Amazon Wildlife Tours
Covering a number of South American countries, the vast Amazon Rainforest is full of spectacular wildlife, some of which can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Possibly the most famous rainforest on earth and home to a staggering 10 million species of mammals, birds and insects, the Amazon is a nature lover’s paradise. Stretching into Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, the Amazon Rainforest is simply huge (2.1 million sq miles), blessed with incredibly rich biodiversity. This makes the Amazon an unrivalled destination to enjoy a wildlife safari, getting up close to creatures as varied as gigantic Anacondas and adorable Sloths to wily Jaguars and noisy Scarlet Macaws.
An Amazon wildlife-watching adventure is something that will stay with you for a lifetime – so where to start? If choosing Brazil, you can head to Manaus – recognised as the gateway to the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest – and onwards to a luxury eco-lodge deep in the heart of the jungle. Thanks to your knowledgeable guide you will gain enviable access to some of the most exciting animal species in the world, and many lodges often have top of the range photography equipment onsite to borrow, so you don’t miss capturing a priceless shot. Alternatively, how about following up your visit to Machu Picchu with a cruise exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in Peru? Delight as Pink River Dolphins leap into the air following your vessel while you glide along this iconic stretch of water, watching out for Spider Monkeys lurking in the trees and surprisingly large Capybaras on the riverbanks.
What’s more, heading out after dark will give you a whole new appreciation for the Amazon Rainforest. While in Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, look out for Caimans bobbing their heads above the water come nightfall, while the deafening noises of the jungle surround you. Or how about waking early to catch the morning birdsong? With over 1,500 different types of birds seeking refuge here you are bound to spy some rather unusual species in the wild. Watch delicate Hummingbirds go about their business, impressive Toucans observing the jungle from their perch and elegant Herons doing a spot of fishing; avian life in the Amazon never stops.
Meanwhile, in Colombia, make your way to Calanoa Nature Reserve where you can paddle upriver in a canoe to reach your eco-lodge, the cheerful chirps and cheeps among the trees and the gentle splash of the water acting as your soundtrack. Be sure to look out for the rare Red-headed River Turtle along the way, Colombia being one of the few countries in which this rare reptile can still be found. Be it by boat or on foot, in Peru, Ecuador or anywhere else, a wildlife tour in the Amazon is an extraordinary safari experience that stays with you forever.
- Set sail on a luxury Amazon river cruise from Iquitos, Peru
- Meet the Kichwa Añangu community in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
- Learn more about the sustainability and education projects at Calanoa Jungle Lodge near Leticia, Colombia
- Explore the wildlife-rich flooded forests of Anavilhanas National Park, Brazil
- Go off the beaten track in Ecuador’s Cuyabeno Reserve