Leadership in destinations within the Amazon Basin has its rewards. With over 50 programs throughout Brasil, many of them in the Amazon Rainforest and surrounding regions such as the Pantanal, we cover most remote areas in South America’s largest country. Amazon Adventures has been bringing guests to Brazil’s most distant and isolated corners for over 25 years. We pride ourselves of being recommended by some of the most important travel media outlets as International Travel News, National Geographic Adventures, Brandt Guides, Fodors, USA Today and Frommers, among others.
For many years, if travelers wanted to do an Amazon tour in Colombia, they needed to fly to Leticia, at the Tres Fronteras border with Peru and Brazil. From there, they could either do a lodge-based stay in the area, catch a cruise boat or a speedboat to Iquitos, Peru, or catch a cargo or transport boat towards Manaus, Brazil.
But when the vast majority of the FARC guerillas quit fighting in 2017, other areas of the country became safe to travel to and it opened up fascinating areas in the Amazon made famous by the famous ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, during his explorations in the early 1940's, as are mentioned at
Over the years, I've been asked many times if it is safe to travel to South America. I had one American guy who was planning a family multisport trip, but he had read that somebody was killed in Peru, so he decided that he didn't want to travel there or to Ecuador, Chile, Argentina or Brazil because they were too close to Peru and it wasn't safe.
I recently read an article in "Travel Weekly" where a travel consultant said:
Are your plans for a European vacation looking grim now that the European Union is considering restricting the entrance of Americans, especially unvaccinated ones? If so, here are a few reasons to consider Brazil instead:
There's no question that there are more plant and animal species in the Amazon. It is said that there are more than 1500 bird species, over 40,000 different plant species, 3,000 freshwater fish species, more than 370 types of reptiles and approximately 2.5 million insect species in the Amazon rain forest, which covers over 2 million square miles.
When the worst of this pandemic is over and people start traveling internationally again, they will want to make sure that they can do it safely. Besides thinking about airports and airplanes, they should probably also consider some things about the destinations that they are traveling to. So here are some things that they might consider:
Mamirauá was the first Brazilian Sustainable Development Reserve created by Amazonas state by governmental decree. These type of Reserves aim to reconcile biodiversity conservation with sustainable development in areas inhabited by traditional peoples.
Mamirauá is a unique place: a complex ecosystem of lakes, lagoons, islands, levees, channels and many other formations, which forms when river waters rise from 7 to 15 meters for up to six months in the year. The reserve itself becomes almost an island, bounded by the Solimoes and the Japura Rivers. This causes many animals to be "trapped" in the reserve and to create unusual characteristics - like the tree-climbing jaguars.
Many people never consider buying any form of travel insurance and many just figure it is an unjustified expense. Young people subconsciously feel they are invulnerable, but a lot of older people realize that they or their close relatives are living a more fragile existence and that the chances of some health crisis popping up are greatly increased, so they do consider getting insurance, in case they need to cancel their trip.
But there is one type of travel insurance that is increasingly becoming more important in this day and age....
An adventure tour can mean different things to different people, depending on what their experience is. For some people that might just be leaving their city or state, while for others it might be just venturing to another country for typical tourist type of group bus tour. But other might have bigger dreams...
Lately, every day people are hearing about fires in the Amazon, which is quite alarming. Naturally, since we send lots of people to the Amazon, we get people asking if the fires are going to affect their trip.
Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time