The world’s largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon, covers much of north-western Brazil and extends into Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru. Famed for its extraordinary biodiversity, the Amazon basin is crisscrossed by thousands of waterways, including its powerful, eponymous river. [ReadMoreMob]
The remarkable sights and sounds of the rainforest – its people, culture and exotic wildlife, are spread across seven million square kilometres of unique South American wilderness. River towns, with 19th century architecture built from the wealth of a prosperous rubber industry, include Brazil’s Manaus, Belém, Santarem and Boca do Valeria.
The Amazon has a mythical allure – it was named after female warriors of Greek mythology – and many have dreamt of the chance to walk its forest trails, wake up to the call of a thousand birds and howler monkeys, or simply admire the extensive canopy of towering vegetation that is literally the source of the air we all breathe. [ReadMoreDesk]
Home to more than a third of the world’s species, the rain forest offers a rainbow of exotic creatures that includes toucans, red deer and pink dolphins. The astonishing beauty of the Amazon lies in the intricacy of its complex ecosystem, and a cruise to this region to meet fascinating local communities, experience their way of life and travel their river whose size is so legendary, is an opportunity not to be missed.