The Amazon River is about 4,000 miles long with a diverse culture and habitat. Coupled with the Amazon River is the Amazon Rainforest; it's thought to contain nearly one-third of all animals on the planet. The Amazon River has not quite caught up with the rest of the world, hence a lack of information on tourist activities and possibilities on the internet. The problem is local. Only the major cities possess organized tourism, and Amazon River cities are great place to start. Travel agencies are an excellent source of information. Activities on the river include piranha fishing, rainforest excursion, river cruises and caiman spotting.
Amazon River Expedition Cruise
Cruising the Amazon River is an excellent way to explore it. It provides on-board sleep hammocks or below deck rooms. There are organized activities with trustworthy guides. The cruise covers several miles of the river; it shows off the unique wildlife and environment. The Aqua Expedition offers a Amazon River Cruise with nearly all the luxury of home. Other cruises are more rustic.
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23 varieties of Piranha live in the Amazon River. The primary fishing method is cane fishing. Cane fishing uses a cane, fishing line and bait hook. It's possible to reel in several piranhas using this method per day. Piranha fishing is primarily a tourist activity; locals know better then to mess with the ferocious fish. The cane fishing method is used to ensure the continuation of the species as it isn't as invasive as regular fishing. The best way to go Piranha fishing is to choose a river cruise or resort that lists it as one of activities.
A rainforest excursion is a hike through portions of the rainforest. The rainforest environment resembles no other environment. Moisture and heat creates a sauna effect with lush growth of trees and plants. Several species of snakes, lizards and monkeys may be seen on the excursion. You can also stop in at one of the preserves and view animals at those locations.
Caiman Spotting is just as it sounds. Tourists--often with guides--go out and look at the Caimans lining the river. Each pair of yellow eyes along the river is a Caiman. You can count how many sets you see, but you may lose track. The guide enhances the experience with his knowledge as well as keeps you safe. Caimans grow to up to 12 feet in length and vaguely resemble crocodiles. They eat mammals, reptiles and fish.