South America offers some amazing experiences and is home to the Amazon Rainforest, Earth’s largest tropical wilderness. On guided tours from the Amazon’s top lodges, you can spot many different monkeys, colorful parrots, toucans, strange mammals, and a plethora of others. Your guide will spot fascinating animals and plants while teaching you a little about this amazing ecosystem.
While enjoying the Amazon, to make the most of your time in South America you can combine excellent rainforest lodges with other must-see and highly regarded tour destinations, such as the incredible Galapagos Islands, endangered Cloud Forest, famous Machu Picchu, or simply combine different lowland lodges for a deeper Amazon Rainforest experience. Here we present a selection of the top Amazon Rainforest tour packages to help you make the most of this incredible continent.
Galapagos Islands & Amazon Rainforest Lodge
Combining two of South America’s most famous natural wonders, this Galapagos & Amazon Rainforest package tour combines the fantastic award-winning La Selva Lodge with its highly comfortable suites, expert natural guides, canopy tower, and extensive rainforest trails with either the Cormorant or Ocean Spray luxury-class catamaran.
Enjoy walking, kayaking, snorkelling and cruising the Galapagos to see marine iguanas, seals, giant tortoises and many different Galapagos birds then spot monkeys, toucans, colorful parrots and many other birds in the Amazon Rainforest from the luxurious La Selva Lodge.
On this Amazon Rainforest package tour, enjoy 3 nights on the Galapagos Cruise, 3 nights at La Selva Amazon Rainforest Lodge, and 3 nights at a hotel in Quito, Ecuador.
Machu Picchu and Amazon Rainforest
Experience one of the most beautiful oxbow lakes in the Amazon Rainforest then enjoy the short Inka Trail to see the magnificence of Machu Picchu.
Sandoval Lake Lodge is nestled inside Tambopata National Reserve on the shimmering Lago Sandoval. You will enjoy guided tours to see residents of the surrounding rainforest, like howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, titi monkeys and capuchins; colorful birds like macaws and toucans, and lake inhabitants, including caiman and the famous residents of the lake, the giant river otters.
After your time in Tambopata, you will travel to Cusco to see the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Peru’s most famous landmark, Machu Picchu, by enjoying the short Inka Trail.
Andes & Amazon
One of the most fascinating nature tours in South America, on the Bio Trip you will travel from highly threatened Cloud Forest, which is home to a rich variety of hummingbirds, butterflies, orchids, as well as capuchin monkeys and spectacled bears, to lowland Amazon Rainforest. In the clouds, you will stay at the Cock of the Rock Lodge before descending down the Andes to the lowland rainforest of Manu National Park.
In the lowland rainforest, you will enjoy staying at the renowned Manu Wildlife Center where guests have a 10% chance of seeing wild jaguar. You will also experience the macaw clay lick to enjoy a wildlife spectacle of colorful large parrots, visit the tapir lick to see the largest land mammal in the Amazon Rainforest, and then a lake to find the highly-social giant river otters.
Extending your tour a little, on the Manu Tapir & Macaws Program you will enjoy the above options but also get inside Manu National Park itself at the Manu Tented Camp. Travel deeper into Manu to see more beautiful Manu lakes and increase your chances of seeing jaguar and other monkey species.
Combine Different Manu Amazon Lodges
To focus your time on lowland rainforest, you can enjoy the Manu Wildlife Center and Manu Tented Camp on the Manu Explorer. We will visit various and beautiful Manu lakes to enjoy the giant river otters, macaw clay licks to see these large colorful parrots, and a tapir lick to see South America’s largest land mammal.
Combine Different Tambopata Amazon Lodges
Explore Tambopata National Reserve by enjoying different combinations of the best lodges in this section of Amazon Rainforest. You can combine the Tambopata Research Center and Refugio Amazonas Lodge on Tambopata Research Center tours of as little as four days, or stay for more than a week.
The Tambopata Research Center is located in deep rainforest near one of the largest identified macaw clay licks in the rainforest. Hundreds of colorful macaw parrots visit the clay and give guests a wonderful display of sound and color. Refugio Amazonas is unique as the only lodge in Amazonia with a dedicated children’s trail, while also providing fantastic tours of Tambopata to see a number of animals and plants.
As another Tambopata package, you can combine Sandoval Lake Lodge and Heath River Wildlife Center. Sandoval Lake Lodge is located by the fantastic Lago Sandoval where you will head out with naturalist guides to see several different monkeys, the lake’s resident population of giant river otters, and many different birds. You can combine this tour with the Heath River Wildlife Center, which is located between Tambopata and the Madidi National Park in Bolivia. From Heath River Wildlife Center, you will visit different ecosystems, a large macaw clay lick, and a tapir lick to view these rarely seen mammals.
Combine different Amazon Rainforest lodges from Iquitos
The Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve is a highly diverse protected area about 150 km from the city of Iquitos in northern Peru. Here you can combine the Tahuayo Lodge with the Tahuayo Amazon Research Center. The Tahuayo Lodge has the longest canopy zipline in the rainforest and offers private guides and custom itinerary.
From the Tahuayo Lodge, you will head out into the rainforest with your private guide to find the reserve’s monkeys and other fascinating mammals, poison dart frogs, and a wide variety of different birds. On stays of 7 days or more, you can combine the main Tahuayo Lodge with the Amazon Research Center, which is located in more pristine rainforest. Here you can take advantage of the research center’s 1000 acre primate trail grid to spot several different Amazon monkeys and other forest life.