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Covering almost half of Brazil's gargantuan territory and spanning no less than another eight South American countries, the Amazon Rainforest is not only the largest rainforest in the world, but it is also home to the world's largest, and perhaps most famous river - and of course, utterly unparalleled, mesmerising and enthralling biodiversity.
From eco-lodges, whether quaintly rustic or sumptuously luxurious, nestled deep inside this vast tropical jungle, to cruise and riverboats chugging down the Amazon's mighty waterways, this is a holiday destination with a difference. Canoeing through flooded forests, swimming with pink dolphins or listening to the music of the rainforest as you doze in a hammock are just a few of the ways you can soak in the wonder of the jungle, and whether you're most excited by the prospect of spotting caiman crocodiles, stunning birdlife, sloths or the famous howler monkeys, you'll be more than spoiled for choice when trying to pick your favourite wildlife encounter.
The main gateway to the Amazon in Brazil is the bustling city of Manaus, and the city can be used as a base, taking a number of different land - or river-based tours from here. We thoroughly recommend delving deeper though, either joining an Amazon River Cruise or staying at one of the Amazon lodges in the heart of the canopy - the journey maybe a little longer, but the rewards are more than worth it.
You can also experience the Amazon from bases in Peru and Ecuador, and we offer itineraries that cover both of these incredible countries, plus time spent discovering the incredible wildlife of this immense and diverse jungle.
The Amazon officially has two seasons, a dry season from July to November with temperatures ranging from 26-40°C and a wet season from December to June with temperatures ranging from 23-30°C. In reality, though, the weather conditions do not change much between seasons and you can expect it to be warm, humid and rainy all year round.
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