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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.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. The Rain Forest Experience the largest tropical forest in the world and 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 U.S.; 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 river fish with exotic Indian names such as tucunaré and pirarucú.
  4. 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

The dry season (low water) between Belém and Manaus runs roughly from mid-June into December, and it's often brutally hot. Shortly before the new ye...

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