Visiting the Amazon rainforest is an amazing experience. But sometimes, people wonder, what it would be like to stay in the middle of nowhere?, what will you do to look around and not to be affected by the modern life dependence?
Here there are some of the most popular and interesting activities which will allow you to enjoy your visit to the lungs of the world.
One of the most popular things to do when at Amazon rainforest is hiking. In actual fact, hiking may not be the best word to describe it. Hiking gives the impression of hard terrain and lots of effort, but in this case that isn’t true. There isn’t any hacking out of paths through thick jungle either. The paths are already there and clearly marked. Due to the heat under the canopy and the need not to scare off the wildlife, ‘stroll’ would be a better word. Moving slowly and quietly along, will give you the chance view an abundance of the rainforest inhabitants.
Observing the canopy activity from a canopy tower is a must for everyone, but especially birdwatchers. The view is magnificent and you can look out over the forest and see such birds as macaws, toucans or colorful parrots. You will be able to spot monkeys and other canopy dwelling animals.
A trip to the mineral licks is also a must for birdwatchers, but also all lovers of nature. A great time to visit is in the morning as the rainforest daylight creatures start their day and fight for survival at the crack of dawn. The animals go there every day to ingest the vital minerals that they need for their continued good health. Here, hundreds of species gather and take their turns.
Canoeing or kayaking
Canoeing is also one of the most popular activities. This can be done on either a motorized craft or a traditional paddle powered one. A slow trip along the wide river will give you the chance to observe the full range of rainforest wildlife, ground dwelling animals and aquatic ones too. As the animals come to the banks to drink, you may observe, panthers, tapirs or caimans and giant otters.
Quite frequently, there are interpretative centers, where you can learn all about your hosts. These places have been specially designed to share culture, traditions and beliefs. A great complement to an unforgettable holiday, mixing culture and nature perfectly.
Miguel Andy is General Manager of Napo Wildlife Center. Napo Wildlife Center is an eco-lodge offering unforgettable experiences in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, inside Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, which is managed by the Añangu kichwa aboriginal community.