South America Travel – 10 Things to See on the Amazon River

Being one of the best known and most breathtaking nature’s wonders, the Amazon River attracts millions of visitors every year. So, if you are thinking about going on an adventure any time soon, you should definitely consider being one of them!  

The best thing about the Amazon is that it offers lots of different experiences, depending on which type of a traveler you are. These different experiences are also suitable for just about all age groups, making it the perfect choice for a family vacation! 

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Well, without further ado, let’s get into the list of top ten things you should do and see on the Amazon River! 

1.Jungle Walk 

This is probably one of the best ways to start off this exquisite trip! The best thing to do is to book an experienced guide that will tell you more about Amazon’s majestic wildlife and the indigenous plants. The Amazon is also known for being full of lots of different herbs that have been used for medical purposes for centuries.  

  1. Swimming with pink dolphins

If you have done any research on the Amazon River, you already know that you are most likely to see the Pink River dolphins as soon as you get there. These prehistoric-looking creatures are very friendly, so you can even go swimming with them! 

  1. Visit the local communities

Nothing will make you feel like a local like sitting down and talking to one. This will definitely be one of the most eye-opening experiences you will have while visiting the Amazon River. You will also be able to witness some of the Amazonian ceremonial lodges, a traditional dance performance, or even visit a local school! 

  1. Go piranha fishing

This activity seems to be very popular with the majority of tourists visiting the Amazon River, so why not test your luck too? Of course, you will need an experienced Amazon guide that will show you the best techniques of piranha fishing, which makes this experience all the more exciting. 

  1. Kayaking

As far as sight-seeing goes, kayaking will give you a different and interesting new perspective. What better way to explore a river than right on the water? Whichever Amazon cruise you decide to go for will allow you to go paddling in the most remote areas of the Amazon. Of course, since your guides have an expert knowledge of the river, they will make sure that the whole experience is safe, yet mind-blowing! 

  1. Visit the national parks

There are many UNESCO world heritage sites in the Amazon area, so make sure to visit at least some of them. For example, the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is a gorgeous bio-diverse area of the Peruvian rainforest that is definitely worth the visit.  

On the other hand, in Brazil, you can pay a visit to the Anavilhanas Archipelago, a complex of over 400 islands in the middle of the Amazon. Can you imagine what a sight that must be? Well, make sure not to miss out on it! 

  1. See the Amazon macaws

These colorful icons of the Amazon rainforest are a must-see! They can be found in the areas of the river where a certain type of clay is exposed, and it is rich with salts and medicines. You can see hundreds of these majestic birds in Manu Wildlife Center, Heath River Wildlife Center, and the Tambopata Research Center! 

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  1. Go zip-lining

The best thing about the Amazonia is the fact that you can explore it from so many different perspectives. Going zip-lining will allow you to see the rainforest from the system that is built on tall emergent trees, while at the same time witnessing lots of different bird species!  

This is an experience that just about all age groups can enjoy together, so make sure to bring your loved ones along! 

  1. Get pampered

Now, speaking of all the different perspectives you will be able to experience the Amazon River through, there is one that truly stands out. Getting a massage while overlooking this nature’s wonder sounds like something that dreams are made of, doesn’t it? Well, this no longer has to be a dream because luxury cruises such as Aqua Expeditions allow you to get pampered while being on the adventure of a lifetime! 

  1. See the giant water lilies

The giant water lilies are one of Amazon’s many wonders, so make sure not to miss out on seeing them. These majestic plants can support the weight of a small child, and they have their leaves stretching three meters wide! You can see them firsthand in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, along with lots of other spectacular plant and wildlife! 

Now that you have seen which wonders await on the Amazon River, you can start packing your bags, because this trip will be something that you will remember for the rest of your life! 

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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