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Amazon River - Best Cruises & Tours 2019

67 trips to Amazon River tours from 39 tour companies. 43 reviews. 4.9/5 avg rating.
The Amazon River is the world’s largest by volume, starting in Peru and flowing 4,000 miles east to the Atlantic Ocean. The surrounding rain forests are among the world's most diverse ecosystems, home to thousands of plant and animal species. Not only this, but most of the forest is navigable by medium and small river cruises.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Cruising The Amazon River tour
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Cruising The Amazon River

Kuoda Travel
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11 days
$ 685 / day
$ 7,535
From : $ 9,268
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Glimpse monkeys, macaws, and many more of Peru’s most curious animal inhabitants.

  • Float along the Amazon River and participate in jungle excursions during your luxury cruise.
  • Visit rural communities in the Sacred Valley towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
  • Embark on a private city tour of Cusco, whose fascinating streets feature a unique concoction of Inca ruins and colonial constructions.
  • Scale the ancient stone stairway up Machu Picchu’s neighboring peak, Huayna Picchu.
  • Tour Machu Picchu with your very own expert guide to explain the history, architecture, and theories surrounding the site, before wandering independently among the iconic ruins the following day.
  • Discover the delights of Peruvian cuisine at the country’s finest dining establishments.
  • Immerse yourself in local life with a visit to a remote Andean village that is, for most travelers, uncharted territory.
  • Enjoy enriching experiences with local artists at their workshops.
  • Relax in deluxe and characteristic accommodations throughout your personalized trip of Peru.
Visits:
Aguas Calientes, Andes Mountains, Cusco, Inca Trail, Iquitos, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru
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Amazon River Cruises tour
River Cruise
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Amazon River Cruises

10 days
$ 480 / day
$ 4,798
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • International Expeditions’ exclusive Amazon River tour covers more than 600 miles on the Amazon and its tributaries.
  • Travel deep into the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
  • Explore three different habitats so you have the best chance of spotting rare wildlife
  • Look for monkeys, birds, sloths and other mammals
  • Spot pink and gray dolphins 
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Andes Mountains, Iquitos, Lima, Peru
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Amazon Riverboat Adventure
Small Ship Cruise
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Amazon Riverboat Adventure

G Adventures
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7 days
$ 278 / day
$ 1,949
From : $ 2,397
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore the pacaya-samiria national reserve — the largest national park in peru
  • Dine on food fresh from the jungle
  • Spot pink dolphins on the amazon river
  • Interact with members of the local community
  • Learn the intricacies of amazon wildlife
Visits:
Lima, Iquitos, Peru
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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon
River Cruise
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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

Amazon Nature Tours
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7 days
$ 542 / day
$ 3,795
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore the Rio Negro upstream
  • Our voyage sails through the most untouched rainforest in all of the Amazon
  • Learn about the plants and animals you see during the day time 
  • Enjoy as you sail through three different rain forests: igapó, terre firme,and varzea.
  • See large collections of plants, animals and birds.
  • Visit the local settlers that live deep in the forest
  • Explore the Lago Janauari Ecological Park where the thick brown water of the Amazon flows swiftly through the forest.
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
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From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon
River Cruise
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From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon

11 days
$ 435 / day
$ 4,789
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Welcome to Lima
  • Walking tour, visit San Francisco Monastery and Larco Herrera Museum; welcome dinner at Casa Garcia Alvarado
  • Visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Kenko, visit Awanakancha to see various camelids from the region, and explore Pisac Market
  • Visit the Ollantaytambo ruins; take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; walking tour of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a second included entrance to Machu Picchu; return on the Vistadome train to the Sacred Valley and continue to Cusco

