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.