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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

3 Gateways to the Amazon: How To Travel To The Amazon River In Three Easy Steps





How To Travel To The Amazon River In Three Easy Steps

The Amazon rainforest is considered to be the largest in the entire world and will host the second longest river on the globe as well as more than a third of the world`s species. The Amazon River is also one of the main destinations for travelers, and cruises along this river, eco-lodges and wildlife viewing are among the most important attractions. For those certain tourists who are considering to visit this natural wonder, there are many points to enter, each of them with distinct opportunities to explore the ecology and culture of the Amazon River.


Gateway 1

Amazon via Iquitos, Peru


Floating Village in Iquitos, Peru


Take a flight to Peru. The Amazon River will start in the Peruvian Andes and the rainforest which will lie below is considered to be one of the biologically densest locations of Amazon basin. International travelers will generally take a flight to Lima and then to Iquitos. This city is located along the river, deep within the rain forest, and is the largest city in the entire world which is inaccessible by roads. Many Peruvian cruise tour companies are located in Iquitos and the nearby jungle is lined with many eco-lodges such as Samiria Ecolodge. Tefe, which is located upriver, is considered the jumping off location for the Mamiraua reserve, where travelers can visit the pristine rain forest.

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Gateway 2

Amazon via Leticia


Leticia, Colombia


Take a flight to Bogota, Colombia. This country will remain an interesting piece of Amazon rainforest which has the size of California, most of it being still unexplored and pristine. You can only get into this spectacular, tropical and adventurous town in Colombia by plane or boat. The only place connected to Leticia by a commercial airline is Bogota. International tourists will take a flight to Bogota and then to Leticia, which is located on the border between Brazil and Peru. There are cruise tour companies, eco-lodges all around this area, along with Amacayacu National Park. Take an Anaconda Tour where you will be touring around the Amazon River. See many native floras and faunas as you tour the river. Visit a lot of native tribes in their villages. From Leticia, river ships will ply the Amazon River to Iquitos as well as to Manaus or the coastline of Brazil.

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Gateway 3

Amazon via Manaus, Brazil


Manaus, Brazil

 Take a flight to Brazil. This country will cover almost half of South America and more than half of its dynamic territory will be occupied by the Amazon rain forest. Take a flight to Sao Paulo or Rio, and choose Manaus as your point of entry, which is the largest city in this rain forest. This city is pleasant and friendly, although quite hot, and is still a major port, and a good starting point for river tours. Located along the Amazon River, Manaus will provide an interesting museum which is dedicated to the ecology of the Amazon River, as well as a forested zoo which will showcase much of the wildlife of the jungle. Three popular jungle lodges in or near Manaus are; Amazon Jungle Palace, Manaus, Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge and Juma Amazon Lodge which is located 100km south of Manaus.  Most Brazilian Amazon cruise tour companies will have offices in Manaus and guest river ships will depart in the deep jungle on a daily basis. The town of Tefe, which is located upriver, is considered the jumping off location for the Mamiraua reserve, where the pristine rain forest will be able to be visited.

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