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A tour or cruise of the Amazon Rainforest is a sublime journey into the heart of the most biodiverse place on the planet. Amazon lodges, such as La Selva Lodge in Ecuador, provide luxurious adventure & serenity. Amazon River cruises, such as the luxurious Aria river cruise boat in Peru, let you explore remote shores by skiff, go piranha fishing, enjoy hikes in search of Amazonian wildlife & medicinal plants, visit a shaman, canoe, or kayak over black-water lakes spotting birds and monkeys, and afterward relax in a bar and lounge with phenomenal views. Watch pink dolphins play, and hike into the rainforest observing diverse flora and fauna. Adventure Life's Amazon tours & cruises can be tailor-made to your precise interests, schedule & budget. Contact one of our Amazon travel experts to start planning your trip to the Amazon.

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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Authentic Amazon$51358Aug 1, 2021Board the M/V Anakonda for this fascinating 8-day cruise on Amazon Tributaries through the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Visit remote villages and …
Amazon Journey$17854Jul 28, 2021La Perla hosts this 4-day Amazon cruise from Iquitos. Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria …
Amazon Encounter$57005Jul 29, 2021The luxurious Delfin hosts this Amazon cruise visiting Yanaycu Pucate, with chances to kayak along Jacinto Lake as you navigate the Yarapa River. The …
Amazon Discovery$44504Aug 9, 2021Sail the legendary Amazon river on this 4-day luxury cruise on the Delfin. Visit remote villages that line the rivers and search for the mysterious …
Wild Peru Escape: Amazon & Machu Picchu$79909Aug 21, 2021Actively experience the wonders of Peru as you explore the upper Amazon, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley on this 9-day cruise & inland adventure. …
Luxury Amazon Expedition$96258Jul 31, 2021Board the luxurious Aqua Nera for an 8-day river cruise of the enthralling Amazon. In the intimate company of just 32 passengers, you'll have …

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Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
M/V Anakonda40$2568The M/V Anakonda is the only luxury cruise liner in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Guests are delighted with its beautiful interior and intimate explorations …
Aria Amazon32$3525The Aria Amazon is a true luxury cruise ship on the northern Amazon River in Peru. Combining the best of eco-tourism with luxury, the Aria Amazon …
Zafiro38$3680The Zafiro is a floating five-star hotel that will take you to the world of the Amazon River. Accomodating just 38 passengers, enjoy this idyllic …
Delfin12$4450The newly refurbished Delfin treats travelers to a step beyond luxury. She sits in a class of her own, featuring understated elegance, and …
Manatee30$2070The Manatee Amazon Explorer is an intimate way to explore the great Amazon - it holds just 30 passengers, and is a stunning example of jungle comfort …
Delfin II30$3450Delfin II offers all the comforts provided by world-class lodging yet with the spirit of casual and refined elegance while you sail in the Peruvian …
Delfin III43$3000Set sail on the new Delfin III Amazon River vessel. With capacity for up to 43 passengers, this luxurious ship has been beautifully finished with the …

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What's the Best Country to Explore the Amazon From?

Being the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon Basin occupies about 40% of South America's landmass and lies within the borders of the countries of Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, and Guyana.

Here are Adventure Life's picks for the top 3 countries for a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Amazon:

1) Ecuador has easy access to the Amazon (just half an hour flight from the capital of Quito),  and world-class eco-lodges such as Sacha Lodge and La Selva Lodge which provide the most convenient, comfortable way to discover remote Amazonian wildlife and indigenous peoples. Combine a tour of the Amazon with the Galapagos Islands for the ultimate wildlife viewing vacation. Make sure to take a look at your local travel advisories, here are links from the United States, UK, Canada, India, and Australia to Ecuador.

2) Peru also has excellent rainforest lodges and cruises that navigate major tributaries of the Amazon. If you're visiting Machu Picchu, then the Puerto Maldonado and Manu National Park region is a quick flight away. The Iquitos region is more remote and only accessible by flights, but the vast majority of Amazon River cruises are based in Iquitos. Check out these links to see travel advisories from the United States, UK, Canada, India, and Australia to Peru.

3) Brazil is home to the majority of the massive Amazon basin, and hence long distances are required to reach lodges or cruise boats. The landscape tends to be flatter and wetter, and the ecosystems are different here than higher up in the Andes in Ecuador and Peru. But, Brazil is the only country where you can cruise the Amazon River itself instead of one of its tributaries.  Make sure to take a look at your local travel advisories, here are links from the United States, UK, Canada, India, and Australia to Brazil.

4) Bolivia has some of the most remote, best-preserved rainforest in the entire Amazon Basin such as Mididi National Park where you can experience the Amazon rainforest by a stay in Chalan Lodge managed by the local Quichua Indigenous community which is surrounded by over 4.5 million acres of primary rainforest.  Make sure to take a look at your local travel advisories, here are links from the United States, UK, Canada, and Australia to Bolivia
Traveling to the Amazon in the Times of COVID-19 
Updated December. 21, 2020

A trip to the Amazon Rainforest is by nature, highly socially distanced due to its remoteness. 

That said, getting to the Amazon from North America or Europe almost always require multiple flights and significant time in transit.

A limited number of lodges and river cruises are operating in 2020 and early 2021, so please contact one of our Amazon trip planning experts for up-to-the-minute availability in different regions of the Amazon.
Amazon River Cruises from Iquitos, Peru

Amazon river cruises are most commonly taken from Peru and generally depart from Iquitos, the main jungle port city of Peru, and a cultural hub in its own right. As you walk through the town, you will see the peculiar fusion of indigenous and European influences in the buildings, a result of the rubber boom of the late 19th century.

Most Amazon River cruises from Iquitos range from 4 days up to a comprehensive 8-day river cruise and visit the massive tributaries of the Amazon River: the Marañon River, the Ucayali River, and the Yarapa River. Enjoy rainforest hikes, canoe rides, and viewing amazing Amazonian wildlife. 

Iquitos is recognized primarily as a center of tourism and for its stunning & colorful Belen Market, which makes for the perfect place to find an authentic & hand-crafted souvenir.

Iquitos also holds another title: the biggest city in the world (population 500,000+) that cannot be accessed by road. So how do you get there?

Arriving at Iquitos by plane: This is by far the most popular & fastest (and the most comfortable) way to arrive at Iquitos. If you are planning to fly directly into Iquitos from an international destination, you will transfer in Panama or Colombia and then fly into the Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Airport (IQT); if you are traveling from another part of Peru, there are daily flights from Lima, Tarapoto, and Pucallpa on LAN, Copa, and Star Peru Airlines.

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