Jim looking for a pet in the Peruvian Amazon. Aaahh!
Amazon Travel Tips: Rainforest by country
Over the last few years, The Pantanal wetlands in southern Brazil have replaced the Amazon as the country’s best wildlife destination though river cruises from Belém up into the country’s Amazon region as far as Manaus (usually) are still popular, even if the wildlife experience is limited.
For backpackers and travelers who want to hang with locals riverboats carrying passengers in hammocks depart daily from Belém to Manaus. They are cheap, simple and slow.
The most popular options for wildlife watching once the boats reach the less-developed parts are to take a tour on a riverboat from Manaus up the Rio Negro or to head upriver to Tefé.
The early section of the Amazon River in Ecuador is thought to be the site of some of the world’s greatest biodiversity as well as home to a handful of primitive indigenous tribes. Lodges along the banks of Amazon tributaries tend to be basic and isolated so getting there can be an adventure in itself, by boat or small plane, but pricey.
Amazon Rainforest Map