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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
$47.15 per adult
Traveler Favorite
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

star-4
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
star-4
Amazon Oasis
Ross_U, 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 .
star-5
Best place on the Amazon!
sibeguy, Feb 2020
3 Day Iquitos Amazon Jungle Adventure at Heliconia Lodge
The location was fabulous. The guides were wonderful. The excursions were fun and enjoyable. The staff took care of every need.
star-5
Amazing Day on the River
Colleen_S, 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.

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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