An Amazon cruise and golf adventure where the hazards bite back

Even pro golfers from The Masters would need their wits about them to play these Amazon courses, where the hazards have more bite than the Augusta event. You can add a golf day to start or end these boutique river trips from Rainforest Cruises.

Golfing adventure – Iquitos, Peru

The par 33 nine-hole Amazon Golf Course near Iquitos in Peru will suit thrill-seeking travellers, with water traps filled with piranhas, caiman basking in bunkers and snakes slithering over fairways.

All players are issued with machetes when they take on this difficult adventure with narrow and challenging fairways. Prices start from $25 for 18 holes.

Book a round with Rainforest Cruises as part of a wildlife watching Peru Amazon cruise aboard the Selva Viva, with a four-day cruise that includes sightseeing excursions on a tiny skiff, sunset fishing for piranhas, a jungle trek and a bug hunt for tarantulas.

Save £60 per person on a May 21 departure, which now starts from £529 per person including meals and airport transfers.

Golfing luxury – Manaus, Brazil

At the opposite end of scale is the four-star Amazonia Golf Resort in Manaus, Brazil, which is a jungle paradise featuring a luxurious spa, sauna and swimming pool alongside the 18-hole golf course.

Play the course as part of an Amazon boat trip with Rainforest Cruises on the Desafio, a 12-cabin classical schooner. The trip includes a visit to the largest river archipelago in the world, a nighttime canoe expedition to spot caiman alligators, guided hikes through the rainforest and a trip to the spectacular Meeting of the Waters, where the River Negro and Solimoes clash to form the Amazon.

Save up to £280 on a four-day cruise departing 5 June, which now starts from £849 per person including meals and expert guides.

(www.rainforestcruises.com)

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