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How Long Should I Spend in the Amazon?

Time needed to see everything you want in the Brazilian Amazon...

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. 

The dense nature of the jungle makes them much more difficult to spot. It is possible to spend lifetimes here and not see everything!

However, we’re guessing you don’t have lifetimes to spare, so you’ll need to consider how long you can realistically stay, according to the time you have available. If you’re on a flying visit or have an action packed itinerary, it is possible to get a flavour of Amazon life on two or three night stays in luxurious jungle lodges. This should give you enough time to take in a spot of piranha fishing, alligator and dolphin spotting, relaxing on a river beach and a sunset canoeing tour (try not to think too much about the piranhas while paddling!). A wealth of birdlife has led to most lodges building towers at canopy level for bird watching. And although mammals are not always easily visible their calls often pierce the vegetation; the roar of the notorious howler monkey can be heard from miles.

Longer stays of a week or two will allow more time for adventure, including overnight riverboat trips, jungle trekking, survival skills and even a longer visit to the colonial jungle city of Manaus.

Of course, one factor that limits your time is the sheer variety of other things to do in Brazil. With Rio, Bahia and the Pantanal also must-visit destinations, it can be hard to find time for the many Brazilian adventures on offer but it’s a challenge well worth taking on. After all, it’s not everyday you get the chance to spot anacondas and jaguars in the Amazon jungle.

One other important consideration is health. The rainforest is as challenging an environment as it is majestic and beautiful. 

It’s known as the ‘green inferno’ for a good reason, and with malaria risks high, it can take it out of you physically if you’re planning a long stay.

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