The Amazon: Travel/Tourist Guide

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The Amazon is also known as the Amazon Jungle or Amazonia. It is classified as a moist broadleaf forest that occupies the South American Amazon Basin. More than half of the rainforest is located inside Brazil with parts in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Venezuela and Ecuador.

Getting There

 There are two major gateways to the Amazon. The first is Belém in the north of Brazil located at the opening of the river. Travelers can take a jungle cruise and go island hopping on the different river islands. The second is Manaus in the center of the Amazon Basin. It offers fantastic rainforest lodges such as the Mamirauá Ecological Reserve. There is also an entrance from Santarém at the converging point of the Amazon river and the Tapajós river.

Climate/Geography

An ideal time to visit is between April and September when the weather is not too rainy or too dry. The Amazon river would also be at its highest level.

Known for its biodiversity, there is a great variation in landscapes all throughout the Amazon. 

Attractions

The Anavilhanas Archipelago consists of 400 twisted islands on the Negro river. Tourists can take a boat or bus ride in Manaus and stay on a riverboat overnight. 

The Land of Waterfalls in the town of Presidente Figueiredo not only has several waterfalls, but also caves and hiking trails.

The Ponte Negra beach is perfect for socializing. There are regular parties, live music, and food vendors. However, the water is not for swimming as it is quite muddy.