Me and 3 friends are going to fly to Argentina then to Chile to see some of the sights for 3 weeks, then head to Brazil for the Rio Carnival.
My friends will then head home (England), however, I would like a 4th/5th week to see a nice chunk of the Amazon rainforest. Because I'll be on my own I would rather be able to book a tour before I go and get straight on with it when the time comes. Rather than scurrying around Rio on my own looking for a reputable compay.
I know about google and will try that but I wondered if anybody had anything to add, recommendations etc.
Thanks for any help!
Do you want a tour that starts from Rio, or rather book a flight to Manaus (or other town/city) and have the tour started from there?
And the price: budget, top end?
Hi, thanks for your reply. I would fly elsewhere if necessary. Looking on the low budget side, but not the absolute most basic though if possible. What sort of range of costs am i looking at and is 1 week enough or would 2 be better?
Most trips out of Manaus are about 3-5 days, so in total a week from Rio including airticket is enough time.
Can't really help you with the lower budget range. I did a trip to Mamirau reserve, about 1.5 hour by boat from Tefé, which is 1 hour flight or so from Manaus. It's not expensive for what you get, it's like midrange or so and everything is included. Just google a bit to see if you like it.
It's a sustainable development area and part of the official UNESCO site of the central Amazon, unlike the area around manaus which is overdeveloped and mostly not eco-tourism (although tour operators claim otherwise of course: lodge in jungle = eco. LOL).
There are very good tour operator in Manaus.
How ever..... Watch out: Book your expeditions only with an Agency.do NOT book with the TOUTS at Manaus Airport or on the Streets.