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Amazon Rain Forest, Colombia

Updated on March 11, 2013
Amazon Rain Forest
Amazon Rain Forest | Source

One of the most impressive attractions in Colombia is a trip to the Amazon Rain Forest. About forty two percent of Colombia's land area is part of the Amazon Rain Forest. To take a tour of the Amazon, one needs to go to the city of Leticia in the southeastern part of Colombia. Leticia is on the border of Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. This is an excursion where one really needs an experienced guide.

The Amazon Rain Forest is enormous. The majority of the Amazon lies in three countries, Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. The Amazon Rain Forest represents over half of the rain forests in the entire world. This rain forest is the most species rich area in the world. Ten percent of the total known species in the world live in the Amazon Rain Forest and twenty percent of the known bird species of the world live there. Not only are there many plant and animal species living there, there are native American Indians living there too. The Amazon Rain Forest has yielded discoveries that account for 25% of all natural medications.

Native American Indians
Native American Indians | Source

The Amazon River is the main river that runs through the rain forest. During the wet season it can be 120 miles in width and the mouth of the river where it enters the ocean can be 300 miles wide. The Amazon Rain Forest receives 9 feet of rain every year, but the majority of the water that feeds the Amazon River comes from the Andes Mountain snow melt. There are 3,000 known species of fish that live in the Amazon River. As long as the river is, there are no bridges that cross the river. The city of Leticia lies on the Amazon River and is the main starting point for many Amazon tours.

Birds you might see
Birds you might see | Source

The main attraction is the Parque National Amacayacu. One can see pink dolphins, alligators, birds, butterflies, and countless plant species. A trip through the Amazon Rain Forest is a very memorable event.

Jaguar | Source

Below are some pictures of what you might see on your way through the Amazon Rain Forest.

Pink Dolphin
Pink Dolphin | Source
There are many birds to see
There are many birds to see | Source
There are many Monkeys to see
There are many Monkeys to see | Source

Take a quick tour of the Amazon Rain Forest


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    • csgibson profile image

      Craig Gibson 4 years ago from Traverse City Michigan

      Thank you. Colombia is a marvelous place to live. It is a shame so many have the wrong impression of Colombia.

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      Great photos, I especially loved the one of the Toucan :) Thanks for the info on the Amazon. Great hub! Voted up and interesting!