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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The Meeting of Two Rivers

Experience an Amazonian spectacle in the jungle-city of Manaus. Known as 'The Meeting of the Waters', you can witness this natural wonder on the confluence of the coffee-coloured Solimoes River and the inky black water of the Rio Negro. For nearly four miles, the rivers run side by side but never mixing, a phenomenon due to the different density, temperature and velocity of the two rivers.

Teatro Amazones Opera
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Explore Manaus

Take a tour through the Amazon's great jungle capital. During the rubber boom the city saw grandiose architecture like the wildly opulent Teatro Amazonas opera house. Witness its striking mosaiced dome - the city's shining beacon - as well as its hand painted ceiling, Carrara marble stairs and Murano-glass chandeliers. You will also have the chance to visit the Parisian-style Municipal Market bustling with handicrafts and a lively fish market.

Macaw Flying Through the Jungle
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A Jungle Escape

Live out your jungle dreams from a stylish lodge immersed entirely in the Amazon. Wake up to the calls of exotic birds before a day hiking through the billowing rainforest. Accompanied by an expert biologist, you could go canoeing on the mirror-like Cristalino River, spotting capybara or tapir on the river banks. Alternatively, climb an 165ft viewing tower to see macaws, tanagers and white-whiskered spider monkeys.

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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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