    Day 6 Cusco:
  • Walking tour of Cusco, visit Santo Domingo Monastery and the Cathedral
  • Fly to Iquitos via Lima; Iquitos orientation tour; board the Delfin III; onboard welcome reception; wildlife viewing excursions during the afternoon and evening
  • Wildlife viewing excursions during the morning and afternoon; cooking demonstration and Pisco Sour-making lesson
  • Wildlife viewing excursions during the morning, afternoon, and evening; visit Pacaya Samiria National Reserve; endemic fruit presentation; kayaking; piranha fishing; special farewell dinner
  • Disembark the Delfin III; visit the Manatee Rescue Center; fly to Lima
  • From its amazing archaeological treasures and gastronomic delights to its scenic beauty and melting pot of cultures, Peru offers visitors a wide array of attractions—and on this tour, you’ll experience its highlights
  • Begin in the cosmopolitan city of Lima with a guided sightseeing tour, a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, and a special welcome dinner in an ornate family-owned mansion
Visits:
Cusco, Iquitos, Lima, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru
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Peru by Land and Water tour
Group Tour
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Peru by Land and Water

Lost World Adventures
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14 days
$ 338 / day
$ 4,725
From : $ 5,812
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Lima
  • Visit the ruins on your own or explore Aguas Calientes
  • Explore the walls, stairways, temples and terraces of Machu Picchu.
  • Visit the colorful Pisac market where you'll be able to trade with locals for a variety of handicrafts
  • Explore the heart of Amazon River on board of the Amatista River boat.
  • Visit the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, Peru's largest national park
  • Explore Iquitos
Visits:
Cusco, Iquitos, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Urubamba, Peru
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The Inca Empire and the Amazon River Cruise

10 days
$ 460 / day
$ 4,599
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Experience the wonders of Peru featuring an excursion to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the Amazon aboard the exclusively chartered Amazon Discovery for a six-night cruise
  • Enjoy the culture and sights of Cusco, and a full-day excursion to Machu Picchu with overnight stays
  • Visit Monkey Island and the Native Boras Community at Momon River
  • Discover the natural beauty, flora and fauna of the Tahuayo and Yarapa Rivers including iguanas and pink dolphins
  • Enjoy a jungle tour at night in Nauta Cano
  • Enjoy bird watching and an "Amazon-style" fishing excursion with traditional equipment. Plus, an opportunity to catch a piranha.
  • Experience a hike in the Amazon jungle for a wildlife viewing
  • Visit the villages of San Francisco and Santa Ana where you meet with the locaal people, visit a school and enjoy a dance performed by the local children
  • Visit a local village on the Amazon River
  • Cooking demonstration of a native Peruvian dish
  • Experience travel via Vistadome train through the Andean highlands
Visits:
Cusco, Inca Trail, Iquitos, Lima, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Santo Domingo, Peru
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The Amazon Odyssey tour
Small Group Tour
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The Amazon Odyssey

Amazon Nature Tours
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5 days
$ 395 / day
$ 1,975
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Have a fabulous cruise through Amazon River
  • Enjoy visiting Lago Janauari Ecological Park
  • Explore flooded grasslands that stretch from horizon to horizon
  • Visits the most essential areas to observe the wildlife and culture of the rainforest.
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Manaus, Brazil
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Peru | Amazon River Cruise tour
River Cruise
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Peru | Amazon River Cruise

5 days
$ 892 / day
$ 4,460
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Take in a chorus of exotic birdsong and monkey calls from the observation deck of the M/V Aqua, your home for your five-day Amazon adventure
  • Float the Ucayali River on the lookout for three-toed sloths, orioles, iguanas and horned screamers
  • Befriend the children in the 10-family village of Magdalena and get to know native balseros as they fish for “armored” catfish
  • Explore the Pacaya River by skiff, watching and listening for capuchin, saki and howler monkeys leaping between the trees
  • Fish for black, white and red bellied piranha, considered a good food source by the locals
  • Savor a five-star Peruvian dinner and soak up the star-studded beauty of an Amazonian night before retiring to the comfort of your oversized suite
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Iquitos, Lima, Peru
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Delfin I Amazon River Cruise

