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Amazon Superfoods: Cacao
Amazon Superfoods: Cacao

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The cacao tree, or ‘Theobroma cacao’ is a tree that grows in the Amazon Rainforest and other tropical areas of the Americas. It grows very well in humid forest ecosystems, which is why scientists believe this tree originated in the Peruvian or Ecuadorian Amazon over 5000 years ago.

Vegetarian Food in the Amazon
Vegetarian Food in the Amazon

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Avoiding meat and fish can often be a big challenge, even for places like the Amazon Rainforest, where super fruits and vegetables in are abundance. The luxurious Anakonda Amazon cruise and the Manatee Amazon cruise have many vegetarian food options.

Mosquitos and Bugs During an Amazon River Cruise
Mosquitos and Bugs During an Amazon River Cruise

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You'll encounter only a very small proportion of these critters on an Amazon River cruise, and an even smaller number pose any real danger or annoyance. There are also significantly fewer bugs around in certain regions of the Amazon or during certain times of the year.

Eating Kosher on an Amazon Cruise
Eating Kosher on an Amazon Cruise

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Any person who eats kosher will be aware of the potential difficulties involved in maintaining the practice when travelling, especially if it involves international trips to remote and exotic locations, like the Amazon. 

Top 10 Medicinal Plants of the Amazon
Top 10 Medicinal Plants of the Amazon

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Here are just 10 of the most useful medicinal plants of the Amazon rainforest (though there are thousands more!), and what they can be used for. 

Zika Virus in South America
Zika Virus in South America

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For those concerned about the Zika Virus, here we have the latest information about the latest outbreak in South America, details of the virus itself, the areas affected by it, and preventative measures you can take to ensure you can still safely experience the region.

Malaria in the Amazon: Prevention and Treatment
Malaria in the Amazon: Prevention and Treatment

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Malaria is indeed treatable and preventable; by talking to your local Travel Doctor, taking Malaria medication and protecting yourself from potential mosquito bites, will significantly reduce your risk of contracting Malaria in the Amazon. 

What is Altitude Sickness and How to Prevent It
What is Altitude Sickness and How to Prevent It

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Reportedly, 50% of travellers that go to Cusco get Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS), so there is a 50/50 chance that you will suffer on your travels. Symptoms usually kick in about six to 12 hours after you arrive at high altitude, so be aware that it may not just happen straight away. It doesn't matter how fit or young you are...

How Bad are Bugs in the Amazon?
How Bad are Bugs in the Amazon?

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Birds keep the insect population stable, and while you may notice the mosquitoes at night, you may not notice them at all in the day. Depending on the weather the insect population can differ dramatically, during the wetter months there is usually an increase in the number of mosquitoes, while during the drier months of June to November there are generally less mosquitoes.

About Rainforest Cruises

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