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Amazon Rainforest Cities

There are a few main cities for the Amazon Rainforest. Here I will mention the main gateways for the Amazon Rainforest of Peru & Brazil. The cities I will mention are mainly in the northern Amazon where the Amazon River runs from west to east. These are the port cities of the Amazon River like Iquitos in northern Peru and Manaus and Santarém in northern Brazil. For the southern Amazon Rainforest of Peru, you can visit Puerto Maldonado which has the most developed tourism industry in the Amazon Rainforest. There are other Amazon access points like Coca in Ecuador, Tarapoto in Peru, and Rurrenabaque in Bolivia.

Iquitos City, Peru

Iquitos, Peru

  • Iquitos
  • Peruvian Amazon
  • Amazon Gateway

Iquitos is the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest and is the main Peruvian gateway for the Amazon Rainforest surrounding the Amazon River. If you’re interested in an Amazon cruise, Iquitos will be your best base for the Peruvian Amazon. As its claim to fame, Iquitos is the largest city in the world unreachable by road. From Iquitos you can access the protected areas of the Amazon Rainforest like the flooded tropical forest of Pacaya Samiria Naitonal Reserve ideal for an Amazon Rainforest Cruise, or the drier tropical forest of Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve where you can stay at the Tahuayo Lodge, the only lodge with access to the reserve. Iquitos was a rubber boom town and buildings like the Iron House opposite the Plaza de Armas, which is the main square in the city, reflect this industrious part of Amazon history.

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    Eight Days

    Tahuayo Lodge Iquitos, Peru

    You can visit the highly regarded Tahuayo Lodge & Amazon Research Center as part of this tour of the bio-diverse Tahuayo Reserve. You are assigned a private guide & you can choose an itinerary to reflect your interests. Boasting the most itinerary options in Amazonia, you can whiz through the trees on the canopy zipline, view poison dart frog initiatives, & observe different monkeys on the A.R.C primate research grid.
    Private Guide, Zipline, Extensive Trails

Manaus City, Brazil

Manaus, Brazil

  • Manaus
  • Largest Amazon City
  • Amazon Gateway
  • Brazil Amazon

Manaus is the largest city in the Amazon Rainforest and a very popular base city for Amazon tours for both Brazilian and international travelers. The photo above depicts the Teatro Amazonas or the Amazon Theater, which was built as a symbol of the wealth during the rubber boom. There is a lot of other architecture around Manaus from the rubber boom period like the grand mansions of the wealthy rubber barons. Manaus is not just a tourist town for the Amazon but is now a Brazilian industrial hub in its own right. There is a large manufacturing industry in Manaus you can see on your stay. You can enjoy excellent Amazon River cruises from Manaus, but if your interest is a Brazilian Amazon tourist lodge, we recommend visiting the smaller Amazon base town of Tefe a short flight west of the city. For more information on manaus, you can see the Manaus travel guide.

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    Eight Days:

    Tucano Amazon Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Tucano Expedition Cruise begins and ends in Manaus, Brazil. You will cruise the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor on the Tucano, the only tour able to fully experience the reserve. You will explore many Amazon tributaries, both on forest walks and small-boat trips, and have a chance to visit deep forest settlers. You will visit terra firme and varzea forests to see colourful birds, monkeys, and magnificent rainforest trees.

    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections

Santarém City, Brazil

Santarém, Brazil

  • Santarém
  • Brazil Amazon
  • Amazon Gateway

Santarém is a city a short trip east of Manaus along the Amazon River. It is a popular tourist hub for the Amazon River but is not as well known as the cities to the west like Manaus (Brazil) or Iquitos in Peru. Santarém is roughly in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean coast in the east and Manaus in the west. From Santarém, you can embark on a cruise of the Amazon Rainforest and river aboard the Amazon Dream

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    Ten Days

    Amazon Dream Cruise Santarém, Brazil

    The Amazon Dream Cruise begins in Santarém & offers one of the longest itineraries aboard an Amazon cruise. Our passionate guides will show you Amazon plants & animals, & we will meet native Amazon people. We will take guided snorkel exploration of “aquarium lakes” to see tropical fish in their natural habitat.
    Naturalist Guides, Communities

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

Puerto Maldonado, Peru

  • Puerto Maldonado
  • Tourism Industry
  • Amazon Gateway
  • Peruvian Amazon

Puerto Maldonado in southern Peru has the most developed tourist industry in the Amazon Rainforest and there are different tour lodges for experiencing both the Manu National Park, the largest and most pristine protected area in the Peruvian Amazon, which requires a bit of travel up the Madre de Dios River and Tambopata National Reserve, which contains one of the highest diversities of animals and plants in the entire rainforest. This reserve is very close to Puerto Maldonado and for short visits recommendations are the Posada Amazonas Lodge, Refugio Amazonas Lodge, or the Sandoval Lake Lodge. But to experience remote areas of the Amazon, consider the Tambopata Research Center, Heath River Lodge, or the Manu Wildlife Center. We have compiled a list of the recommended tours from Puerto Maldonado.

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    Five Days:

    Refugio Amazonas Lodge Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    This lodge has the only children’s trail in the entire Amazon Rainforest making it ideal for a family adventure. We will tour Lake Condenado and climb the Canopy Tower to view animals of the vast Tambopata National Reserve, and after a rainforest walk, you can relax in the wellness center with aromatherapy treatments or a massage.

    Children’s Trail, Wellness Center
  • tambopata research center, puerto maldonado

    Seven Days:

    Tambopata Research Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    One of the Amazon’s most remote lodges, you will share the lodge with researchers investigating one of the largest macaw clay-licks in the rainforest. Hundreds of colorful macaw parrots gather at the lick providing you with fantastic wildlife displays. Monkeys and other wildlife are often visible from the lodge as you relax after exploring five different Amazon habitats and activities from jungle mountain biking and kayaking to aiding in macaw research.

    Remote Location, Macaw Clay Lick
Ash - Author & Travel AdvisorAbout the Author: Ash Card has a BSc in Biology, an MSc in Zoology & a love of nature, travel & conservation. In nature, he enjoys the small dramas that are being played out all around us, such as a parasitic wasp hunting its prey while we walk passed unaware.

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