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, its shear scale can make deciding where to go on your holiday a little bit tricky.
So, here’s a quick guide to help you choose between luxury Amazon cruises in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil or Bolivia.
Ecuador is home to some of the most pristine parts of the Amazon and is the perfect location for visitors who want to get close to nature and experience some of the local jungle culture.
Luxury Amazon river cruises in this part of the rainforest take place in the Napo Basin and explore the upper tributaries of the Amazon and Napo Rivers.
A trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon can be combined with a trip to the spectacular Galapagos Islands, which are just a short flight away across the Pacific.
Luxury Amazon river cruises in the Peruvian Amazon can be combined with a trip to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca or one of the other breathtaking sights that the country has to offer.
Our cruises in the Peruvian Amazon set sail from Iquitos and offer a number of options including trips to the beautiful Pacaya Samiria Natural Reserve, the remote Yurimaguas region and even cruises to Brazilian parts of the jungle.
Brazil is home to the lion’s share of the Amazon River and the forest that surrounds it. Our luxury Amazon river cruises leave from the jungle city of Manaus, capital of the Amazonas region.
From there, visitors can choose from a wide range of itineraries, sailing to all corners of the Amazon and taking in some of the most spectacular and the most unique scenery in the world.
If you’re looking for unique river cruises in the Amazon that escape the modern world and get close to nature, then Bolivia is the perfect holiday destination for you.
The region is the least visited and least populated of any that make up the Amazon basin, with the annual flooding of the area guaranteeing minimal human activity.
The Inca and pre-Inca ruins that dot the area are perfect for exploration and the thousands of plant and animal species that call the jungle home will keep even the most ardent naturalist occupied for days.
Choosing between these incredible regions is never going to be easy, but wherever you choose to visit, you’re guaranteed to have a fantastic trip on one of our world-class luxury Amazon river cruises.