5 days
$ 760 / day
$ 3,800
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Explore the beauty of Amazon by Cruise
  • Explore Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
  • Cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers and explore  biodiversity of this region
  • Opportunity to see the famous pink dolphins.
  • Visit a private natural and fishing reserve
  • Visit the lovely Piraña Caño Creek
Visits:
Iquitos, San Francisco, Peru
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Galapagos, Otavalo & Amazon Tour tour
Private Guided
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Galapagos, Otavalo & Amazon Tour

ROW Adventures
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 464 / day
$ 5,100
From : $ 6,273
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Galapagos Amazon tour is an active trip that immerses you in the highlights of the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon rainforest.
  • Kayak, snorkel and hike, all under your own power.   
  • This unique land-based program gets you away from the crowds to places few others see.
  • Visit four small towns in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Your journey is accompanied by the howls of monkeys and songs of birds. 
  • Explore small lakes, lagoons, rivers.
Visits:
Amazon Rainforest, Galapagos, Guayaquil, Otavalo, Quito, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador
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Cuenca & Surroundings, Culture & Traditions

3 days
$ 150 / day
$ 450
From : $ 608
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Cuenca is a city well known for its history, sacred art museums, and archaeological sites
  • Opportunity to visit the New Cathedral, Central Park, Old Cathedral, Plaza de Las Flores, The Hat Factory, Museums
  • Visit Cajas National Park, which is located 30km east of Cuenca
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscape of mountains, we´ll stop in the town of San Bartolome
  • Visit Ingapirca ruins for a complete tour of the ruins and archaeological museum
Visits:
Andes Mountains, Cuenca, Ecuador
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All Brazil tour
Private Guided
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All Brazil

Lost World Adventures
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13 days
$ 133 / day
$ 1,728
From : $ 2,125
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover Rio de Janeiro
  • Great opportunity to regular tour to the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain, one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Explore Manaus
  • See the magnificent Pousada which was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy the expedition along the Amazon River will begin at the Port of Manaus
  • Amazon Expedition, you will take a jungle trek to learn about jungle hunting techniques and medicinal plants
Visits:
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Pokhara, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Best Of Ecuador

Indus Travels
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9 days
$ 200 / day
$ 1,799
From : $ 2,429
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Join an expert local guide for a tour of Quito, Ecuador’s exciting capital city
  • Stroll through the world famous indigenous market in Otavalo
  • Relax amid stunning views in the magical Papallacta Hot Springs
  • Explore the incredible Amazon rainforest with a naturalist guide
  • Tour the vibrant and picturesque city of Guayaquil
Visits:
Guayaquil, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador
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Best of Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise

Indus Travels
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12 days
$ 300 / day
$ 3,599
From : $ 4,859
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, with an expert local guide
  • Unwind in the High Andes in the magical Papallacta Hot Springs
  • See the incredible flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest with a naturalist guide
  • Sail around the Galapagos islands for an unparalleled view of these spectacular islands
  • Get your camera ready for the incredible wildlife viewing opportunities on the Galapagos
Visits:
Galapagos, Guayaquil, Otavalo, Quito, Ecuador
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Top Amazon River Experiences and Attractions

Top Amazon River Experiences

  • Seeing the European influenced city of Manaus, carved out of the dense jungle.
  • Visiting local villages and meeting the isolated communities.
  • Marveling at the wildlife, from enormous butterflies to curious monkeys roaming the canopy.
  • Going a river cruise through the heart of the jungle, and listening to the night animals while falling asleep.
  • Birdwatching in the most biodiverse rainforest on the planet. 
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Amazon River Trip Reviews

43 Amazon River Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

4.9 out of 5
Excellent 38
Great 5
Average 0
Disappointing 0
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4.9
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4.9
Activities
4.9
Lodging
4.9
Transportation
4.9
Meals
4.9

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ANCASCOCHA TREK TO MACHU PICCHU WITH ACTION PERU TREKS

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My (4) friends and I had the best experience with Action Peru Treks in September '17! Our tour guide, Sabi, was so patient, kind, knowledgeable, and in general an awesome leader! The cooks on our trek cooked the most delicious meals! We were amazed how they could cook such delicious food in the middle of nowhere. All crew members on our trek were amazing, sweet, helpful, caring people!

