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 land mass and lies within the borders of the countries of Brazil
, Venezuela, and Guyana
Here are Adventure Life's picks for the top 3 countries for a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Amazon:
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 ulitmate wildlife viewing vacation.
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.
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 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.
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 stay in Chalan Lodge
managed by the local Quichua Indigenous community which is surrounded by over 4.5 million acres of primary rainforest.