Earth’s greatest container of wildlife, the Amazon Jungle stretches across eight country borders and is larger than the forests of the Congo and New Guinea combined. The Amazon Jungle contains one-fifth of all the world’s freshwater, covers 40% of the South American continent, produces over 20% of the world’s oxygen, and is home to one-tenth of the world’s species. There are more species of fish in the Amazon River than in the entire Atlantic Ocean.
The Amazon River, running as the vein of life through the wilderness, is the planet’s most voluminous and second longest after the Nile. Once flowing in the opposite direction, the Amazon could have linked to the Congo River in Africa when the continents were joined on Gondwanaland. The force of water exiting the Amazon is so high it stretches 125 miles out to sea. This enabled early sailors to drink freshwater from the ocean before sighting the South American continent.
At current rates of deforestation, estimates predict 55% of The Amazon Rainforest could be gone by the year 2030. This is not simply a local concern, as scientists have linked the Amazon with the state of the global environment as a whole. To visit the Amazon Jungle, you can browse our Amazon Jungle Tours. The selected tours on Thinkjungle.com are currently focussed on the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon but we are adding more all the time. To stay connected with the latest tours and articles about the rainforest, you can add Thinkjungle.com on Facebook.
Visiting The Amazon Rainforest
To visit The Amazon Rainforest you can stay at a number of lodges that operate tours into the surrounding wilderness. Generally, tours operate a set itinerary and lead small groups of tourists with an Amazon guide who will teach you about the rainforest and its wildlife. One of the favourite tours in the Amazon is the Tahuayo Lodge 150 km from Iquitos, Peru, which offers private guides and a chance to experience the diverse Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Reserve.
Another favourite is the Tucano Cruise, which offers expedition tours to different areas of the rainforest and a chance to explore some of the untouched Amazon areas. Both of these tours are recommended by National Geographic, however, there are many others to choose from. We have written some articles to help you with choosing an Amazon tour to ensure you get the most out of your visit to one of Earth’s most remarkable places.
Tahuayo Lodge Iquitos, PeruYou can visit the highly regarded Tahuayo Lodge & Amazon Research Center as part of this tour of the bio-diverse Tahuayo Reserve. You are assigned a private guide & you can choose an itinerary to reflect your interests. Boasting the most itinerary options in Amazonia, you can whiz through the trees on the canopy zipline, view poison dart frog initiatives, & observe different monkeys on the A.R.C primate research grid.Private Guide, Zipline, Primate Research Grid
Delfin I Luxury Cruise Iquitos, PeruAs entrée to your luxury Amazon cruise, you will be chauffeured in the Delfin limo-styled coach from Iquitos airport to the dock of the luxury Delfin I. After relaxing with Peru’s famous cocktail, you will board the Delfin I to enjoy your own vast suite complete with personal pool, massages & sophisticated cuisine by candle-light. Delfin provide 8 person skiffs & modern Kayaks so you can explore the Pacaya Samiria National Park in detail.Spacious Suites, Personal Pool, Massages
Tucano Amazon Cruise Manaus, BrazilThe Tucano Expedition Cruise begins and ends in Manaus, Brazil. You will cruise the Central Amazon Ecological Corridor on the Tucano, the only tour able to fully experience the reserve. You will explore many Amazon tributaries, both on forest walks and small-boat trips, and have a chance to visit deep forest settlers. You will visit terra firme and varzea forests to see colourful birds, monkeys, and magnificent rainforest trees.Naturalist Guide, Different River Sections