We always felt so safe even though we were far from civilization. I highly recommend booking a trek with Action Peru Treks! I have fond wonderful memories of our trip and I can't wait to go back to Peru to go on another adventure with Action Peru Treks! Peru is a beautiful country with so much to explore!

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Operator Action Peru Treks

We can strongly recommend Across Argentina as a secure and highly experienced travel agency

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

"We recently booked an extensive two week trip of Argentina and Chile through Across South America We approached the company by email (in English) from Australia and advised them what our interests and budget were.
They then came up with a wonderful itinerary which covered our interests perfectly. They chose excellent hotels and scheduled internal flights and airport pick-ups, etc perfectly. Everything ran like clockwork.
We paid from Australia using the companies secure payment providers. We had no issues at all with the payments.
We were given a contact within the company who kept in touch with us (using WhatsApp) while we travelled. Our contact was always happy to answer our questions (which were sometimes asked outside of normal working hours).
We can strongly recommend Across Argentina as a secure and highly experienced travel agency. You will not be disappointed if you use them.

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Operator Across South America

Really loved Ecuador.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

really loved Ecuador.  The trip was wonderful and a really good value. Thanks for all of your help in helping us add the extra days.  The hikes in the cloud forest and the birds we saw were just amazing.

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Operator Indus Travels

The total trip was a unqualified success. This was our best expierence with a tour company.

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

They were very punctual and the guides were accommodating and informative. The service exceeded our expectations. The hotels were wonderful and the staff great. All forms of transportation were perfect and all were very polite. In Peru, my stay in in the Amazon lodge was a once in a lifetime experience - staying in the heart of the jungle and being at one with nature was an amazing feeling. The staff there were very attentive and friendly. The lake Titicaca tour in Puno was also a lot of fun - especially visiting the floating islands and learning about its nature and history was very interesting!

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Operator Lost World Adventures

Our guide, Ofelia, was excellent and we enjoyed our time with her!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
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Amazon River Tours and Travel Guide

Amazon River Attractions & Landmarks Guide

The Amazon River is the world’s largest by volume, starting in Peru and flowing some 4,000 miles east through Ecuador and Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean. The surrounding rain forests are among the world's most diverse ecosystems, home to thousands of plant and animal species. There are two main sections, the Upper and Lower Amazon, navigable by medium and small river cruises.

The Amazon in Numbers

Only statistics can convey the sheer size of Amazonia, the largest tropical rainforest in the world. The Amazon ecosystem contains one-tenth of the earth’s vegetation and animal species, and one-fifth of its fresh water. Its plant life produces one-third of the world’s oxygen, which is why the devastating deforestation that is underway has such a major impact. 

Statistics also help to put into perspective the size of the massive river for which the area is named. At 4,000 miles in length, the Amazon is the second longest river in the world after the Nile, but in other respects it ranks first.  This massive waterway provides life to the largest rainforest in the world, and supports over 10 million plants, animals, and insects. This staggering number makes the Amazon the most biodiverse region in the world. 

It is the widest river, in many places up to seven miles across even 1,000 miles inland. The Amazon has a flow of water 12 times that of the Mississippi. It has more than 1,000 tributaries, 17 of which themselves are over 1,000 miles long.

Wildlife in the Amazon

15,000 species make Amazonia their home. Many of the larger mammals have retreated from the river banks to less accessible remnants of undisturbed forest. While it’s extremely unlikely these days that you will spot a jaguar, and rare to see tapir, or giant anaconda, this doesn't mean you won't see other rare and fascinating animals. 

