Jungle Lodges in the Amazon

One of the best ways to get to a sense of the rain forest is to actually stay in its midst. Whether across the river from Manaus or hundreds of kilometers away, there are plenty of unforgettable eco-options to choose from.

Uncontacted Indian Tribe Surfaces in the Amazon

Satellite pictures taken earlier this year had alerted the Brazilian government’s National Indian Foundation to the possible existence of an uncontacted indigenous community that inhabits the Javari Valley Reserve. Yet only recently did researchers conduct a series of flyovers that confirmed the tribe’s existence. Aerial photos revealed four long, straw-roofed, communal huts, known as malocas, assembled in a trio of clearings that had been carved out of one of the densest and most remote parts of the Amazon forest.

Experiencing Guatemala’s Best on a Budget

Americans are not always aware that Guatemala is one of the best travel values in the world. For a very reasonable price, you can get a whole new perspective in Guatemala, with enough cash left over to treat yourself along the way to some fine restaurants and hotels that would probably cost two or three times as much in the U.S.

Life Imitates Art: “Avatar” and The Amazon

Many viewers – particularly in Brazil – were quick to note the parallels between Avatar’s tale of an Edenic planet’s indigenous inhabitants struggling against the greed and corruption of an “advanced civilization”, and the very real encroachment of greedy developers upon the rich yet fragile Amazon ecosystem.