The Amazon in South America is the second longest river in the whole world and has by far the largest amount of waterflow. Impressively the discharge of the Amazon is greater than the combination of the next seven largest rivers. It also has the largest drainage basin in the world (7,050,000 square meters) and is responsible for a total of 1/5th of the Earth’s river flow.
As you can imagine then, with statistics like that there is an awful lot of Amazon to explore and Amazon cruises will take you through much of South America. You can expect to come across Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil depending on the Amazon cruises you choose to go on and this means that you can get a highly varied and exciting trip. If you’re the sort of person who enjoys going to different countries so you can say you have and ‘tick them off your list’ then this will be an ideal way for you to get a big chunk of South America under your belt. Furthermore, if you are interested in seeing a range of different cultures and landscapes rather than just visiting one country then a cruise is also very appropriate for you.
In some ways as well Amazon cruises are more impressive than cruises on the sea. This is because you can invariably see something of interest during the cruise and not only when the boat has stopped. At it’s wider points the Amazon is around 10 kilometers wide, but at its narrowest it is around 1.6 kilometers. This means that much of the time you will be able to see the world passing by whether that’s thick jungle or mountains. If views of tropical rainforest going past your window sound good to you, then a cruise on the Amazon is probably going to go down a treat.
Likewise you can also expect to see a lot of interesting wildlife when on Amazon cruises so this will further help to keep your journey exciting and interesting. This might range from crocodiles to rare birds or to a range of safari animals at the river’s edge. Here’s something interesting – more than one third of all the species of animals in the world live in the Amazon rainforest; so you really don’t know what you might see.
Not only is this a fantastic experience in terms of culture and adventure, but also a great way to relax and unwind. The climate is warm and pleasant, and being on a cruise means that you’ll have everything you need on tap. In this respect Amazon cruises have all the benefits of going to all inclusive hotels and you can expect to take part in games, enjoy lavish meals and probably appreciate a games room or a swimming pool depending on your boat. These really are holidays that have it all.