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Amazon tours are a great choice for families interested in wildlife and nature. Adventure Life offers a variety of rainforest tours, each with a distinctly different flavor. Tours range from extremely remote and rustic to quite comfortable.

Sacha Lodge, in Ecuador, is probably the best Amazon travel option for families with younger children, as the well-trained staff has a lot of experience with children and school groups. Sacha Lodge offers a variety of activities to interest kids of all ages including a canopy walk, butterfly house, canoe trip, parrot lick, and a lake for swimming. It has Western-style facilities with private cabins, high thatched roofs, shaded terraces, and an excellent mix of local and international cuisine, and a well-trained staff.

Our shorter Peru Amazon Extension is also a great choice for younger children as the lodge is comfortable, transfers are relatively short (~1 ½ hours), and this extension can be as short as 2-3 days (a nice option for kids with limited attention spans!).

Most of our other Peru and Bolivia rainforest tours tend to be better options for older children, as these lodges are particularly remote with long transfers and relatively rustic accommodations. Families that don't mind the extra transfer time and simpler facilities are rewarded with some of the best wildlife viewing in the Amazon. Lodges such as Tambopata, Manu, and Chalalan are world famous for their authentic rainforest locations and eco-friendly policies. These tours are an excellent choice for the families who enjoy getting away from modern distractions and want a pure "back to nature" experience.

For all Amazon options, the weather can commonly include heat, humidity, and rain during your stay. Please pack appropriately and don't forget the insect repellant!
Trip NameMin. AgeComments
Incas and Rainforest (10 Day)10Multi day trek, simple homestay, and camping - best for older kids and active families
Amazon Kayak Adventure (8 Day)10Active and remote with two nights camping, rustic jungle lodge and kayaking- best for older kids
Sacha Lodge (7 Day)6Sacha Lodge also offers a 30% discount for children under 12. Excellent Amazon option that caters to families and school groups. Shorter transfer times than most Amazon lodges
Andes and Amazon (15 Day)6Sightseeing tour with cultural and historic focus. Some longer transfers
Wildlife Odyssey (16 Day)6Blends wildlife of Galapagos and Sacha Lodge. See notes above.
Chalalan Lodge (7 Day)10wildlife focus, long river transfer and rustic accommodations - good choice for older kids!
Manu Explorer (8 Day)10Remote Amazon adventure with some long transfers and simple camps. Best for older children.
Amazon Explorer (6 Day)10Remote wildlife lodges without electricity, long transfers- best for older kids
Ultimate Ecuador (15 Day)10Hike near Cotopaxi Volcano, whitewater rafting, camping, and biking. Portions are very remote with two nights camping, rustic jungle lodge and kayaking- best for older kids and active families
Amazon Lodge Extension (4 Day)6Wildlife focus with relatively short transfers.
La Selva Lodge (7 Day)6Children from 3 to 6 are welcomed with a private guide.
Guyana's Savannas (10 Day)8Great wildlife viewing. Staying in remote lodges. Emphasis on the natural surroundings.
Sacha Lodge (4 Day)6Sacha Lodge also offers a 30% discount for children under 12. Excellent Amazon option that caters to families and school groups. Shorter transfer times than most Amazon lodges
Cristalino Jungle Lodge (5 Day)8Please note there are not children-specific activities or services at lodge.
Bonito Multisport (4 Day)8Trip is at a relaxed pace. Snorkeling is included.
Caiman Ecological Refuge (4 Day)8Great for children and teenagers interested in wildlife viewing.
South America Grand (34 Day)6
Araras EcoLodge Adventure (5 Day)6Must be 8 or older to participate in horseback riding.

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