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  • Ecuador's Amazon is the perfect complement to a Galapagos cruise. read more

  • Expert guides interpret the natural history of the Amazon. read more

  • A huge diversity of wildlife resides in Ecuador's upper Amazon River region. read more

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Amazon

Amazon small ship cruises from Peru, Ecuador or Brazil. Spanning some 4,000 miles, the Amazon River is vast. Add to that the river's immense drainage basin, and there are innumerable opportunities for exploration and wildlife encounters. An Amazon River cruise or Amazon jungle lodge is a perfect way to travel in comfort and access the most this region has to offer.

Amazon Cruises

Huge selection of Amazon cruises from Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. Our Amazon small ship cruise experts have first hand experience to match you to the perfect Amazon cruise for your interests, ability and budget. Book your Amazon cruise with the confidence that comes from our experience. 

Combine your Amazon cruise with a tour of Peru's Machu Picchu, Ecuador's Highlands or the Galapagos Islands.  We offer custom guided land tours to compliment all Amazon cruises. 

Amazon Lodges

Escape into the tranquility of the rainforest by staying at an Amazon lodge. We can help you choose from the many Amazon lodges to custom craft your Amazon travel. Or combine any of our Amazon cruises with a lodge stay for the complete experience.


Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon
From $1800
5 days
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Voyage to the Heart of the Amazon

Departing from Manaus, Brazil, this Amazon River cruise explores remote wilderness up the least-inhabited major river in the Amazon Basin: the Rio Negro. Aboard the 18-guest Tucano, cruise within the only UNESCO World Heritage site in the Tropical Amazon. Because of the exploratory nature, the small groups and the skilled guides, this is the most authentic cruise in the entire Amazon.
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Aqua Amazon River Cruise
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From $3165
4 days
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Aqua Amazon River Cruise

Embark on the voyage of a lifetime, sailing the earth’s mightiest river, the Amazon, aboard a 24-passenger small ship. Experienced naturalists will take you into remote estuaries in the Peruvian rain forest. Explore these pristine wilderness areas teeming with hundreds of species of wildlife and birdlife and encounter local people living in villages as they have for centuries.
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Aria Amazon River Cruise
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From $3315
4 days
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Aria Amazon River Cruise

We highly recommend this Aria Amazon expedition. Here you will enjoy a luxurious and comprehensive Amazon journey while experiencing the Amazon River’s three powerful tributaries: the Marañón, the Ucayali, and the Puinahua as well as several hidden black water lakes.
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Delfin I Amazon River Cruise
From $3600
4 days
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Delfin I Amazon River Cruise

The Delfin I takes you one step beyond luxury, where comfort and grace combine effortlessly with the wilderness of the Amazon in the most unique and personalize vessel ever to cruise the Amazon River. This classic River vessel carries only 8 passengers in 4 spacious deluxe suites, all of them with private terraces and two of them with private whirlpool baths.
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Delfin II Amazon River Cruise
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From $2300
4 days
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Delfin II Amazon River Cruise

This upscale Amazon River cruise aboard the 28-guest Delfin II takes you through a magical journey of discovery along the Amazon River, with activities including skiff rides, kayaking, hiking and fishing.
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Upper Amazon: Exploring Peru's Pacaya-Samiria Reserve
From $5990
10 days
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Upper Amazon: Exploring Peru's Pacaya-Samiria Reserve

This amazing 10-day Amazon adventure shows you the real Peruvian Amazon, as you explore the hidden jewels surrounding the Pacaya-Samiria National Preserve, interact with the ribereños people who live along the rivers, and explore the lagoons and “black-water” tributaries by skiff.
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Anakonda Amazon Cruise
From $1600
4 days
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Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Cruise the spellbinding tropical rainforest of the Ecuador Amazon aboard the 40-guest Anakonda. This inspiring rainforest journey includes visits the magical flooded forests at the Cuyabeno Nature Reserve and the untamed wilds within the Yasuni National Park.
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Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise
From $731
4 days
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Manatee Amazon Explorer Cruise

The Cuyabeno Natural Reserve, Yasuni National Park (the largest national park in Ecuador), Limoncocha Biological Reserve, canoe expeditions and an observation tower await your visit the Ecuador's Amazon aboard the eco-friendly 30-guest Manatee Amazon Explorer.
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Amatista Amazon Cruise
From $1550
4 days
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Amatista Amazon Cruise

4- and 6-day Amazon River cruises aboard the 31-guest Amatista take you to the heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Departs from Iquitos, Peru.
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Ecuador Amazon Adventure
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From $920
4 days
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Ecuador Amazon Adventure

Explore the incredible diversity and wildlife of the Amazon from one of our exceptional wilderness lodges. Daily hikes and paddles, led by expert resident guides, explore canopy platforms, parrot licks and rainforest wildlife.
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Peru Amazon Adventure
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From $645
3 days
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Peru Amazon Adventure

Combine your Peru Machu Picchu Explorer with an extension to the Amazon. Visit Lake Sandoval and Tambopata while staying at the famed Reserva Amazonica. Birds, primates, extraordinary landscapes and breathtaking scenery await.
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At about 4,000 miles long, the Amazon River is the second longest river in the world and by far the largest river by water flow.