There are still plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitat. Giant river otter, three-toed sloth, and porcupine are among mammals that may reveal themselves to sharp-eyed travelers. Rare pink dolphins are also commonplace in the Amazon, so you will also have the chance to see these marine mammals up close. 

Protected Areas of the Amazon River

If you want a more authentic experience, and want the best chance of seeing a range of animals and plants, protected areas are your best bet.

1. Yasuni National Park, Ecuador - If you’re starting in Coca, this park is likely on your itinerary. There is a mix of rainforest lodges and river cruises, depending on your preference and the tour you select. This is a great park to visit because of it’s high levels of animals and plants. There is also a clay lick which will attract animals. This park contains over one million hectares of UNESCO rainforest.

2. The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, Peru - this is a great option for those traveling to the Peruvian Amazon. Most tours based out of Peru includes a stop in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Here, you will see various animals (including monkeys, pink river dolphins, and iguanas), and beautiful, protected forest. This area is best seen on a river cruise, so you can see this “forest of mirrors.” The nutrient-rich water makes for awesome reflections of the trees in the river, a sight to be seen!

3. The Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve, Peru - best for travelers looking to explore the Amazon by foot. The forest is on higher ground, making it more accessible to walk around. The reserve was founded to help protect uakari monkeys, and also features a dart frog conservation.

For visitors looking to zipline through the Amazon, this is home to the largest canopy zipline. The primate research grid is located nearby the reserve too. This is a popular choice for visitors, and many come to visit the Tahuayo Lodge, one of the highest rated lodges in the Amazon.

4. The Anavilhanas National Park, Brazil - is another protected area. This park is special as there are different “islands” to explore. Cruise through the archipelago. Surprisingly, there are beaches in this section of the rainforest!

When to Visit the Amazon River

The Amazon region is huge. Since it spans across much of South America, the best time to visit depends on what you’re hoping to see, and where you’re going. Wet season often means traveling by skiff, so if you’re hoping to walk around and hike, it’s best to go during the dry season. The tail end of the rainy season is what helps the plants bloom, so keep this into consideration. Rainy season can also bring out the wildlife.

Popular Amazon regions:

1. Coca, Ecuador - There isn’t a huge temperature difference throughout the year in Coca, with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, and lows in the low 70s year round. Travelers looking for minimal rainfall have the best luck visiting in August-November.

2. Iquitos, Peru - The weather in Iquitos is pretty stead all year, averaging upper 80s year round, with lows in the low 70s. Rainfall hits a low of 160 mm in July and August, during peak “dry” season, while wet season averages between 230-310. While wildlife is active year, plants and fruit are blooming in the first half of the year (around January through May).

3. Manaus, BrazilManaus is pretty similar to Iquitos regarding weather, with temperatures averaging high 80s and creeping up into the low 90s year round. Lows are pretty similar to, averaging in the mid 70s.

Again, wildlife is pretty active the whole year, but fruits and flowers are blooming in February-April. While this is peak rainfall season (averaging around 300 mm of rain), visitors also win because this is the start of festival season. For travelers looking for minimum rainfall, August is the best month to go, with just an average of 58 mm of rain.

Should I visit the Amazon River with a tour?

The answer is yes, you should. Many people pride themselves on being independent travelers, but this is not the place to do this. The Amazon is huge and it’s easy to get lost. There’s a chance of running into indigenous tribes who may not be too fond of visitors just strolling around their home.

By going on a tour, you have a guide who is familiar with the area, who has access to safety and help when needed. They have built relationships with the indigenous communities they pass on the tour, so you’ll have a welcoming and fun experience with them.

Amazon River Photography Tips

For capturing the many colors and creeds of the Amazon, knowing a tip or two will take your travel photographs from ordinary to extraordinary. But beware - the river is unforgivingly large and deep - keep your camera firmly attached around your neck to avoid dropping it in the depths!

