It's a dream destination for many of us. But once you're on the ground, leaves fluttering overhead, glittering eyes in the dark, what is there to do in the Amazon Rainforest?
Quite a lot as it turns out…
What To Do in the Amazon Rainforest
“To survive here,” the voice said through the dark. “You have to be big. You have to be clever. Or you have to be poison.”
The voice belonged to Ralf, our native-born guide to the waterways and canopies of this slice of the Amazon rainforest.
One thousand glittering eyes stared like riverside starlight: spiders lit up by Ralf’s solitary torch as our canoe drifted into stillness.
Fire flies and glow worms danced through the night, the torch flitting from tree frog to tree frog, scanning for snakes and resting on the burning orange gleam of the crocodilian caiman.
And by morning, when the sun rose at five through the net-lined window by my bed, casting shadows onto timber, it finally began to feel real.
Here I was, a visitor in a childhood dream. A traveller in the Amazon.
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What is the Amazon?
As possibly the most famous forest on earth, the Amazon has some heady, heavy statistics to satisfy its swagger onto bucket lists around the world.
The Amazon basin covers 2.7 million square kilometres, the forest 2.1 square million km. This is more than half of all the world’s rainforests, supplying 20% of our planet’s oxygen and providing a home to approximately 10 million species of animals, plants and insects, in other words, 10% of all the known species in the world.
It covers nine countries (Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia) and has existed for at least 55 million years.
That’s a lot of millions, isn’t it?
But it’s not just the numbers that matter, the words do too.
The Amazon refers to the river, Amazonia to the forest and Amazonas refers to the region…