Amazon River Cruises
Why Cruise the Amazon?
Amazon River cruises take adventurous explorers on one of the world’s most rewarding wildlife expeditions. Journey deep into the heart of the largest rainforest on Earth on a boat trip down the Amazon, a mystical realm of boundless biodiversity where physical and spiritual worlds entwine, a primeval domain still ruled by the jaguar, home to giant snakes, towering trees and uncontacted tribes hiding in plain sight.
The best Amazon cruises explore the remote reaches of this fairytale forest. Witness the playful pink river dolphins in the headwaters of the Amazon in Peru‘s Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve aboard some of the most luxurious Amazon cruises available, or see the kaleidoscopic colors of the clay licks in the Ecuadorian Oriente. Why not try boating the Amazon River’s lesser-traveled backwaters in Bolivia and explore three kinds of tropical forest, or maybe catch a rare glimpse of the Amazonian manatee in the Anavilhanas National Park of the Brazilian Amazon. What will you discover on your Amazon River tour?
Our hand-picked portfolio of traditional Amazon River boats and small Amazon river cruise ships has been carefully chosen to include remarkable vessels operated by only the most trusted of partners, preeminent pioneers of the region who offer exceptional itineraries, unrivaled knowledge and utmost levels of service.
Manatee Amazon Explorer
Iberostar Grand Amazon
Peru Amazon Cruises
Ecuador Amazon Cruises
Brazil Amazon Cruises
Bolivia Amazon Cruises
Our custom Amazon Rainforest tours seamlessly combine Amazon cruises with bespoke land tours featuring private expert-led excursions and curated accommodations. Browse our best-selling Amazon vacations below and begin an unforgettable journey tailored uniquely to you.
Rio, Iguazu Falls & Machu Picchu
From $6,475 USD
Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Rio
From $3,925 USD
Best of Peru
From $5,325 USD
Galapagos & Amazon
From $8,375 USD
Rio, Iguazu Falls & Amazon
From $4,625 USD
Amazon Rainforest & Machu Picchu
From $5,125 USD
Rio & Amazon Tour
From $3,800 USD
Quito To Amazon
From $5,900 USD
Peru Amazon Adventure
From $5,200 USD
Brazil Amazon Adventure
From $1,525 USD
Want to know more about cruising the Amazon River? Our destination specialists have compiled the definitive Amazon Rainforest travel guide to help you plan your cruise. Find out when and where to go, what to see and do, where to eat and sleep, and more below.
15 Astonishing Facts About The Amazon River
Where Is The Amazon River & Where Does Is Start And End?
Amazon River Cruise or Lodge Stay?
Exploration Of The Amazon Rainforest: A Brief History
Amazonian River Types: Blackwater, Whitewater & Clearwater
Amazon Rainforest Weather: Seasons & Best Time To Visit
What Our Customers are Saying
What Is One Thing I Shouldn’t Miss In The Amazon?
Of all the amazing sights in the Amazon, the Meeting of Waters in Brazil shouldn’t be missed. At the confluence between the black waters of the Rio Negro and the sandy whitewater of the Solimões River the two rivers’ waters run side by side without much mixing for over 6 kilometers (3.7 miles).
When Is The Best Time Of Year To Go To The Amazon?
The best time of year to visit the Amazon is during the shoulder season between the wet and dry seasons (varies by country). At this time of year river levels remain high, allowing Amazon river cruises to still navigate deep into the rainforest, and the fine weather draws out much of the wildlife.
If seeing the Amazon rainforest at its lushest and getting up close to lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying slightly cooler temperatures) sounds most attractive, then the wet season with its higher river levels might be your best choice.
If jungle hikes, fishing for piranha and other Amazon River fish species, or spotting exotic migratory birds appeals most to you, while still having the chance to see capuchin monkeys, kinkajou, and other mammals, you might be happier choosing the warmer, dry season when water levels are lower.
Our guests are awed by the Amazon at whatever time of year they visit. If you can’t decide, perhaps the best solution is to choose one season this year and the other in the future!
Is The Amazon A Good Family Destination?
An Amazon vacation is a great option for adventurous families with adaptable kids – after all, where better to inspire and educate them about the natural world! Bear in mind younger children may be affected by the humidity levels, and noisy little ones may reduce the chances of spotting wildlife.
Many of our Amazon guides have children themselves and are skilled in keeping young ones entertained, and are naturally experts in spotting any potential natural dangers you may encounter. It should be noted many Amazon river cruises have minimum age requirements of 7 and above, but jungle lodges and private charters are often more flexible.
Can You Swim In The Amazon River?
Swimming in the main channels of the Amazon river is generally not advised due to strong currents and boat traffic. Swimming in smaller tributaries and lakes is safer (especially the Amazon’s blackwater rivers), but always follow the safety advice of your guide.
What Activities Can People Do In The Amazon Rainforest?
Most people head to the Amazon to spot wildlife, and this can be done on daytime jungle walks, from canopy walkways and lookout towers, or on nighttime boat safaris. Other common Amazon Rainforest activities include piranha fishing and local community visits.
As previously mentioned, more adventurous travelers may swim in the Amazon (sometimes with pink river dolphins!) or go kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or even tree climbing. In certain parts of the Amazon, float plane flights can also be arranged to get a real bird’s-eye view of the rainforest.
How Much Does An Amazon Cruise Cost?
The cost of an Amazon cruise typically depends on itinerary length, boat comfort level and cabin category, although seasonal and single supplements may also apply. Short cruises of 4 days cost between $900 – $4,400 pp, and longer cruises of 7+ days from $1,800 – $9,600 pp based on double occupancy.
Some other Amazon river cruise cost factors to consider:
- If you wish to privately charter an Amazon river boat, costs can be significantly more, but can actually work out cheaper per person if your group fills the boat.
- There are also additional costs involved in accessing the remote parts of the Amazon when cruises depart from, namely the domestic flights to Iquitos (Peru), Coca (Ecuador), Trinidad (Bolivia), Manaus or Santarém (Brazil).
- Port fees and entrances to the national parks are typically included in your cruise cost.
- For those considering a luxury Amazon cruise, Rainforest Cruises are proud to offer a best-rate guarantee thanks to our unique relationships with operators.
- To get your cruise cheaper, keep apprised of the latest Amazon river cruise deals.