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.
On our selection of the top family Amazon Tours below, you will be assigned a highly trained naturalist guide to help you find many animals and plants. You will also be learning about this incredible ecosystem.
On your tour, you will have a direct connection to the rainforest, which will no doubt change the significance of nature documentaries for you and your family forever. And with the Amazon’s incredible wildlife that will fascinate curious minds, the experience is sure to provide a mountain of memories.
We have selected two of the Amazon’s best lodges for family adventures and two of the rainforest’s best vessels for a family Amazon River cruise.
Tahuayo Lodge Family Tours
The Tahuayo Lodge was one of the pioneering companies for Amazon adventures. Located 150 km from Iquitos in northern Peru, 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, diverse activities, and customized itineraries with a private guide.
If your family has a special preference of activities or a specific interest, you can tailor the tour to your requirements to make your experience in the Amazon Rainforest suited to the individual interests of you and your family.
You can enjoy both the Tahuayo Lodge and associated Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center, which are positioned to explore the fantastic Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve.
The main Tahuayo Lodge provides more activities while the Amazon Research Center, with its 1000 acre primate research grid, offers more wildlife. You can walk the grid with your guide to spot some of the several different types of monkeys that inhabit the area. You will also visit higher ground where you can find many colorful poison dart frogs. For a bit more adventure, the Tahuayo Lodge offers 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.
We recommend the luxurious Delfin II with spacious accommodation and gourmet cuisine, or the comfortable Delfin III. On both cruises, you can explore the incredible wildlife of the Tahuayo River and Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Enjoy Delfin’s personalized and attentive service. Additionally, the suites aboard the Delfin II can be interconnected especially for families.
Enjoy kayaking the waterways, 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, you can visit the Manatee Rescue Center in Iquitos to feed the manatees and learn about these gentle giants of Amazonia.
Refugio Amazonas Lodge Family Tours
Visited 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 parrot claylick and many forest trails.
Activities at the lodge include wildlife walks, citizen science, birdwatching, and cultural activities. You can explore the lake scouting for weird and wonderful bird life and see the rainforest from a different perspective 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 the rainforest gateway of Manaus.
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, you will explore the Amazon on walks, kayaks and skiffs to experience this magnificent rainforest. Although all cruises are family friendly, There are specific dates where the Tucano prioritizes family 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 enjoy canopy towers in Amazonia.
“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
The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s largest container of wildlife and requires conserving for future generations. What better way to instill a sense of conservation for the future than a family Amazon Rainforest tour.