Amazonian Jungle HideawaysPosted on: 23 October 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
The jungles and rainforests of the world are breathtaking glimpses of natural beauty but there is one jungle that rules supreme.
The Amazon jungle is the world’s largest tropical rainforest. The forest covers the basin of the Amazon, the world’s second longest river and is home to the greatest variety of plants and animals on Earth.
Over 1/5 of all the world’s plants and birds and about 1/10 of all mammal species are found in the Amazon jungle. It’s a vast jungle and contains more biodiversity than the rest of the world put together.
Amazonia, as the Brazilians call it, sprawls over an area covering eight countries in South America and in total covers 2,700,000 square miles, which makes it as big as Australia.
Yet the Amazon is a place of intrigue and wonder to most of us in the Western world – a place as distant and mysterious as the planet Mars. Yet, unlike Mars, you have the opportunity to explore the Amazon on foot and discover what makes the jungle so special.
If you don't fancy a normal run of the mill vacation, then an Amazon jungle tour may be what you are looking for.
Amazon jungle tours offer you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Amazon up close and personal as these types of holidays allow you to walk through the jungle, and also ride on boats where you will see many different types of species, sometimes at arm's length.
Famous for its football tradition and Rio de Janeiro carnival, Brazil is a country of great diversity. From the bustling urban mosaic of São Paulo to the infinite cultural energy of Pernambuco and Bahia, the untouched wilderness of the Amazon jungle and world-class landmarks such as the Iguaçu Falls, there is plenty to see and do in Brazil.
To learn more about Brazil as a jungle tour destination, read 50connect's Jungle Journeys In Brazil here.
Peru is a country in South America, situated on the western side of the continent, facing the South Pacific Ocean and straddling part of the Andes mountain range that runs the length of South America. Peru is bordered by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south.
The Amazonia rain forest is the largest tropical forest on Earth, covering about 2.7 million square miles or 90% of America. Though the Peruvian Amazon is only 10% of this total, it represents the wildest, most wildlife-packed rain forest in the world.
Three areas in the Peruvian Amazon are the focal points for visitors seeking a wildlife and nature experience: The Manu Wilderness and the Tambopata Region of south-eastern Peru, and the Iquitos-Amazon River region of north-eastern Peru, including the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
To learn more about Peru as a jungle tour destination, read 50connect's Peruvian Jungle Tours here.
Bolivia is a geographically diverse country in the heart of South America. It is surrounded by Brazil to the north-east, Peru to the north-west, Chile to the south-west and Argentina and Paraguay to the south. It shares with Peru control of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake at 3,805m above sea level.
Sometimes referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is one of the most "remote" countries in the western hemisphere; except for the navigable Paraguay River stretching to the distant Atlantic, Bolivia and Paraguay are the only two landlocked nations in the Americas. It is also the most indigenous country in the Americas, with 60% of its population being of pure Native American ancestry.
To learn more about Bolivia as a jungle tour destination, read 50connect's Jungle Jungle Lodges In Bolivia here.
Venezuela possesses shorelines on the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, and borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east and Brazil to the south. Situated on the major sea and air routes linking North and South America, off the Venezuelan coast are also to be found the Caribbean island states of Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Angel Falls in the Guiana Highlands is the world's highest waterfall and one of Venezuela’s major tourist attractions.
To learn more about Venezuela as a jungle tour destination, read 50connect's Venezuelan Jungle Breaks here.
Have you been on a jungle adventure? Have you visited Brazil, Bolivia, Peru or Venezuela before? Do you have any handy travel tips to pass on?
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