The Amazon River holds an incredibly vast array of exhilarating experiences. With the highest number of species of all of the world’s ecosystems, with every turn visitors are likely to find an animal or plant they haven’t yet noticed. If you’ve always dreamt of discovering this fantastic destination, find out just how easy it is to do by cruising the Amazon River.
Locations along the Amazon
The Amazon rainforest spreads across 9 countries, being 5.5 square kilometres in total. The majority is in Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia, however it also spreads into Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. Common stops on an Amazonian cruise are;• Manaus, Brazil – once a centre of rubber trade, the former wealth and glory of this large jungle town is still evident. Here you can see the natural phenomenon of ‘the meeting of the waters’, where the dark Rio Negro meets the muddy looking Rio Solimoes.
Cruise lines that go to the Amazon
Because parts of the Amazon River are so wide, cruises here are not limited to river cruise ships; in fact, a number of predominantly ocean cruise lines also operate here. Here are some of our favourite options.• Cunard – this luxury British liner rightly pride themselves on offering guests varied destination immersion opportunities in Manaus, as well as a fabulous, traditional cruise experience onboard.
Hints and tips for cruising in the Amazon
This unique destination has so much to offer all those who visit it, but can present some minor issues if you’re not properly prepared. Avoid problems and heed these helpful tips:• Talk to your doctor before travelling – depending on where you’ll be going a doctor might recommend malarial protection, and injections such as for Yellow Fever, Typhoid, and Hepatitis A.