1. Use Manual Focus - The Amazon river and rainforest are beautiful, however, they exhibit many of the same colors and shades. To make your subject pop, use a manual focus setting (or on a phone, try a “portrait mode” that will fade the background. This will give more depth to your image.

2. Bring a Lens Cloth - The Amazon is a rainforest and therefore it will be damp (whether you travel in the dry or wet season). In case you’re going for the fogged lens look (which you might be!) it’s always a good idea to give your lens a good wipe down before shooting.

3. Use Different Angles - This becomes increasingly important for wildlife photography, when getting the shot may require a position worthy of any contortionist. But using different angles can reveal an entirely different kind of picture, and keeps you attuned to your surroundings.

4. Bring a long lens - If you’re shooting with a DSLR, you’ll definitely want a long or zoom lens with you. The wildlife will not come to you, so you have to go to them, and even then your sightings may be very far away (another reason to go with a guide on nature hikes and walk through the Amazon - their eyes will see things you’d pass right by!). A 100-400mm lens is recommended, and you can even get extenders to add on top, giving you amazing long distance range.

5. Pay attention to shutter speed - making use of your manual settings is going to take your Amazon photographs to the next level. One that is often forgotten about is shutter speed. Remember that oftentimes you will be in a fast moving boat, and / or attempting to photograph fast moving wildlife. Increasing your shutter speed can help!

6. Don’t be afraid of your flash - It can seem counterintuitive to have your flash ready in broad daylight, but remember that when you’re walking on the forest floor, the canopy cover is quite thick. It will be dark, so your flash can become your best friend. If you hate the look of photographs with flash, consider widening your aperture to let more light in.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Since many of Amazon cruises are Peru based, most of this section will focus on Peru itineraries, but much of the information is applicable to all Amazon tours. Regardless of which port you enter through, you’ll be met with beautiful scenery.

How to get to the Amazon River

Peru is a popular country for people who want to visit the Amazon River. Many tours include a combination tour of cities and the Amazon. Tours often fly into either Lima or Iquitos airports, and then take a flight to Cusco (if flying into Lima). Once you arrive into Lima, most tours stay overnight, and fly into Cusco the following afternoon for a tour of Machu Picchu, or Iquitos to start your Amazon tour.

If you’re starting your Amazon River cruise from Iquitos, Peru, you’re starting from a popular section. Because this port is close to a city, you’ll have to travel further away from the city to see a lot of animal wildlife. Don’t let this discourage you, the sights are still incredible and worth seeing, they are just further in than if you entered from Coca, Ecuador.

If you’re starting your adventure from Manaus, Brazil, you’re starting at the largest city in the Amazon Rainforest. Because of this, you have to travel pretty far to see the various plants and animals found in the Amazon. This is a fun option for people who want to combine city and nature travel.

If you’re starting your Amazon River Adventure from Coca, Ecuador, you’ll experience a less popular entry point, meaning less degradation by human activity. You’ll commonly spend time in Yasuni National Park, where you can climb above the rainforest on the canopy towers to admire the colorful birds and butterflies. Hike through the protected areas to get a glimpse at various Amazon Rainforest species.

Wildlife in the Amazon

For those who have ever been on a safari, you know no two safaris will ever be the same. The time of day, the weather, and pure luck will play into what animals you see. Wildlife sightings along the Amazon are the same. That’s what makes multi-day adventures exciting. There is always a new opportunity to see different animals.

Being in one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world, each day will bring new plants, new fish, and new mammals. That’s the fun of looking for wildlife: you never know what you’re going to see, so every spotting brings excitement, even if you’ve seen it before.

Top animal sightings in the Amazon River

  1. Anaconda
  2. Macaw parrots
  3. Pink River Dolphins
  4. Rainforest monkeys
  5. Toucans

Weather on the Amazon River

The weather for your Amazon river cruise will depend on the season. June through October is known as the “low water” season, you’ll be able to get out into the forest via walking. In the rainier season, November-May, most of the touring will be done via a skiff, which is a small boat. The amazon river is hot and humid. Being a tropical region, the temperature doesn’t vary much between months.

