Dramatic Amazon River Sunsets

Off the Beaten Track: Amazon River Cruising

Posted September 20th, 2017

Home to one of the world’s most fascinating and unique ecosystems, the mighty Amazon River is unlike any other destination. Cruises that explore this vast waterway offer passengers the trip of a lifetime filled with adventure, exploration and discovery. Below, we’ve profiled some of the Amazon River’s most famous animal residents and the cruise itineraries that feature them.

One of the Amazon's residents - a black capped squirrel monkey.  Most frequently found in Bolivia, Brazil & Peru

Animal Attractions

The largest river in South America, the Amazon is over 6,400 kilometres long and flows through Guyana, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil and Peru. Together, the Amazon River and the Amazon Rainforest are home to over 2,000 types of fish and more than 400 species of mammals and amphibians. Inhabitants of the Amazon River include anacondas, black caimans, bull sharks and piranhas, as well as the beautiful pink Amazon river dolphin. Other animals to keep an eye out for in the Amazon Basin include sloths, toucans, jaguars, capybaras and macaws.

 A school of red bellied piranhas 


  • Avalon Waterways’ From the Inca Empire to the Peruvian Amazon – On this 11-day roundtrip from Lima, guests will experience some of South America’s most famous travel highlights. After visiting several ancient sites, including the legendary Machu Picchu, passengers will set sail on an Amazon River cruise in Inquitos aboard the Delfin III. Along with wildlife-viewing sessions, the itinerary boasts cooking demonstrations, a trip to the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, kayaking, piranha fishing and more.
  • Scenic’s Peru Adventure and Amazon Cruise – Scenic’s 13-day voyage also departs from and returns to the stunning city of Lima. Special Amazon River experiences include wildlife spotting along a jungle trail, visits to local villages and meetings with native Amazonians, cruising along some of the river’s many tributaries, and jungle excursions with expert naturalist guides.

Tour inlets off the Amazon River by small boats, like this one in Peru

  • National Geographic’s Upper Amazon Cruise – Over 10 glorious days, passengers will be able to explore the amazing biodiversity of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Joined by a team of experienced naturalists, guests can keep an eye out for everything from the rare Amazon river dolphins to sloths and howler monkeys. Passengers are also joined by a National Geographic-Lindblad certified photo instructor who will be more than willing to share useful tips and tricks. Finally, guests will get the chance to meet the Indigenous people who live along the river and gain insight into their fascinating way of life.
  • Oceania Cruises’ Astonishing Amazon – This 22-day itinerary aboard the Sirena cruise ship features stops at amazing destinations in South America, including San Juan in Puerto Rico and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. While in Santarém, guests will also spend time exploring a remote part of the Amazon during a hike in the Tapajos National Forest.

Calming sunsets like this can be enjoyed in many areas off the Amazon River

The Amazon River has so much to offer its visitors! To discover the wonders of the Amazon, get in touch with our friendly cruise consultants today on 1300 954 661. We can provide you with more information about the available itineraries and help you book your cruising holiday. Need help with flights, accommodation and travel insurance? We’re here to assist you with all aspects of your trip!


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