Covering almost half of Brazil, the mighty Amazon is too vast to comprehend and offers the unique opportunity to escape into an untouched wilderness.

Jungle lodges and river boats provide a great base as you spend your days exploring and enjoying activities such as hiking, piranha fishing, night safaris to see nocturnal creatures such as caimans, and visits to local villages to see how indigenous tribes live.

From Manaus, most visitors head upstream on the silent, inky black waters of the Rio Negro to the spectacular Anavilhanas Archipelago, either on a river cruise or to the Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge. Here, there are few people to disturb this most rich and tranquil of ecosystems. You have to pass through the city of Manaus, worth exploring if you have time, with its opera house and exciting waterfront as well as the famous ‘Meeting of the Waters’ nearby.