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The Amazon Travel Guide

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Plan Your Amazon Vacation

Aerial photographs, films, and documentaries can give a sense of the Amazon's magnificence, but there is nothing like experiencing its majesty, and fragility, in person. Traveling in the Amazon may seem daunting at first, not least because of its size: the region covers more than 10 million square km (4 million square miles) and makes up roughly 40% of Brazil, divided between the states of Acre,

Rondônia, Amazonas, Roraima, Pará, Amapá, and Tocantins. But don’t let its size deter you. With some advanced planning, you'll be able to plan your once-in-a-lifetime trip with minimal hassle.

The most practical way to explore the Amazon is by internal flights, which are efficient and often cost-effective if booked in advance. For those with more time and a keen sense of adventure, there is also an extensive boat network, which is the area's primary mode of transportation. River travel offers the opportunity to experience the region like a local and gain closer insight into Amazonian culture and nature.

In the vibrant city of Belém, you can marvel over an array of exotic goods at the Ver-O-Peso market, dine on Amazonian delicacies, and explore the spectacular white-sand beaches nearby, such as Alter do Chão. From Manaus, you can marvel at the Meeting of the Waters, and then set out for a jungle lodge. No matter what you choose to do, you'll be awed by the unique landscapes and magnificent wildlife.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Rain Forest Experience the largest tropical forest in the world and its abundant wildlife in one of the wildest places on the planet.
  2. The River Explore the largest river in the world (by volume) and the second-longest, spanning more distance than the continental United States; the Amazon is also the earth's biggest freshwater ecosystem, and home to more fish than the Atlantic Ocean.
  3. Exotic Foods Dig into water-buffalo steak, duck in manioc sauce (pato no tucupi), fried piranha, and other exotic river fish.
  4. The Beaches Kick back on the golden sands and swim in the crystal clear waters in and around the town of Alter do Chão.
  5. Handicrafts Shop for traditional indigenous crafts, such as wood-crafted and woven items, bows, arrows, blowguns, and jewelry and headdresses of seeds and feathers.

When To Go

When to Go

While the Amazon is a destination that can be visited year-round, the time of year can significantly alter the experience you have and wildlife...

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