Anavilhanas Archipelago - Brazil
A few hours cruising upriver from Manaus on the Amazon River's largest tributary, the Rio Negro, lies the jungle archipelago of Anavilhanas. This remote area is comprised of 370 islands, myriads of small creeks, pools and sand beaches, all formed by the ever-changing waters. As a naturalist's paradise, it fascinated the famous Jacques Cousteau and allows visitors to marvel at the unique ecology of the Amazon. In addition to an astounding number of different species of vegetation, there are also monkeys, sloths and exotic birds that make their habitat in the tropical forest.