Amazon

The Amazonian forest, the “green lung” of our planet, which is a real sanctuary of biodiversity, covers more than 60 % of the Peruvian territory.

The Amazonian forest recovers various countries suchs as Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. One side, the higher Amazon part, is composed of the rivers Maranon, Napo and Ucayali, and on the other side runs the river Madre Dios, which all meet in Iquitos to make up the Amazon.

In this area of Peru, the climate is equatorial with very high temperatures (about 28°C) and some heavy rainfalls. It is also in this area that the wildlife and the flora prevail. The very thick forest is characterised by very high and impressive trees, with an undergrowth of creepers, bamboos and parasitic plants. This is the reason why it was dubbed “the green hell’. Since the growing awareness of the population to  ecology, this pejorative expression has been transformed into “the green lung of the planet”.

Until now the nature of the Peruvian Amazon has been rather well protected against  aggressions (few roads, limited deforestation, …) but now it has become the target for deforestation, oil exploitation and more. Its biodiversity and its population are really in danger now.

    

     

The two main cities in Peruvian Amazon are Iquitos and Pucallpa. Iquitos was created in the 19th century and expanded thanks to  rubber. Pucallpa is important as an important fluvial port.

Responsable tourism is an alternative for people who live in the wood to generate incomes without destroying their habitat. The Amazon basin mainly attracts a cultural, adventure and discovery type of tourism, quite different from mass tourism. If you wish to discover and protect our environment, do not hesitate to choose the Amazon Basin as a destination. The programmes we offer at Rao Shabo will surely meet your expectations.

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