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Amazon Expeditions – Immerse Yourself in the Fountain of Life

For the intrepid traveler, an Amazonian lodge-based tour or riverboat cruise opens up a mysterious world of mindboggling megadiversity. Experience this legendary South American rainforest on a worry-free Surtrek-led expedition.


Hike deep into the rainforest to explore the jungle at night, go fishing for piranhas, kayak alongside Pink river dolphins, sleep in a world-class luxury jungle lodge or sail along an Amazonian tributary aboard a modern, state-of-the-art riverboat. Each night, fall asleep to an orchestra of jungle amphibians and insects and wake to the calls of brilliantly colored tropical birds. Plus, when making contact with remote indigenous communities, get a sense of what it means to be in harmony with nature and one’s own natural essence.


For all of this, your Surtrek Amazonian tour will be custom designed to meet your particular, needs, interests, abilities, schedule & budget. Simply contact one of our travel experts to start planning your Amazon experience today.

What you’ll experience on a vacation in the Amazon

The Amazon is the most bio-diverse region on the planet and home to an incredible array of exotic plants and bewildering animal species. Given this, a wildlife-watching itinerary can be designed for you to experience the hair-raising roar of a troop of howler monkeys high in the forest canopy, spot the glowing eyes of caimans on the riverbank during a nighttime jungle safari, or observe families of Giant otters as our canoe crosses a lake.

In addition, a unique cultural experience awaits you in the rainforest, given the extraordinary indigenous peoples who populate the region. Visit a remote indigenous community and take part in a magical ceremony led by a traditional shaman.  And keep your camera at the ready, as nothing compares to experiencing an Amazonian river and the rainforest first-hand.


Why go on a tour of the Amazon with Surtrek?

With over 25 years of introducing adventurous travelers to authentic, tailor-made luxury travel experiences across South America, Surtrek specializes in offering some of the best and most complete tour services in the Amazonian rainforest.

With our experienced travel team of 25 members strong — including native speakers of five different languages — we will work one-on-one with you to custom-design a tour of the Amazon that perfectly suits your particular interests and needs.


Best time to visit the Amazon

Since rainfall is so common in the Amazon, it might be best to describe its seasons as the “low water” and “high water” seasons. It is called the rain forest after all.

It’s generally considered that the best time of the year to visit the Amazon basin is during the low-water season (extending roughly June to November) – especially for rainforest hiking.

During this period, there are fewer daily showers, though the rivers are lower and some are unnavigable; however, hiking trails allow explorers to gain access to deeper parts of the jungle on foot. There are also fewer mosquitoes during this low-water period, and wildlife can be more easily spotted congregated around the remaining wet spots.

During the high-water season (December to May), the opposite conditions are true: Rivers can rise up to 23 feet (7m), which makes these waterways accessible and more navigable, though some of the jungle trails are flooded.


Getting to the Amazon

The Amazon region is vast, covering around 40% of all South America and spans into eight countries. Below, Surtrek has selected three of the most popular countries for accessing and experiencing the mysteries of the Amazonian rainforest:

  • Ecuador: Access to the Ecuadorian Amazon is easy. After landing in the capital city of Quito, Surtrek guides will meet you and assist you with making a short 45-minute flight to the Amazon. Landing at a local airport, you will be transferred to a world-class eco-lodge or Amazonian riverboat via a 4x4 vehicle or a motorized canoe to begin an unforgettable adventure.
  • Peru: Home to the second largest area of the Amazon, the Peruvian Amazon is also the most wildlife-rich. When you touch down in Lima, Surtrek partners will be there to welcome and accompany you throughout your lodge-based tour or riverboat adventure. You will fly to one of two areas in Peru to experience for your Amazonian tour. Spend time in either in the northern Peruvian Amazon outside the city of Iquitos, or in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon, where the most visited areas are the Tambopata National Reserve and Manu National Park (Manu is assessable via Cusco, so can be more easily combined with a Machu Picchu tour).
  • Bolivia: The Bolivian Amazon is just as biologically diverse as Brazil’s yet visited by fewer tourists. To begin your once-in-a-lifetime adventure here, upon your arrival in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, you will be assisted in flying to the town of Rurrenabaque – the gateway to the Bolivian rainforest. After being welcomed in that town, Surtrek representatives will transfer you to the local river’s dock for a motorized canoe ride into Madidi National Park and onward to your upmarket lodge, shrouded in the mysteries of the Amazonian rainforest.

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“We had a great time in the jungle. Our experience was amazing. Can’t wait to tell you more about it.”Michael McLane