The Amazon Rainforest covers a huge swathe of northern Brazil, bisected by the 4,400 mile Amazon River and the Amazon Basin, well over half of which is located in Brazil.
Most holidays in the Brazilian Amazon begin in the former rubber boom city of Manaus, the so-called gateway to the jungle with an intriguing history and impressive Opera House. It is here that the black waters of the Rio Negro and the muddy Rio Solimoes meet, the Meeting of the Waters phenomenon, where they flow side by side for around six kilometres before they finally merge.
We offer a small selection of hand-picked lodges to enable the best possible jungle experience, the further from any settlement the better in our opinion. Due to the density of the rainforest, wildlife can be tricky to see so take an all-round approach – learn how the locals use the plants, catch piranhas for dinner, see caiman crocodiles, roaming armies of ants and toucans, then if you are lucky the likes of sloth and monkeys are an added bonus. Pink River Dolphins are also a fairly common sight in this part of the Amazon.
At Lightfoot Travel we organise exciting, tailor-made once in a lifetime jungle experiences – Explore by boat, perhaps on board a traditional yet comfortable vessel such as the Clipper Premium, an expeditionary voyage up the Rio Negro or private luxury charters along the remote Tapajos region with its blue waters and white sandy beaches, once described as the Caribbean of the Amazon by Jacques Cousteau. We can even arrange for short stays with remote tribes to really get under the skin of this incredible region.