The Amazon Rainforest, a steamy emerald basin spanning 9 nations and a total of 2,700,000 sq miles, is by far the largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest in the world. In fact, it’s the beating heart of our planet: the source of the water we drink, the weather we experience, and even, the very air we breathe. So who wouldn’t want to experience one of the world’s greatest natural wonders?
A visit here offers the opportunity to truly get close to nature. As you cruise the largest river in the world, you will take in some of the planets most enigmatic wildlife and cultures. You’ll be spotting pink Amazonian dolphins in a never-ending expanse of river, paddling your way through magical flooded forests in a dugout canoe, or catching your own piranha before swinging in a hammock beneath the clearest skies you’ve ever seen — all to a deafening chorus of a thousand birds. This is truly what bucket list dreams are made of. The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest – so widespread it spans Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil, among other South American countries. So, your exploration of the rainforest can include a single destination or a full-on trek through a handful of countries exploring all corners of the rainforest.
As the Amazon is so vast, there are several entry points. The biggest and most popular airports are the Manaus International Airport and Belém International. Many tour operators also depart from these two airports, making transport incredibly smooth. If you’re coming in by plane, Manaus receives the most international flights, including direct daily flights from Miami, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile. The resident of Australia can fly via Egypt, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa or Zimbabwe. If you’re arriving by bus, Belém is your best option as it sees a regular bus schedule from all over Brazil. It is also possible to arrive by boat from Colombia and Peru and overland from Venezuela and Guyana.