The Amazon rainforest, also known as Amazonia, or
the Amazon jungle encompasses 7 million square kilometers,
of which 5,5 million square kilometers are covered
by the rainforest. This region includes territory
belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest
is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest,
followed by Peru with 13%, and with minor amounts
in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana,
Suriname, and French Guiana. The Amazon represents
over half of the planet's remaining rainforests,
and it comprises the largest and most species-rich
tract of tropical rainforest in the world. The Amazon
river and its tributaries are home to over 2,000
different types of fish, while the sorrounding rainforest
supports an estimated 1,800 species of birds, 250
different mammals and a similar diversity of insects.
For those reasons the Amazon rainforest was short-listed
in 2008 as a candidate to one of the New7Wonders
of Nature in its category by the New Seven Wonders
of the World Foundation.
The climate in the Amazon rainforest is hot and
humid during the whole year and the average temperature
is 26,7°C or 79°F. The region has only two
seasons over the year, the rain and the dry season.
The rain season lasts from December to May and the
temperature varies between 23°C to 30°C.
The level of the waters in the rivers can rise up
to 20 meters. During the dry season, from June to
November, the temperature varies between 26°C
to 40°C and the level of water decrease to a
normal level. The flooded land reaches the highest
levels between March and April and the lowest between
September and October. Each season has its benefits.
During the rain season it is easier to go around
by boat, when large areas are flooded and many shortcuts
are created. The boats pass the top of the trees
(because of the high water level) where you can
catch some fruits and see straight into the birds
nests. During this period appears fewer insects
as well. During the dry season it doesn’t
rain so much but it is the best period to see the
wildlife, mammals etc.
TO GO: You can travel to the Amazon
rainforest via Manaus during the whole year. Between
December and February is the period of the most
intensive rainfalls and tourists get usually wet
during the activities. September and October can
be quite hot and have low water levels, which makes
it difficulty to travel by boat and small canoes
in some areas. The best is between March and June
when it rains less intensive but the water levels
are still high and facilitate tours by boats and
small canoes through narrow paths of the submersed
The city of Manaus, capital of the Amazon state,
is the gateway to the Amazon rainforest. You should
fly to the airport of Manaus to visit the Amazon
rainforest. Depending on your arrival time in Manaus,
it will be necessary to stay one night in Manaus
before going to a jungle lodge.
We strongly recommend you to stay in a jungle lodge
instead of to stay in Manaus and take day tours
to the forest. Packtours has carefully selected
the lodges that are prepared to offer the best experience
in the Amazon rainforest, taking in consideration
its location, a reasonable degree of comfort in
its accomodations and good service. Most of them
are located along the river “Rio Negro”,
between 30 to 80 km to the north and west of Manaus
and are reachable by boat. The tannic acid that
darkens the water and gives the river its name inhibits
mosquitoes from breeding, so visitors don't have
to worry as much about malaria or dengue or other
typical tropical maladies.
Our packages already includes all transfers and
activities necessary for a pleasant stay.
Another very pleasant option of accomodation in
the Amazon rainforest is on board of one of our
LONG TO STAY: We recommend 2 or
3 nights in one of the selected jungle lodges so
that you have time to do all activities offered
by them. Depending on the your arrival time in Manaus,
it will be necessary to stay one night in Manaus
before going to the lodge.
The most common jungle expeditions provided by the
selected jungle lodges are: piranha fishing, alligator
spotting, visit to Amazonian dolphins, visit to
the local community, canoeing in rivers and riverbanks,
jungle trekking with lectures on trees, medicinal
herbs, fruits and jungle survival, sunrise and sunset
canoeing tours to contemplate the landscape and
listen to the sounds of the forest, bird watching,
sport fishing, visit to river beachs (from September
to March) and folkloric night shows.
those tourists that will spend some time in Manaus
we strongly recommend a tour to the fascinating
natural phenomenon – “The meeting of
the waters”. The black water of river Negro
meets the muddy water of river Solimoes and they
flow side by side for six kilometers, without mixing,
untill they join together and form the Amazon River.
Differences in the density, temperature and speed
of the water of these two rivers cause this wonderful
spectacle. Some lodges, depending on its location,
provide the tour to “The meeting of the waters”.
is famous for its opera house remained from its
opulent period during the rubber boom that lasted
from 1890 to 1920. Many of the historic buildings
from that period can still be seen and admired in
the city once considered to be the Paris of the
jungle. Take a city tour and also visit the port
side with its food market, customs house and the
the end of June takes place in Parintins the region`s
main folkloric festivity, the “Boi-Bumbá”.
Parintins is a calm island in the middle of the
Amazon river, about 300km by air and about 420km
by boat from Manaus City, that changes its routine
by receiving thousands tourists in the occasion
of this great event.