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Amazon

The Amazon River runs throughout South America passing through Brazil, Colombia and Peru before flowing out into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Amazon is the second-longest river in the world, whose enormous drainage basin accounts for one fifth of all the world's total river flow.

Over 10% of all known species live within the Amazon Rainforest making this the most bio-diverse region in the world. This includes 2.5 million species of insect, tens of thousands of species of plants, 2,000 species of bird and mammals, 2,200 species of fish, 428 amphibians and 378 reptiles species.

Our range of Amazon river cruises will allow you to see many of these creatures in their natural habitat as well as giving you the opportunity to discover areas of Brazil that are relatively untouched by humans. If you are looking for similar trips that take you to largely unexposed parts of the world, our Myanmar river cruises will be perfect.

Amazon factfile

  • The Amazon is the world's biggest rainforest, larger than the next two largest rainforests, in the Congo Basin and Indonesia, combined
  • Nearly two third's of the Amazon rainforest is found in Brazil
  • The Amazon is thought to have 2.5 million species of insects
  • More than half the species in the Amazon rainforest are thought to live in the canopy
  • The Amazon is estimated to have 16,000 tree species and 390 billion individual trees
  • Amazon is the world's largest tropical rainforest, covering over 5.5 million square kilometres, its so big that the UK and Ireland would fit into it, 17 times
  • The Amazon River is by far the world's largest river by volume, carrying more than five times the volume of the Congo or twelve times that of the Mississippi
  • Due to the thickness of the canopy, the amazon floor is in permanent darkness, in fact its so thick that when it rains, it take around 10 minutes for the water to reach the ground
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