The Amazon River, its tributaries and the Amazon rainforest are an unimaginably vast and diverse region of our planet. At about 4,000 miles long (6,400 kilometers), the Amazon River is the second longest river in the world and by far the largest river by water flow. Countless tributaries, some which would be the largest river on any other continent, drain 2,720,000 square miles, or one fifth of the South American continent, including much of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil. This labyrinth of waterways, wilderness, wildlife, rainforest and people is easily explored by small ship or jungle lodge. With so many choices across a wide variety of regions, we have created the following Amazon guide to help travelers find the best Amazon cruise and trip. 

Amazon Cruises by Small Ship

As the world’s foremost experts in small ship cruising, we at AdventureSmith Explorations highly suggest our clients consider an Amazon cruise. Amazon small ship river cruises are great vehicles to explore a diversity of rainforest environments and wildlife up close and in comfort. All Amazon River small ship cruises have private bathrooms with air conditioning. Expert guides lead daily canoe excursions and hikes into the Amazon rainforest and remote villages for unparalleled access. All Amazon cruises offer guided daily shore excursions by canoe and on foot to explore nature, culture and wildlife. Some small ships carry kayaks, fishing gear and other tools for exploration and fun. Amazon cruises are able to navigate along the Amazon River exploring a wider diversity of areas and habitats than you will experience from an Amazon lodge. There are Amazon cruises in Peru, Ecuador and Brazil with a variety of small ships ranging from simple base camp boats to luxury riverboats. Consider an Amazon small ship cruise if you are looking for up close exploration to remote regions of the Amazon in comfort and style. 

Amazon Lodges

Exploring the Amazon from a jungle lodge offers an intimate exploration of a particular Amazon region. Many Peru Amazon lodges and Ecuador Amazon lodges are associated with a local community of indigenous people, which adds a cultural element to the experience and benefits the local economy. Amazon lodge-based trips include daily excursions such as canoe trips and hikes to explore the rainforest with expert naturalist guides. Many lodges have special access to rainforest canopy walkways, towers and ziplines to access the jungle canopy. While Amazon cruises have fixed departure dates, trips to Amazon lodges can be arranged any day, based on availability, making them a flexible option to add on to a larger itinerary. All Amazon lodges that we work with have private bathrooms and are well screened to keep bugs and critters out. Lodge packages have three- and four-night options.  We usually advise that the three-night options are enough for most travelers; however, if you are familiar with rainforest travel and you know you love it, then choose the four-night option.  Remember that the longer you spend in the Amazon the better chance you have to view birds and wildlife. 

Popular Regions for Amazon Travel

 Since the Amazon River and its tributaries span such a vast part of the South American continent, there are distinct regions in which you can plan your travel. Note that every trip is unique, based on the changing seasons. During the high water season, when the water levels of rivers and inlets grow, launch boats are able to venture deeper into the flooded forest. During the low water season, the river recedes to form beautiful sandy river beaches.

Peru Cruises & Lodges

The Peruvian Amazon has two distinct regions: Northern Peru and Southern Peru. Peruvian Amazon cruises are located in Northern Peru on the lower Napo River and accessed from Iquitos, a two hour flight from Lima. Iquitos is a quintessential jungle town, and at 500,000 residents it may be the most populous town in the world not accessible by road. Most Peru Amazon Lodges are located in the Southern Peru rainforest regions of Manu and Tambopata.   

Ecuador Cruises & Lodges

Although Ecuador is a small country with seashore on the Pacific Ocean and with the Andes dividing it, almost one third of the country lies in the Amazon basin. The size of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin, called “Oriente,” is around 52,300 square miles, 40 percent of Ecuador’s area yet only 2 percent of the entire Amazon basin. Ecuador Amazon cruises and lodge stays often begin in the port city of El Coca, Ecuador. Coca has daily flights (45 minutes long) from Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Cruises operate year-round, visiting the Orellana and Sucumbio provinces, Yasuni National Park and commonly the Amazon tributary Napo River.

Brazil's Amazon River & Rio Negro

Brazilian Amazon cruises depart from Manaus, Brazil, the Amazon's largest city, and explore the Rio Negro, Rio Jaueperi and the famed Econtra das Aguas, where the brown waters of the Amazon and the black waters of the Rio Negro flow side by side before joining. Cruises in this region explore deep into the world's largest ecological reserve, The Central Amazon Ecological Corridor, and take place in the center of the Brazilian Amazon, within two degrees of the Equator.

