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How To Plan A Trip To The Amazon Rain Forest

The Amazon accounts for over half of the planet’s remaining rain forests and is the largest and most bio diverse tropical rain forest in the world, making it the most diverse place in all of the know universe. The Amazon River gives this jungle it’s name and is known for being the largest river in the world in terms of water volume. The Amazon basin is also the largest basin in the world covering about 40% of South America, and is painted with jaw dropping landscapes and exotic species.

How can you experience an adventure in the Amazon? Here are four steps to take when planning a trip to the Amazon:

Choose a country

The Amazon covers nine nations: Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. You can find a variety of accommodations and activities to do in each country. The choice depends on how much time do you have available for your trip, as access to the Amazon is not the same in all countries. The most accessible part is Ecuador and the Brazil area. 

Research the many activities available

Tours of the region run from luxury riverboat tours to rustic hiking and camping expeditions but planned tours are be the best option to get around the rainforest. They give you the opportunity to enjoy the abundant aquatic life, such as river dolphins, giant otters, piranha and catfish. Among the trees, you’ll spot sloths and primates, such as tamarins and squirrel monkeys. You will also be able to spot birds such as herons, kingfishers, parrots, macaws, oropendolas, kiskadees and anis. Other activities include hiking forest trails, canoe riding and more. The fascinating local indigenous cultures have a very important role when travelling to the Amazon as well. Check out the 3, 4 or 5 day itineraries offered by our Lodge, Yaucma Jungle EcoLodge, or contact us here to travel to places in the Peruvian  or Bolivia

Check for vaccinations

Each country has a specific plan of vaccinations depending on what risks exist there. Some countries require that travelers take hepatitis, yellow fever and typhoid vaccines before traveling, so that they can grant you entry once back home. Depending on the country you come from, there are some vaccines required, so it’s important to do some research regarding this topic before you travel to the Amazon. For example, some parts of Brazil require the need the Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccine. In some cases it will be necessary for the following vaccines: Hepatitis B, Malaria, Rabies, and Yellow Fever. It’s suggested to consult your doctor for the most up-​to-​date information and advice before coming to the Ecuadorian Amazon Rain forest.

Necessary supplies

There are a few things that you need to pack, such as insect repellent (VERY important, because of the high risk of insect borne diseases), a flashlight, sunglasses, a small backpack (waterproof), sun block, hiking boots (or rubber boots), cap (or hat), a light rain jacket, lots of lightweight clothing that dries quickly and and your personal toiletries and medicine.

All these steps will enable you to arrive at and enjoy the Amazon rain forest safely. A great adventure awaits you. You can meet exotic species, discover a unique lifestyle, observe beautiful landscapes, and  enjoy an unforgettable journey to one the earth’s unique treasures.

If you are planning to visit the Amazon, you should definitely consider the most easily accessible part of the Amazon, which is in Ecuador. The principal artery for vis­i­tor transport is the Napo River, where Yacuma EcoLodge is located. Yacuma offers unique Amazonian bungalows that blend traditional jungle design with modern comfort to make you feel immersed in the jungle. Begin your Amazon jungle adventure with us today, click here to book your room.