Why is a cruise on the Amazon River a trip of a lifetime?

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Here are some of the reasons to add an Amazon River cruise on the top of your travel list:

The region’s amazing biodiversity since the vast Amazon River is the second-longest river the moves across the continent of South America as it passes through Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.

 

 

 

 

 

More than a third of the world’s animal species live in this vast river basin’s rainforest which means you’ll meet encounter wonderful creatures such as squirrel-size tamarin monkeys, three-toed sloths, monk saki monkeys, scarlet macaws, Amazon River dolphins, Amazonian manatees, giant otters, anacondas, caimans, bull sharks, piranhas, electric eels, jaguars, and much more.

 

 

 

There are also opportunities to visit villages deep in the heart of the forest where few outsiders venture.

 

 

 

 

TRIP CHECKLIST

How to find the right river cruise

The CruiseCritic article by Maria Harding, Cruise Critic U.K. contributor covers all the choices that a cruise passenger has for sailing the Amazon from Brazil to Peru. She offers helpful tips on how to choose a cruise on the vast and magical river.

More cruise suggestions

For more cruise suggestions Fodors offers suggestions for top 5 Amazon River cruises.

How to travel tips

Everything you “Need to know about visiting the Amazon” is a helpful article in the telegraph provides tips on when to travel, how to travel, and where to travel.
How to pack for Amazon River Cruise
Carol Morse’s article “What to Pack for an Amazon River Cruises” in smartertravel provides tips on what pack and not forget before your run into a jungle.

More tips for your trip

Tips for Amazon River Cruise in lonelyplanet list 9 helpful tips to make your trip easier and memorable.
And some books to read before you travel
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard  At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann  A grand mystery reaching back centuries. A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon.
The Smithsonian Atlas of the Amazon by Michael Goulding, Melinda Jorge, Gondim Lilly  The Amazon River flows more than 4,000 miles through the world’s greatest rainforest, into the Amazon delta, and finally into the Atlantic Ocean. This extraordinary atlas is the first comprehensive view of not only the Amazon River but also its thirteen major tributaries. More than 150 color maps and nearly 300 vivid photographs provide spectacular views of the river and rainforest.
One River by Wade Davis   The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South America—Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis—an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett  As Dr. Marina Singh embarks upon an uncertain odyssey into the insect-infested Amazon, she will be forced to surrender herself to the lush but forbidding world that awaits within the jungle. Charged with finding her former mentor Dr. Annick Swenson, a researcher who has disappeared while working on a valuable new drug, she will have to confront her own memories of tragedy and sacrifice as she journeys into the unforgiving heart of darkness.

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