In our post on 15 Photos to Love Central America, we showed you the beauty of places like Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. In this post, we’ll be going further down south, into one of the oldest rainforests on the planet, the Amazon.
The route that you need to take is called the Trans Amazonian Highway, and Seeker reveals that this highway will take you deep into the heart of the rainforest. This means that you will need to be prepared for the expected, as well as the unexpected. Being prepared for the expected basically means preparing for this trip as you would any other trip. This might mean adjusting your savings by using a simple monthly budget template, or getting travel insurance, or perhaps even learning a bit of the local language.
As for the unexpected, it is pretty safe to say that any adventure into the Brazilian heartland is more than just a scenic road trip. More often than not, it’s a practical lesson on biodiversity, survival, and humanity’s relationship with the forest. The adventure level is higher than say, a scenic walk through the Vatican. Lodging may be a bit more primitive, to say the least. I wouldn’t expect many 5-star hotels along the Trans Amazonian Highway.
In short, the trip can be as dangerous as it is alluringly beautiful.
For these reasons, you need to contact the local Brazilian authorities with regards to any special permits you need to secure or special areas that visitors need to avoid. Other than that, enjoy your foray into the largest basin of biodiversity in the world.
At the banks of the Xingu River, you’ll find the indigenous Kayapó people. They are just one of the many local tribes who have opted out of 21st century living. Although they are wary of visitors due to the deforestation often happening in their ancestral domain, many of the Kayapó willingly engage with visitors and are well-informed about both logging and conservation efforts.
If you reach the swampy region of the Amazon near Jacareacanga, you might be lucky enough to see blue macaws. Because the macaws rarely see humans, they tend to be especially curious around us, which means that they won’t be too shy about getting close. If you’re going on this adventure, you definitely need to bring a good camera.
Do not forget your camera
Apart from the beauty of the land and its people, you might also be privy to clandestine gold mines and logging operations as you pass through the forest. This is an unfortunate reality of being the largest forest in the world. Last year, the BBC reported that the Amazon rainforest experienced its worst and most devastating year of decline in the last decade. This is mainly due to illegal logging and other activities contributing to deforestation. Herein lies the delicate truth about the Amazon: its beauty comes at a price. This is why you should book a trip soon, before it is too late.
The Amazon rainforest still carries a certain allure in the modern world, and is constantly referenced in TV shows, films, novels, and games as the ultimate adventure destination. It is often presented as a mythical place on earth, with several media companies playing on those myths to appeal to our sense of adventure.
Recently on the silver screen, the 2016 movie The Lost City of Z explored the concept behind a hidden ancient city within the forest. It is just one of the many popular myths that has circulated over the years about the Amazon. Even online, the fascination about the Amazon is also apparent. Slingo Slots has several games that explore the mythical and adventurous nature of the rainforest, including Amazon Queen, which imagines the lost tribes of the forest, and Rainforest Dream, which captures the dangerous wildlife found under the trees. As with other media representations these games also allude to the dangers of the forest, which is why it is so attractive for adventurers of all types to test themselves against.
The Amazon rainforest is not for the faint-hearted. It’s the type of motorbike adventure that will test you in many ways. That said, it’s a trip that you should take at least once in your lifetime if you get the chance. Because you won’t regret it, one bit.