if it were a country it would be the 7th largest on earth, and make most of the world’s other nations look tiny in comparison! When you realise how enormous the rainforest is, you begin to understand the challenges involved in exploring the area. Thankfully, our ...

A luxury Anakonda is cruising the Amazon

A luxury Anakonda is cruising the Amazon

The best way to see the Ecuadorian Amazon is undoubtedly by boat, with the labyrinth of waterways – many of which are tributaries to the mighty Amazon River – forming a natural path into the forest. It’s in these waterways you’ll find the massive Amazon Anaconda – fabled for its size and appetite.  Well there’s ...

5 tips to book Amazon rainforest tours

5 tips to book Amazon rainforest tours

Bursting with plant and animal life and home to some of the most unique cultures and habitats on earth, the Amazon Rainforest is truly one of the world’s must see destinations. However, with an area of 1.4 billion acres and spanning nine countries, there’s a lot of forest to choose from and so booking your ...

Why you’re never too old to explore the Amazon

Why you’re never too old to explore the Amazon

If you really want to make the most of your golden years, don’t follow the crowds to Florida, think a little bigger and you could soon be heading off on the adventure of a lifetime. And though the Amazon may seem like a long way from home and something of a mammoth undertaking, here are ...

Why Amazon River trips should top your bucket list?

No matter how old or young, rich or poor or adventurous or cautious you are, pretty much all of us has a list of things that we really want to do before we ‘kick the bucket’ – it’s known as a bucket list. And if you’re still compiling your top contenders, here are some reasons ...

Retire in style on a luxury Amazon cruise

Retire in style on a luxury Amazon cruise

f you’ve worked hard all your life and have recently decided to retire, now’s the perfect opportunity to finally visit all of the places that you’ve always dreamed of. And where better to start than the mighty Amazon River? Boasting a unique environment, vibrant local cultures and stunning scenery, this tropical basin is a world ...

“Ant from Mars” discovered in Amazon Jungle

“Ant from Mars” discovered in Amazon Jungle

The Amazon rainforest is still surprising scientists, even with global warming and the jungle predation, there are new species discovered every day like the recently found “ant from Mars” called so, because its unusual alien characteristics. The ant, Martialis heureka, is blind and lives underground and was probably a descendant of the very first ants ...

New Species Discovered every three days in the Amazon Jungle

New Species Discovered every three days in the Amazon Jungle

A new report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) confirms the Amazon rainforest, even as it is shrinking due to deforestation, remains among the world’s most surprising places. According to the report, Amazon Alive, over the past decade (1999-2009) researchers have found 1,200 new species in the Amazon: one new species for every ...

A trek through Ecuador without a stop in Galapagos is possible

A trek through Ecuador without a stop in Galapagos is possible

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — No offence against the Galapagos Islands. Home to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other exotic creatures, the archipelago off Ecuador’s coast ranks for me — and many other travellers — among the top places to visit before I die. Yet with only two weeks to spend in Ecuador, we drew ...

Stash Tea introduces Guayusa… Energy from Ecuador

Stash Tea introduces Guayusa… Energy from Ecuador

Stash Tea, one of the largest specialty tea companies in the USA, announces the release of eight great-tasting new loose leaf teas made with a rare, naturally caffeinated herbal tea known as Guayusa. The teas are available exclusively online and at Stash Tea’s Portland, Oregon area store. Guayusa is a stimulating herb native to the ...

Yasuni Man a Ryan Killackey film

Yasuni Man a Ryan Killackey film

Located in eastern Ecuador, Yasuni National Park is world-renowned for its rich diversity of species, which may be the greatest on the planet. “It’s the only place known to have world records for sheer numbers of mammals, birds, amphibians and plants. One acre of Yasuni has more species of trees than all of North America,” ...

Ecuador looks to its own people in the battle against climate change

Ecuador looks to its own people in the battle against climate change

Ecuador’s Yasuni park where, as part of the climate change battle, oil will be left in the ground if donors pay half its value. Photograph: Dolores Ochoa/AP We left thirsty Peru and have reached Quito in Ecuador on the great Oxfam/Guardian Andean climate journey. First stop is to meet the government and community leaders of ...

Support the Achuar

Support the Achuar

The unrelenting drive for oil has reached the deepest regions of the Peruvian Amazon – the Canadian oil company Talisman Energy has begun to drill exploratory wells in the ancestral homeland of the Achuar people. The Achuar have decided that they do not want development based on oil drilling and the unsustainable extraction of natural ...

Brazil’s Amazon Destruction Slows

Brazil’s Amazon Destruction Slows

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has welcomed new figures showing that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has decreased by 25%. President Lula said this had prevented the release of millions of tonnes of CO2 gas into the atmosphere. The government says environmental policies, including measures against illegal logging, have had an effect. Environmentalists ...

Luxury through the Brazilian Amazon

Luxury through the Brazilian Amazon

Why: We recommend Iberostar’s 144-passenger Grand Amazon for an authentic Amazon trip. Lots of big-ship lines offer cruises on the Amazon river, but the best way to genuinely get a feel for not only its nature aspects but also its culture is to sail on a smaller ship. (The truly adventurous can book passage on ...

Ecuador, for Pay, won’t drill in Amazon reserve

Ecuador, for Pay, won’t drill in Amazon reserve

Ecuador signed a deal on Tuesday creating a trust fund to hold donations from Germany and other rich nations willing to pay the Andean country to refrain from drilling for oil in an Amazon wildlife reserve. The plan, drawn up with the United Nations, applies to a 675-square-mile part of Yasuni National Park called the ...

Manatee Amazon Explorer Fam Trip

Manatee Amazon Explorer Fam Trip

The Manatee riverboat is considered as the best option in Ecuadorian Amazon if you are looking for river cruises. When travelers want to feel all the enchantment of the Amazon rainforest, they always prefer the less crowded sites, and this is just what the Ecuadorian Amazon offers. I was in a site inspection trip last ...

Visit the manatee rescue centre on cruise

Visit the manatee rescue centre on cruise

Within the borders of the vast Amazon Jungle there are few creatures as strange or as fascinating as the manatee. The source of countless indigenous myths and legends, these ungainly, fresh water mammals are some of the most interesting residents of the rainforest. Manatee Rescue CentreUnfortunately, these gentle giants are often hunted for their blubber, ...