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The Rio Negro, Manaus, Brazil

The Rio Negro is one of the largest tributaries of the Amazon River and was named by the Spanish explorer and conquistador Francisco de Orellana who visited the river in 1541. The river was named the Negro, which means black in Portuguese because of the water’s dark coloration. The color is caused by different tannins […]

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Butterflies - Cristalino Reserve

The Cristalino Reserve is a private reserve of around 11,400 hectares in the southern Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. The reserve is at a crossroads of different ecosystems, such as the Amazon Rainforest and Pantanal Wetlands, which has led to a very high diversity of animals and plants with many species found nowhere else on Earth. Founded […]

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Anavilhanas National Park - Manaus, Brazil

The largest protected section of Amazon Rainforest, the UNESCO listed Central Amazon Ecological Corridor was composed by joining different protected areas together on February 19th, 2009, when the Brazilian Environmental Authority (IBAMA) began the project. One of the last protected areas added to this incredible area was the Anavilhanas National Park. The Anavilhanas itself has […]

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Tahuayo River at Sunset - Alfredo Dosantos

The main gateways to the northern Amazon Rainforest and providing access to the incredible Amazon River, both Iquitos and Manaus are great places to experiences the Amazon environment. Providing access to the Amazon of northern Peru and Brazil respectively, there are some significant differences between both areas and differences in the Amazon Rainforest lodges and […]

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Jaguar Tongue Tambopata Research Center

Ranging from Central America to Argentina, jaguar are equipped with incredible jaw strength they use with incredible skill. Feeding from around 100 different species, in Central America jaguar regularly hunt sea turtles and wait on the beaches to ambush a favored prey. In the forests of the Amazon, jaguar feed on various animals, including capybara, […]

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Aqua Expeditions Tour

The Amazon River begins in northern Peru, travels past Colombia and through Brazil before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. One of the most important things to note when choosing the best time for your Amazon River cruise is that all these areas are located in the tropics, near the equator, which means the climate is […]

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Tahuayo Lodge Macaws

Tours of the northern Amazon offer experiences of the rainforest close to the Amazon River. As the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, the river feeds and supports the world´s largest tropical forest, which contains more animals and plants than anywhere else on Earth. The river runs near different rainforest gateways such as Coca in Ecuador, […]

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Cirstalino Otter

You may not realise it, but tropical forests contain the bulk of all life on Earth. These areas cover just 7% of the Earth’s surface but contain a staggering 50% of all the world’s life. The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical forest with the majority occurring in Brazil. And with over 40% of its […]

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Tambopata Rainforest Jaguar

With so many excellent lodges and cruises in the Amazon Rainforest, picking a tour can be complicated. Many people pick a country first, which may mean missing an ideal tour in another area, search for tours on the Amazon River, limiting their experience of the southern Amazon Rainforest, or search around the most well known […]

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