In Greek mythology there were a certain race of woman warriors who were called the Amazons. Named after these warriors, the Amazon is itself a place of nearly mythical status. There is not a single person on this planet who has thought of travelling and not planned a trip to the Amazon, not only to admire the towering trees and mystical river, but to enter into the lungs of our planet, the source of so much of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the weather we rely on.
About 1.4 billion acres of dense forests, half of the planet’s remaining tropical forests, stretching 2.3 million square miles across South America (Almost 40% of South America), 4,100 miles of winding rivers, the world’s largest rainforest is home to more than a third of all known species, including a staggering 2.5 million different kinds of insects alone. This is the only place where we can truly go back to nature.
The Amazon forest has millions of species, from which a lot of them are still undescribed. It is home for some of the world’s most unusual and bizarre wildlife. It is one of Earth’s last refuges for jaguars, harpy eagles and pink dolphins. Also home to thousands of birds and butterflies, tree-dwelling species include southern two-toed sloths, pygmy marmosets, saddleback and emperor tamarins, and Goeldi’s monkeys. The diversity of the region is staggering with, 40,000 plant species, 3,000 freshwater fish species and more than 370 types of reptiles.
But not just animals and insects this is home for a lot of people too. More than 30 million people, including 350 indigenous and ethnic groups live in the Amazon and depend on nature for agriculture, clothing and traditional medicines. Most of these people live in large urban centers but all residents rely on the Amazon’s natural bounty for food, shelter and livelihoods.
But the Amazon jungle is not only about the numbers. Its beauty can not be described with all the infinities in the world. The calmness of the jungle, the whisper of the wind and the rhythm of the river flow – all of it just shuts one down and gives them true proof of nature’s existence.
Travelling through the Amazon is about enjoying all its vastness. 1.4 billion acres of dense forest is there for us to have one very interesting adventure. Animals are quite hard to find inside the rainforest. But when we do most of the time it’s one of the endangered species. The view is at its best around the Rio Negro river. It is the world’s largest blackwater river and it is one of the most beautiful sights a man can ever dream of. However, being an acidic black-water river there won’t be much wildlife around it. We will get to see a lot more wildlife around the regions south of Manaus. Around Lago da Piranha or Lago Mamori are some of the semi-protected areas where species levels are still recovering.
The best way to travel fast through the Amazon is by water. But if we really want to get close to nature, walking through the vast forest land is the best way. A lot less area is covered that way but a lot more is seen. The deeper the forest goes, more mysterious it gets. It is believed that there are areas where civilization has not yet been discovered, where no civilized man has gone and come back. Some believe that cannibalism is still performed there. But why spoil the most beautiful travelling experience a man can have. Cannibalism is performed illegally in many places around the civilized world too. Even dark magic, Satan worshiping – so many weird and unpleasant rituals being performed. So just stop thinking about all things that can be but may not be. Just shut down everything and go into the wild to have a soothing and also exhilarating experience.