View Map

Overview

The planet’s most diverse ecosystem, the Amazon – 60 percent of which lies within Brazil’s borders – combines the world’s largest rain forest and its greatest river system (the mighty Amazon River boasts over 1,000 tributaries). It also offers unparalleled adventure; from climbing into the canopies of giant trees and canoeing past caimans to swimming with pink dolphins and fishing for (and munching upon) piranhas. Due to urbanization, deforestation and less eco-friendly forms of tourism, it takes longer these days to get out into the virgin rain forest. Your best bet is taking a long cruise up a river or spending a few days at a jungle lodge ...

The planet’s most diverse ecosystem, the Amazon – 60 percent of which lies within Brazil’s borders – combines the world’s largest rain forest and its greatest river system (the mighty Amazon River boasts over 1,000 tributaries). It also offers unparalleled adventure; from climbing into the canopies of giant trees and canoeing past caimans to swimming with pink dolphins and fishing for (and munching upon) piranhas. Due to urbanization, deforestation and less eco-friendly forms of tourism, it takes longer these days to get out into the virgin rain forest. Your best bet is taking a long cruise up a river or spending a few days at a jungle lodge where local guides can point out rare birds, monkeys, insects and reptiles. However, armed with time and patience and/or money, it’s possible to sail (or fly) out of Manaus and encounter uniquely rich landscapes and cultures that have been preserved from the ravages of “civilization.”

Michael Sommers
About the Expert

Michael Sommers is the author of Moon Brazil and Moon Rio, as well as the blog Thrill of Brazil. He has been living in Salvador, Brazil since 1999.

view full overview

Michael Sommers for Triporati

Compare Flight, Car Rental, and Hotel Rates

Note: A new window will open for each site you select.

Note: A new window will open for each site you select.

Note: A new window will open for each site you select.

Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Eastern South America. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil.
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Brazilian Real
  • Research: Amazonas | Amazonas
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall
  • Current Time:

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    It's best to avoid the rainy season (due to flooding and mosquitoes), which varies by region, but usually lasts from December to May.