The year was 1978, and Drs. Will and Joan Weber set off to Nepal with a group of curious souls who wanted to be immersed in and enlightened by a different culture in a very different part of the world. And so began Journeys International, the first travel company of its kind (and recently named one of the top six tour operators on the world), with boots on the ground and arms wide open, ready to embrace the world’s diversity.
The Amazon. No, we’re not talking about the Internet retail giant that somehow co-opted the name of a magical, mystical geographic destination. We’re talking Brazil’s Amazon and Pantanal with jungle and waterways and wetlands — a destination so steeped in legend that it promises adventure and bucket list experiences to anyone lucky enough to visit.
Imagine glimpsing wildlife you have likely never seen before, colorful birds, strange insects, and hearing wondrous sounds in the night floating across black, sometimes swirling waters. You can do all of these things and more on Amazon jungle tours with Journeys International.
If you visit the Brazilian Pantanal, you're guaranteed to see wildlife. After all, the Pantanal is the largest continuous wetland on the planet, growing to be about half the size of France during the rainy season. With hundreds of looming black caimans, slithering yellow anacondas, plentiful capybaras, colorful hyacinth macaws, there is no shortage of life in this vast area.
When I visited the Brazilian Pantanal, I felt like I was traveling to another world. Water is everywhere, and it defines life for the animals, birds, and reptiles. The ranchers who live here are in sync with the region, and have a deep understanding of the annual rhythms that are centered around the rainy season.