Amazon jungle tours bring you face-to-face with one of
the biggest influences on the world's fragile eco-system
- the Brazil's rainforest. The import role the rainforest
plays on the world's eco-system is one of major reasons
why more and more travelers are taking the adventure of
a life time and going on Brazilian Amazon jungle tours
- to get back to nature and come into contact with over
15,000 different species of animals, an array of amazing
fauna and plants, and a variety of birds that are a sight
Some of the highlights that you can experience on Brazilian
Amazon jungle tours include a visit to the Caratinga Biological
Station; Lake Janauari Ecological Park; Adolpho Ducke
Botanical Garden; and river tours.
Caratinga Biological Station
An important Rain Forest preservation area, Caratinga
Biological Station, located on the outskirts of the city
of Ipanema, was previously a coffee plantation and cattle
ranch that has now been converted into a nature preserve.
Jungle tours here include the chance to hike the trails
around the station, where if you are fortunate enough
you'll come across the muriquis and buffy-headed marmoset
(both now considered endangered and rarely seen anywhere
but here). Aside from the chance to see truly endanger
species in their natural habitat, jungle tours here also
afford you the chance to bask in a variety of Amazon bird
Lake Janauari Ecological Park
Located approximately an hour from Manus, the jumping
off destination into the Amazon jungle, Lake Janauari
Ecological Park is located in 9,000 acres of wooded land
forest. Famous for its wild flowers and plants, visitors
to Lake Janauari Ecological Park can take day treks from
Manus or spend longer periods jungle trekking through
the park to see the many animals and birds that have made
this their habitat.
Adolpho Botanical Garden
Unlike most botanical gardens you may have previously
visited, Adolpho Botanical Garden is a sizeable 100 square
kilometers in size! Located to the east of Manus, the
gardens have a variety of trails that visitors can trek
as part of their Amazon jungle tour experience. The gardens
are also fairly conveniently located near to Lake Janauari
Ecological Park - meaning that visitors can take in the
specialness of both at the same time.
If you do decide to trek through the Adolpho Botanical
Garden and Lake Janauari Ecological Park, make sure you
take care to arrange adequate sleeping arrangements and
don't think you can sleep under the stars in a sleeping-bag:
remember, you are still in a wild, animal and insect infested
For those of you who would prefer to do your Brazilian
Amazon jungle tour on the water, rather than trekking
the land, a number of tour operators do river water tours
through the Amazon along the Rio Negro and Rio Solimones.
Brazilian Amazon jungle tours by river usually start from
Manus and last anywhere up to a week. On the boat you
should have opportunity to see a large number of the bird
species living in the jungle and possibly some of the
land-based animals as they come to the water for a drink.
Just stay away from the anaconda and piranha!