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Immerse into the Fountain of Life - Amazon Expeditions

The word “Amazon” can conjure up fearsome images in even the most intrepid travelers. This is no surprise, considering how, for example, a single tree here can host more insect species than in all of England.

Experiencing the Amazon on a worry-free Surtrek-led expedition, you can travel deep into the rainforest to explore the jungle at night, fish for piranhas, kayak alongside Pink river dolphins, sleep in an upmarket jungle lodge, and sail along an Amazonian tributary aboard a modern riverboat.

But what this really means is that you’ll discover that the air itself seems to pulse with life. As your stress disappears and your lungs feel like they’re exploding with an excess of newfound oxygen, you’ll consider that the term “lungs of the earth” isn’t an exaggeration after all.

If you’re considering a luxury-class Amazon expedition, ask for our recommendations for the best jungle lodges and river cruises in the rainforest. We provide much more than a mere check-list, as our selection process results from a deep evaluation of all the factors – as it should be for designing any jungle experience.

To start with, we get to know all the actors – from the owner and guides, to the chef, crew and even the bar staff. What’s more, we’re always looking for ways to connect with the locals. In fact, we see this as an exceptionally important factor when rating a travel experience.

In addition, we directly experience our tours and analyze how these can be tailored into truly outstanding journeys. We check out everything from the hygiene of the rubber boots to the environmental and social impact of our tours, and even the coffee being served.

Then too, we consider the sensory experiences, looking at how you’ll fall asleep to an orchestra of jungle amphibians and insects and wake to the chirping of brilliantly colored tropical birds. We prepare the way for meetings with indigenous people who can grant you the gift of a glimpse at what it means to be in harmony with nature and one’s own natural essence. We identify the most mysterious black waters where you can get a peek at these eerie currents and feel the thrill of the unknown.

Want an experience that’s even more thrilling? Go on a nighttime safari into the jungle. Though you will be carrying a flashlight, you’ll note that your senses are much more useful when searching for wildlife.

Still, such a daring expedition is not without its luxurious moments, such as having a freshly brewed guayusa tea at dusk as the sky gradually turns from pink to purple and finally black. Later in the evening, your eyes will be focused on the heavens above; stargazing with a cup of hot chocolate in hand, made from locally grown organic cacaos. During your rainforest adventure, you’ll discover new flavors, different ways of cooking and a manner of eating with a sense of community. These experiences can only be provided under the guidance of passionate journey designers like us, people who know the people and land.

We use our expertise and passion to craft these once-in-a-lifetime experiences, creating adventures that are authentic and unplugged. We at Surtrek are here to open the door for you to be welcomed into South America’s untamed backyard.

 

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“The trip was excellent from beginning to end. The Isabella II was a fine ship and the crew and guides were all of the highest quality. I would recommend them to others. For us, the ship was the perfect size – not too small and not too large.”Walter Squire

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