When you think about visiting the Amazon Rainforest, the first image that usually pops into people’s mind is rough men, dressed as Indiana Jones, slashing away vines with their machetes and complaining about mosquitos. Well, that last part is definitely true. However, the site, as vast as it is, has changed over the years, though there are still some challenges afoot.
Where to Go
The rainforest isn’t constrained by a single country. In fact, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, and Colombia are some of the countries where you can enter it. Where you start your visit depends on your personal preference, as well as what your wallet says is okay.
We would recommend Manaus, Brazil, the reason being that it is a big city that can satisfy most of your modern needs, while also being close to the jungle – close enough to join one of many thrilling trekking tours.
When to Visit
If you are okay with heat, anywhere between September and November is okay, especially for hikes. February, March, and April are perfect for those that don’t mind breathing water directly from the air. Most visitors, however, prefer the middle ground when the river level is at its peak, meaning that you will not get surprised by floods.
What to Plan for
There are several things you need to bear in mind. The aforementioned mosquitoes are more than just pests. Get informed on the necessary inoculations and consult your doctor on what you need to know about the region and how to protect yourself from various diseases and infections.
It isn’t uncommon for tourists, especially those with a weaker constitution, to get sick easily. This goes double if you are not used to this type of climate – the Amazon is too humid for many people. To protect yourself, drink bottled water and eat fresh food.
Another thing to watch out for are dangerous animals, though they tend to shy away from humans, particularly tourists in large groups. You will probably not get attacked by a jaguar or alligator, but you may want to watch out for snakes, frogs, and leeches.
What to Bring
Depending on the region you are planning to visit, you may need some or all of the following items:
· Waterproof boots
· Mosquito net
· Bug Spray
· A hat
· A torch
· Light clothes with detachable parts
· Something for the rain (not an umbrella)
These things may sound silly at first and, indeed, if you are planning on taking pictures of the jungle from the comfort of your hotel room, they are. That being said, they can be essential in getting you through the forest safe and sound.
Only if you are adventurous enough. The trip is not a pleasure cruise (except when you actually book a pleasure cruise), so no one is going to be thinking less of you for deciding to skip this place. It isn’t for everyone, but it sure is exotic.