Why Visit the Amazon
- Home to the most biodiverse ecosystem on Earth.
- The sheer size of the mighty Amazon River, this is the largest river in the world.
- The meeting of the waters – the confluence of the Rio Negro and the Amazon creates a mesmerizing swirl of coffee and cream colors caused by different water properties.
- A botanical paradise including exceptionally beautiful orchids and bromeliads.
- Beautiful, proud and fascinating Amazonian people.
- Primates including the striking Bald Uakari, raucous Howler Monkeys and Spider Monkeys.
- Birding at sites such as Cristalino are world-class with a host of Amazonian special species.
- Grey and Pink River Dolphins.
- Giant River Otter
- Brazilian Tapir
- Bald Uakari
- Grey and Pink River Dolphin
- Lesser Anteater (Southern Tamandua)
- White-nosed Bearded Saki Monkey
- White-cheeked Spider Monkey
- Red-handed Howler Monkey
- Scarlet Macaw
- Amazonian Umbrella Bird
- Guianan Cock-of-the-rock
- Agami and Zig Zag Heron
- Razor-billed Curassow
- Musician Wren
When to visit the
The Amazon has a tropical climate and is hot and humid year-round, with temperatures around the mid 30s degrees Celsius (mid-90s Fahrenheit). Nights can feel comparatively chilly going down to 15 degrees Celcius (60 Fahrenheit).
DRY SEASON (June to November)
The dry is often referred to as “summer” by the locals as it is hot and sunny. The river is lowest in September and as rivers recede, more beaches and islands appear. Larger mammals such as Tapirs and Giant Otters are easier to locate on the river banks. Monkeys however, are in smaller troops as there is a scarcity of food. The forest is drier.
WET SEASON (December to May)
The wet season is referred to as “winter.” The humidity is higher, building up over the course of the day to produce a short heavy downfall almost every afternoon. Mornings and early afternoons can however be clear and sunny. The forest becomes more lush and green. The river is at its fullest in March. This is a good time to view monkeys – due to an abundance of food, they stay in larger troops and are therefore easier to locate.
Although wildlife is less conspicuous in the tall dense forests, few places on Earth match the allure of Brazil’s Amazon; this is where life on Earth peaks in its biodiversity. The best wildlife viewing is in the forest canopy from canopy towers and along the river from boats. Having said this, in the company of an experienced naturalist walking in “nature’s cathedral” allows one to take in the grandeur of the forest. Nocturnal outings offer the opportunity to witness an environment that never rests and allows for thrilling encounters with many night-time creatures. One of the best introductions to the Amazon is to explore
by regional boat navigating the Rio Negro, one of the Amazon’s largest tributaries – you can explore one of the largest forest reserves in South America as well as the largest freshwater archipelago of the world. One of the wildlife highlights on this boat cruise will no doubt be Grey and Pink River Dolphins. If you prefer being lodge based, be sure to base yourself in well-protected habitat with canopy towers and/or small motorized riverboats to access the wildlife hotspots. Each lodge has its different highlights and our team will readily advise on this.
The Cristalino Lodge is located beside the River Cristalino, within a private forest reserve in the southern part of the Brazilian Amazon. It has been carefully designed to integrate harmoniously with the surrounding jungle, so that guests can enjoy accommodations and community areas in an exotic yet comfortable environment. The lodge will provide you with a cosy bed, en suite bathrooms, a soothing hammock, and every convenience close at hand. The bar, with an inviting log fire burning in the middle of its riverside deck, provides a view of the night sky full of stars, while the restaurant complements the experience by serving delicious candlelight dinners. This all adds to the exclusivity of an ecolodge that is seriously committed to the environment. In addition to practicing responsible tourism, the hotel supports the Cristalino Foundation, an organization that is devoted to environmental education, human development, minimizing human impact on the environment and carrying out research in the region. Everything is geared towards sustainability through tourism, helping you to integrate with nature.
Chartering a private boat an excellent way to ensure a spectacular experience in the Amazon. With a private boat, you have the flexibility to tailor the itinerary according to your interests and group profile. In order to heighten the boat into a deluxe travel experience, staffing the boat with the right people is key. You will have onboard a guide and the boat crew (captain, sailor, chambermaid). Jacaré is made of wood, which gives it a rustic and regional style. Its accommodations and social areas are very comfortable with many viewing windows. Every cabin has air conditioning and a private bathroom and shower.
Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge
Every day a group of wild Pink River Dolphins show up at nearby Nova Aira and a boat ride to encounter these fascinating creatures is reason enough for a stay. The accommodation is comprised of thatched stilted rooms with air-conditioning and modern luxury fittings. The swimming pool has superb views overlooking the Rio Negro and there is a 13m high observation deck.
Uakari Floating Lodge
Uakari Lodge walks the talk, not just minimising traveller-footprint but actively contributing to conservation of the area – the lodge is run by the non-profit Mamiraua Institute. This floating lodge is located within the Mamiraua Reserve and for the serious wildlife lover this is the key location in which to view the endemic White Uacari and Black-faced Squirrel Monkey. The lodge itself is simple, not luxurious – you come here for the superb Amazon experience and to forget the modern world for a while.