The Amazon River basin covers even more territory, nearly 2.72 million acres, with dozens of channels and tributaries. Throughout this vast territory thrive millions of bird, animal, insect, plant, and tree species – many of them endemic to the Amazon Rainforest.
On an Amazon River Cruise to Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, or Ecuador, you can see for yourself the lush tropical flora and the incredible biodiversity and abundance of fauna. Relax on a hammock on an open-air deck of a luxury Amazon River Cruise boat, letting the sounds of the forest lull you to sleep. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Beginning high in the Andes mountains near Mount Mismi, the source of the Amazon River is not much more than a trickle at first. It gets larger and rambles through the major port city of Iquitos, Peru’s northern Peruvian rainforest region.
On a Peru Amazon River Cruise, you’ll start in the port city of Iquitos, and will spend 3, 4, or 7 nights enjoying the beauty and relaxation of life on the river. See dozens of Amazon tributaries, including the Yanayacu river, the Tahuayo river, Charo lake, the Yacapana Islands, the Pacaya – Samiri National Reserve, a Manatee Rescue Center, and much more.
All meals are served aboard, and each day, you’ll dock and have the chance to go hiking, canoeing, bird-watching, fishing, caiman-watching at night, swimming, and more fun activities. A professional guide will show you the best places to spot wildlife such as river otters, pink dolphins, macaws and parrots, squirrel monkeys, white-faced monkeys, and more. Also check out our Peru Amazon Tours for a list of Peru Amazon lodges and tours. All Peru Amazon Tours also include tours of Cusco and Machu Picchu!
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Brazil Amazon River Cruises offer a variety of riverboat choices, from small vessels to luxury yachts. Most river cruises begin in Manaus, the major port city in the Amazonas region of Brazil. Manaus was once a booming frontier town that thrived on the rubber trade. The city continues to prosper as a launchpoint for ecotourism as well as Brazil nut and other agricultural products. Take a Manaus city tour before you begin your Amazon cruise, and make sure to see the opulent Manaus Opera House – it’s an architectural and cultural marvel.
On a Brazil Amazon cruise, you’ll get the chance to see the amazing “Meeting of the Waters,” where the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimões (or Rio Amazonas), two of the world’s mightiest waters, join together. You’ll also get to explore dense rainforest areas, swimming holes, and small tributaries during off-cruise excursions. See pink river dolphins, toucans, monkeys, frogs, caiman, and more wildlife in the beautiful Amazon jungle. While aboard the riverboat, you can relax with a tropical drink called the caipirinha, the Brazilian national cocktail.
Bet you didn’t know you could go on an Amazon River Cruise . . . in Bolivia!
Although the Bolivian Amazon is little-known, a river cruise along the Mamore River, an Amazon tributary, is a journey through unspoiled tropical paradise. Pass by quiet lagoons, pristine beaches, and villages, while keeping an eye out for wildlife from the open air decks of the catamaran. You’ll see plenty of tropical birds, monkeys, river dolphins, and more while aboard a Bolivia Amazon cruise. All meals are served aboard the boat. Professionally-trained naturalist guides take you on daily excursions to go swimming, hiking, fishing, canoeing and bird-watching. Visit to cattle ranches, farms, and local communities as well. You may even have a chance to swim with river dolphins!
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Ecuador’s Rio Napo is an Amazon tributary that crosses through beautiful, lush rainforest. Beginning in the town of Coca, your Ecuador Amazon River cruise winds through tropical scenery. Each day, a professional guide will take you on nature hikes to parrot clay licks, on canoeing trips, on canopy treetop walks, and to visit local communities. You’ll visit the Cuyabeno Natural Reserve, the Yasuni National Park, and the Limoncocha Biological Reserve. At night, you can go on noctural nature walks to see insects and other animals that are most active at night. All meals are served aboard the cruise boat.