The Amazon is one of the highlights of any trip to Brazil. The most magnificent review in the world, it stretches through countries in Latin America. The Brazilian section contains some of the best of the Amazon in both river and rainforest. One of the highlights is the spectacular Meeting of the Waters. This occurs when the black Rio Negro joins the Rio Solimões, the different coloured waters run alongside each other for about five miles and as the waters don’t mix, it makes for a truly remarkable sight.
Pink river Dolphins are another highlight and the Brazilian Amazon offers a chance to get up close with these charming and unique creatures. There is an abundance of bird life in the Amazon, making for a vibrant environment. Other activities include jungle trekking, canoe rides through the creeks and flooded forest, bird watching, caiman spotting, piranha fishing, swimming and a visit to the riverside communities to learn about the local culture and way of life.
Here are the top 3 ways to explore the Brazilian Amazon.
By far the most luxurious way to explore is by private yacht. These allow you to get deeper into the Amazon and explore, all while experiencing luxurious comfort and the best service. The Zenith Yacht is a luxury 120-foot private vessel, perfect for small groups to explore the Amazon in the privacy and seclusion one would expect of a luxury yacht.
The yacht offers accommodation for up to 12 passengers which includes 3 suites with king size beds and 3 suites with twin beds. In addition to the bedrooms there is a dining room with a bar, a TV living room and an office desk for those who need to work whilst on board.
For relaxation there is a sauna, a sun deck with Jacuzzi, as well as satellite cable TV, telephone and internet.
On board the Zenith Yacht, different menus are offered according to the guest’s preferences with specialties being Amazonian fresh water fish and regional cuisine, all prepared by the chef on board.
Your own personal guide, a qualified naturalist, will introduce you to a world of nature, natural history and beautiful landscapes through different activities during your stay on board.
Luxury river cruise
A more adventurous way to explore the Amazon is a luxury River cruise. The Iberostar Grand Collection offers the Grand Hotel-Ship Amazon, an all-inclusive, luxury floating hotel. Departing from the city of Manaus, the ship travels deep into the Amazon, allowing guests to enjoy the spectacular surroundings with a slice of luxury.
The ship has 75 Cabin-Suites, all with individual private balconies offering views of the river or rainforest. There are also 2 Royal Suites in the prow of the boat. Each suite has a full bath, TV, radio and air conditioning.
The restaurant on board offers the best of local Amazon as well as international cuisine. Taking breakfast on the top deck or relaxing with a cocktail as the sun goes down are perfect ways to start and end the day on board this luxury ship.
Each tour includes a variety of activities, designed to ensure that you experience the best of the river and the rainforest. You will have the opportunity to go trekking, take canoe trips, visit local communities or try your hand at fishing, not forgetting the meeting of the waters and pink river dolphins.
Luxury Amazon lodge
If boats aren’t your thing and you prefer to stay on land, The Anavilhanas Jungle Lodge is the place to stay if you are looking for a luxury holiday to the Amazon in Brazil. A gorgeous property with chalets and bungalows in the heart of the Anavilhanas archipelago, on the banks of the Rio Negro, the lodge offers a haven of luxury amidst the tranquil setting of the Amazon rainforest.
Anavilhanas has 20 exclusive suites, arranged in bungalows or combined cottages and is one of the most unique hotels in Brazil.
There are 4 unique, private stilt-suspended bungalows, nestled in the woods with glass walls, 32 inch TV, a spacious balcony and plenty of privacy. The 8 stilt-suspended cottages have two separate rooms, each with a private balcony facing the woods. All rooms feature air-conditioning, safe and a minibar.
The lodge was designed with sustainability in mind and strives to offer a low environmental impact on its surroundings, with strict conservation rules and working closely in partnership with the local Amazon communities.
It’s the ideal place to unwind after a day of exploration on one of the tours arranged by the lodge, lying in the pool overlooking the mighty river. Perfect.
However you choose to see it, the Amazon will without doubt be an amazing experience and all the better for a slice of luxury.
Simon Williams is Director of Bespoke Brazil.