The Brazilian Amazon Rainforest Where to Go and What to do

Amazonia is mankind’s heritage, an ecological Eldorado for environmentalists. It produces a fifth of the planet’s oxygen and contains a fifth of the earth’s fresh water. There are 15,000 known animal species, 1800 species of butterflies, 2000 species of fish, and four types of big cats. One quarter of the world’s 8600 bird species live in the Amazon. The Amazon River system is the planet’s largest body of fresh water, and besides the Amazon River, there are 1100 tributaries with over 48,000 miles of navigable rivers.

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Manaus - Gateway City to the Amazon Rainforest

The city of Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas, is the main gateway to the largest equatorial rainforest on the planet. The city has an excellent infra-structure for receiving visitors, with many hotel options and restaurants of international standards. But Manaus’ main asset is its baroque architectural gems such as the Teatro Amazonas, an Italian-style neoclassical opera house built at the height of the rubber boom in 1896 and the Palacio Rio Negro dating back to the colonial Era.

Teatro Amazonas, Interior Teatro Amazonas and The Palacio Rio Negro

Some might want to take a half day boat excursion to see the “Meeting of the Waters” the junction of the Rio Negro and Rio Amazonas, an awe-inspiring sight where the two rivers of different colors flow side by side for miles without mixing. Considering most travelers come to the region to explore the rainforest, usually one or two days is enough time to spend in Manaus before setting out for the Rainforest Lodges.

Meeting of the Waters

Where To Stay - Rainforest Lodges

Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge

Located 2 ½ hours from Manaus on the Rio Negro, surrounded by the 400 fresh water islands of the Anavilhanas Archipelago, this lodge takes highest marks for location and organization. A 5 star experience in the rainforest is not an easy undertaking, and this comes pretty close to perfection. An all inclusive experience – transfers, meals, 3 categories of bungalows, and rainforest experiences. The lodge only has 22 air conditioned bungalows, so it is advisable to reserve well in advance.

Anavilhanas Archipelago

Anavilhanas Lodge’s chef utilizes the abundant fresh ingredients that the Amazon supplies to create delicious meals that earn rave reviews from guests. Daily excursions include rainforest hikes, reconnaissance tours of the archipelago, cave explorations, visits to the local caboclo villages, dolphin sightings, sunrise excursions, and canoeing in the backwaters and byways of the Rio Negro River system.

Anavilhanas Lodge Breakfast -- Evening Canoe Exploration -- Panoramic Bungalow

Cristalino Lodge - An Amazon Sanctuary

The principal access point to the Cristalino Lodge is the airport of Alta Floresta, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso. The Ecolodge is set within the first Private National Heritage Reserve in northern Mato Grosso, which enables visitors to immerse themselves in the wealth of flora and fauna of the region. Situated beside the clean, calm waters of the majestic River Cristalino, which provides the only access to the hotel. The property contains several nature trails, where one can be sure to sight some of the special creatures that inhabit the Amazon region. It is a region that is recognized as one of the world’s most important, in terms of biodiversity.

Observation Tower - Bungalow - Riverside Deck
Abundant Flora and Fauna at Cristalino Lodge

The Cristalino Lodge offers many outdoor activities within the stunning scenery of the tropical rainforest. The combination of great diversity of fauna and trails that take you through different types of landscape, together with the beauty of the fully preserved River Cristalino, makes this a unique destination for those who appreciate nature. Serious bird watchers prefer the Cristalino Lodge. The lodge itself has a Zen simplicity which blends into the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Yachts and Traditional Amazon River Boats

A Variety of Amazonian Yachts Are Available for Every Budget and Style

Exploring the Amazon region by private yacht or traditional river boat gives you the privacy and flexibility to create your own itinerary. The style of the vessels can vary from simple to luxurious depending on your own budget and cruising preferences. Boats are all well staffed with captain, crew and private chef or cook. Some of our clients spend a few nights on a yacht followed by a few nights at one of the lodges, getting the best of both worlds.

Seaplane Tours and Transfers

Seaplane Tours and Transfers

One of the most exciting ways to see the Amazon is from the air. We can arrange a seaplane transfer to your lodge, or a seaplane tour over the Anavilhanas Archipelago – largest freshwater grouping of islands in the world.

Weather and Seasons

The Amazon region has 2 seasons, wet and dry. The wet or rainy season runs from January until June and the dry season from July until December. Most find the rainy season more exciting as you can venture further by motorized canoe or zodiac into the flooded forest. During the dry season exploration can be limited to the main River. During the rainy season, it really doesn’t rain all the time, you can get a drenching downpour for an hour in the afternoon and the rest of the day will be sunny.

Brazil Travel Specialist - Jill Siegel

Jill Siegel is an award winning Brazil Travel Specialist who has been wowing her clients with her creative approach to travel planning for over 25 years. With her extensive network of key connections throughout Brazil and South America, Jill has been able to create extraordinary custom designed journeys that many of her clients have described as “once in a lifetime.” For the past 8 years, she has been recognized and included on the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s “Top Travel Specialists List.”

“I know my clients have busy lives and may feel overwhelmed by the time consuming task of wading through an endless amount of travel offerings on the internet. I listen to my clients carefully, come to understand their wish list, budget, time constraints and then carefully create a seamless itinerary and experience for them from beginning to end.” – Jill Siegel

“I know of no one who has been involved longer or more successfully with ecotourism in the Amazon than Jill Siegel. I recommend her enthusiastically!” Mark Plotkin, Ph.D. – Author “Tale’s of A Shaman’s Apprentice”

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