Recently I decided to go on an extreme adventure to the Amazon Rainforest, where I discovered the awesome activity of treetop climbing! I discovered this badass adventure because I was bummed about not being able to bring a drone with me to Brazil, so I wanted to do something that would get me the same-ish view.
The solution: climbing to the top of a 165 foot tree in the middle of the jungle. There were a couple of companies that do it, but the one I was most intrigued by was Tropical Tree Climbing, because they make the experience more than just a climb. I’m not going to lie, the climb, which consists of rappelling yourself up and down a rope with a harness, was the most intense ab and arm work out of my life. But once I got to the top, it was totally worth it.
I got to hang out in a hammock at the very top of the rainforest, where I even saw a freaking Toucan! Then I walked around on the branches like a leopard, and swung from them too like Tarzan…except the badass female version.
After my climb, I was invited back to the family that runs Tropical Tree Climbing’s rainforest quarters, where they taught me all about sustainability, and prepared an insanely delicious meal using all ingredients they grew themselves! It definitely was the experience of a life time, and something I’d highly recommend to any adventure and nature lover!
How to Get to the Amazon in Brazil
Who would have thought this pretty theater exists in the middle of the Amazon?!
It was surprisingly A LOT easier than I thought to get to the Amazon. In fact, I discovered how to get there because I was doing my typical Skyscanner“Flexible Search” technique to find the cheapest flight anywhere, and saw that a place in Brazil called Manaus had a one way flight for only $260!
When I Googled ‘Manaus’, low and behold, I discovered it was a modern little city, right there in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest! Manaus is also right on the Amazon River and the Rio Negro, which was another reason why I was going there; because it’s a World Wonder of Nature, and I’m trying to see all 7!
The meeting of the two rivers: darker is Rio Negro, lighter is Amazon River
Anyway! Once you arrive in the Manaus airport, you can pre-purchase a fixed rate taxi to take you to your hotel, or arrange with the tree climbing company to have their shuttle pick you up and bring you directly to their sanctuary in the jungle. That’s right, the tour operates IN the actual rainforest, about two hours away from the city of Manaus!
If you need to stay in Manaus, I’d recommend the hotel I stayed at which was only about $30/night, and super clean and modern, called the Go Inn Manaus. It was also only a block away from the Theater of the Amazon, which is the main site to see in Manaus.
Important Things to Know
Most people need a visa to go to Brazil, and they can be difficult to get. If you’re planning on getting one while in the U.S., plan for at least 4 weeks minimum to get one. If you’re an over-eager, impatient adventurer like I am…I happen to have discovered recently that you can get one in 24 hours at the border of Argentina and Brazil…blog post coming soon on that.
Come with Brazilian Reals if you can. My bank put a high security alert on my cards just because I was in Brazil, and I had trouble using ATMs several times. If you can’t get money exchanged before you come, take out as much as you think you’ll need as soon as you get to the airport.
You can pre-pay for taxis to and from the airport with credit cards. Thank god, otherwise I would have been hitchhiking. There’s a couple booths at the airport you can use, and you can ask for a round trip, or, the hotels will usually allow you to do the same thing. Sorry, no Uber in the Amazon
WEAR BUG SPRAY. Self explanatory. If you forget it, go to one of the 50 drug stores in town and get it. No one speaks English but hand motions work just fine.
Beware of the touristy Day Trips. Like most destinations, there will be tons of one day or multi-day trips on the river or in the jungle being offered. I did a Day Trip to the Meeting of the Waters and was a little meh about what I saw. Namely the local “Indian tribe” who does an original dance performance…the guys all looked super hot half naked, but the women looked absolutely miserable and it made me feel really bad that they had to do it. They were also handling animals like sloths, snakes, baby alligators, and even the pink river dolphins very not-good-ly. I’ll admit, when the girl basically threw her sloth on me, I was ecstatic since I’m a human who loves cute animals, but when she yanked it off me and threw it on the next person, I was severely not happy and even walked away from the area.
Alyssa is a full time solo adventure traveler who turned her love for traveling and writing into a self-made career as a travel blogger and social media influencer. She's been to 70 countries and 6 continents so far, as well as all 7 New World Wonders, and 7 Wonders of Nature. Alyssa believes she has mastered the art of chasing waterfalls, traveling solo, packing light, wine drinking, and making budget-traveling look good. Curious to know how she started this career? Check out the About section above!