Focus on: The Amazon Rainforest

by Jules on March 26, 2012

Brazil, home to the majority of the mighty Amazon rainforest

The mighty Amazon Rainforest has been voted one of the New7Wonders of Nature and with some impressive stats it’s easy to see why. The Amazon basin covers an area of some 1.7 billion acres, out of which 1.4 billion acres of land is covered by the actual Amazon rainforest. This is the largest rainforest of the world and is spread out over nine countries in total. The diversified flora and fauna of this rainforest attracts millions of tourist every year, eager to experience the raw and rare green beauty for themselves.

The majority of Amazonia, a massive sixty percent, lies in Brazil and the remainder is spread between the countries of Peru (13%), Colombia (10%) and in smaller measures also Bolivia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela. The Amazon contains more than half of the entire remaining rainforested area in the world and visitors can explore the sheer beauty for themselves on various trips.

The Amazon Basin is blessed with an incredible array of animal and bird species. Just a few awesome sights include the Scarlet Macaw; the most beautiful bird of the world is indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest. However, if you want to see the rare beauty of Macaw, then you need to visit rainforest present in the American tropics. The green leaf frog is another rare species, whose presence is only limited to this rainforest. This frog is also found the American part of the Amazon rainforest.

Boating along the Amazon River is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and if you find yourself in the area you simply must take a boat ride. Although only possible in a few locations, check with a local tour guide who will help you make the most of your visit. And did you know that the mighty Amazon River does not have a single bridge along its entire stretch?!

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