The two rivers that are adjacent to Manaus, the Rio Solimões and the Rio Negro, merge to form what we know as the mighty Amazon River, which is ten kilometres wide even here, 1600 kilometres from the Atlantic.
Their meeting, however, is a little unusual: the yellow waters of the Solimões run alongside the black waters of the Negro for six kilometres before converging. This is one of the first sights you will see as you head out of Manaus and into the rainforest, entering a world that from the air seems totally impenetrable.
This immense network of vegetation, waterways and lakes is home to a tenth of the world’s plant and animal species, with many more yet undiscovered.
The area’s sheer vastness means that whilst a stay here in one of the excellent lodges will be a fascinating experience, you are unlikely to see much in the way of animal life, as most of the animals have taken themselves off to parts where visitors don’t go. However, it is still enjoyable to spend days walking with biologist guides and taking boat trips along the peaceful rivers.
Manu in Peru
For those with a real interest in seeing wildlife, rather than those who would just like to experience the jungle, we recommend visiting the Amazon region of Manu in Peru.
Suggested itineraries featuring the Amazon Rainforest
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Amazon Rainforest, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of the Amazon Rainforest
Places & hotels on the map
Places near the Amazon Rainforest
- Manaus 10 miles away
Accommodation choices for the Amazon Rainforest
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Amazon Rainforest. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.