The Amazon's climate is heavily influenced by its tropical location near the equator. You can expect warm, humid temperatures on an average day, and plenty of rain year-round. This type of climate found in the Amazon is called a selva climate.

Travel is markedly influenced by two seasons: the rainy and the dry season. The rainy season runs roughly from late January to early May, and one can expect somewhere between 60 and 180 inches of rain. Since most riverine plants fruit and flower during this period, it is one of the best times to see birds and monkeys at the river's edge and makes for fun canoe explorations into flooded forests. Though it can rain slightly more in the rainy season, it usually rains some every day in the dry season too. In the dry season, one can expect anywhere from 30 inches to 100 inches. During this time, the river recedes and travelers can expect to see sandy river beaches and to have more opportunities for hikes. Though keep in mind the Amazon basin is vast, so overall rainfall generalizations are not accurate. Generally, the north and south edges of the basin have less precipitation than the western edge.

Average Temperature & Rainfall in the Amazon

Iquitos, Peru

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 90 89 90 89 88 88 88 90 91 91 91 90
Avg. Low (F) 71 70 71 70 70 70 69 70 70 71 71 71
Rainfall (Inches) 32 26 31 29 25 20 14 16 17 18 22 24

 

Oriente, Ecuador

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 90 90 90 91 86 86 85 82 88 88 90 90
Avg. Low (F) 70 72 72 73 66 66 63 63 65 70 70 70
Rainfall (Inches) 12 12 15 17 17 18 13 12 15 17 15 14

 

Manaus, Brazil

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (F) 87 87 87 87 87 88 88 91 91 91 90 88
Avg. Low (F) 74 74 74 74 74 73 73 73 74 75 75 74
Rainfall (Inches) 10 11 12 12 10 4 3 2 3 5 7 9
Amatista

Amatista

The 31-guest Amatista explores the Peruvian Amazon in classic riverboat style. Her comforts include air-conditioned cabins and dining on tropical flavors of the Amazon.
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Anakonda

Anakonda

The 18-suite M/V Anakonda is the only luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, featuring air conditioning, fine dining and superior service.
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Aqua

Aqua

M/V Aqua is the first true luxury vessel to cruise the northern Peruvian Amazon. She accommodates 24 guests in 12 luxury guest suites, designed by an internationally renowned Peruvian architect.
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Aria

Aria

This all-suite luxury cruise ship is the perfect size to sail along the Amazon River, providing outdoor jacuzzi, exercise room and 16 oversized suites.
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Delfin I

Delfin I

This unique 8-passenger riverboat showcases the Amazon from window-wrapped luxury suites with private terrances, two of which feature private cold-water whirlpool baths.
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Delfin II

Delfin II

The Delfin II, launched in 2009, accommodates 28 passengers in 14 large guest suites on its Amazon River itineraries.
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Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is an ecological lodge in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, adjacent to the Tambopata National Park. Since 1975, the lodge has been instrumental in the scientific study of the rainforest.
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La Selva Amazon EcoLodge

La Selva Amazon EcoLodge

One of the first Amazon rainforest lodges in Ecuador the award-winning La Selva was completely remolded in July 2012 and has become a premier eco-lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Located 60 miles from Coca down the Napo River in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon basin, La Selva features 18 suites with the largest accommodations of any Ecuador rainforest lodge. 
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Manatee Amazon Explorer

Manatee Amazon Explorer

The 30-guest Manatee Amazon Explorer cruises Ecuador's Amazon in style and casual comfort. The vessel is certified by Smart Voyager and the Rainforest Alliance, entities that guarantee the sustainability of her operations.
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Napo Wildlife Center

Napo Wildlife Center

The Napo Wildlife Center is part of an ecotourism project initiated by the Anangu Kichwa Community. The lodge features 16 luxury cabanas located on Anangucocha Lake, adjacent to the Napo river. Napo Wildlife Center is surrounded by a 53,000-acre rainforest biosphere reserve within Yasuni National Park. 
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Sacha Jungle Lodge

Sacha Jungle Lodge

Sacha Jungle Lodge is found within a private 5000-acre private ecological reserve in Ecuador's Amazon region. Sacha features 26 cabins carefully designed with traditional materials to offer comfort to the traveler yet preserve the environment and rainforest ambiance. 
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Tucano

Tucano

This 18-guest Amazon riverboat explores the far reaches of the Amazon River and Rio Negro. With a classic Amazon River style she is reminiscient of a bygone era of Amazon exploration.  Unlike other Amazon River cruises, the Tucano offers longer cruises without interruption. 
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