There are many things to keep in mind when trying to decide which cruise or tour you have to do at Amazon and there are many choices to choose from. What factors should you consider when deciding which is the best choice for you?
Some people just want to get an idea of what the jungle is like: a three day stay or a cruise This will allow them a whole day in the jungle, as the first and last days are usually for travel from the airport and back to the airport. They should not plan to see very wild animals or the capital jungle, though it's not just getting long enough For example, Manaus has about 1.5 million inhabitants, so you have to get far enough from the city to feel like you are in a wildlife area
People who want to have a sense of jungle need to stay longer. It usually takes a few days to overcome people in the jungle rhythm and you have to enter a variety of ecosystems so you are more likely to see more plant and animal species.
Most people think of "Brazil" when thinking about the Amazon basin, but it's also in Peru, Ecuador and many other countries. You can have good experiences in these countries, so you do not have to fly all over South America to see the Amazon unless you have a special reason. If you want to go to Machu Picchu, then you can make a trip to the Arabian Ocean. If you want to see the Galápagos, make a trip to the Amazon in Ecuador.
Do not rely on just enough brochures or websites. A local man told me that a particular accommodation in the Iquitos area was probably the most beautiful one there – but their drivers were fired from other accommodation. One of the cruise companies presents a variety of boats on their website, but only one is now reserved for regular cruises. Another accommodation looks nice on the website, but the service has deteriorated badly and the buildings have gotten run down. Others give you great interaction with local Indians, but these Indians are still hunted, so you will not see many wild animals there.
Alcoholism is a problem in the Amazon and drivers are not immune to this problem. I remember reading many travel reports years ago, where people said that the driver they hired knew a lot about the jungle but would drink in the evening and would go after the female customers and would not have a cooking dinner so they had to take care for themselves. Recently I was sad to learn that one of the leading drivers of the Peruvian Amazon, who was the subject of many videos about the survival of the jungle, etc., was fired because he had become an alcoholic. His father was also one of the top drivers but suffered the same fate. Good operators are based on repetitive advertisements and word-of-mouth advertisements, so they do not have the luxury of keeping guides that will cause public relations problems.
A good driver can make all the difference on a jungle trip. If you come alone in the jungle, all you'll see is a sea of green plants and a deal with sounds. A good guide knows what all these different plants are and what uses they have. She can tell what makes these sounds, their relationship to the plants in the area and where to look for them. They have a strange eye to detect seemingly invisible things. I remember a night walk where we switched off our lights and we were in the dark, but our driver somehow understood a big black spider on a tree trunk. So it can turn a unique experience into a Technicolor experience. As with any business, a good driver can manage a better salary than a trainee, so do not expect to be a top driver if you travel with the cheapest trip you can find. (the climate is burdened by buildings and boats, so low-budget interventions will not possibly have well preserved facilities.) Also, cheaper accommodation is often close to the city, so they are not located in areas that are so virgin or so wild Life.)
Airports at the gates of the Amazon, such as Iquitos and Manaus, were shelters for fraudsters. They knew that many people would arrive without reservation and would offer exciting trips at exceptional prices, but of course they would not often give up what they had promised. Governments are working hard to try to eradicate these types but remain a problem for unsuspecting budget travelers.
Most travel agencies will offer some of the most traveler cruises or accommodations that offer activities that most people think most travel agencies are more aware of mass-market locations such as Las Vegas, Cancun and Disneyland, from whatever they want to do, but if you want to camp or kayak or do something out of the ordinary, then you have to look elsewhere. it's for Amazon's specialized travel. Some of the privately-owned properties are like the big jungle resorts. If that's what interests you, then fine. But many people want something more intimate and authentic and less intrusive. So it is better to communicate with someone who has more experience in the kind of trip you are looking for.