Teds Travels – Amazon, always in a small boat
Recognised as the most romantic and exotic river in the world, the Amazon is fed by thousands of tributaries, from its source high in the Andes down to the Atlantic Ocean in northern Brazil. The Amazon basin is the largest drainage basin in the world, with an area about 7 million square kilometres, an area almost as big as Australia!
The Amazon biodiversity is astounding, it is wild as it can be remote. One of the best ways to explore and to experience the rainforest and its many rivers is by boat. Here are some of the nice boats that we think offer good value and a great experience, whether your clients are bird watchers, butterfly catchers, or they want to find that orchid and/or bromeliad, spot the jaguar, or learn about the different plants that can be used for medical remedies.
We start on the Rio Napo in Ecuador here you can find boats piling up and down the big river that continues into Peru just above Iquitos and then into Brazil. The M/V Anakonda and Manatee boats offer 4, 5 and 8-night cruises. Next, we offer your clients departing from Iquitos a number great choices of boats that operate in the area. The deluxe Delfin I with four only luxury suites, and its’ sister boats Delfin II and Delfin III that have more cabins (14 and 22 respectively).
Another deluxe boat is the Amazon Aria with 16 cabins, the Amazon Discovery and the Zafiro. just to name a few. the adventurous client can travel from Iquitos and join as many banana cargo boats as it takes to travel all the way to the mouth of the mighty Amazon river as it empties out into the Atlantic around the town of Belem in Brazil. Just make sure to advise them to BYO toilet roll!
In Manaus, the capital of the Amazon, we offer three very different vessels in the 3-4 star comfort range: The Amazon Clipper a basic boat with 8 cabins, it’s sister boat the Amazon Clipper Premium has 16 cabins, both offering 2, 3, 5, and 8-night cruises. The lovely Tucano, with 9 cabins, offers 6 and 4-night cruises. And lastly, the Desafio, a 3 masted sailing boat with 12 cabins, in which we normally only book the upper deck for our guests’ comfort.
Twelve boats to choose from to explore this amazing wilderness, I believe the only way to experience the Amazon is to do it by small boat or stay in a jungle lodge to properly engage with the world largest oxygen lung. I don’t understand why would clients want to sail into Amazon on a plus two thousand passenger cruise ship!
Ted Dziadkiewicz is Director and Founder of Contours Travel, Australia’s longest running tour operator to Latin America. He has been more than 100 times to Latin America over the past 40 years and visited over 20 countries. If you want to know more visit www.contourstravel.com.au