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Manaus & The Amazon

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Manaus, deep in the Amazon, is the most popular place for exploring the rainforests of the Brazilian interior. The teeming jungle city is the capital of Amazonas state and sits proudly at the confluence of the Amazon and the Rio Negro. Riverboat cruises and guided wildlife tours are the main attraction in Brazil's green heart and many of these start or end in Manaus. Staying at a luxury Amazon ecolodge is a superb way to experience the Brazilian rainforest and learn about its fabulous flora and fauna.

Despite deforestation for logging, soya plantations and cattle stations, the Amazon rainforest remains one of the world's most beautiful and important habitats. Indigenous groups still live in remote parts of the forest, alongside the wealth of animals and plants for which the Amazon is best known. Its tremendous biodiversity includes tropical birds, monkeys, huge catfish, pink river dolphins and elusive jaguars.

The Amazon river passes through six Brazilian states as it follows a long and steady course all the way to the Atlantic coast, where it passes the little visited but immense Marajo Island before spilling out to sea. In between are huge swathes of rivers, backwaters and small Amazonian towns, which together make the Amazon such a Brazil travel highlight.


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Top itineraries in Manaus & The Amazon

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Best of Brazil

16-day tailor-made holiday from £5,710 pp incl. flights

From the wildlife-filled jungles of the Amazon to the icons of Rio de Janeiro, colonial Salvador and the mighty Iguazu Falls, this is the ultimate introduction to the best of Brazil.

Frog in Amazon Jungle

Brazil: Wildlife & Waterfalls

14-day tailor-made tour from £5,965 pp incl. flights

Starting in the iconic city of Rio de Janeiro, this curated tour takes in Iguaçu Falls, the Amazon and the Pantanal, bringing you to some of Brazil's most spectacular landscapes and wildlife on an unforgettable luxury holiday.

Amazon River, Brazil

Caribbean & Amazon Basin Explorer with Seabourn

18-day luxury expedition cruise from £13,395 pp incl. flights

Sail off-the-beaten-track to discover colonial history, unique wildlife and the hidden gems of central and South America. It's all perfectly showcased through Seabourn's all-new luxury expedition ships – Pursuit or Venture.

Where to go in Manaus & The Amazon

Rainforest River, Amazon, Brazil

Amazon Expedition Cruises

Expedition cruises are a great way to experience the sights and sounds of the Amazon, in luxury and style. There's a broad choice of cruise options, from simple riverboats and paddle steamers to top-of-the-range cruisers.

Belem do Para, Brazil

Brazil's Amazon Lodges

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, …

Manaus, Brazil


Manaus is the gateway to the Amazon river and rainforest. It grew wealthy during the rubber boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and remains a busy port city to this day.

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