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how to get to the amazon rainforest

  • Amazon Gateways
  • Iquitos
  • Manaus
  • Puerto Maldonado
  • Cusco

To get to the Amazon Rainforest, you can arrange flights to either Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado, or Cusco in Peru; or to experience the Brazilian Amazon, Manaus in northern Brazil. From these places, you can embark on a recommended Amazon Tour and experience the majesty of the rainforest.

Iquitos (Peru) is the Amazon city I am most familiar with. I have visited this city twice and stayed for around five months. It is a small, charming city and there are many things to do in Iquitos. After arriving at the small airport you will collect baggage from the conveyor and, if you have booked a tour, will be greeted by your host. If you have yet to book a tour, you can take one of the motocarros (a converted three wheel motorcyle with a seat at the back for three people) to the city center and your hotel. The hot, humid air against your skin will let you know you are somewhere special.

How to get to the Amazon Rainforest near Iquitos

If you’re wondering what to do in the Amazon Rainforest, one of the most recommened tours from Iquitos is the Tahuayo Lodge, which is situated in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve. After arranging a tour you will either be greeted at the airport or arrive at their office. From here you begin a three hour boat journey taking you 150 km along the Amazon River. The journey itself is fantastic as you see the locals with their canoes catching fish between the forest covered banks of the river. You may also spot the large basic rafts many locals use to transport goods to Iquitos from many kilometers away.

When you arrive at the lodge, you will meet your guide who will take you into the Amazon Rainforest. Depending on the time of year and location, you will canoe or hike into the forest to give the best opportunity for wildlife observation.

Aside from observing wild nature, there are other Amazon Rainforest attractions close to Iquitos you can explore before or after your trip.

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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, Primate Research Grid
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    Delfin II Cruise Iquitos, Peru

    First, you are collected in the Delfin limo-styled coach from Iquitos airport and you will then cruise in comfort to explore the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. After relaxing with Peru’s famous cocktail, you will board the Delfin II to enjoy massages & sophisticated cuisine by candle-light. Delfin provide 8 person skiffs & modern Kayaks so you can explore the Pacaya Samiria National Park in detail to experience the sounds and views of this giant flooded tropical forest.
    Massages, Kayak Tours
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    Delfin I Luxury Cruise Iquitos, Peru

    As entrée to your luxury Amazon cruise, you will be chauffeured in the Delfin limo-styled coach from Iquitos airport to the dock of the luxury Delfin I. After relaxing with Peru’s famous cocktail, you will board the Delfin I to enjoy your own vast suite complete with personal pool, massages & sophisticated cuisine by candle-light. Delfin provide 8 person skiffs & modern Kayaks so you can explore the Pacaya Samiria National Park in detail.
    Spacious Suites, Personal Pool, Massages

How to get to the Amazon Rainforest from Manaus

If you’re going to the Amazon Rainforest near Manaus in Brazil, one of the most recommended Amazon Jungle Tours is the Tucano Amazon Cruise. For this you make your way to the Hotel Tropical on the river bank where you can relax before commencing a seven day expedition cruise into the forest. On expedition cruises, you are encouraged to leave the vessel at regular intervals for rainforest walks with naturalist guides. On walks, you will have many photo opportunities for Amazon wildlife.

After each day’s walk, you will relax on board and travel to another untouched location in the Amazon Rainforest. During this time, you can participate in group discussions with the guides about what you have seen or relax on one of the ship’s decks. You will then return to the Hotel Tropical after the full seven day tour in preparation for your return journey home, or on to another location.

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    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 colorful birds, monkeys, and magnificent rainforest trees.

    Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections
  • Tucano Compact Cruise

    Five Days:

    Tucano Compact Cruise Manaus, Brazil

    The Tucano Compact Cruise is a shorter version of the Tucano Amazon Cruise. You will cruise the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor on the Tucano exploring many Amazon tributaries, both on forest walks and small-boat trips. You will visit terra firme and varzea forests to see colourful birds, monkeys, and magnificent rainforest trees.
    Short Cruise, Guide, Forest Expeditions

The Amazon Rainforest covers around one and a half billion acres and stretches down to southern Peru. If you’re wondering how to get to the Amazon Rainforest from here, you can organise Amazon Jungle Tours from either Cusco or Puerto Maldonado. You will then visit either the Tambopata reserve or Manu National Park. Manu National Park is regarded as one of the most pristine National Parks in South America.

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    Five Days:

    Manu Wildlife Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    If you’re interested in visiting the most pristine National Park in the Peruvian Amazon, this is the favored lodge for Manu National Park. Guests stand a 10% chance of seeing wild jaguar prowling the reserved zone and the lodge is uniquely positioned for access to the tapir lick and macaw lick, allowing guests to see iconic animals of the Amazon Rainforest.
    Macaw Clay Lick, Tapir Lick
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    Cock of the Rock Lodge Cusco, Peru

    Staying in pristine Cloud Forest of Manu National Park, you can easily see Peru’s national bird, the Cock of the Rock, as the lodge is located right next to the bird’s display ground. On forest walks you can see Cloud Forest animals like spectacled bears, colorful birds and monkeys.
    Cock of the Rock, Cloud Forest
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    Three Days:

    Posada Amazonas Lodge Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    Perfect for your first experience of the Amazon Rainforest, you will only be 45 minutes from Puerto Maldonado while you experience abundant Amazon wildlife. You will tour around Lake Tres Chimbadas, visit a working farm, walk an ethnobotanical trail, and observe Amazon birds on the Canopy Tower. The Posada Amazonas has a wellness center where you can enjoy a massage or aromatherapy treatment after your walks in the Amazon wilderness.
    Childrens Trail, Wellness Center
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    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.

    Canopy Tower, Wellness Center
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    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
  • Heath River Lodge

    Five Days:

    Heath River Wildlife Center Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    This is the only lodge on the Heath River, which runs through the heart of the Tambopata and Madidi reserved area. You are only 10 minutes by boat from a large macaw clay lick and you will have access to two very different ecosystems. From our hide platform, you can also wait to see the elusive tapir, South America’s largest land mammal.

    Clay Lick, Tapir Hide
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    Sandoval Lake Lodge Puerto Maldonado, Peru

    This lodge overlooks the sparkling waters of Lake Sandoval where you can see Giant Amazon River Otters playing in the water. From tours around the lake, you can also see many different monkeys, macaws, and then caiman on our night tours. Located close to Puerto Maldonado, you will see Amazon wildlife of the Tambopata National Reserve.
    Sandoval Lake, Giant Otters
Ash - Author & Travel AdvisorAbout the Author: is a frequent visitor to the Amazon Rainforest and is passionate about helping people get the best experiences from the Amazon. Ash is a contributor to both TourTheTropics.com and ThinkJungle.com writing about tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the Amazon Rainforest. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away.


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