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Preparing for Amazon Jungle Safari!

All set to prepare for Amazon jungle safari treat? There are so many things that you can consider for making your journey really enjoyable and interesting. In this article, we will consider so many different factors that you should keep in mind while taking a tour in jungles of Amazon.

Information on Hiking Trails:
Depending on your taste and interest, you can choose your activity on the trip. You can consult internet and guidebooks as great reference sources to collect all relevant information for your journey. In addition, you can choose the most competent season for visiting your vacation plan. It is mainly because both the seasons have their positive and negative points therefore, you need to choose the one that supports your planning better. In addition, you can get adequate vaccination support to develop a cover for harmful malaria, yellow fever and other diseases.

What to Take Along on Amazon Trip?
It is always important to get the right clothes for your trip. Pay attention to your footwear for sure and always choose comfortable shoes that intact your feet and protects it very well. You can also get specialized hiking boots, rubber boots and tennis shoes that suit you personally. However, boots are a preferred choice s you may have to hobnob with dangerous snakes and other harmful animals & insects in the jungle. By wearing covered shoes, you can protect your feet against scorpions, ants, snakes and others.

New Solo Travel Holiday Ideas, Christmas 2013 on an Amazon River Cruise

Looking for an alternative to “Home Alone for the Holidays”, I began checking out river cruises. My prior cruise on the Nile had worked well for me. As a solo traveler, I liked the fact that meals, transportation and sightseeing were taken care of while the small ship offered travel companions but with the privacy of my own cabin.

To narrow it down, I scanned my bucket list and immediately chose an Amazon River cruise. That left India and SE Asia as next on my list but too far roundtrip for Christmas week. I selected Brazil since most of the Amazon rainforest is located there although other options were via Peru and Colombia. (At least five other countries claim at least a piece of the Amazon.)

Although there were no non-stop flights available, Miami and Houston are gateway cities for frequent flights from the US to the capital of the Amazon, Manaus, bypassing both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo. An intriguing option, in my view, was the opportunity to connect through Panama. The flight’s layover of 17 hours gives ample time to check into a Panama City hotel for a good night’s sleep with time left over in the morning for a walking tour.

Having traveled five times to Spanish-speaking Latin America, in researching this trip, I discovered how little I knew about Brazil and specifically about the Amazon.

My first misimpression was of Manaus. I had envisioned the Amazon’s starting point as a quaint village with small planes landing on short runways as I had found in African game reserves. In reality, the metropolitan Manaus area, with its own Belle Epoque opera house, has over 2 million inhabitants, a choice of 5-star hotels and frequent air buses arriving from abroad.

Secondly, I had always thought of the Amazon as home to just one river, famous as second in length only to the Nile. In fact, there are three others in the Brazilian Amazon: the Rio Negro, Rio Solimões and the Río Jauaperi, each with their own characteristics.

A third surprise was that the Amazon Basin, deep in the rain forest, is not uninhabited. It includes villages of up to 15,000 inhabitants. Novo Airão, for example, on the Rio Negro, is an active boat-building center.

The Amazon Basin is a leading ecotourism destination for the rainforest itself and the array of wildlife, including one-third of the world’s birds. Species range from the more welcome sights, butterflies, iguanas, monkeys, manatees, to snakes, the latter not always a crowd-pleaser. Rarer sights are the pink dolphins and the capybara, a 150-pound rodent, which fortunately looks like a giant guinea pig rather than an oversized rat. Leaving behind honking horns, the greatest “noise pollution” appears to be from howler monkeys, hopefully reserved primarily for the daytime. Foliage in the Amazon is supersized looking like a set made for a science fiction film. The kapok tree can grow to 200 feet in height, and water lilies can reach 7 feet in diameter.

Night time exploration does allow for a change of pace and a view of nocturnal animals. However, you wouldn’t want to take a break under a tree without keeping a vigilant eye out for low-hanging squirrel monkeys or other tree-dwelling mammals. A swim is not recommended either unless you want to get up close and personal with a hungry caiman floating through the river looking for prey.

If time permits, Manaus is also well-positioned to connect afterwards with Brazil’s beaches or an island holiday returning via Aruba before facing the bleak winter weather above the Equator. For western bound travelers, history or archeology buffs, a connection via Machu Picchu may hold more allure.

An alternative to competing with large holiday groups for a table for one? The answer: a river cruise through the Amazon, the world’s largest rainforest. You will be surrounded by unique species accepting you as guests in their natural habitat.

