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Why visit? A place that is larger than life, the Amazon comprises half of the world’s remaining rainforest, whilst the Amazon River is the second longest in the world.

 

Home to more species of wildlife per square kilometre than its African or Asian counterparts, the Amazon rainforest is positively humming with life. Butterflies the size of birds, brightly coloured Macaws, comical Toucans and an array of cheeky monkeys are only a few of the species that can make regular appearances on your Amazon Jungle tour.

 

Navigating the many waterways is by far the most popular way to tour the Amazon for it’s the most convenient and the most rewarding way to travel, as no other mode of touring will bring you as close to Amazon wildlife as a cruise.

 

Whether it’s enjoying a Peruvian Amazon tour in Puerto Maldanado, Manu or Iquitos, a Bolivian tour in Rurrenabaque, a Brazilian tour in Manaus or an Ecuadorian tour in the remote Kapawi region, you won’t be disappointed. You may choose a luxury Amazon River tour on-board a first-class cruiser or stay in one of our chosen community run, eco-friendly lodges. 

 

The starting point of your Amazon tour will depend on which part of the Amazon you would like to explore.

 

More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Amazon and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.

 

Still wondering? Contact us: You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you.

 

#Livefortoday and book your Amazon tour with us today. Chimu Adventures can put together an itinerary to suit you.

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Why visit? A place that is larger than life, the Amazon comprises half of the world’s remaining rainforest, whilst the Amazon River is the second longest in the world.

 

Home to more species of wildlife per square kilometre than its African or Asian counterparts, the Amazon rainforest is positively humming with life. Butterflies the size of birds, brightly coloured Macaws, comical Toucans and an array of cheeky monkeys are only a few of the species that can make regular appearances on your Amazon Jungle tour.

 

Navigating the many waterways is by far the most popular way to tour the Amazon for it’s the most convenient and the most rewarding way to travel, as no other mode of touring will bring you as close to Amazon wildlife as a cruise.

 

Whether it’s enjoying a Peruvian Amazon tour in Puerto Maldanado, Manu or Iquitos, a Bolivian tour in Rurrenabaque, a Brazilian tour in Manaus or an Ecuadorian tour in the remote Kapawi region, you won’t be disappointed. You may choose a luxury Amazon River tour on-board a first-class cruiser or stay in one of our chosen community run, eco-friendly lodges. 

 

The starting point of your Amazon tour will depend on which part of the Amazon you would like to explore.

 

More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Amazon and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.

 

Still wondering? Contact us: You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you.

 

#Livefortoday and book your Amazon tour with us today. Chimu Adventures can put together an itinerary to suit you.

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WHY TRAVEL WITH CHIMU ADVENTURES

  • We offer you flexible travel options in Latin America at an affordable price.

  • You can choose from over 400 suggested itineraries or pick and choose elements to build your own unique experience; cover the areas you want to explore at a pace to suit you.

  • We know each Latin American country by heart and will work with you to determine which activities and accommodations are best suited to your needs.

  • From your initial enquiry until your trip ends, you will be assigned a personal Destination Specialist who will offer a full service for your travel needs: we can book flights, insurance and any ancillary travel required to complete your journey.

  • We have offices across South America so you can be assured that ground staff are close at hand to assist whilst you are travelling.

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BLOGS ON Amazon

Whether you are looking for advice on visas and vaccinations,when to travel, best markets or beaches to visit, wildlife guides or the top restaurants in a city, Chimu blogs are likely to have it covered. The range of topics is vast, with new and fascinating blogs being added regularly. There are airport guides, Galapagos Island guides, what to pack and what not to pack, and even a blog on the most romantic locations to propose in Latin America!

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Amazon REVIEWS

All Chimu Adventures' clients are given the opportunity to review their trip once they return home. These reviews are administered by a third party and as such are unfiltered by Chimu Adventures.

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhat disappointing! While our time on the Manatee was great and we saw many birds and animals we were somewhat disappointed as our itinerary was different to what we were originally given so we believe that we missed out on some opportunities to get really in touch with nature.
Date published: 2018-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent trip Napo Wildlife Centre was a great & relaxing destination, with enthusiastic staff who tried hard to show us the whole range of wildlife
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazon Very pleasant place, beautiful scenery and stupendous place to see, many animals . Some of the trips from the lodge could have been amalgamated or extended. That was disappointing. Manaus is great city but nearly all museums now close at 2pm which makes seeing more a few things a day is impossible which is a shame as it has some excellent sites. Santarem is small and easily done in day but is a lovely gem and some superb wildlife on boat excursion incl pink dolphins, but hardly anyone speaks English incl staff at hotel and the driver who picked me up from airport. Belem is most enjoyable,many museums,market and beautiful colonial buildings and old fort as well. Very easy and safe to get around(though beware traffic around narrow street markets).Nearly all main sites within walking distance.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delfin Cruise We loved every minute of our recent Delfin Amazon cruise in Peru. The service was faultless and the food was surprisingly diverse and delicious. The Amazon is just such an incredible destination and we loved the insight provided by Adonay, our beloved guide. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he spotted some wildlife I wouldn't have seen in a million years! Amazing. Really worth spending the extra dollars and doing a cruise over a lodge. We have stayed in lodges in the past in other countries, but prefer the freedom and different views every day on the riverboat.
Date published: 2017-03-22
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When visiting the Brazil Amazon a pre-arranged visa for Brazil is not required for citizens of the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, European Union and South Africa. However, for citizens of Australia, the United States and Canada a pre-arranged visa is required and can be applied for within 90 days of entering the country. The first arrival in Brazil must take place within 90 days from the date the visa was issued. Please contact your local Brazilian embassy for details on how to apply for a visa and allow a minimum of 6 weeks for the visa to be processed by the Brazilian consulate. For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate. When travelling to the Peruvian, Bolivian or Ecuadorian Amazon, a pre-arranged visa is not required to entre Peru, Bolivia or Ecuador for citizens of Australia, United Kingdom, The United States, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, European Union and South Africa. For other nationalities please visit the website of the relevant consulate.

