The Amazon

Home to the greatest collection of plant and animal life on earth, the awe-inspiring Amazon encompasses more than 7 million sq km. There are countless ways to experience its astounding biodiversity: trekking through dense jungle, visiting indigenous villages, flying over the vast green expanse of undulating waterways, slow-boating between river towns or lounging in a jungle lodge after a day spent wildlife-watching. Nine countries share a bit of the famous rainforest, all of which have excellent bases to experience it firsthand.