Amazon Rainforest

From: Brazil Travel Guide

See also: Pantanal

Amazon Rainforest • Brazil
The Amazon Rainforest is an incredible bio-diverse environment famous for its astonishing variety of plant and wildlife that can be admired from any number of locations such as from the Amazon River or within the jungle itself.

Amazon Rainforest Climate
The Amazon has an equatorial climate that remains hot and humid all year round with temperatures averaging 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Amazon Travel Guide
The city of Manaus acts as the gateway for the start of many Amazon tours and can be easily reached by plane to Manaus airport known as Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes–Manaus International Airport (MAO) which has links to several other cities throughout Brazil. Manaus can also be reached by boat from Porto Velho in Rondonia which offers regular services or from Belem where you can travel up the Amazon River Basin right into the heart of the Amazonas region.

Amazon Wildlife
Well known for its species rich biodiversity the Amazon region has quite simply the largest number of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects in the world, however due to the shear size of the Amazonas region and the dense foliage, observing some of these magnificent creatures can be a challenge but truly rewarding when it does happen and you can observe them in their own natural habitat.

Some of the wildlife you may be fortunate to observe are pink dolphins, howler monkeys, blue and yellow macaws, iguana, eagle, capybara, bush dog, armadillos, toco toucan, poison dart frogs, jaguar, puma, sloths, anteater, otters, alligators, piranha and anaconda's.

Amazon River
The Amazon river forms the largest river basin in the world, has over a thousand tributaries and travels from the confluence of the Ucayali and Maranon rivers in Peru to the east through Brazil towards the Atlantic Ocean.

At Manaus there is the unique phenomenon known as the "Meeting of Waters" where the confluence of the light sandy colour of the Amazon River meets with the dark waters of the Rio Negro river where due to the differences of temperature and speed both rivers run alongside each other without mixing together. The "Meeting of Waters" is a unique attraction often visited by many boat tours with trips easily available from Manaus. The Amazon River is home to a wide variety of animals such as reptiles, fish and mammals including the Amazon River Dolphin, Amazonian Manatee, crabs, turtles, Giant Otter, Anaconda, Caiman, shrimp and piranha.

Amazon Tours
There are several guided tours available throughout the Amazon Rainforest that can be tailored to suit your own individual preferences from bird watching tours to jungle trekking. Many trips can be booked from Manaus and may include jungle treks to take in the magnificent array of flora where if your fortunate you will also be able to observe the wide selection of animals such as the popular howler monkeys, although the dense cover within the jungle can make wildlife sightings difficult but incredibly rewarding when it does happen. Canoe and boat trips through some of the many tributaries are another great way to enjoy and explore this beautiful and tranquil ecosystem.

Amazon Canopy Tours
One of the most unique experience to have within the Amazon is to take a walk along through the treetops upon a canopy walkway which are usually suspended at around 35 meters, allowing you to observe the forest from a quite different angle.

Amazon Boat Cruise
The second longest river in the world can be explored in many different ways, such as with an Amazon River boat cruise which is one of the most varied and civilised ways to travel through this vast river and its many tributaries, whilst taking in some exquisite scenery and wildlife along the way. Many cruises have canoe trips during the day and night which is a great way to really make the most of the river and perfect for viewing the likes of Alligators and amphibians as well as having several opportunities to disembark along the way stopping off for walking trails, flora and fauna observations as well as locations such as tribal villages where you can interact with the locals and observe their fascinating way of life.

Amazon Accommodation
There are plenty of options when it comes to accommodation in the Amazon, much of which will depend on your chosen tours and wether you wish to stay within the city of Manaus and travel out into the Amazon for daily excursions or stay in one of the many lodges that can be found in areas within the jungle itself. Another option is to stay onboard one of the many cruise ships that travel along the Amazon river or combine a cruise boat trip with a stay in an eco lodge. For those feeling a little bit more daring there are also opportunities to camp out in the jungle for a real Amazon night time experience. Of course as with any destination prices and living standards vary from luxury to a hammock.