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The Basics

While there are several ways to experience the Amazon and its unparalleled biodiversity, most travelers opt for a boat trip along the basin’s famous river. Cruises generally last three to four days and run through the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, offering the chance to explore on guided walks through the rain forest, take motorboat tours of the tributaries, go piranha fishing, or simply enjoy the scenery from the deck of your cruise ship. Those who prefer to spend more time on dry land can opt for a multi-day jungle adventure, which may include a short boat trip on the Amazon as well as jungle treks, night walks, and the opportunity to spot wild pink river dolphins.

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Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River
Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River
$47.81 per adult
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Our Rio Negro Cruise
We enjoyed the cruise very much. The weather was very good throughout. The guide was excellent and explained everything clearly.
keshavmurthys2016, Aug 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Iquitos

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A good Tour for feeling/experiencing...
mtyaprak, Mar 2017
Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River
A good Tour for feeling/experiencing the charm and greatness of the Amazon River.... highly recommended...
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This tour was amazing!!! I highly...
Benjamin P, Jul 2016
3 Day Iquitos Amazon Jungle Adventure at Heliconia Lodge
This tour was amazing!!! I highly recommend it. The service was amazing and the tour guide was very helpful. The lodge was very beautiful and clean. It was a very relaxing plus adventurous trip! I'm definitely planning on going back, but planning on staying longer than 3 days.
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I have to say that this was...
Gary D, Jun 2014
3 Day Iquitos Amazon Jungle Adventure at Heliconia Lodge
I have to say that this was everything I hoped it would be. Our guide, Antonio, was intelligent, knowledgeable, and efficient, plus a wonderful person. The food at Heliconia was excellent, the staff friendly and courteous. Rooms were clean and comfortable. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable Amazon experience.
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Fun day
Todd_R, Mar 2020
Amazon Negro River Half-Day Expedition Tour
Awesome excursion Better then expected Lunch very good English was good enough Seven hour tour was great
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Amazing Day on the River
f1cms, Nov 2018
Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River
Our guide and ship crew were awesome! Lunch was delicious. The jungle, the animals, and the people were unforgettable. We definitely recommend this trip for everyone.
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This trip combines most of the...
Ken G, Mar 2018
Amazon Negro River Half-Day Expedition Tour
This trip combines most of the experiences one should see in Manaus. We usually do not go on group tours, but I would recommend this trip over the other individual options we found
star-5
Do not come to Peru without...
Lucia S, Oct 2014
3 Day Iquitos Amazon Jungle Adventure at Heliconia Lodge
Do not come to Peru without experiencing the Amazon. Heliconia Lodge was amaizing - surpassed all my expectations. Our tour guide was Freddy Romaina - he was excellent, ask for him if you can, he would ensure your safety and make your tours enjoyable. The lodge itself was Five-star - excellent room service, location, and food. Be prepared to be without your cell phone annd internet! Choose Heliconia Lodge.
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It was an amazing tour! Our guide...
gilbertgoodwin, Feb 2017
4-day Amazon River Boat Tour From Manaus
It was an amazing tour! Our guide , the boat and crew Victoria Amazon were amazing. Feeding the Pink Dolphins was something we will never forget. Our local newspaper printed the Pink Dolphins picture . We've become famous thanks to Viator Thank you very much JoAnn Kuroda and Gilbert Goodwin
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Fantastic adventure on the rivers...
Jerry B, Apr 2016
Rio Negro Cruise from Manaus to the Amazon River
Fantastic adventure on the rivers and very informative - lunches are fantastic on all the tours - very local
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This is one of the most amazing...
Angie , Oct 2015
3 Day Iquitos Amazon Jungle Adventure at Heliconia Lodge
This is one of the most amazing things we have ever done. Huge thanks to Nixon, our guide, and the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge. Their staff are just the best, so welcoming and the food is top notch. Piranha fishing is an experience everyone should have in their lifetime, the competition to catch one gets fierce!!. The itinerary is very broad and is very interesting. Don't forget your bug spray and camera. We were very sad to leave.
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Amazon Oasis
lostdogross, Feb 2020
3 Day Iquitos Amazon Jungle Adventure at Heliconia Lodge
00the : location , friendly staff , food , tours were all great . I was amazed when our guide whistled and 2 pink dolphins came . The visit to the rum distillery was a lot of fun as well . The boat ride too and from the lodge is worth the trip ! The only thing is that when it rains there isn't much to do . Over all the trip was all A's . Thank you for the great time .
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Very knowledgeable and helpful guides...
jen4603, Sep 2016
4 Day Amazon River Luxury Cruise from Iquitos on the 'Aria'
Very knowledgeable and helpful guides and staff. Food was divine, cabin was well appointed.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Amazon River is a must-see for adventure travelers and nature lovers.

  • Remember to bring insect repellent to protect yourself against mosquitos.

  • It’s a good idea to pack comfortable walking shoes, a wide-brimmed hat, and lightweight clothing such as quick-drying pants and long-sleeved shirts.

  • Drink plenty of water; it’s always hot and muggy in the Amazon jungle.

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How to Get There

Most Amazon River cruises and excursions in Peru depart from the town of Iquitos. The port city is only reachable by plane or by boat, with numerous flights daily from Lima.

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When to Get There

With only a 10 percent difference in rainfall between the Amazon basin’s wet and dry season, there isn’t really a bad time to visit. Temperatures are generally cooler during the high-water season (November to May). December, June, and August tend to see the most visitors.

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Photographing Wildlife on the Amazon

The Peruvian Amazon ranks among the best places on the planet to capture photos of animal species such as monkeys, birds, iguanas, pink dolphins, and even the occasional jaguar. To maximize your chances of getting great shots, bring along a DSLR camera with a long lens of at least 300 millimeters and as low an f-stop as you can afford. Don’t forget extra batteries and SD cards.

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