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Amazon River Tours

The mighty Amazon River and its enormous, thickly forested basin are the heart of South America and the guardian of 20 percent of the Earth’s fresh water. Visitors from around the globe come to Iquitos to cruise the river’s storied waters and catch a glimpse of diverse fauna both above and below the surface.

The Basics
While there are several ways to experience the Amazon and its unparalleled biodiversity, most travelers opt for a boat trip along the basin’s famous river. Cruises generally last three to four days and run through the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, offering the chance to explore on guided walks through the rain forest, take motorboat tours of the tributaries, go piranha fishing, or simply enjoy the scenery from the deck of your cruise ship. Those who prefer to spend more time on dry land can opt for a multi-day jungle adventure, which may include a short boat trip on the Amazon as well as jungle treks, night walks, and the opportunity to spot wild pink river dolphins.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Amazon River is a must-see for adventure travelers and nature lovers.
  • Remember to bring insect repellent to protect yourself against mosquitos.
  • It’s a good idea to pack comfortable walking shoes, a wide-brimmed hat, and lightweight clothing such as quick-drying pants and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Drink plenty of water; it’s always hot and muggy in the Amazon jungle.

How to Get There
Most Amazon River cruises and excursions in Peru depart from the town of Iquitos. The port city is only reachable by plane or by boat, with numerous flights daily from Lima.

When to Get There
With only a 10 percent difference in rainfall between the Amazon basin’s wet and dry season, there isn’t really a bad time to visit. Temperatures are generally cooler during the high-water season (November to May). December, June, and August tend to see the most visitors.

Photographing Wildlife on the Amazon
The Peruvian Amazon ranks among the best places on the planet to capture photos of animal species such as monkeys, birds, iguanas, pink dolphins, and even the occasional jaguar. To maximize your chances of getting great shots, bring along a DSLR camera with a long lens of at least 300 millimeters and as low an f-stop as you can afford. Don’t forget extra batteries and SD cards. 

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3-Day Amazon Jungle Adventure from Iquitos, Iquitos, null
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3-Day Amazon Jungle Adventure from Iquitos

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Go deep into the Amazon jungle from Iquitos to experience wildlife on foot or by way of boat and canoe rides.  Highlights: Stay in a ...  Read more

Location: Iquitos, Peru
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $525.00
3-Day Maniti Eco-Lodge Amazon Experience from Iquitos, Iquitos, Multi-day Tours
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3-Day Maniti Eco-Lodge Amazon Experience from Iquitos

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This 3 day & 2 night Iquitos Peru rainforest tour is geared for people who are really interested in seeing culture along with wildlife but also want the ...  Read more

Location: Iquitos, Peru
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $341.00
Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River, Manaus, Multi-day Tours
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Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River

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On this half-day tour from Manaus, you’ll head to an ecological park to see the Amazon’s famous Victoria regia water plant; have lunch on a floating river ...  Read more

Location: Manaus, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Aria', Iquitos, Day Trips
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4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Aria'

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Explore the Amazon on this once-in-a-lifetime, four-day luxury river cruise. Your all-inclusive Amazon cruise is filled with fun, adventure and relaxation. See ...  Read more

Location: Iquitos, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $3,645.00
Amazon Rainforest Survival Tour from Manaus, Manaus, Multi-day Cruises
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Amazon Rainforest Survival Tour from Manaus

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Put your survival skills to the test on this guided tour through the Amazon Rainforest from Manaus! As you walk through the lush rainforest, your expert guide ...  Read more

Location: Manaus, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.00
Presidente Figueiredo Waterfalls Day Trip from Manaus, Manaus, Eco Tours
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Presidente Figueiredo Waterfalls Day Trip from Manaus

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See the Sanctuary and Iracema waterfalls on this day trip to the area surrounding Presidente Figueiredo, a small town north of Manaus. Enjoy the beauty of the ...  Read more

Location: Manaus, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.00
4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Delfin II', Iquitos, Day Trips
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4-Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Delfin II'

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Embark on the journey of a lifetime and cruise deep into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon aboard the luxurious Delfin II . Your four-day all-inclusive Amazon ...  Read more

Location: Iquitos, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $3,040.00

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