South American continent is home to the largest tropical
rainforest in the world - The Amazon Rain Forest.
6 countries are part of this enormous maze of natural
Portuguese, Spanish and English are the three more widely
spoken languages in Brazil. These countries are host to
many visitors every year and most cities have a very metropolitan
grace about them.
High in the Andes the river begins - hundreds of tiny
streams trickling down rocks to complete a journey of
more than 4,080 miles, flowing down the gentle slope of
Brazil's interior out to the Atlantic Ocean.
The combination of nature and culture make discovering
the Amazon Basin an unequalled experience. Lodging, Information,
Tours, and other fellow travelers make the bustling port
of Manaus an excellent introduction to
the waterways that crisscross the nation of Brazil. This
city is a common starting point for adventurers from all
parts of the world who come to discover the Amazon.
Here at Manaus, more 1000 miles from the mouth of its
humble beginnings, the Amazon splits in two rivers, the
colors of the two rivers side by side are clearly visible.
The whitewater side of the river flows from Peru, and
the dark waters of Rio Negro (Black River) journey from
Venezuela. This dramatic intersection where the rivers
come together is known as the Meeting of the Waters.
At Manaus you can explore many options for your Amazon
rain forest tours. Adventure/Travel, Eco-Tours, larger
riverboat or small boat tours are some
of the many options to choose from. Whatever your tastes,
every tours highlight is the majesty of the rainforest.
The experience is unsurpassed in marine voyages.
A constant cycle of evaporation and rainfall keeps the
rainforest cool and regulates the temperature. 70% of
all known plant and animal species call the Amazon rainforest
home. The Rainforest is home to some well-known Amazon
animals such as the Nocturnal Jaguar or the chilling
Boa Constrictor. Some lesser-known creatures, also as
distinctive share the enormous multi-level tropical environment.
As you glide through the sea of green beneath the canopy
you might catch a glimpse of eye catching color - black
and iridescent pastel hues, marked against the brilliant
green that is the background wash in this exotic watercolor
forest painting. This is the Urania Butterfly, a prized
butterfly that has fascinated scientists with the iridescent
reflection of its wings.
If you see a large colorful parrot eating sand near the
banks, it might be a Scarlet Macaw, which eats the clay
for its rich salt and mineral content. An Amazon tour
or Amazon cruise is the serene way to relax and take in
the wonder of the rainforest.
You may wish to add a tour along the Inca Amazon Trail
on to your cruise. Or perhaps visit the unique lodging
built by the natives of Ecuador, the Achuar. This culture
is known to have inhabited the Amazon basin for thousands
of year. A stop at Kapawi will add dimension to the incredible
experience that is an Amazon River Tour. Whether you include
rafting, a city tour, or visits to one of the many hot
springs, you could spend weeks along the Amazon River
and never learn of all its splendor.