The Amazon River. Peru to Brazil
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Nov 3, 2013 3:24 PM Last Post By: aarontombe
Jul 25, 2011 9:42 AM
I have wanted for many years of my life to travel along either the Congo river or the Amazon.
I have chosen the Amazon (partly because of the pink dolphines) and I have a few questions.
Firstly, can you travel from Peru all the way into Brazil and down river to the coast?
Secondly, are their any slightly less touristly boats and captains charting this river?
Thirdly, Is there a specific time of year that is best? (e.g rain season).
Thanks for you time!!!
Jul 25, 2011 9:48 AM
1Yes you can. Although you'll need to change boat at the border. This will be at the tri-frontier region of Tabatinga/Leticia/Santa Rosa island. Do a search you will find many results.
You will not find any boats flowing down Peru to Brazil catering specifically to tourists. People depend on the boats traveling to and fro on the river. There is lack of other means of transportation.
Jul 25, 2011 10:01 AM
2Hi Tom, great ambition, I'd love to go down the Congo having gone down the Amazon - and would love to go down other rivers in the Amazon basin for that matter. Anyway to answer your questions.
You can go from Peru to Brazil by boat. In Peru you have three options. You can start in Yurimaguas, Pucallpa, or Iquitos. If you start in Yurimaguas or Pucallpa you'll be first travelling to Iquitos.
From Iquitos you continue down to Sta Rosa (which borders the towns of Leticia in colombia and Tabatinga in Brazil), from Tabatinga to Manaus and finally from Manaus down to Belem (though you can do other stops along the way such as in Santarem)
With regards to the boats - don't worry they're not too touristy, The most number of tourists on a boat other than me and my friend when I went down were 4 brits, 4 uruguayans otherwise it went to as low as no other foreign tourists (though Brazilian tourists were present).
If you search the forum you'll find plenty of advice on taking the boats, what to take...etc.
It's a fantastic trip if you're the kind of person who's happy with days spent just watching the river go by, playing dominoes, reading, sleeping... I know that some people find it incredibly boring but I highly recommend it.
Jul 25, 2011 2:18 PM
3Fully agree with the others. Try to start at Pucallpa as the river is small and the trip ismore interesting. Soon the river gets very wide and you will be in the middle of the river but still very interestig and relaxing. Not a touristic experience but a good adventure
Jul 25, 2011 7:26 PM
Jul 25, 2011 10:56 PM
51 month is pretty good, you probably have more time than you need. yurimaguas to iquitos is 3 days. iquitios to leticia is 1 days on fast boat or 3 days on cargo boat. tabantinga to belen is like 12 days.
u can fly from lima to iquitos easily or bogota to leticia. it depends where u want to start your journey. the airline may require to show yellow fever vac.
Jul 26, 2011 1:46 AM
Jul 26, 2011 1:48 AM
7Tabatinga to Belem is faster - Going Iquitos-Leticia, Tabatinga-Manaus, Manaus-Santarem, Santarem-Belem involved a total of 9 days on boats (taking all slow boats) plus some days in the different stops along the way. Later the boat from Belem to Macapa was 24hrs.
So if you have a month you have enough time and could visit other places. Assuming you start in Lima, for example, you could head overland to Chachapoyas visit the sites around including Kuelap, on the way to Tarapoto and Yurimaguas to get on the boat.
Also the boat ride is cool, but it's more a human adventure, if you want to experience some of the jungle itself you'll have to do a tour from either Iquitos, Leticia or Manaus (or Tefe if you can afford it one of the best jungle lodges - Uakari Lodge is near Tefe).
Also if you have time at the other end you can head south from Belem to Sao Luis, Lencois Merenhenses and beyond. Though of course there's only so much you can do with a month.
Jul 26, 2011 9:25 AM
8Great, thanks Toad. I'm sure the human adventure would be good before plunging into the jungle. And i'll take a look at the lodge.
Does anyone know much about heading into Colombia and up to the pacific coast (or near abouts) and the dangers, is any, regarding the farc and the paras?
I'll still head down the amazon, but am looking into a side trip for after.
Burgeword, I am looking at either dec or jan. I will be carting along some light film equipement as the trip will be the introduction to a series of documentraries about South, Central and North America. Any one who is making the trip and could be a part of it would be amazing.
Jul 26, 2011 9:31 AM
9You can't go overland from Leticia to the rest of Colombia first because there's no road and 2nd because it would take you through Farc controlled areas which are best avoided. Furthermore the Pacific coast of Colombia is also largely a no-go area, there are pockets you can visit but best to fly into these.
What you can do is fly Leticia to Bogota and visit large swathes of Colombia.
Jul 26, 2011 9:40 AM
Jul 27, 2011 2:23 AM
11Look up standinista on this site he knows quite a lot about some more out of the way places in Bolivia, Paraguay...etc. he may be able to suggest some good routes.
Also if you search the web I remember coming across a blog from a guy who'd travelled a lot of the Amazon river basin and wrote about it.
Also I believe there are some boats along the Rio Negro from Manaus which is definitely not a common route for tourists (I'm not talking about the tour boats of which there are a couple but of the public boats).
Oh and if you're into river travel another great river trip I did was in Mali on the Niger - it was only the standard Mopti to Timbuktu but we rented our own pinasse and took our time stopping along the way. I'd love to go back and continue from Timbuktu to Gao which I hear is a stunning trip. Just food for thought.
Jul 27, 2011 10:07 AM
Beginning of December is definitely an option for me... wouldn't have as long as a month but if we started off together in Lima/Iquitos then we could go our separate ways as and when!
Happy to get involved on the documentary side too - it's not entirely irrelevant to my profession and interests me anyway.
Jul 27, 2011 5:18 PM
13Thanks again Toad! I certainly so enjoy the rivers, especially the not so travelled rivers. They are in many cases to only access to some of the most isolated places on earth, which fascinates me.
Burgeword, sounds great.
I'm still in the early stages of planning so I'm am not enitrely sure of my route as of yet.
I think Lima is a good placeto start.
Toads recommendations sounded good.
"You can go from Peru to Brazil by boat. In Peru you have three options. You can start in Yurimaguas, Pucallpa, or Iquitos. If you start in Yurimaguas or Pucallpa you'll be first travelling to Iquitos.
From Iquitos you continue down to Sta Rosa (which borders the towns of Leticia in colombia and Tabatinga in Brazil), from Tabatinga to Manaus and finally from Manaus down to Belem (though you can do other stops along the way such as in Santarem)".
Also cheers for the heads up on yellow fever Dawhim. Is malaria treatment also recommened?
Jul 28, 2011 1:30 AM
14re Malaria, always best to check with a travel clinic, but you'll be going through some Malarial regions. Having said that mosquitoes were not a problem going down river as the wind from the movement of the boat took care of preventing the mosquitoes (and I guess being in the middle of the river as opposed to near the bank helps).
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