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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. The Amazon Basin extends from the headwaters in the Andes of PeruEcuador and Bolivia flowing into Brazil. Adventurers usually choose between Amazon lodges or Amazon River cruises while both let you paddle remote tributaries in canoes, go piranha fishing, enjoy hikes in search of Amazonian wildlife & medicinal plants, visit a shaman, go kayaking 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 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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Authentic Amazon$56908Apr 21, 2024Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest aboard the M/V Anakonda for an 8-day tour of Amazon Tributaries. Explore isolated communities and rare, …
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Amazon Encounter$60005Apr 25, 2024The luxurious Delfin hosts this Amazon cruise visiting Yanaycu Pucate, with chances to kayak along Jacinto Lake as you navigate the Yarapa River. The …
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Luxury Amazon Discovery - High Water$47254Apr 27, 2024Embark on this 4-day Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aqua Nera, from the Amazon port town of Iquitos. Your journey includes Yacapana Islands, Lake …
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Ultimate Amazon$56908Apr 24, 2024Board the M/V Anakonda for an 8-day unique cruise through the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Visit remote Amazonian villages, sail through unique and fragile …
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Amazon Encounter$49005Apr 30, 2024Cruise the storied Amazon River in luxury on this 5-day itinerary aboard the Delfin III. Experience the local and remote villages lining the river …
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Luxury Amazon Explorer - High Water$63005Apr 23, 2024Enjoy a luxurious 5-day cruise exploring the Amazon on the Aqua Nera. Expert guides take you each day by skiff to explore the flooded forest and …
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8 Best Peruvian Amazon Cruises & Tours for 2024

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Amazon Journey via Ucayali River -High Water Season$18574May 1, 2024La Perla hosts this 4-day Amazon cruise from Iquitos. Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria …
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Incas and Rainforest$242410Apr 21, 2024Journey through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and explore the Peruvian Amazon in this 10 day tour. Spend 3 nights in the Amazon, observing the …
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Luxury Amazon Discovery - High Water$47254Apr 27, 2024Embark on this 4-day Amazon River luxury cruise on the Aqua Nera, from the Amazon port town of Iquitos. Your journey includes Yacapana Islands, Lake …
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Tambopata Research Center$13705Apr 21, 2024Explore the Amazon rainforest on this 5-day tour from Puerto Maldonado. Hike on the floodplain trails, search for frogs at night, and look for the …
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Ceiba Tops Amazon Lodge$8554Apr 21, 2024Explore Peru's vast jungle with a 3-night stay at Ceiba Tops Lodge. Make your way to Iquitos, the headwaters of the Amazon and travel down the river …
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Upper Amazon$817010May 4, 2024Embark on this 10-day cruise roundtrip Lima aboard the Delfin II and explore the pristine rainforest of Peru's Amazon region. Experience thrilling …
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Amazon Journey via Ucayali River - High Water Season$36004Apr 24, 2024Explore the Amazon, Ucayali, and Pacaya Rivers on their way deep into the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, one of Peru´s largest national parks. Go piranha …
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Amazon Encounter$60005Apr 25, 2024The luxurious Delfin hosts this Amazon cruise visiting Yanaycu Pucate, with chances to kayak along Jacinto Lake as you navigate the Yarapa River. The …
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8 Best Ecuadorian Amazon Cruises & Tours for 2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Authentic Amazon$56908Apr 21, 2024Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest aboard the M/V Anakonda for an 8-day tour of Amazon Tributaries. Explore isolated communities and rare, …
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Andes and Amazon$381215Apr 21, 2024Our most complete tour of Ecuador. Explore colonial Cuenca, the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, and the town of Baños, before descending to Amazon …
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Wildlife Odyssey$769315Apr 28, 2024Discover three natural wonders of the world in one amazing trip: the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Rainforest, and the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. …
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Sacha Lodge$23317Apr 21, 2024Flying from Quito to the Amazonian city of Coca, board a canoe down the Napo River where we'll have four nights exploring the Amazon rainforest at …
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Exploring the Amazon Rainforest$45858Apr 26, 2024Experience an 8-day expedition cruise through the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin, a place filled with teeming nature and adventure at every turn. Board the …
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La Selva Lodge$21547Apr 21, 2024Spend four nights in the Ecuadorian Amazon at the La Selva rainforest lodge with professional naturalists and indigenous guides. Paddle a canoe on …
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La Selva Snapshot$15704Apr 22, 2024Hike through the rainforest on the Tucaneta Trail, look for monkeys and birds near a lagoon and go star gazing on a canoe on a tour at the La Selva …
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Amazon Kayak Adventure$16997Apr 21, 2024One of the most remote, authentic, and adventurous Amazon tours! Travel by kayak deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle looking for tapir, monkeys, …
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8 Best Brazilian Amazon Cruises & Tours for 2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Negro River Cruise$16634May 30, 2024Come and discover the wildlife on this 4-day Negro River cruise aboard the Amazon Clipper. You'll see all sorts of creatures in their natural …
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Amazon Delta & Coast of Brazil$809914Oct 21, 2024Embark on a 14-day cruise aboard the Seabourn Venture through Brazil's heart on the Amazon River. Start in Manaus, sail along the vibrant Amazon, …
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Wild Guianas to the Amazon Basin$2619915Oct 7, 2024Set sail on a 15-day cruise exploring the Caribbean and Amazon aboard Seabourn Venture. Starting in British-influenced Bridgetown, Barbados, travel …
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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon$38007Apr 27, 2024Enjoy a 7-day small ship voyage deep into the Amazon rainforest aboard the motor yacht Tucano. Explore quiet tributaries, walk in the forest, stroll …
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Into the Wild Amazon$22005May 6, 2024Board the expeditionary river boat Tucano for a 5-day exploration of Brazil's Amazon rainforest along the Rio Negro. You will have daily …
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Araras EcoLodge Adventure$12595Apr 21, 2024Designed for the active traveler, this 5-day tour based at Araras EcoLodge in Brazil enables you to walk, trek, horseback ride, canoe, and bike …
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Uakari Floating Lodge$9954Apr 23, 2024Explore the Amazon on this 4-day tour from the comfort of the community-run Uakari Floating Lodge. Located in the Mamirauá Sustainable Developments …
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Bonito Multisport$5094Apr 21, 2024Extend your travels to this charming village known for its crystal clear waters and unique caves. Dive into the Rio Prats's clear waters watching for …
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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 4 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
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.

See all of our Amazon cruise options and contact one of our Amazon River cruise experts for help planning your trip.
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