If This Doesn’t Make You Want to Take an Amazon River Trip

Both Milepoint and FlyerTalk have always amazed me in that someone can ask for advice about a very specific trip idea, say “Iquitos, Peru to Manaus, Brazil by boat. Then later, Manaus to Belem with a stop over at Santarem and few days in Alter do Chao.“, and within a very short time receive a reply that makes me also want to take this trip to these places I had never before known existed.

I mean, really, check out jbcarioca’s reply:

There is IME, no experience that can match seeing the Amazon at 60km wide or more, split between the Rio Negro full of brown organic matter and the Rio Solimões crystal clear, continuing distinctly for another thousand km and more. At the mouth seeing the permanent standing wave (Pororoca, especially at high season, is indescribable, and a spectacular surfing opportunity. You already know all about those things as well as the magnificent Amazon jungle and the gigantic rivers with amazing new discoveries every place you look. This is one of the greatest experiences that exist in the world, IMHO, not seen by more people because the infrastructure is not designed for tourism. I think that is probably a good thing.

The Brazilian tourism department couldn’t have written a more enticing description. The only thing missing is a link to book the tour.

Come to think of it – why don’t travel agencies offer affiliate programs like the credit cards do? Maybe they do and I’m just not aware of them. Imagine how much money jbcarioca could make if this eloquent description was followed by a “Book it Now” link 🙂

Image: “Meeting of the rivers” by Dave Lonsdale. CC BY 2.0.

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