Planning a trip to anywhere in the world, especially if you haven’t been there before, would entail a lot of research and preparation. This is especially true if you’re planning a trip to an exotic place, such as the Amazon.
First of all, it’s very important that you find out more about the Amazon. Yes, the word could conjure images of rivers, jungles, parrots and extensive wildlife (and no, we are not referring to the Amazon company, the one rivaling eBay), but apart from these, you should know other basic information about the Amazon. For example, the Amazon River, one of the largest rivers in the world, actually spans 7 countries, namely Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Guyana, all in South America. It is actually not just a river but a river system, with 20 major rivers and more than 1,000 tributaries. At the Amazon river’s basin, you could find the Amazon rain forest, which is one of the densest tropical forests in the world, with a total area of more than 5 million square kilometers. This rain forest actually supports more than a third of all the species of wildlife in the world. The river itself supports species of exotic aquatic life such as the Boto or the Amazon River Dolphin, the piranha, and the Anaconda snake.
To gain access to more information about the Amazon River, you could just do about an hour’s research using Internet search tools as Google and MSN. For you to get a clear idea of how extensive the Amazon River system is, look at it using Google maps.
After learning more about the Amazon River, you would be better equipped to plan for the specific destinations that you would like to cover. Remember, as it is truly large, one option you could consider would be to span one major river, or to visit one of the countries that it encompasses and then just travel the length of the river within that area. Some of the most popular Amazon travel packages would start off from Peru, or from Brazil.
If you want to do less planning and preparation, you could leave all the arrangements to professionals by taking advantage of numerous available Amazon packages. Expect a tightly-packed, well-scheduled tour that would highlight the main attractions of the specific area that you choose. One of these tour packages include those offered by Explorations Inc (check them out at explorationsinc.com), which are 8-day cruise tours such as the Amazon Jungle Safari – if you would like your tour to focus more on the wildlife there – and the Amazon River Cruises. Yet another tour package available is from the website untamedpath.com, with 9-day tours and 15-day tours that include mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting and canoeing. For other tour services, check out your local white pages.
You could also craft your own itinerary, but make sure that you do research on the available accommodations there, and all the activities you could do. One website that could help you out is tripadvisor.com.
Some of the other preparations that you would have to undertake would be the things and equipment you would need to bring along. What you would pack would definitely depend on how many days you would be staying in the Amazon. Remember, you should expect to rough it up. Top items to bring include durable clothes (jeans, hiking boots, hats), binoculars, insect-repellent, sunblock lotion, and a camera (it’s a good idea to bring water-resist casing to protect your camera). Leave all jewelry at home!
After the trip, remember to email your friends (through hotmail, etc) or blog about your adventures, so you could help out other people who are themselves interested in planning a trip to the Amazon River. Good luck with the preparations, and hope you have fun on your trip!