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Product Details

  • Series: Bradt Highlights Amazon
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; First Edition edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781841623740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623740
  • ASIN: 1841623741
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Bradt Travel Guides simply have the best wildlife coverage of any of the popular guide books.”

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About the Author

Roger Harris has been travelling to the Amazon region for nearly 20 years, documenting the area's natural history. He manages Saving Species, a conservation group.


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"You'll go far, Roger." The words ring in my mind from when a teacher spoke to me at grade school many years ago in Zambia. Little did I know the literal meaning of what she said! I was raised in Africa, having emigrated from England in 1966. After Zambia, our family moved to Malawi, followed by Zaire (now the Congo) and eventually Nigeria. Into adulthood we went our separate ways. My parents returned to England, while my brother went to Australia and my sister went to Chile. Travel is in our genes, it seems!

In 1992, I came to the United States to study biology and then, through the twists and turns of fate, led natural history and photography tours mostly to the Amazon, but also to the Galapagos and Africa. I returned to Zambia and Malawi to show folks the wonders and beauty I had been lucky enough to experience as a child.

I turned to writing more or less by accident. I'd always been an avid reader, and enjoyed writing, but never considered it as a career, considering it too risky. So I had chosen biology as a career, but realized the world of academia was too constrained and formal to suit my wayward personality. Writing meshed with my interest in photography, as I'd been using a camera since my late teens. This led to my first (and now venerable) website Jungle Photos (junglephotos.com), which features hundreds of images and accompanying information on the exotic wildernesses I have travelled through.

In between tours in the 1990s I gathered together enough material to write a travel guide to the Amazon, since nothing like that existed at the time. In 1997, Bradt Travel Guides published the first edition of "The Amazon: The Bradt Travel Guide." It went through two more editions, with the third published in 2007. But when the thought of a fourth edition arose, I realized the world had changed, and conventional travel guides were being slowly made obsolete by the ubiquity of information online.

Bradt suggested a new approach, "Amazon Highlights," as the second of their new series, to help folks choose from the plethora of tours and tour operators, rather long lists hotels and tourist attractions. A year later as I write "Amazon Highlights" is at the printers. As part of the new publishing model, I created a dedicated companion website for the book: amazontravelbook.com It contains resources, wildlife checklists, and lots of juicy tidbits that just couldn't fit in the book. Please take a moment to visit the site and feel free to ask any questions about my travels, writing or just to get advice and info on how to explore our amazing world.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Pete on January 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this book before reading the first review here on Amazon. And I am glad to say I did!

I bought the book really to get a sketch of the travel opportunities of this vast and challenging region. And it does an admirable job of that. I am not sure it sets out to do anything more, but the book contains an invaluable checklist of what to look for in tour operators. So it is evidently designed for someone who is looking to take an organized tour.

This makes sense since lots of travel guides cater to independent travelers. I actually found sections provided by the tour operators really useful. There are so many players today, and fly-by-night operations, it really helped me see who are the established reputable tour operators.

Yes, they partially sponsored the book--but the book was upfront and very clear about that fact. To my mind, that is a vote of trust and confidence in the author and publisher, both of whom are experienced in travel to this (and many other) region. Just because a tour operator supports a publication doesn't make them a scammer, and more to the point, shows that they want to contribute to informing prospective travelers to the region.

And this is the kind of region that a traveler--even an experienced traveler--is more likely to want to use a tour operator of some kind. That expertise is more needed there than probably almost any other region of the world.

It's a shame the previous reviewer didn't see that point, because his review just doesn't reflect the beautiful images, high quality of writing or breadth of information in this book. It really didn't seem fair.

If you're serious about preparing a trip to this region, I think this book will be very helpful--it certainly was for us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff R on March 7, 2013
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This guidebook is a very helpful resource for planning a trip to the Amazon. It really distills much of what a traveller needs to know about the region--especially first time travelers.

Specifically, it includes over 100 pages covering the flora and fauna--the spectacular wildlife that attracts people to the Amazon--the color-photos of the wildlife are really brilliant--nearly every page contains at least one such image--for someone with a passion for wildlife, travel and photography, that, ALONE, is worth the price of the book.

The book next contains information about some of the most prominent tour operatiors--both American and British-based and locally-based. This is particularly helpful because travelers to this region will need at least one tour operator to help them navigate--often literally--the complex ecosystem that is the Amazon--you need the logistical support and field knowledge that a good tour operator can provide. Helping to distinguish the good operators from charlatans is one of the best things about this book.

My favorite part of the book is the next section though--that is where the author distinguishes the main regions in the Amazon-- Peruvian from Brazilian from Colombian, etc. You get a very good idea of what each has to offer--pros and cons.

In short this is an excellent initiation to travel to the Amazon. If you have a passion for exotic travel and wildlife-- like I do-- I really cannot think of a better place to start planning your trip than with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. C. Harris on October 24, 2013
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This is to assist travellers in a more general way that the previous Amazon guides. It takes a delightful journey through the complexities of travel in South America. Rich in fact and written with the accessibility expected of the author, the visitor is led through the various areas with authenticity and integrity that is a given for Bradt travel guides. This is an excellent addition to a part of the world still waiting to be explored.
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This provides a good summary of the amazonian region as a whole. I would recommend this as a launching point only. Once we decided what country we were going to, we no longer had any use for this. Good luck!
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DEGSeattle on January 12, 2013
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This book is likely being funded by Peru's Tourism Board, and sponsored by lodges/tour guides/travel agencies. I purchased this book because I was looking for a comparison of The Amazon Rainforest regions (Manaus and Iquitos, specifically) to help in deciding which location would be the best bet for spotting the most wildlife. What would I see in one place that I could never see in another? Why go to this region and not the other? The book description indicated it would help in exactly this: "Should your base be in Manaus or Iquitos...Amazon Highlights cuts through the vast array of options...example itineraries and ideal starting points". However, the book never answers these questions in any meaningful way, it provides only the most elementary of details, and uses different methods for comparing one place to another. There are no sample itineraries. The only thing that you will find in this guidebook is a list of lodges, travel agencies, and tour operators who have likely paid for a spot. Shameless marketing strategy, and a totally useless guidebook.
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