With a river cruise you have the added benefit that:

1. Planning is taken care of by the tour operator so that you will not have to organize sightseeing, find a hotel, and coordinate local transportation..

2. Pricing is close to all-inclusive, except for airfare, tips and transfers.

3. River cruises provide you with both a ready-made group but also the ability to have private time in your cabin.

4. Safety issues are unlikely on a river cruise, especially since you avoid foraging alone for dinner at night in unfamiliar territory.

Cruises in the Amazon

Travelling in the Amazon, the world’s most famous river, is a typical dream. But… the Amazon world may be rather different to that which you expect. You may end up disappointed. You should plan your Amazon trip correctly, and shape it to your style and to the time you have to enjoy the Amazon.

There are different ways of visiting the Amazon rainforest. If you are pressed for time, or if you think you would not like to live for four, five, six or more days in a beautiful and calm, but repetitive world of water and trees, then avoid a long river trip.

In that case, a quick flight to Manaus (a city in the very heart of the Amazon, 1,000 miles upstream from the river mouth) is preferable. Once there, you can model the tour to your tastes. You can enjoy several short local cruises, you can explore some rainforest treks, you can swim and fish, you can visit local people living in the forest (the «caboclos»), you can get a good grasp of what the rainforest and the river are… And you can even play golf.

This option demands a stay of, say, 3 or 4 days minimum. It all depends on what you want.

Another alternative when visiting the Amazon involves a longer tour on the river – typically a trip from Belem (at the mouth of the Amazon) to Manaus, or the inverse.

This cruise can be made on a transatlantic cruiser, and includes a great range of cities and ports outside the Amazon. Tours of two weeks are very common. You just need to cost it, and to book the cruise early enough (there isn’t a regular transatlantic cruiser route to the Amazon, and so you should plan the cruise well in advance).

More adventurous travellers may prefer other kind of boats and travel for a long river cruise. There are, in Belem and Manaus, local tourist riverboats and regular river vessels (for local passengers and goods) making the trip between the two towns.

And these two kinds of riverboats – the tourist and the regular ones – constitute the best way of experiencing the full mood and the immensity of the Amazon (and, in the case of travelling in a regular vessel, the best way to have contact with the real people, and feel their friendly mood, their way of facing the life).

But you should also ponder the possible downsides of these options. One of them is the uncertain duration of the trip: it can be four days, if the weather conditions and the currents and other factors are favourable, but it can also be extended for one, two or more days, which may clash with your travel plans, flights, etc.

Another possible inconvenience involves the regular vessels (not tourist river boats): the toilet facilities in the boats are rather improvised, which can be disagreeable; also, you can be forced to sleep in a hammock, surrounded by local people. So, think well…

In any case, do not also expect to see profuse fauna on your cruise. Birds and monkeys tend to hide themselves in the treetops… You will sense them, but most of the time you will not see them.

What you will see all the time – and feel deeply in your heart – is a different world… a calm green water world. A world with moments of exceptional beauty, but also a repetitive one, with its endless elements succeeding minute after minute, for days on end…

A world in the antipodes of ours, involving another pace, other elements: one that makes us feel small, and awakes thoughts about our place in the universe, and the meaning of our life and our values.

Preparing for Amazon Jungle Safari!

All set to prepare for Amazon jungle safari treat? There are so many things that you can consider for making your journey really enjoyable and interesting. In this article, we will consider so many different factors that you should keep in mind while taking a tour in jungles of Amazon.

Information on Hiking Trails:
Depending on your taste and interest, you can choose your activity on the trip. You can consult internet and guidebooks as great reference sources to collect all relevant information for your journey. In addition, you can choose the most competent season for visiting your vacation plan. It is mainly because both the seasons have their positive and negative points therefore, you need to choose the one that supports your planning better. In addition, you can get adequate vaccination support to develop a cover for harmful malaria, yellow fever and other diseases.

What to Take Along on Amazon Trip?
It is always important to get the right clothes for your trip. Pay attention to your footwear for sure and always choose comfortable shoes that intact your feet and protects it very well. You can also get specialized hiking boots, rubber boots and tennis shoes that suit you personally. However, boots are a preferred choice s you may have to hobnob with dangerous snakes and other harmful animals & insects in the jungle. By wearing covered shoes, you can protect your feet against scorpions, ants, snakes and others.