It takes a smaller, more intimate ship to explore deep into the passages of the Amazon. A variety of shore excursions allow travelers to explore lush landscapes and experience unique Amazonian folklore. You may wish to plan your voyage to coincide with Carnival, where locals enliven festivities with music, colorful costumes and dancing. No Amazon voyage is complete without a visit to Manaus and its opulent opera house. The Amazon is easily accessible on voyages that begin and end in the United States and may also include other South American or Caribbean highlights.