Three Main Ways of Transport to Get around the Amazon

Amazon boat, ©passer-by/Flickr

Amazon boat, ©passer-by/Flickr

Visiting the Amazon in Brazil you will have more ways of transport to get around than you would actually think. You can easily access even smaller cities inside the Amazon by local buses or a car and you also have airlines connecting the cities most visited by tourists. Local travel in Brazil is always easy. Public transport outside of the Amazon is generally by bus or plane, though there are a few passenger trains, too. However you travel, services will be crowded, plentiful and, apart from planes, fairly cheap. Car rental is possible, but driving in Brazil is not for the faint-hearted. Hitchhiking, over any distance, is not recommended.   

Getting around the Amazon on the Road

Those who prefer to travel on four wheels have lots of opportunities to get around the Amazon. Buses are very common ways of transport for tourists but pay attention to the limited bus routes to Amazonas, Boa Vista-Venezuela and Guyana. There are also bus routes from Tocantins and the Atlantic Coast to Belém. Bus routes from  Santarém-Cuiabá are being improved now and they are running intermittently. If you want to get to  Guajará-Mirim there are services along a small road, all paved as the most of bus routes to the Amazon. All these bus services are usually clean and comfortable and in the meantime you can enjoy the natural wonders around the Amazon.

Bus station in Porto Velho, ©Ben Sutherland/Flickr

Bus station in Porto Velho, ©Ben Sutherland/Flickr

Fly around the Amazon

Flight networks around the Amazon are very extensive, there are many possibilities to get to the location you want. Both state capitals of the Amazon and smaller towns can be reached easily by Brazilian airlines. Checking the airline websites should be important for latest prices and details because schedules might vary and routes are closing and re-opening frequently.

In the aeroplane over the sea, ©lovedestroy/Flickr

In the aeroplane over the sea, ©lovedestroy/Flickr

Traveling by Boat

Boats as a way of transport serve an extensive network of the Amazon and they are often called buses of the Amazon. To catch the current boats are staying in the middle of the river and won’t let you have a great view while traveling. On the boats they serve food, usually beans and rice and there is also a bar with snacks and drinks for travelers. Boats quality and size varies greatly, the busiest routes such as Manaus-Tabatinga  and Manaus-Santarém-Belém  are served by the best boats. Some higher price boats have air-conditioned cabins and berths with bathroom.

Amazon boat, ©passer-by/Flickr

Amazon boat, ©passer-by/Flickr

 

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