Amazon River Cruises
Sail down the iconic Amazon River, meandering through the rainforest paradise
A river cruise down the Amazon is the perfect way to explore South America in all its mysterious beauty. You will have the opportunity to experience enchanting cultures and eclectic landscapes firsthand as you travel the colossal continent – Ecuador and Chile to the west, Argentina to the south and Brazil to the east. Journey through the untouched jungle landscape of the rainforest, explore spectacular coastlines and study the wild varieties of flora and fauna that flourish within.
On a river cruise through the Amazon, you will have the opportunity to explore these exciting South American countries, cultures and landscapes with adventurous shore excursions. Discover Iquitos in Peru or Leticia in Colombia; explore the iconic Amazon River and seize the chance to witness the pristine beauty of Brazil.
Amazon River cruises offer you a wide range of routes and itineraries in order to help you experience South America in all its beauty. Many culminate in the Atlantic estuary before continuing onward to Miami, Florida or the Caribbean – your chance to prolong the South American cruise holiday of your dreams.
Manaus is the capital of Amazonas, Brazil's largest state, which is almost entirely covered by the Amazon rainforest. The surrounding jungle is home to various species of monkeys and birds. As Manaus is situated on the banks of the Rio Negro just a few kilometres from the mouth of the Amazon, the city benefited very well from the Amazon rubber boom, resulting in interesting architecture around town.Highlights of Manaus
- Visit the Renaissance Revival-style opera house Teatro Amazonas
- Watch the waters of the Rio Negro and Solimões River meet without mixing
- Walk on the wide sand beaches on Praia da Ponta Negra during sunset
The small Brazilian city of Santarém sits at the intersection of the Amazon River and the Rio Tapajós, the perfect place to watch the rivers flow into each other. In one part of Santarém, where the noisy jungle has crept into the city, howler monkeys and parrots perform with enthusiasm. The beach near the Alter do Chao district, on the other hand, offers a place for tourists and locals alike to rest and relax.Highlights of Santarém
- Watch the Amazon and Rio Tapajós meet from Mirante do Tapajós Square
- See ancient indigenous Tapajós artefacts at the Centro Cultural João Fona
- Study the natural textiles from Brazilian artist Dica Frazão at the Museu Dica Frazão
Parintins is the second largest city in the Brazilian state of Amazonas. Sitting on the formal river island of Ilha Tupinambarana, the city is part of the eponymous microregion. Parintins is also the site of Bumba Meu Boi every June, the second biggest folklore festival behind Carnaval. During this event, spectators watch two costumed groups dance, sing and parade around the Bumbódromo stadium to recount a local legend.Highlights of Parintins
- Celebrate with the locals during the Parintins Folklore Festival
- Visit the Square of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the city centre
- Enjoy regional cuisine, rich in fish
The Amazon River is the longest river in South America and one of the longest in the world. Although the river primarily flows through Brazil, it also passes through Colombia and Peru. The river is an integral part of the Amazon Rainforest, providing a habitat to the South American flora and fauna. The river was also responsible for the economic boom along its shores, promoting trade through the easy passage of boats.Highlights of the Amazon River
- Go on a jungle walk and learn about the wildlife within the Amazon Rainforest
- Hop on a skiff and fish for red-bellied piranha
- Witness the amazing confluence between the Rio Negro and the Amazon River
Situated on the right bank of the Rio Tapajos is the district Alter do Chão in the Brazilian city of Santarém. The former village benefited from the Amazon rubber boom but suffered from a recession soon after. Nowadays, the district relies solely on tourism to support itself economically. Alter do Chão is the main tourist spot of Santarém, offering visitors and locals alike a beautiful freshwater beach with white sand.Highlights of Alter do Chão
- Sail to the Ilha do Amor (Island of Love) for a picturesque beach
- Explore the Lago Verde lagoon by canoe or stand-up paddle
- Go on a boat tour to forest reserves
Boca da Valeria is a small Indigenous Brazilian village of about 100 inhabitants on the Amazon River. With no major roads around, the village is only accessible by boat. Visitors can catch a glimpse of what everyday life is like in an Amazonian village: greeting indigenous people in traditional garb, observing the local flora and fauna up close and experiencing native customs and traditions.Highlights of Boca da Valeria
- Support the village by buying local art and donating school supplies to the children
- Take photos with traditionally-outfitted indigenous Brazilians
- Hop on a boat to tour the charming village
Cruising on the Amazon River is well-known for its breathtaking scenery and colourful cultures. Embark on an exciting cruise along the Amazon River and take in the awe-inspiring views that South America has to offer. Between the lush rainforests, snow-capped mountains and towering waterfalls, there is no doubt that you will be consumed by the natural beauty of the region.
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