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Brazilian Amazon Rainforest Holidays: an Overview

With the airport at Manaus a four hour flight from Rio, this is a deeply isolated region, and all the more fascinating because of it.

Spend part of your holiday staying in an eco lodge and see the largest equatorial forest in the world with its dense vegetation and unrivalled biodiversity. Witness the spectacular meeting point of the Rio Negro and the Rio Solimoes to form the mighty Amazon River. While the Amazon is the world's largest forest it is also a surprise to many that the area contains interesting historic towns and even archaeological sites - Manaus' beautiful opera house is just one such unexpected discovery.

While wildlife-spotting is clearly the main draw, other options include visits to local indigenous villages, treks into the jungle - including a night spent out in it - and kayaking and piranha fishing trips.

Original Travel likes to consider the Amazon as a year-round destination. During the rainy season, when the rivers are high, it is possible to get much further up the smaller tributaries on excursions that allow you to penetrate deeper into the jungle.

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Manaus & The Amazon Basin
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A Note on Price

Brazil is the most expensive country in South America to visit. Unfortunately, it doesn’t represent great value for money – but it’s still one of our absolute favourites. A two week itinerary starts from £3,500 per person including flights – but if you’re hoping to cover a lot of ground, expect to pay a lot more.

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