Must See Monday - The Amazon
The Amazon River, originating in Peru, is one of the most famous rivers in the world. Known for its size and impressive length of nearly 7,000 kilometers, the Amazon River passes through Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil. With exposure across so many different countries and regions, travelers have a rich variety of options when it comes to experiencing the Amazon. Here are 3 must see locations of the mighty Amazon River:
If you're looking to see the Amazon for the first time, Manaus is the place to go. It offers one of the most remarkable sights along the river's winding path - the point where the rivers Negro and Solimoes meet and join together. The dark waters of the Negro River combine with the muddy waters of the Solimoes to create a two-tone watercolored piece of art. As the largest city in the Amazon, Manaus also serves as a pocket of modernity amidst the wild jungle. There are many guided rainforest tours showcasing the local exotic wildlife, which are a must for the adventure traveler. If you're more interested in arts and culture, the Teatro Amazonas is a historic opera house that offers excellent performances throughout the year. Also, this city will be one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, so make sure to book your rental in advance!
Linked to the outside world solely by air and Amazon River, Iquitos is the world's largest city that cannot be reached by road. However, that does not deter it from being known as the “Capital of the Amazon." Once inside, the city flourishes with vibrancy and life. Whether you are participating in a jungle adventure or boating down the Amazon River on a cruise, Iquitos is sure to provide an authentic Amazonian experience for travelers.
3) Rurrenabaque, Bolivia
Also known as the 'Rooftop of the World,' the small town of Rurrenabaque in Bolivia is the gateway to the Amazon Basin. This lively jungle town provides the ideal starting point for your Amazonian adventures. Backpackers are drawn to this area due to its abundance of eco-lodges and outdoor activities. With more than 1,000 species of birds and 300 types of mammals and reptiles, Rurrenabaque is overflowing with nature's abundance.
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This blog post was written by Miriam Vaught, Tripping blogger.