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I recommend you to go with a local guide instead of an international one. You may find some very different options depending on the city you plan to start. You can start in Belem, near the ocean and go through the river to the deep continent or you can start directly in Manaus. Both are big cities and you will find good places to stay there.


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One way would be to go through an Adventure travel company that offers trips in the region. They'll have their own trained guides that have extensive knowledge of the area and will generally have lots of reviews so you can get an idea of whether or not the trip is good. Examples http://www.gapadventures.com/ - Great trips through the amazon http://contiki....


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Yes, there is a ferry there. It runs from Manaus to Careiro da Várzea. Here's a street view of the other end: The Amazonas government appears to operate a scheduled ferry service between 5 am and 8 pm daily which can carry vehicles. The trip takes 1h20m. This is in addition to private ferries and boats, some of which do not carry vehicles. It doesn't ...


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I am an American expat. operating a small adventure tourism company out of Puerto Maldonado, Peru called WildPERU. Our operation is geared more towards adventure-style travel in the S.W. Amazon Basin in Peru including boat travel up-river, camping and trail walking in the forest and Pampas. We call it more of a "dirt-under-your-fingernails" kind of ...


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here is a company who does jungle training, so you can go alone next time and you probably learn much more and have more fun than by just following your guide. :)


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I've only been to Amazon jungle near Manaus, Brazil. If you're imagining yourself and a guide whacking your way though the jungle I think you're going to be disappointed. There are many developments on both sides of the river and lots of boat traffic. Most tourists stay at a "jungle lodge" which is typically just a simple hotel set on the riverbank. ...


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I have never been there, but one traveler and author, Beata Pawlikowska wrote several books about the jungle. She would go to Iquitos and hire local Indian guide there. And I believe, good communication in Spanish will be necessary, as few people there would be able to speak English. Unfortunately, only a few of the books have been translated into English ...


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How to take a boat from Iquitos to Santa Rosa/Laticia/Tabatinga Where to get up-to-date information iPeru provides information. In Iquitos, their office is at the location marked with (i) near the main square (Plaza de Armas). They can explain the boat companies and where to take the boats (boat to Manaus as well). L-S means Lunes/Monday - Sabado/Saturday ...


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As a rule of thumb, any board, if not written with chalk or easily editable, is outdated. I have found this site with prices (in Portuguese): Porto de Manaus Agency Also there's this trip's tips site describing the travel (in Portuguese): Viaje na viajem You can compare those prices with a regular airliners prices (in Portuguese): Decolar.com Note ...


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I was in Leticia, Colombia several years ago and they offered amazon tours. If you do a quick google you will find a couple of companies that offer tours there. The following site is in Spanish, but it will give you some information on their tours: http://www.amazonascolombia.com/ The tour that I did took us out on the Amazon river. We ate lunch explored ...


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You're asking for opinions, which are very personal. But... Peru has plenty to offer. You're probably flying into Lima, but not one person I've ever spoken to who has been to Lima has said it was a city worth visiting. Because of that, I skipped it on my trip this year (though I am stopping by next year). Distances in Peru (and South America) are huge. You'...


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Unfortunately this site is only in German, but maybe you understand some basic information, because there are also lot of pictures in it: http://www.hauser-exkursionen.de/amerika/eck12von_den_anden_zum_amazonas.php It is a 18 day tour in Ecuador that leads from the Andes until Amazon. I know you have only time for 4-7, but maybe you can get some ...


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I went to Amazonia Expeditions in Iquitos and they assigned a local guide Manuel who is born in a village near their Tahuayo lodge. He took me to the upper white river by a boat, which native locals use, into the jungle camping for 3 days. He only brought a water with us (he and his boat driver drink the water from the river but not for me) and all the ...


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Thought I'd come back and give this question another try. http://www.gapadventures.com/trips/exploring-the-amazon-rainforest/SEL4D/2011/ is GAP Adventures' sole Amazon tour IN Ecuador if you just search tours less than 7 days. 4 days in duration, it takes you from Quito to Coca and their jungle lodge, and back. Includes motorized canoe, caiman hunting by ...


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Your ticket is for one boat. In principle, you can not get off, wait, and get on another boat, without purchasing another ticket. Also, the long distance boats only go once or twice per week. There are several stops along the route that are, for all intents and purposes, guaranteed, but I don't really know how you could determine which ones they are short ...


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