The Amazon Rainforest
The best-known and the largest rainforest in the world is the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon Rainforest basin is about the size of the contiguous United States.
According to the rainforest awareness site, Mongabay.com, the Amazon Rainforest covers about 40 percent of South America, including parts of eight South American countries. The greatest threat to the Amazon Rainforest is deforestation. In a Green Peace report issued in July 2009, it states that the cattle industry is responsible for 80 present of deforestation in the entire Amazon. Destruction of this rainforest has staggering implications for the entire world. The Amazon Rainforest is the world’s most important forest carbon store. The health of the planet and all inhabitants are threatened by deforestation.
Indigenous people throughout the massive Amazon region are victims of cattle ranchers, tourism and other non-indigenous ventures. A socially-conscious Amazon Rainforest vacation will not allow tourists to overrun rainforest inhabitants. Nor will environmentally-conscious tourists be responsible for further destruction of habitat through the use of timber to build hotels and other tourism-related development.
Sustainable travel brings tourists in contact with native inhabitants who can teach visitors about the connection between human beings, the land and all of the species relying upon a healthy environment. Fair trade with indigenous peoples is a concern for sensitive ecotourists.
An Amazon Rainforest vacation introduces travelers to a small piece of this massive rainforest and the issues confronting the region and the world. Awareness is crucial to curbing ceaseless environmental destruction. Socially and environmentally sensitive toruists will be impressed by the lessons presented by the wonders and challenges of the Amazon Rainforest.