On the many tributaries of the Amazon are some splendid river lodges, and some which are not-so-good. As a result, it's important to choose an Amazon lodge that adheres to ecotourism principles - for instance, using trained wildlife guides, providing employment and education for local communities, recycling rubbish and incorporating environmentally friendly materials and design. The best lodges do these things and often more, and are a brilliant way to experience the Amazon river system and rainforest.
Luxury ecolodges provide intimate accommodation, with thatched buildings fitted with mosquito nets, plus other good facilities. They also offer the chance to take boat and walking tours into the jungle to spot macaws, monkeys and other wildlife with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Piranha fishing, visiting a coboclo - river village - and learning about community projects supported by the lodges are other possible activities. For others, staying at an Amazon lodge is simply about being there and enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the natural surroundings.