Reaching the Amazon by air is perhaps the quickest means of transportation and in some cases the only way for people who are travelling from North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia.
Prices vary depending on season, country of entry and how you plan your trip. Many people visiting the Amazon plan on visiting other interesting destinations in South America. Choosing your Amazon cruise may depend on othe trips you are taking in the region.
There are direct flights from Amsterdam & Madrid to Quito or Lima in Ecuador & Peru. Otherwise you will have to make your connection in Miami for a direct flight to Manaus or Belem in Brazil. To reach Bolivia it is best to go in visiting Peru first.
Airlines that fly to South America from Europe
Continental flighs direct to Brazil (Rio and Sao Paulo) from Newark, it also flighs to Quito and Lima on semi-direct flights connecting in Houston or Bogota (Colombia). Other options are flying direct into Manaus, Quito, Lima or La Paz from Miami (American Airlines, LAB, Varig, Taca, Lan, Copa, Avianca). You can also fly directly into Lima from Toronto on Air Canada.
There are no direct flights to any of the Amazonian countries. Qantas, Aerolineas Argentinas and Lan Chile all fly into Argentina and Chile, with onward connections into the Amazon basin countries.
You have the option of taking a cargo boat from Europe or from Florida. This is a more expensive option and will take anywhere between 14 to 80 days depending where you depart from and your destination.