The Amazon Rainforest is a perfect option for a family vacation, as where better to inspire children or teenagers about the natural world and the most precious places on Earth. Sure to provide a mountain of memories, the Amazon’s incredible animals and plants will fascinate curious minds. On our selection of the top family Amazon Tours, with your highly trained naturalist guides you will learn about the Amazon environment and the life it contains, changing the significance of nature documentaries for you and your family forever. We have selected two of the Amazon’s best lodges for family adventures and two of the Amazon Rainforest’s best vessels for a family Amazon River cruise.
Tahuayo Lodge Family Tours
Located 150 km from Iquitos in northern Peru, one of the pioneering companies for Amazon adventures, the Tahuayo Lodge has become one of the most recommended lodges in the entire rainforest. This is linked to its excellent location for animals and plants, outstanding service, activities and customised itineraries with a personal guide.
With your personal guide, if your family has a special preference of activities or specific interest, we can tailor the tour to your requirements to make your experience in the Amazon Rainforest suited to your individual interests.
You can explore the two lodges of the Tahuayo for the protected Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve – the main Tahuayo Lodge and the Amazon Research Center, with its 1000 acre primate research grid. You can walk the grid with your guide to spot some of the several different types of monkeys that inhabit the area. We will also visit higher ground where you can find bright and colorful poison dart frogs. Adding to this for a bit more adventure, the Tahuayo Lodge has the longest canopy zipline in Amazonia.
Your adventure will consist of rainforest walks and canoeing or boating around the Amazon’s many waterways to find forest life. As this is a custom itinerary, you can focus on different ways of exploring the forest, photography, adventure, or opt for a more general experience.
Delfin Family Cruises
If you’re after something more comfortable from Iquitos, Peru, you can’t go wrong with a Delfin Luxury Amazon Cruise. Choosing from the highly exclusive Delfin I (only 4 suites) or the luxurious Delfin II, you will be spoilt with gourmet cuisine, the incredible animal and plant life of the famous Pacaya Samiria National Reserve and Delfin’s personalized, attentive service. Additionally, the suites aboard the Delfin II can be interconnected especially for families.
Enjoy kayaking the river-ways, walking swing bridges to get a bird’s-eye view of the forest, scouting at night for caiman crocodiles, and enjoying the colors and creations of regional craft markets. Finally, before your journey home, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center in Iquitos for you to feed and learn about these gentle giants of the Amazon – post on Delfin II experience with video.
Refugio Amazonas Lodge Family Tours
Located from Puerto Maldonado in southern Peru, the Refugio Amazonas Lodge is the only lodge in the Amazon Rainforest with a specially designed children’s trail to teach children about the wonders of Amazonia. From the lodge, you have access to a clay lick to see parrots and will have access to many different forest trails.
Activities at the lodge include walking, kayaking, canopy climbing and mountain biking. You can explore the lake scouting for weird and wonderful bird life and see the rainforest from a different view at the Refugio’s 30 meter canopy tower
Tucano Family Amazon Cruises
The Tucano Amazon Cruise is one of Nat Geo’s picks for the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest from Manaus – Brazil’s main gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. The cruise takes you deep into the Amazon on the Rio Negro to spot Amazon Rainforest plants and animals, including an abundance of bird life, monkeys and hopefully some rarer forest life. The cruise is styled as a traditional steam ship. As this is an expedition cruise, we will explore the Amazon on walks, kayaks and skiffs to experience this magnificent rainforest. Although all cruises are family friendly, we do have specific dates where we prioritize family Amazon cruises.
Some extra considerations…
The above tours were specifically chosen with families in mind, however, many of the other experiences offer fantastic Amazon rainforest tours where you can see large and colorful macaw parrots or the largest canopy tower in Amazonia. Some even have platforms set up for a glimpse of the Amazon Rainforest largest land mammal, the lowland Tapir.
The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest container of wildlife and because of this requires conserving for future generations. What better way to instill a sense of conservation in future generations than a family Amazon Rainforest tour. To close this article, here are some quotes:
– “Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.” – Bradley Miller.
– “Biodiversity, the planet’s most valuable resource, is on loan to us from our children.” – E. O. Wilson