Tourist Guide to Get around the Amazon in Brazil

TAM Boeing, ©Aero Icarus/Flickr

TAM Boeing, ©Aero Icarus/Flickr

Tourists visiting Brazil cannot miss to get around the Amazon, this huge region with its different landscapes. The Amazon’s territory is larger than Western Europe and it’s surrounded by eight other countries: French Guiana, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Colombia,  Bolivia and a main part of France. It is possible to spend whole months in here although most visitors spend only a few days. A couple of days definitely won’t be enough to discover most of the regions of the Amazon. It contains millions of animal species most of them still being undescribed and it has the most unusual wildlife.

Ways to Get into the Amazon

One of the major entrances to the Amazon is the city of Manaus with a population of  1½ million people. The city is located in the middle of the amazon Basin, great place to organize lodges and cruises. Visitors can also go deeper into the forest to visit smaller towns, such as Tefé having a good access by boat or air.

Manaus by night, ©Gabriel Scapin/Flickr

Manaus by night, ©Gabriel Scapin/Flickr

This is the place where the two best Amazon rainforests lie, Cristalino Jungle Lodge and  Mamirauá Ecological Reserve. Another way to get around the Amazon and visit the forest is from a small city called Santarém.

International Flights into the Amazon

The Amazon region has direct international connections. The main airlines are: TAM – having flights to the Brazilian Amazon from Miami – , Copa – flying from Panama and Central American cities – , TAME – to Ecuador from Quito and Guayquil -, META – from Paramaribo and Georgetown to Boa Vista – and many more. Destinations in Colombia can be reached through Leticia, which is conjoined with Tabatinga on the far western Amazonian border.

TAM Boeing, ©Aero Icarus/Flickr

TAM Boeing, ©Aero Icarus/Flickr

Across the International Borders

Tourists getting to the Amazon in Brazil can use a large number of borders permitting both overland and river crossing. Peru for example can be reached from Tabatinga, from where you can take a boat to Iquitos in Peru or even a flight to Lima. Visitors can also reach Peru with combis through Brasiléia.

Brazil Aamazon, ©Travelbusy.com/Flickr

Brazil Aamazon, ©Travelbusy.com/Flickr

 

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