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 the top 10 questions to ask your travel agent before you set sail.
As most visitors will have a set checklist of sights they want to see during their Amazon cruise, asking whether the itinerary includes all of these ‘must sees’ should be your first question.
Most companies that operate Amazon cruises offer a range of comfort levels from basic to luxury so make sure you check what your ship has in store for you.
In general, the length of an Amazon expeditions by riverboat can vary from two or three days to a week. The length of cruise that you choose will depend on your budget and what you want to see and experience during your time in the jungle.
Most travel agents should be able to arrange combined trips, allowing passengers to visit some of the other incredible sights in the region during their holiday.
As different animals, birds and plants are visible in different conditions, it’s important to find out whether you will be visiting during the high or low water season in the jungle.
Food is a big part of any holiday so check with your agent that your dietary needs and culinary tastes will be provided for during your Amazon expedition cruises.
Packed with exotic creatures, brimming with mysterious plant life and inhabited by indigenous tribes, the Amazon is full of surprises and having expert naturalists on hand to answer your questions can greatly enhance your trip and your experience of the jungle.
Some of the best Amazon cruises give guests the chance to get closer to the forest and its inhabitants on organised excursions.
Check with your travel agent to find out whether your cruise offers any extras.
When it comes to leading visitors deep into the jungle, experience is important so make sure that the company you’ll be travelling with knows exactly what they are doing.
Though the weather in the Amazon doesn’t vary too much throughout the year, some months are wetter and colder than others and knowing what to expect will help you prepare for your trip.