The Amazon Rainforest
Everything about the Amazon rainforest exists on a massive scale. The world’s largest tropical rainforest is an incomprehensively vast green canopy of trees, bisected by the mighty Amazon River. The earth’s largest river in volume of water acts as a natural motorway for the rainforest and its people, at its most populous in the wondrous port city of Manaus. Founded in the late 17th century, pre-empting the rubber boom that brought great wealth to the city, the city reflects the endless natural resources which define the Amazon Rainforest. It is home to various ecological parks and many endless green spaces, as well as the great opera theatre Teatro Amazonas. The theatre is a copy of the Grand Opera de Paris, and features Portuguese and Italian marble, as well as a stunning gold Venetian chandelier. The city is where most Amazon tour operators are based, which allow you to delve deeper into the rainforest and see and experience the various natural wonders which inhabit the Amazon. Canoe through the endless water systems, fish for piranhas, spot alligators, visit local river dwellers, capture unforgettable sunsets and wake up surrounded by the world’s most incredible Rainforest.
Where is it?
While it is perhaps best known for being located in Brazil, the Amazon Rainforest actually extends into 8 other countries, including Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. It covers a large portion of the northern part of South America.
What is it?
The Amazon Rainforest is a Natural World Heritage Site that covers more than 10 million square km (4 million square miles) of the South American continent. The ecological wonder is home to 500,000 catalogued species of plants, 250 species of mammals and roughly 2000 fish species.
Best time to visit?
The best time to visit is from December through to May, which is the (relatively) cooler and wetter season of the Amazon Rainforest. The higher water levels offer better opportunities to spot wildlife from the flooded waterways.
One of the most spectacular natural phenomena’s of the Amazon is the so called ‘Meeting of the Waters’, which is caused by the dark waters of the Rio Negro and brown clay waters of Rio Solimoes running side by side without mixing for 6 km. A truly unforgettable sight.