This is an Amazon Rainforest guide containing summary information to prepare you for a trip to the Amazon Rainforest. The guide is presented with links for various pages for more information. We hope you enjoy your visit to the largest container of wildlife on Earth, the Amazon Rainforest.
Base Cities – Brazil & Peru
The base cities of the Amazon Rainforest saw massive growth during the rubber boom period, where rubber was tapped from rubber trees and sold overseas. Rubber barons were the wealthiest people in these cities and much of the ornate architecture is testament to their wealth and power.
- Iquitos – North Peru
Iquitos is the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest where you can explore forest reserves like the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo or the flooded Pacaya Samiria National Park (For more info see:Things to do in Iquitos).
- Manaus – North-central Brazil
Manaus is the largest city in the Amazon Rainforest and is the gateway to the central Brazilian Amazon. Here, you can visit the incredibly diverse mega-reserve, the Central Amazon Biosphere. (For more info on Manaus please see: Things to do in Manaus).
- Belem – North-east Brazil
Belem is the Brazilian gateway to the eastern Amazon and was home to the first European colony of the Amazon Rainforest.
- Puerto Maldonado – South Peru
Puerto Maldonado is a small city in south eastern Peru and from here you can visit the Tambopata reserve.
- Cusco – South Peru
Cusco is the most popular tourist destination in Peru. From Cusco you can explore Manu National Park, Peru’s largest National Park.
Please consult your doctor before undertaking any trip to the tropics. You will probably require vaccinations for your trip and may need proof of vaccination upon arrival. Different areas of the Amazon Rainforest are subject to different requirements, ensure you inform your doctor of the locations you wish you visit.
- The most notable diseases to watch out for in the Amazon Rainforest are Yellow Fever, Malaria, and Dengue Fever. These are all carried by mosquitoes.
What To Take To The Amazon
Suggestions of what to take to the Amazon for tours:
- Rain gear
- Rubber boots
- Loose-fitting short and long sleeved shirts and pants
- Mosquito repellent (environmentally friendly)
- Brimmed hat
- Personal first aid kit
- Bio-friendly toiletries
- Daypack or small backpack
- Camera or camcorder
Best Time To Go
The best time to visit to the Amazon Rainforest depends largely on where you are going and your interest. We advise contacting the lodge or tour operator and asking specific questions.
- Generally speaking, the dry season is the popular time to visit, but the wet season is when the forest is in flower and when fruits fall attracting monkeys and other wildlife. See our guide for the best time to go for more information on specific climate, wildlife, major flowering and fruiting times, and festivals.
What To Do
Again, what to do in the Amazon Rainforest is largely linked to personal preference, where you are and the tour you are on.
- Piranha Fishing
- Visiting Clay Licks
- Finding Poison Dart Frogs
- Searching For Giant Anaconda
- Finding Monkeys
- Swimming With River Dolphins
- Visiting Shaman
- Birding to find some of the iconic Amazon Rainforest Birds
View our list of top Amazon Rainforest tours and feel free to contact them with any questions you have. Each tour offers different itineraries and examples include: