View from the lookout tower at the Reserva Natural Palmari. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Nature Reserves on the Río Yavarí

The Río Yavarí is in an unspoiled, isolated part of the Amazon basin and is home to two excellent private natural reserves where you will be immersed in the jungle through all manner of activities. Spend at least three days or up to a week at one of the Yavarí nature reserves (they are both excellent) to gain a real appreciation for jungle life.

The Colombian Amazon.

Where to Go in Colombia

Deciding where to go in Colombia is a challenge even for those who know exactly what they want from their travels: nightlife in Bogotá is vastly different from Cali when the sun goes down, and outdoor adventures along the Pacific Coast is not at all like those along the Caribbean. Here you’ll find general overviews of each region in Colombia to help plan where to spend your time.

View from Rio de Janeiro of the bay and the high dome of Sugarloaf mountain.

Moon Brazil

In this full-color guide, journalist Michael Sommers leads travelers to the best that Brazil has to offer, from surfing, hang gliding, and enjoying the sizzling nightlife in Rio to venturing into the Amazon to witness the Meeting of the Waters, where the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões join to form the world’s mightiest river: the […]

Pink dolphins frolic in the Colombian Amazon. Photo © Pruit Phatsrivong, licensed from Shutterstock.

Ten Surprising Facts About Colombia

From its rich biodiversity to its stunning natural landscapes, Colombia, where the Andes meet the Caribbean, has a lot going for it as a tourist destination. Here are ten things a first-time visitor should know about this culturally and ecologically diverse South American country before booking that ticket.

Moon Peru

This full-color guide to Peru includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Lima resident Ryan Dubé (along with helpful Machu Picchu expert Ben Westwood) offers an insider’s view of Peru, from exploring the churches and artisan neighborhoods of Cusco to avoiding the crowds at Machu Picchu and picnicking on the wilderness beach of Reserva Nacional […]

Single, double, and triple-decked riverboats wait at port while the soft peach of sunrise glistens on the water.

Cruise the Amazon on a Riverboat Trip

An alternative to staying put in a jungle lodge is to choose a riverboat as your headquarters, which will allow you to cover far more territory. Michael Sommers shares the various options for cruising the Amazon, from luxury ships with plasma TVs and champagne to local boats that are geared more for transport than tourism.

A two-level river boat with a smaller boat alongside floats on glassy river water at the verdant shore.

From Manaus into the Amazon Rain Forest

From Manaus, you can get a taste of the rain forest with day trips, but a longer tour or excursion is better if you want to get away from civilization, experience “virgin” forest, and see some wildlife.

A herd of water buffalo rest in a pool of water surrounded by short grasses.

Ilha de Marajó in Para, Brazil

This Switzerland-size island, some 90km northwest of Belém, boasts deserted beaches and mangrove swamps teeming with exotic cranes, herons, ibises, and thousands and thousands of water buffalo.