While many people unfamiliar with Brazil think of Amazon as the world’s largest online retailer, it actually is the world’s longest river — at 3,700 miles — and carries about 20% of the world’s fresh water.
The Amazon River and the rainforest surround it is among the most beautiful places in the world. And no trip to Brazil would be complete without spending at least some time experiencing them.
The Awesome Scope of the Amazon
TheAmazon begins high up in the Andes Mountains of Peru and flows all the way to the Atlantic Ocean on the Brazilian coast. The mouth of the Amazon is wider than the entire length of the UK’s Thames River and in the middle of it is an island that is the size of the nation of Denmark.
One of the biggest appeals of the Amazon is that it has essentially been untouched since the Ice Age. Over the past 60 million years, the jungle basin that surrounds the river has evolved into the most biodiverse region on the planet.
The Amazon rainforest is home to more than 10 million different types of living species, including animals and plants not found anywhere else in the world.
It’s so vast that there are indigenous tribes living in its remote areas that remain completely isolated from the outside world.
Nearly half of Brazil is covered by the Amazon’s tributaries and basin, which is the size of the entire continental United States.
Most Amazonian tours in Brazil begin in Manaus, which lies about 1,000 inland from the Atlantic shore. Since the 1800s, this city has been a major commercial hub, mostly due to the rubber industry.
Book your Amazon trip by boat, by off-road vehicle, or by air in Manaus and enjoy the sights and sounds of the world’s most unique environment.
You can spend as little as a few days or as much as a few weeks and never begin to experience more than a fraction of what the Amazon has to offer.