Discover a whole new world of unique flora and fauna by visiting iconic jungles and rainforests on a dedicated jungle cruise.
A jungle cruise promises an unforgettable experience, whether you're travelling down the river by boat or trekking on foot during a day excursion. Amazon and Borneo river cruises offer exciting itineraries for adventure seekers and luxury travellers alike.
Best Places to See the Jungle
Amazon river cruises generally start in the Amazonian city of Manaus and finish in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil or Buenos Aires, Argentina. It's always exciting to leave the boat on a shore excursions to explore the environment up close and when it comes to shore excursions, you can't get much better than transferring into a small canoe and journeying into a flooded rainforest during the Amazon's high water season.
On the other hand, admire the pristine rainforests of equatorial Borneo, the world's third biggest island and home to the largest pristine rainforests on the planet. Home to orangutans, pygmy elephants and native monkeys, shore expeditions in Borneo include visits to wildlife sanctuaries and guided jungle treks through an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Expedition cruises along the Kinabatangan River are a great way to discover this region.
When to Go
Rainforest cruises depart year round, though arguably the best times to go on a jungle cruise is the end of the wet season. The Amazon's low water season (June to November) is the drier season, though with 12 feet annual rainfall, you can expect rain at any time. During the high water season (December to May), the Amazon River rises by as much as 23 feet, enabling small boats to travel significant distances into the rainforest. It's best to visit Borneo between March and October when it's driest.
Who Goes There?
Enjoy a luxury Amazon cruise with Azamara and Silversea; or embark on a jungle adventure with Peregrine Adventures or Orion Expedition. There are many South America cruise itineraries which include the Amazon River - these tend to be longer voyages that may include ports of call in the USA, Panama Canal, Caribbean and various ports in Central America and South America. Crystal, Holland America, Princess and Oceania offer longer cruise itineraries that include the majestic Amazon River. Luxury Borneo river cruises are offered by Oceania among others, and expedition cruisers are well catered for by Orion Expedition and Peregrine Adventures