The Amazon has become synonymous with Brazil, but it stretches into eight other countries including Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. In exploring the Amazon Rainforest and River, the challenge often comes in finding comfort and accessibility that balance out the extreme isolation that is the Amazon. Let’s take a look at Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia’s Amazon Lodges and Cruises to see if we can find the perfect balance between comfort and adventure.
Bolivia- Lodges Tours and Cruises
Exploring the Amazon from a boat means floating downriver to take in an immense amount of the forest while making several stops to explore the area around you. If you want a raw and unfiltered experience through some of the most undeveloped rainforests in the world, Bolivia’s Amazon Cruise is the trip for you. You should know going in that there won’t be any gourmet chocolates served on your pillow every night because this is more of the adventure seekers cruise. Bolivia is still largely untouched by tourism, and it’s definitely one to pack your Indiana Jones hat for. You’ll begin in Trinidad, Bolivia, which is a 1-hour flight from La Paz. From Trinidad, you’ll head to the port where you’ll embark on a 7-day cruise aboard the Flotel Reina de Edin where you’ll explore both the Abare and Mamore Rivers. Many parts of Bolivia’s Amazon are more of a wetland than a dense jungle, which makes it easier to spot wildlife like pink river dolphins, storks, herons, woodpeckers, caimans (look like baby alligators), actual alligators, squirrel monkeys and giant capybaras. On this cruise, you’ll be able to go horseback riding in this wetland-like forest, paddle in hand-crafted canoes and even fish for piranhas!
The Ecuadorian Amazon is perfect for those who are looking for a balance between adventure and luxury, ideal for families, adventure seekers, bird watchers, and even those looking for a romantic getaway. On the Ecuador Amazon Eco-Lodge Napo Wildlife Center Tour, you’ll have plenty of excursions to choose from, such as nature walks, canoeing, and spotting wildlife.
On this authentic nature experience, you will have the opportunity to visit the ecological tower standing 40 meters high offering you the best view of the jungle. Make sure to visit the clay lick parrots, where hundreds of colorful birds gather to eat the salt on the rock formations. The Napo Wildlife Center is famous for being the most luxurious jungle lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It is decorated with traditional Kichwa architecture. During your stay, make sure to explore the nearby Yasuni National Park where you can spot monkeys, river otters, toucans, parrots, parakeets, and macaws!
Peru- Amazon Lodges and Cruises
Still unsure if you want to explore the Amazon by cruise or lodge?
No worries, because the Peruvian Amazon offers both options! After a 2-hour flight from Lima, land in Iquitos and step onto some of the most luxurious cruise ships in South America. These boats typically hold 10-20 passengers and include gourmet meals, jacuzzis, a bar and 5-star service. On the Delfin I & Delfin II, you’ll take canopy tours, swim with pink Amazonian dolphins, go on jungle hikes, fish for piranhas, kayak and visit manatees and other endangered animals in the region at the Amazonian Rescue Center.
An Amazon lodge in Peru is another perfect add-on after exploring the mysterious Machu Picchu. After an hour flight from Cuzco, you’ll arrive in Puerto Maldonado where you’ll
take a short boat ride down the river until you reach Posada Amazonas. This lodge will allow you to discover the beautiful wildlife. You’ll have the opportunity to hike through Tambopata National Reserve, row in Lake Sandoval, visit Monkey Island, go on a wildlife-spotting hike, see the famous Parrot’s Clay Lick, visit an organic farm and visit a local market where locals bring their harvest to sell within their community.