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Companies Offering Amazon River Tours

by Walter and Cherie Glaser

Companies Offering Amazon River Tours
Special Expeditions operate Polaris cruises from Belem to Iquitos and from Iquitos to Belem twice a year (around October). They also operate a whole host of other superb adventure trips, so it's worth getting on their mailing list. To obtain further details, contact them at:
Special Expeditions
720 Fifth Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10019
Phone: (212) 765-7740
Fax: (212) 265-3770

The only other operator who runs top-notch exploration trips with similar Zodiac excursions is Abercrombie & Kent, operating the Explorer, a similar-sized vessel to the Polaris. You can contact them at:

Abercrombie & Kent
1520 Kensington Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60521-2141
Phone: (708) 954-2944
Fax: (708) 954-2814

We feel strongly that a cruise on one of the mega-liners that sails straight for Manaus from the Atlantic is not a trip that the real adventure traveler would want to take. Nor would a few days at one of the jungle camps outside Iquitos or Manaus really give the visitor a true insight in the way that a cruise on the Polaris does.

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Walter & Cherie Glaser are an international travel-writing team based down under in Melbourne, Australia.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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