How long should you spend in the Amazon? Well, how long is a piece of string? It’s very much one of those questions. The length of your stay will depend on a number of factors, including how much vacation time you have, other travel plans and health. Think about these one by one and you might have a clearer idea of how long you should stay.
Firstly, it’s worth repeating just how colossal the Amazon basin is. The river itself is almost 150 miles wide by the time it reaches the sea and contains more water than the next seven largest rivers in the world combined. Almost its entire drainage basin is covered by a rainforest with the greatest diversity of life on the planet. It contains millions of species - around one tenth of those known on the planet. But don’t expect to see mammals in abundance like you may have done when you last visited Kenya.