The Amazon Travel Guide

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Plan Your The Amazon Vacation

The world's largest tropical forest seems an endless carpet of green that's sliced only by the curving contours of rivers. Its statistics are as impressive: the region covers more than 10 million square km (4 million square miles) and extends into eight other countries (French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia). It takes up roughly 40% of Brazil in the states of Acre, Rondônia, Amazonas, Roraima, Pará, Amapá, and Tocantins. The Amazon forest is home to 500,000 cataloged species of plants and a river that annually transports 15% of the world's available freshwater to the sea.

Hotels

The Amazon Hotels

Amazon hotel prices tend to be reasonable and include breakfast. Services and amenities such as laundry, however, may cost quite a bit extra. Don't expect...read more

Restaurants

The Amazon Restaurants

Reservations and dressy attire are rarely needed in the Amazon (indeed, reservations are rarely taken). Tipping isn't customary except in finer restaurants...read more

Hotels

The Amazon Experiences

  • Chico Mendes: Environmental Pioneer

    Born in 1944 in the northwestern state of Acre, Chico Mendes was the son of a seringueiro (rubber-tree tapper) who had moved across the country... Read more

  • What to Expect at a Jungle Lodge

    Most of the jungle lodges near Manaus are around 200 kilometers northwest of the city, in the district known as Novo Airão. Whether luxurious... Read more

  • Top Reasons to Go

    The Rain Forest: Experience the largest tropical forest in the world and one of the wildest places on the planet.... Read more

  • A Bit of History

    Spaniard Vicente Pinzón is credited with being the first to sail the Amazon, in 1500. But the most famous voyage was undertaken by Spanish conquistador... Read more

  • Health in the Amazon

    Several months before you go to the Amazon, visit a tropical medicine specialist to find out what vaccinations you need. Describe your planned... Read more

  • A Vanishing People

    In 1500, when the Portuguese arrived in Brazil, the indigenous population was 4.5 million, with an estimated 1,400 tribes. From the beginning... Read more

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