Real Amazon Experience - The Tour
Insects and other crawly things
Yes, there are crawly things in the jungle! Some are bitey things, others are benign and others are ... different. The number of species is enormous and you could encounter something not previously known to science. Keep your eyes open - some insects are well camouflaged. Insect repellants are a must, especially for night walks. In some parts of the rainforest there are mosquitoes, in others where the water is acidic there are none. Stings from bullet ants and hornets really hurt. But generally you will be safe.
We will get to see alligators and frogs - generally on night tours, but there are places where you can see them up close in daylight. A torch is handy for catching reflections from the eyes of alligators. There are also plenty of fish in the water, a variety of species. And dolphins in some parts.
The Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis) is commonly known as the Boto or pink river dolphin. It is possible to arrange a feeding trip to see the pink dolphins "botos" up close and stroke-able. Conservations status* of these animals has not yet been established though it is known that local fishermen will kill botos to reduce competition.
* [Data deficient (Data inadequate to determine a threat category)]
There are various types of piranha in the river. It is possible to swim in parts of the river and even where piranhas exist they will not necessarily have you stripped to the bones in seconds. We can fish for piranha and even cook what we catch.
The ecology is variable to such an extent that different species of an animal may exist in relatively close proximity, each with their own feeding habits and territory. There are several types of monkey to see, as well as sloths, and tours can be tailored to include or exclude preferences.