The Amazon Rainforest is a fantastic idea for your family vacation.
Where better to inspire children or teenagers about the natural world. And you can help form memories of one of the most precious places on Earth.
The following Amazon tours offer you comfortable accommodation, delicious meals and friendly service. And you will explore the forest with skilled naturalist guides.
You will then enjoy an incredible diversity of wildlife.
See many different monkeys, colorful birds and fascinating reptiles. Your guide will also teach you a little about this diverse ecosystem
You will enjoy a direct connection to the rainforest. This will 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 some of the Amazon’s best lodges for family adventures. And we will then list some of the rainforest’s best vessels for a family Amazon River cruise.
You can find the tours organized by country headings and we will include recommendations for Peru, Ecuador and Brazil.
So let’s get started with our recommended family Amazon tours.
Peru offers a fantastic area of Amazon Rainforest to visit. You can explore Peru’s Amazon from the rainforest gateways of Iquitos in Peru’s north and Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s south.
Here are recommendations for family Amazon tours in Peru.
The Tahuayo Lodge Family Tours
The Tahuayo Lodge was one of the first tours for Amazon adventures.
Located 150 km from Iquitos in northern Peru, the Tahuayo Lodge has become one of the favorite lodges in the Amazon. This is linked to the experience the Tahuayo Lodge offers.
- The wildlife-rich region
- Outstanding service
- Diverse activities
- Customized itineraries
- Private guides
If your family has a special preference of activities or a specific interest, you can tailor the tour to your requirements. This will shape your experience to the interests of your family creating a more personal Amazon tour.
On 6-days or more, you can enjoy a combination of the Tahuayo Lodge and the Tahuayo River Amazon Research Center (ARC). Although the ARC is a little deeper in the rainforest, both lodges provide an in-depth tour of the wildlife-rich Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve.
For a quick introduction, click the short video below:
The main Tahuayo Lodge provides more activities. And the Amazon Research Center, with its 1000 acre primate research grid, offers more wildlife.
You will walk the grid with your guide to spot many different animals. Some favorites are the several different 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 also offers the longest canopy zipline system in Amazonia.
Your adventure includes rainforest walks, canoeing and 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. This can include photography, adventure or a more general experience.
To check availability for your dates and for a little more information, you can send the lodge a request with the tour button below.
Includes: all meals, accommodation at 2 rainforest lodges, private guide, custom activities, transfers from and to Iquitos airport. | 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 days+
The Refugio Amazonas Lodge – Family Tours
Visited from Puerto Maldonado in southern Peru, the Refugio Amazonas Lodge provides the only children’s trail in the Amazon Rainforest.
This is a fantastic way to teach children about the forest and its wildlife in a relatable way.
Not just for families with young children, the lodge is positioned in the Tambopata buffer zone for fantastic wildlife.
From the lodge, you also have access to a parrot claylick and many forest trails.
Click the short video below for an introduction.
Activities at the lodge include:
- Wildlife walks
- Citizen science
- Cultural activities
You will also explore the lake scouting for weird and wonderful bird life. And you can see the rainforest from a different perspective at the Refugio’s 100 foot canopy tower.
Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Puerto Maldonado airport. | 3, 4, 5 days+
Luxury Amazon Cruises
The Delfin Amazon Cruise vessels provide a very comfortable experience of the Amazon Rainforest.
And there are three different cruises to choose from.
Enjoy spacious suites, gourmet cuisine, and fantastic tours of the remarkable Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
Enjoy rainforest walks, kayaking the waterways, walking a rainforest swing bridge, and night tours for nocturnal wildlife.
Finally, before your journey home, you can visit the Manatee Rescue Center. You can feed the manatees and learn about these gentle giants of Amazonia.
To check availability for your travel dates, send the cruises a request using the tour bubbles below.
Includes: all meals, accommodation, all excursions, alcoholic beverages, juices, house wines, luxury transfers from & to Iquitos airport | 4, 5 days
Includes: all meals, accommodation, all excursions, select alcoholic beverages, juices, house wines with meals, luxury transfers from & to Iquitos airport | 4, 5 days
The rainforest of Ecuador has won world records for biodiversity. And there are some fantastic family-friendly tours in Ecuador’s Amazon.
Recommendations are the Manatee Amazon Cruise and the Sacha Lodge. And both experiences can help with your connecting flights between Quito (Ecuador’s capital city) and El Coca where you will enter the Amazon.
The Manatee Amazon Cruise – Family Tours
The Manatee Amazon Cruise offers fantastic itineraries to explore the incredible Yasuni National Park.
Your itinerary includes exploration into Amazonia on professionally guided skiff expeditions and rainforest walks. You can also enjoy a tall canopy tower and even choose a night glamping in Amazonia.
Click the video below for a quick introduction.
And you can check availability by sending the cruise a request using the button below.
Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport, private assistance at Quito airport. | 4, 5, 8 days
The Sacha Lodge – Family Tours
If you would like a lodge-based experience of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, we recommend the Sacha Lodge.
Explore the rainforest with your skilled rainforest guide to find an incredible variety of Amazon animals.
You will be exploring the private protected area, which covers an impressive 5,000 acres of rainforest. This is home to several different monkeys, colorful birds and many other fascinating animals and plants.
Click the video below for a quick introduction.
The Sacha Lodge also offers a large canopy walkway, which has to been seen to be believed. This offers a fantastic place for birdwatching. And your friendly guide will bring the bird spotting scope to help you find wildlife.
To check availability, you can send the Sacha Lodge a request using the button below.
Brazil contains the largest amount of Amazon Rainforest. And it also offers the largest Amazon gateway, the impressive city of Manaus.
From here, you can enjoy fantastic cruises down the Rio Negro, the largets tribuary of the Amazon. And the recommended cruise is the Tucano.
The Tucano Family Amazon Cruises
The Tucano Amazon Cruise is one of Nat Geo’s picks for the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest. And you will embark the vessel 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. This includes an abundance of bird life, monkeys and hopefully some rarer forest life.
The Tucano vessel is styled as a 19th Century steamship giving an elegant and historical way to explore Amazonia.
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.
To learn a little more and to check availability for your travel dates, send the cruise a request using the button below.
An extra consideration
The above tours were specifically chosen with families in mind. However, as an extra consideration, you can also choose the fantastic Tambopata Research Center.
This offers one of the deepest lodges in the Amazon Rainforest. And it even offers a 20% chance of seeing wild jaguar. Enjoy the large macaw clay lick and explore the rainforest with skilled guides to find many different monkeys, birds and reptiles.
If your family is serious about wildlife and wanting to make the most of their experience, the Tambopata Research Center is a top recommendation.
Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Puerto Maldonado airport. | 4, 5, 6 days+
As this is a post on family Amazon tours, let’s close on some fantastic quotes for the next generation in mind.
“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 protecting for future generations. What better way to instill a sense of conservation for the future than a family Amazon Rainforest tour.