Every Brazil vacation should include a visit to the Amazon jungle. In a country full of exciting things to see, this is a real highlight. Even though the Amazon also passes through Peru and Colombia it is in Brazil that it reaches maturity and this is the place to experience its vastness.
Each traveller has the perfect image of the Amazon jungle in their mind. Usually it includes dense rainforests, toucans, amazing wildlife and friendly indigenous tribes but while all these are a possibility on your vacation, it is vital that high expectations are not dashed by the absence of the giant anaconda or spear-toting Indians! With all this in mind, the Amazon is truly astounding.
The Amazon basin is twice the size of India, covers eight countries and at its height, the river can dump 300 million liters of fresh water into the ocean per second! Enjoy canoeing through the forest or waking up to the call of a thousand different birds and the ethereal cry of the howler monkey. It’s these quintessential Amazonian experiences that make it all the more spectacular and will not fail to impress even the worldliest travelers out there.
Manaus – the start of the Amazon for most on a Brazil vacations
This city is the Amazon’s largest and can feel slightly out of place in this natural wonder. A little urban conglomerate in the middle of the jungle, Manaus serves as a major port for ocean vessels – even if it is 1500km away from the ocean. Within the city, you can enjoy a variety of activities which include a blossoming zoo with as many animal visitors as human ones, as well as a beach and museum combo that allows you to take some time out of the city. More importantly, the city serves as a refreshment station before you set out on your jungle trek.