With college graduation just around the corner, I’ve been talking to my friends a lot about what we want to do with our lives, and more specifically, where we want to do it. My friend Mariam has always wanted to go to the Amazon Rainforest, “to see the toucans!” That was enough to convince me, but there is actually a lot more to see in the Amazon Rainforest for those who are not as inclined to large-beaked birds.
The rainforest is a lot bigger than I thought it was. It’s 1.7 billion acres, covering parts of nine countries, with the majority of it in Brazil and Peru. Between the tropical rivers and the lush jungles, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, exploring, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, etc. Everywhere you look a new species of flora or fauna is staring you in the eye. There are plenty of toucans, of course, as well as a plethora of other birds. In fact, about 20 percent of all the birds in the world live in the Amazon Rainforest. The rainforest also has everything from Anacondas to Piranhas, and Three-toed Sloths to Oceleots. It’s almost surprising Dr. Seuss never wrote a book about Amazon animals!