Amazon Rainforest Facts...

Scarlet macaws. Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
Scarlet Macaws. Amazon rainforest, Brazil - © Istockphoto/Roberto Sanchez

The Amazon rainforest, world's largest remaining natural resource, represents 54% of the total rainforests left on Earth.

It covers an area of 2,5 million square miles, embracing nine South America countries: Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and the Guianas - Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname, or two thirds of the South America continent.

Its live force is the Amazon river, born in the Andean mountains of Peru, flows for more than 4,000 miles to discharge its waters in the Atlantic ocean near Belem, Brazil. Along the way, it is fed by about 1,100 tributaries. See a map of the Amazon basin river network.

When you are paddling the Amazon river, or any of its tributaries for that matter, taking an Amazon river cruise, or jungle trekking in Peru, Colombia or Ecuador for instance, you will know you are visiting the most powerful and diverse natural phenomenon on Earth, not to mention the awe-inspiring experience you will have in front of its timelessness, indescribable beauty...

The following list of Amazon rainforest facts doesn't pretend to be exhaustive or scientifically elaborated, it only aspires to give you some background info for your next adventure travel in South America.

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