the Peruvian Amazon rainforest viewed from above
It's been a lifelong dream to visit the Amazon Rainforest, and as I fly above, I begin to have a vague understanding of just how massive an area the "lungs of the earth" covers; billions upon billions of trees, 2.142 million square miles (greater in size than the area of India + Saudi Arabia combined) 2.5 million insect species (is it wrong to wish there were fewer?) tens of thousands of plants, and more than 2,000 species of birds and mammals.
We get into the riverboat from the tiny port of Philadelphia (many small Peruvian encampments seem to be named after large American cities) and head upstream on the Tombopato River.
|The riverbank of the Tombapata River in the Peruvian Amazon|
the banks of the Tombopato river as we travel upstream
|beautiful tree of the rainforest|
video: illegal gold mining operation
|four different species of fish caught and eaten- Piranha on left |
(on right is type of catfish)
Video: Jungle Guide eats eyes of Piranha @Tombapata Lodge in the Peruvian Amazon
Polly the Parrot Head @ Tombapata Lodge in the Peruvian Amazon (cute)
|me and my machete- the lightsaber of the Amazon|
|took this photo via telescopic lens at the macaw claylick|