Brazil Amazon cruise
Brazil Amazon cruise

Must-See National Parks on Amazon Tours in Brazil

Though Brazil and its Amazon region boast many attractions – a vibrant culture, unique landscape and fascinating history to name but a few – the one thing that this area has in abundance is nature.

In order to protect the wildlife and encourage it to thrive, the Brazilian government has created a vast network or National Parks and reserves along the Amazon River, all of which make great excursions during an Amazon River adventure. Indeed, no trip to Brazil is complete without taking in one of these great parks.

river cruise amazonThe Jaú National Park

When it comes to seeing and experiencing the natural world on Amazon tours in Brazil, visitors are spoiled for choice. Simply entering the jungle will overwhelm your senses with a cacophony of sights and sounds all of which are specific to the jungle and its inhabitants.

Covering an area of 5.6 million acres, the Jaú National Park is the largest forest reserve in South America and as a result boasts some of the most varied and plentiful plant and animal life on the continent.

Thanks to this abundance of natural life, the park features on many Amazon tours in Brazil, allowing guests the chance to spot Amazon River dolphins, jaguars and manatees.

The Anavilhanas National Park

Spread over 350,000 hectares of jungle, the Anavilhanas National Park is largely made up of islands, islets and canals within the Rio Negro and forms the world’s largest freshwater archipelago.


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For passengers on Amazon tours in Brazil, the National Park is a must see. The intricate network of waterways changes throughout the high and low water seasons, providing a rich and varied  habitat to the crocodiles, sloths, parrots, snakes and frogs that have made the park their home.

small boat amazon river cruisesLake January Ecological Park

This easily accessible park is just a 45-minute boat journey from Manaus. It’s a favourite of passengers on Amazon tours in Brazil thanks to the diversity of eco-systems contained within it.

Visitors can get even closer to nature by taking a canoe trip through the park’s waterways. Giving them a great close-up view of the landscape and inhabitants of this magical place.

If you want to get up close and personal with the natural world on your Amazon expedition cruise in Brazil is definitely the place to go. Its national parks offer visitors the chance to really experience the jungle and leave the Amazon with a deeper and more profound understanding of the natural world and the unique role that the rainforest plays in it.

Is an expert in everything South America, his passion for the region and exploring off the beaten path makes his travel writing both useful and interesting. He has written for several mainstream publications and you can read his guides on Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Andre is also an accomplished photographer and has been recognized as one of the best wildlife photographers in the region, his photos have been featured in National Geographic and other journals. As a travel agent Andre specializes in curating unique experiences, crafting tailor made itineraries and helping visitors make the best of their vacation, always putting the experience first

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