|The Amazon Jungle is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, spanning eight South American countries and covering nearly 40% of the continent. It’s a special place, home to plants and animals found nowhere else in the world, and well worth a visit. Our travelers often ask: Should I visit an Amazon lodge or take an Amazon cruise? They’re both great options, so the answer will depend on you: your preferred travel style, activity level, and accommodations.
An Amazon River Cruise: The Amazon River is a wonder of nature, almost 4,000 miles long and flowing across a variety of ecosystems. One of the advantages of an Amazon cruise is the ability to explore different destinations along the river and its tributaries. Many of the ships offer an upscale level of accommodation. Daily excursions will take you to explore the region via skiff and kayak, and between excursions you can relax aboard and watch the jungle flow by.
For a luxury cruise experience, we recommend the Delfin I, Delfin II, Delfin III, and the Aria, all of which operate in the Peruvian Amazon. These ships offer impressive accommodations and amenities, along with a high level of service.
For travelers who appreciate a simpler setting with the same high-quality nature guiding, a first-class vessel like the Anakonda or Manatee in Ecuador or the Tucano in Brazil are great options. (All of these vessels can be viewed here.)
An Amazon Lodge: Whereas a cruise will let you explore different destinations along the Amazon River, a stay in a lodge lets you get to know, in-depth, a remote part of the Amazon Jungle. The lodges are generally rustic, secluded, and an integral part of their local community. Arriving to them tends to be an adventure in and of itself, often involving a flight, boat ride, and canoe trip.
One of our top lodge recommendations is the Napo Wildlife Center, the only lodge inside Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park. Built by the local Añangu Quichua Community, the NWC comprises 16 individual cabañas on the shore of the tranquil Añangu Lake.
La Selva Lodge is another traveler favorite, a gracious lodge with 12 private bungalows on Ecuador’s Lake Garzacocha, an area known for its bird-watching.
The Tambopata Research Center is a more rustic lodge set deep in the Peruvian Amazon, in an otherwise uninhabited section of the Tambopata National Reserve. The area is home to endangered wildlife and is an ideal location for those who want in-depth exploration of Amazon nature.
For more information about the amazing Amazon, help deciding between a cruise and a lodge, or to hear about some of our other favorite lodges and ships, just reply to this email or give us a call at (800) 342-1796 to speak with one of our Destination Specialists. We look forward to assisting you.