What are the best places to visit in Brazil? Well it depends on what your interests are. I’m not going to presume that if I pick my favorite 10 places, they will appeal to everyone. So I will let you decide.
If you are interested in big, modern cities, then there is the huge Sao Paulo, the romantic Rio, African-influenced Salvador and cities such as Curitiba, which has been called things like the "gold standard in sustainable urban planning", the “green capital”, the “greenest city on Earth”, and the “most innovative city in the world”.
Have you been trying to decide whether you should visit an amazon rain forest lodge or a cloud forest lodge or both? My friend Richard Parsons came up with these ideas. In this case he is referring to Ecuador, but it would be the same in Peru or Colombia.
Though you can read all types of lists of animals that have been spotted in certain areas over the years, wildlife is bound by no rules and does not always cooperate with hopeful viewers.
Some of the lodges in the Tambopata Reserve area combined sighting statistics from 2014 and came up with these results:
As people and businesses have encroached into what was once virgin wilderness, wildlife and local people have suffered. So several amazon conservation initiatives have been developed to try to slow down the loss of wildlife and the suffering of the indigenous population.
In Ecuador, my friend Raul Garcia has been working to help. He has started projects to help the local communities and to get them involved in helping the wildlife, as you can learn in this video.
The Treehouse Lodge was founded in 2012 by a successful entrepreneur looking for something more fulfilling. But it had to have 3 elements: adventure, humanitarianism, because he sought greater fulfillment; and viability, because it wouldn’t last otherwise. He spent months thinking, dreaming, and seeking.
Have you, and maybe some of your friends, always wanted to go to the Amazon, but you didn't want to do a standard tour or cruise, where everyone does the same thing each day? But maybe if it was just for you, or you and another person, you thought it might be too expensive? Or maybe you didn't know where you could go to in order to make sure you got a reliable and competent guide (have you read some of the horror stories in the reports at the South American Explorer's Club, where people would hire a guide who would get drunk and then make passes at the women or leave the clients to take care of themselves?)
I had an interesting conversation with a person who has been a guide in the Peruvian Amazon for 26 years and has worked with several cruise companies over that time period, from moderate to upscale, and now has his own company, which operates the Cattleya ship
Most people go on Amazon tours because they want to experience the biodiversity that it offers, but in order to access the full biodiversity, you need to visit the different types of ecosystems because there are different types of plants and animals in each one.
Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time