While it is possible to see some pristine jungle and wildlife in a week – including travel time – it’s not going to be sufficient for a real look at the forest and the animals that live there. Two weeks is a much better game plan.
From Manaus tourists can access the Amazon Rainforest to the south in Mamori, Juma e Janauacá; in the north Presidente Figueiredo; in the east the national park Jaú; in the west Rio Urubu and its thick rainforest.
However, it’s generally thought that heading north, upstream on the Amazon, presents the best possibilities for experiencing virgin forest and wildlife sightings.
Some regions near Manaus that give fair access to jungle wildlife and have rainforest lodges.
• Iranduba. Reach it via the long, new bridge from Manaus though lodges are frequently reached by boat. Options include a backpacker budget lodge (Manaus Jungle Hostel), an air-conditioned ‘eco-resort’ (Tiwa Amazonas) and a luxury treetop canopy hotel (Ariau Towers).
• The Mamori, the Juma and the Tupana rivers all offer varied accommodation and are accessible via the BR 319 highway.
Aerial view of the – as yet – unburnt, undeveloped Amazon Rainforest. Photo by Lubasi
The Amazon Basin covers 2. 3 million square miles, fed by the Amazon river which contains 25% of all the water carried by all the rivers of the world.
4 square miles of this rain forest can contain up to 1, 500 species of plant, 750 species of trees, 125 different mammals, 400 different birds and countless species of invertebrates. Many species are still unrecorded and the full medical potential of Amazon plant life is little explored.
About 2 square miles of this unique natural treasure is being destroyed for farming or logging every hour.