The Amazon Rainforest was awarded World Natural Heritage by UNESCO status in 2000, and 2003. Next to the grandeur of the Amazon’s natural giants, prepare to be overwhelmed by an unusual sense of smallness. You could also try to mentally, emotionally, and physically prepare yourself for any of the typical experiences and encounters you will have in the Amazon. However, try as you might, until, beneath the light of the moon, you watch your guide swiftly snatch an alligator out of the dark Rio Negro, grin mischeviously, then pass it to you to hold on to, coming from an average lifestyle, there is simply no way to prepare for such things. And that is only the beginning! Here you will learn medicinal secrets of the endangered and, in many cases, extinct indigenous tribes, snuggle sloths, drink water from the insides of trees, watch monkeys swing through the magnificent branches of "the world’s lungs", marvel at lily–pads the size of your kitchen table, eat fruits you never would have imagined existed, canoe through the endless waterworld of the amazon, stopping to fish for piranhas and visit with local river dwellers, capture dazzling sunsets, and fall asleep at night hypnotized by the symphonic hum of the ecosystem. Welcome to the Amazon, your destination for adrenaline and rejuvenation.
There are more than 40 Jungle Lodges operating within the Amazon Rainforest to choose from. Depending on your interests, there are two wonderful seasons to make your visit. From December through March, the water levels are lower, and from June to November, the water levels rise. The dry season is from July through November. Bring a poncho if you're visiting the rest of the year to cope with the short but copious late afternoon rains.