Chimu has a range of Amazon tours, either lodge based or cruises that range from 3 days to 8 days.

Amazon tours tend to be quite inclusive with accommodation, meals, transport, guides and activities all included. Generally the only additional expenses will be drinks, laundry, tips, souvenirs and maybe internet if it is available.  

We recommend that you visit your doctor or a traveller’s medical centre for current information specific to those countries and places that you will be travelling through. As a general guide we recommend the following: Yellow Fever - especially for jungle areas, Hepatitis - Both A and B (twinrix), Typhoid, Diphtheria, Cholera, Rabies and Tetanus.

 

For some states of Brazil (generally in or around the Amazon Rainforest), it is compulsory for all travellers to have been vaccinated against Yellow Fever. It is also compulsory for all travellers to have had a vaccination against Yellow Fever if entering Brazil through the following South American countries:  Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. If travelling to Ecuador from a country with risk of yellow fever, proof of yellow fever vaccination is required.

 

The risk of malaria is present throughout the year in the Amazon. Malaria precautions are essential. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleeping under a mosquito net. 

The standard voltage is 110V or 220V and standard frequency is 60Hz, but will depend on which country you are visiting the Amazon from. Power sockets are generally of types A, B and C. Please visit the below link for more information: http://electricaloutlet.org/

Although the climate is generally hot and humid year-round (averaging 30-35°C), it can be surprisingly cool at night or on the river. Most of the time, light clothes such as shorts, T-shirts and sandals are suitable, but for hikes in the rainforest you should also have a long sleeved shirt, long trousers, light coat, good supportive footwear such as trainers or hiking boots and items such as small torch or flash light, binoculars, water and personal effects. We recommend packing the following:

• Daypack

• Light rain coat or rain poncho

• Sun hat

• Swim suit

• Sun block

• Sunglasses

• Binoculars

• Insect repellent

• Long sleeved shirt

• T-shirt

• Trainers or hiking boots

• Sandals

• Socks & underwear

• Long trousers & shorts

• Lightweight towel

• Torch or flashlight plus spare batteries

• Camera in dry sack with spare batteries & memory cards

• Electrical adaptor plug

• Water bottle

• Personal medicines

• Small first aid kit 

The Amazon Rainforest spans 9 different countries in South America - Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and of course Brazil which contains 60% of the Amazon Rainforest. The currency used will depend on which country you are visiting the Amazon from. In Brazil the unit of currency is the Brazilian Real (BRL); in Peru it is the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN); in Colombia the Colombian Peso (COP) is used and in Ecuador the unit of currency is the US Dollar (USD).

Please check websites such as www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for up to date exchange rates prior to your departure. 

In Brazil the main language is Portuguese, while in Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador the main language is Spanish. There are, however, as many as 330 indigenous languages in and around the Amazon Rainforest, which makes this area one of the most linguistically diverse regions in the world. 

The Amazon Rainforest is home to around 400 different indigenous tribes, each with their own culture, language and distinct territory. The majority of Amazon cultures practise a form of animism, which is based on seeing the rainforest as the home of spiritual life, with every flower, plant and animal having its own spirit. 

A high level of fitness is not required for the majority of Amazon tours, although conditions tend to be hot and humid when walking through the rainforest.   

Yes it is generally safe to travel to the Amazon. The main dangers are natural ones as the Amazon is home to several predatory animals such as black caiman, jaguar, cougar and anaconda but sightings are very rare. In the river, electric eels can produce an electric shock that can stun, while some piranha are known to bite. Various species of poison dart frogs found in the Amazon secrete toxins through their flesh and the Amazon is home to a number of venomous snakes. Don’t let these put you off as most wildlife is afraid of man and animals will keep their distance unless threatened! Malaria, yellow fever and Dengue fever can also be contracted in the Amazon region which is why we recommend taking precautions such as wearing long sleeved shirts and trousers and the use of insect repellents.