What should I pack for the Amazon River?

Despite the hot and humid weather, it’s smart to bring long, breathable clothing that you can layer. Most of the time, long pants will be needed to protect the body from bug bites, so consider bringing zippable pants that can be turned into shorts when needed.

Sunburns and mosquito bites are some of the last things anyone wants to deal with while traveling. Protect yourself from that summer heat and bites with a sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bug spray.

When you sign up for a trip to the Amazon, you’re more than likely to be active and on the go. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes, and even hiking boots. The rainforest is true to its name, so a lightweight rain jacket will help keep you dry.

Despite the overall warm temperatures year round, there is a chance it can get a bit cold at night, so a jacket can help keep you warm. Don’t forget your camera so you can photograph the amazing scenery!

What to see on the Amazon River

While the Amazon River itself is an incredible attraction, there are specific places/attractions that can be of interest, especially if you’re looking for a specific animal. Some things worth seeing:

1. Clay Licks are places where an animal can feed on the clay. The clay helps with the toxins in their diets. This is a great attraction to almost guarantee a wildlife spotting. Clay licks are most commonly found in Peru. If you’re entering the Amazon through Coca, there is a clay lick in Yasuni National Park, which many river cruises visit.

2. Primate Research Grid is a great destination for travelers hoping to see monkeys. Located near the Tahuayo River in Peru, this 1,000 acre grid is an awesome stop for travelers heading to Peru. Visitors can expect to see howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, titi monkeys, and other animals/plants.

3. Canopy Towers offer great views of the Amazon from a birds eye view. The green tree tops meeting blue skies with birds and butterflies floating through the air? Talk about a perfect view! Make sure to bring your camera. Every now and then, visitors see monkey families floating through the tree tops. Canopy towers are often found at Amazon Rainforest Lodges, with a couple along the Amazon River itself.

Outdoor activities on the Amazon River

1. Canopy zipline/canopy walking: Similar to the canopy towers, you get to see the Amazon from a different view. These options add a bit more of a thrill. If you’re in Ecuador, there is a canopy walk at the Sacha Lodge. For those in Peru, a stop at the Tahuayo Lodge allows visitors to zipline through the Amazon!

Other Tips for Amazon River Travel

When people hear Amazon, some think of rough conditions, camping, and being on an entirely outdoor adventure. This isn’t always the case. While of course you’ll be outside during the day, you’ll return back to your accommodation where you’ll sleep in a real bed. You’ll only get as rough as your outdoor daytime adventure, whether it be hiking through the national reserves or swimming with dolphins.

Be prepared for limited to no-cell service when you’re in the Amazon. If you’re visiting major cities, you’ll be able to connect, but out in the wilderness, you won’t be getting a signal. If you’re staying at a Rainforest lodge, that may be a different story. Since some lodges sit on the edge of the river rather than the middle of the jungle, the lodge may have an internet connection.

The mosquitos and other insects are the real deal in the Amazon. While some Amazon countries don’t require vaccinations (such as Peru), it’s important to check in with the CDC and see what they recommend. Staying aware of recommendations and potential health concerns can help keep you healthy.

Consider studying up the local language. It’s a sign of respect, even if your language skills aren’t the best! The locals appreciate the effort.

Visiting the Amazon river doesn’t mean you have to take a boat the entire time. There are some incredible Amazon river cruises, which allows you to see the river from a different viewpoint. If spending a week on a boat doesn’t sound desirable, there are also Rainforest lodges. Some time will be spent on the water, but this is mainly day time activities such as kayak tours.

Be skeptical of wildlife tourism that allows interacting/touching animals. Swimming with the dolphins is one thing, but industries that allow you to hold the monkeys likely aren’t ethical. Often, the animals are mistreated/abused to allow humans to hold them. Look for tours that feature ethical animal interactions.

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