Stunning Rainforest Treks Around The Globe

A trip to the rainforest is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. From South America to South East Asia, we take you on a journey through the world’s most stunning rainforests

The world’s rainforests are excellent sources of food, medicine, and clean air. Since careless deforestation has endangered the future of the world’s rainforest areas, many choose to spend their holidays exploring these fascinating areas in different parts of the world. Here is our selected list of most stunning rainforest treks around the globe.

The Amazon

The Amazon rainforest has been aptly called “the lung of the planet”. This huge rainforest area covers more than 5 million square kilometres in eight South American countries, and it is home to 10 per cent of the total number of known species. Approximately 60 per cent of the Amazon rainforest is located within Brazil, so this South American giant makes for a great base if you want to explore the breath taking beauty of the world’s largest rainforest.

A popular trip involves getting on a riverboat from Belem, on the North Eastern Brazilian coast, up to Manaus, the gateway to the Amazon. Once in Manaus, you can continue travelling on the Amazon river, past remote settlements and lush jungle scenery until you reach Tabatinga (in Colombia) or Iquitos (in the Peruvian Amazon). Another option is to explore the Amazon via Rio Negro, one of the most important tributaries of the Amazon River. By following this route you can reach the reserve of Juma, where guided treks are available.

Borneo

If the Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest, Borneo is home to the planet’s oldest rainforest, as its age has been estimated at 130 million years, and indeed, a trip to the Borneo rainforest is a journey back in time. The landscapes here are incredibly diverse, as you can find everything from 13,000-feet high mountains to mangroves.

The Malaysian state of Sarawak presents the largest amount of opportunities for jungle exploration. Treks can be arranged in towns like Miri and Kuching, as these towns are surrounded by some of the most spectacular (and even bizarre) national parks you may ever come across. Some recommended trails are located in Gunung Mulu, Batang Ai, and Tanjung Datu national parks. It must be noted that there are virtually no roads in this area and getting there from Miri or Kuching often involves flying in a Twin Otter.

Thailand

Only a couple of hours away from the busy resorts of Phuket and Koh Samui lies one of the world’s oldest evergreen rainforests. The Khao Sok National Park is an excellent location from which you can start exploring this fascinating rainforest. Treks last between 2 and 4 days, during which you will be taken on canoe safaris, swim in lakes and under waterfalls, and go on wildlife exploration trips, so that you can spot elephants, leopards, gibbons, tapirs, and other local species. The Thai rainforest at Khao Sok is also a good place to see first hand the world’s largest flower, the rafflesia.

Costa Rica

Realising the great natural asset that Costa Rican rainforests are, the local government has designated 27 per cent of the national territory as a protected area. Visitors often comment on how the spectacular beauty of the local rainforest is the highlight of their trip, and thanks to the conservation policies in place, it seems that the Costa Rican rainforest will remain a key attraction in Central America.

During a typical jungle trek in Costa Rica, you will see cloudforests, rainforests, volcanoes, and highland forests unfolding magnificently before your eyes. With more than 100 national parks to choose from, the options are almost unlimited, although the most recommended treks include those at the Baulio Carrillo National Park (great for canopy tours), and Chirripo National Park, where you can trek through the rainforest before descending into the postcard-like beaches of the Pacific coast.

While it is true that a trip to the rainforest requires some planning and preparation, the rewards are just too many to be ignored, and the scenery you are likely to see will become memories that will last a lifetime.

Sources: 

http://www.onthegotours.com/blog/2012/11/top-10-facts-about-the-amazon-rainforest/

http://www.khaosok.com/

http://www.discoveryuk.com/web/adventure/blog/borneo-facts/

http://www.tourism.co.cr/costa-rica-protected-areas/index.html

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