Holidays to Brazil – Cruising Up The Amazon
Most Amazon River cruises either depart from, or end up in Manaus, the capital of Amazonas. Manaus is a thriving port city with much to see and do, and is popular with tourists on their holidays to Brazil. Its most famous attraction is the Opera House, which is a fantastic example of neo-classic architecture. Many tailor made Brazil vacation packages include a visit to this famous theatre.
You can travel up the river in a number of ways. If you are able to enjoy one of the luxury holidays to Brazil available, you can set off on board a lavish air-conditioned cruise ship, equipped with private cabins, sun deck, Jacuzzi, pool and restaurants. However, if your budget for your Brazil holidays dictates something a little less extravagant, there are many comfortable smaller boats that will welcome you aboard your Amazon adventure.
What you will see
The first thing you will notice is the vastness of the river. It is more than 200 miles wide at its mouth and in most other places at least 15-30 miles wide. Many people on their first holidays to Brazil are overwhelmed by its sheer size, and once they leave the larger vessel to go off on various side exploration trips, it becomes apparent how complex the Amazonian eco-system is.
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Trips up the smaller creeks sprouting off the river, will open up a whole new world as you glide through giant water lilies and other mysterious water plants unique to Brazil.
Vacation packages are led by specialist guides who will navigate you along the river bank past houses on stilts and floating docks. You will see villagers working on plantations of rubber trees and market gardens and you can barter with the locals for the traditional crafts they have been producing for hundreds of years. You can pick up some wonderful souvenirs from your Brazil holidays from one of these remote and authentic river villages.
The Amazon has one of the richest collections of flora in the world, and local tribes make medicine from the plants of the jungle. A trip up the Amazon is like walking into a living laboratory and there is a local plant based remedy for almost anything. There are also hundreds of exotic species of bird and insects living their lives in secret in this diverse eco-system.
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The abundance of the birdlife is clear with numerous species including parakeets, macaws, ibis, herons, kingfishers and many others. Although much of the larger wildlife is sleeping during the heat of the day, as you cruise along the river banks you may be lucky enough to see monkeys, caymans, otters, manatees, river dolphins and the famed anaconda. (Be careful – keep your fingers and toes out of the water, or you could end up with more than you bargain for on your holidays to Brazil!)
A night onboard your cruising accommodation opens up a world of sounds that echo through the night outside your cabin, and the splashes you hear could be anything from a lightning fast electric eel, to an angry thrashing piranha!
No matter which of the many Brazil vacation packages you choose, an Amazon River adventure will make it complete. The range of options when planning your holidays to Brazil mean that no matter what your budget – your Amazonian adventure can be all that you want it to be.
Louise Mumford is a holiday specialist at South American Experience, a company that specialises in tailor-made arrangements for holidays to Brazil. Our dedicated team has two decades of first-hand experience in the Latin America region.
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