The Amazon rainforest spreads across much of South America, accessed via specialist cruises and lodges, affording unique perspectives on jungle life.

The Amazon Rainforest covers territory in 9 countries in South America, stretching over the vast basin of the Amazon river, and considered to be the lungs of the world. Hidden beneath the thick rainforest canopy is an ecosystem of extraordinary biodiversity and home to a spectacular array of flora and fauna. A journey into the Amazon is a magical encounter with nature, escaping civilisation to reach secluded areas of pristine rainforest. 

The majority of the rainforest is in Brazil, with Manaus acting as the main entry point. After exploring this fascinating city, once one of the richest in South America thanks to the rubber boom, a journey into the rainforest will continue along the Amazon river. A motor canoe will take visitors to one of the excellent Amazon Lodges in the area, either to the comfortable Amazon EcoPark nearby the city, or to a more basic and remote lodge such as the Juma Lodge. Alternatively, an excellent way to visit distinct parts of the rainforest is to take a cruise along the river in a riverboat such as the Tucano. An important distinction between the rainforest of Brazil and other parts of the Amazon is that in Brazil the forest floods. The low water period is in January, while the high water period is in June. During the flooded months, it is possible to take canoe trips through the labyrinth of trees which is the flooded rainforest.

Peru also has a considerable area of Amazon Rainforest, in two main regions. The Tambopata National Reserve, located on the Madre de Dios river (a tributary of the Amazon river) is located in southern Peru, a short flight from Cusco. This makes it the ideal option for travellers who would like to visit the rainforest in conjunction with a visit to Peru's ancient sites. such as Machu Picchu. In the northern Peruvian rainforest, visitors can take river cruises through the Pacaya Samiria reserve, such as the Delfin II which departs from the city of Iquitos (a two hour flight from Lima).

There is also a relatively small area of Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, which makes it a perfect accompaniment to a trip through the Ecuadorean Andes, or the Galapagos Islands. Entering through the city of Coca (a 45-minute flight from Quito), there are excellent cruises along the Napo river such as the Manatee or Anaconda, and specialist lodges such as the Napo Wildlife Centre

It is important to note that while there is abundant wildlife throughout the Amazon, the dense rainforest and shy nature of many species can make them difficult to spot. Specialist naturalist guides are on hand on all of our tours to help you see them, often with the aid of binoculars. Just as important as seeing wildlife in the Amazon is the experience of being within the jungle, seeing the giant trees close-up, and learning about the ecosystem of the world's largest tropical rainforest.

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The Pacaya Cruise Tour - Holidays to Peru

Peru

Pacaya Cruise Tour

14 Nights from £4,466 €4,459 $4,805

From the comfort of a river boat, we explore the pristine rainforest of the Amazon, combined with Ancient Civilisations of the Andes

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14 Nights from £4,466 €4,459 $4,805

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  1. Day 1 Arrival in Lima

    Day 2 Tour of Lima

  2. Day 3 - Flight to Iquitos

    Day 4-5 Maranon River

    Day 6 - Hanging bridges walkway

    Day 7 - Canoe trip along the tributary Yanayaquillo River

  3. Day 8 - Disembark & Fly to Cusco

    Days 9-10 Exploring Sacred Valley of the Incas

  4. Day 11 - Train Journey to Machu Picchu & Guided Tour

    Day 12 - Return to Cusco

  5. Days 13-14 Cusco excursions

    Day 15 - Travel back to UK

The Pichincha Tour - Holidays to Ecuador

Ecuador

Pichincha Tour

14 Nights from £5,040 €5,148 $5,552

This tour includes the Amazon rainforest, a Galapagos cruise to experience the stunning friendly wildlife and an insight into the colonial charm of Quito, …

The Pichincha Tour
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14 Nights from £5,040 €5,148 $5,552

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  1. Day 1 - Flight from London to Quito

    Day 2 - Tour to Otavalo Market

  2. Day 3 - Transfer to Amazon Lodge

    Day 4-5 - Guided excursions & activities at the Amazon Lodge

    Day 6 - Transfer to Quito

    Day 7 - Tour of Quito

  3. Day 8 - Flight to Galapagos Islands and board yacht

    Day 9-14 - Guided excursions & activities at the Galapagos Islands

    Day 15 - Flight back to the mainland. Return flight home

    Day 16 - Arrive back home

The Primavera Tour - Quito - Holidays to Ecuador

Ecuador

Primavera Tour

19 Nights from £5,950 €6,240 $6,735

Close encounters with friendly wildlife on the Galapagos Islands cruise and experience fascinating cultures in the exuberant rainforest and by the volcanoe…

The Primavera Tour
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19 Nights from £5,950 €6,240 $6,735

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  1. Day 1 - Flight London to Quito

    Day 2 - Otavalo and Quito City Tour

  2. Days 3-6 - Amazon Lodge & excursions

    Day 7 - Return to Quito for 1 night

  3. Day 8 - Tour of Cotopaxi Volcano

  4. Day 9 - Ingapirca and Cuenca

    Day 10 - Gualaceo Valley

    Day 11 - Cuenca Tour and Cajas National Park

    Day 12 - Cajas National Park

  5. Days 13-19 - Galapagos cruise with daily guided excursions

    Day 20 - Travel back to UK

The Tucano Amazon Voyage Tour - Tucano Amazon Riverboat - Holidays to Brazil

Brazil

Tucano Amazon Voyage Tour

8 Nights from £2,750 €2,400 $2,575

Explore areas of rainforest rarely visited and seek out life in the wilderness, in some of the most untouched areas.

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8 Nights from £2,750 €2,400 $2,575

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  1. Day 1 - Travel to Manaus via Sao Paulo or Belem

    Day 2 - Tour of Cultural And Historical Manaus

  2. Day 3-9 - Tucano Amazon Cruise

    Day 10 - Arrive back home

The Ninos Galapagos Tour - Holidays to Ecuador

Ecuador

Ninos Galapagos Tour

13 Nights from £4,799 €4,858 $5,238

Close encounters with tame wildlife are a unique experience for youngsters to develop an appreciation of the natural world. Doing so with family builds a b…

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13 Nights from £4,799 €4,858 $5,238

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  1. Day 1 - Traveling to Quito

    Day 2 - Quito City Tour

    Day 3 - Quito at leisure

    Day 4 - Otavalo Market

  2. Days 5-11 - Galapagos Islands Cruise

    Day 12 - Departure

The Ninos Amazonas Family Tour - Holidays to Brazil

Brazil

Ninos Amazonas Family Tour

15 Nights from £4,118 €4,041 $4,353

Ideal for families, discover the exciting city of Rio, venture deep into the jungle of the Amazon, and relax on the soft white sands of Bahia and the golde…

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  1. Day 1 - Fly to Rio de Janeiro

    Day 2 - City Tour of Rio de Janeiro

    Day 3 - At Leisure in Rio de Janeiro

  2. Day 4 - Travel to Manaus

    Day 5 - City Tour of Manaus

  3. Day 6 - Travel to Remote Amazon Lodge

    Day 7 - Rainforest & Wildlife Excursion

    Day 8 - Visit Local Community

    Day 9 - Morning Excursion & Return to Manaus

  4. Day 9 - Walking Introduction to Salvador da Bahia

    Day 10 - City Tour of Salvador

  5. Day 11 - Travel to Praia do Forte

    Day 12-14 - At Leisure

    Day 15 - Return Flight to the UK