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The Amazon rainforest covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America. This basin encompasses 7 million sq kms, of which 5½ million sq kms are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations, with 60% of the forest is contained within Brazil, the main Amazon cities being Belem and Manaus.
Manaus is also home to the world famous opera house, built during the rubber boom of the late 1800s.
The Amazon represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests, and it comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world. The fauna is the characteristic of the closed equatorial jungle; the jaguar or onca is the biggest animal to be found and other mamals include primates, cervides, and big rodents, like antas and capivaras. There are several species of birds, particularly macaws. Not forgetting that The Amazon is home to the biggest collection of insects on Earth.
Flowing through the rainforest is the Amazon River; the largest river in the world by volume, with a total river flow greater than the next top eight largest rivers combined. The Amazon, which has the largest drainage basin in the world, accounts for approximately one fifth of the world's total river flow. During the wet season The Amazon is 120-130 miles (190-210 km) wide. Because of its vast dimensions, it is sometimes called The River Sea.
Talk to one of our experts today so they can design your perfect Amazon Cruises holidays.
Best time to be there
Before you visit Brazil decide what you want to see: Brazil is a continental country, with large temperature variations from north to south. Visit the Pantanal from July to December, the Amazon Jungle from March to August, Rio de Janeiro from September to May and the Northeast year round.
Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro (British Airways)
14 hours 15 minutes
GMT -3 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an infected area
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