The word “Amazonas” can conjure up fearsome images in even the most intrepid travelers. This is not a surprise considering how a single tree here hosts more insect species than the entire territory of England. This is, after all, the Fountain of Life. On an Amazon expedition with SURTREK, you will explore the rainforest at night, fish piranhas, kayak along pink dolphins, sleep on a luxury jungle lodge, navigate deep into the rainforest onboard a river cruise. But what this really means, is that you will discover that the air itself seems to pulse with life, as stress disappears and your lungs explode with an excess of newborn oxygen. Perhaps the term “lungs of the earth” is not an exaggeration in the end. Your understanding and appreciation of life itself will be impacted.
Ask us about our selection of the best luxury lodges and river cruises of the Amazon. Our criteria is not a mere superficial check-list. On the contrary; as it should be with any jungle exploration, we go deep. To start with, we get to know everyone – and we mean this. From the owner to the guide, the chef to the shaman, the crew member to the barman; we are always looking ways to connect with the locals too. This is, as a matter of fact, an important factor when rating a product. We then experience the product and analyze how it can be tailored into our journeys and weight down any extra-considerations. We consider the rubber boots’ hygiene, the environmental and social impact of the tour, and even the coffee being served. We take a look by, although admittedly a little vague, living. Consider sensing: Sleep to the music of the amphibians and insects and wake up to the chirping of the birds. Meet indigenous people – gifted with a glimpse of what it means to be in harmony with nature and one’s own natural essence. Peek into the mysterious black waters and feel a “thrilling unknown”. Want an even more thrilling experience? Take a night safari into the jungle. Though you will be carrying a single flashlight attached on your helmet, you will notice your senses are much more useful when searching for wildlife. Even luxurious moments such as having a freshly brewed guayusa tea at dusk will make a difference. The sky gradually turns from pink, to purple and finally black. If in season with adequate weather condition, keep on stargazing; this time, with a hot chocolate made with locally grown organic cacaos. Discover new flavors, cooking and eating with a sense of community that can only be enjoyed, again, when backed by passionate journey designers like us who know the people and land.
We use our expertise and passion as a gauge to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is an adventure, because it is authentic and “exposed”. Both the visitor and the host – whether an indigenous or the wildlife itself – become vulnerable and perhaps hesitant at first to link a connection. But here is where we come in. And although you will be supported and guided, with all the safety and knowledge of the professionals involved, it is you who will take your own exploration to a discovery – a sudden inspiration for your life. Welcome to South America’s untamed backyard.
“We booked our Galapagos/Peru trip through Surtrek and are very glad that we did.”