All introductions to the Amazon Rainforest will almost always require superlatives. Also known as the Amazon Jungle or Amazonia, the Amazon Rainforest is considered as the world’s greatest natural resource and one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. It is the largest tropical rainforest and river basin in the world, and its landscape and biodiversity are some of the best you’ll ever find on earth.
The Amazon is something that any lover of nature will want to learn or possibly catch a glimpse of. With about seven million square kilometers, this definitely one of earth’s most treasured natural resources. This place is contained within the countries of Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and France (at the French Guiana).
Visiting any rainforest needs a lot of preparation, but it will all be worth it once you find yourself in the midst of towering trees and beautiful wildlife. When you plan to explore any part of the Amazon Rainforest, it’s best if you do serious planning before you head out into the wild. Aside from packing the right hiking clothes and some protective gear, you will also need to learn about the things that will be in store for you here. To narrow things down a bit for you, here are some of the treasures in store for you here.
Because the Amazon rainforest is overwhelmingly huge, the first thing that you must decide on is your entry point. Some of the countries where you can do this include Brazil and Ecuador. From either of these countries, you can start your Amazon Rainforest adventure.
The Amazon has millions of species and unique wildlife. Some of the animal species that inhabit the Amazon’s vast landscape include: the Poison dart frog, one of the most dangerous species in the Amazon; the equally beautiful Jaguar, one of the largest cats in the world; and the Scarlet macaw, with its amazing plumage and impressive intelligence. This rainforest is also home to more than two million species of insects and a vast collection of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.
There are many different tours offered by different companies, which will take you to some of the best and safest parts of the jungle. Aside from seeing an overwhelming selection of some of the richest flora and fauna in the world, you will also get the chance to immerse yourself if native cultures, and from them learn about the rich biodiversity. There are millions of ethnic groups living in the Amazon, all depending on the vast rainforest for practically anything they need to survive.
It also would be great to know about the issues that have long been dwelling on this beautiful rainforest, as threats in biodiversity continue to plague it. Some of the issues that threaten the Amazon Rainforest are: illegal trafficking of wild animals, commercial agriculture, building of structures that lead to erosion, and different issues on deforestation. There are many environmental groups online where you could learn about these issues, and when it’s time for you to actually explore parts of the Amazon, you will have an idea of the things that disturb its beauty.
Are you interested in visiting the Amazon rainforest? What activities do you think will give you the best experience here? Share with us your thoughts on this wonderful gift of nature—it’s one of the remaining wonderful natural treasures that we can still get to see and experience today!