I’m sure that everybody has their own ideas about what amazon adventures would be like. For some it might just be going to the Amazon and staying in a lodge for 2 or 3 days or doing a short cruise to see the river. These options would normally include seeing the people living nearby, taking a walk in the jungle to learn about the plants, fishing for piranha and maybe do a night excursion to spotlight caiman.
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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.
I would guess that when most people are shopping for an Amazon cruise, they first think of Brazil or Peru. Sure, you can find a good cruise in either of those countries - especially in Peru, where you can find a lot to choose from. If you are only going to Brazil or only to Peru, then it makes sense to look for a cruise in that country.
Many people want to do an Amazon cruise in Brazil. What are the choices and how do they differ?
One consideration is the frequency of operation
When is the best time to visit the Amazon? That is a question that gets asked a lot.
One thing you have to consider is which part of the Amazon. Conditions in Peru at a particular time might be different than conditions in Brazil at the same time because the areas can be far apart. Since the area is so close to the equator, the temperature does not very much thoughout the year. The rainy season in the Peruvian Andes starts in about December and is heaviest in the Iquitos area in April. In the Manaus area, the rainy season is roughly mid-December till mid-May. In Ecuador, April to August is the rainy season (able to see more monkeys and birds), while August – March is the dry season (more mammals than birds).
Jim has been an agent for over 20 years and has specialized in South America for much of that time