Images of the Amazon almost inevitably focus on murky waters, dense forest and a land shrouded in mystique. But there does exist a land which simultaneously challenges and conforms to such claims. This is the point where all three Amazonian ecosystems converge – where you’ll find yellow rivers, black water and the crystal clear, azure waters of the Caribbean.
Dispelling rumours of piranha-infested waters and creatures lurking beneath the deep, swimming in Rio Tapajos is not only safe; it’s encouraged as one of the best activities in the region, alongside trekking the native trails – both of which are far from the madding crowds of popular tourist sites.
Though accessible year-round via flights to Santarém, visiting in the latter half of the year, once the wet season has subsided, is recommended.