The Amazon river runs for some 4,000 miles (6,400 km) across South America and has over a thousand tributaries, 17 of which are longer than 1,000 miles. It discharges about 55 million gallons of water into the Atlantic every second.
The Amazon Rainforest is home to at least 10% of the planet’s biodiversity, 16,000 types of tree, 4,000 species of plants, more than 2,000 different types of fish and 1,300 types of bird, around 2½ million species of insect and hundreds of varieties of amphibians and reptiles. It generates more than 20% of the world’s oxygen and covers approximately 40% of the land area of South America.
On New Year’s Day the BBC broadcasted a superb programme about the Amazon, a river that truly lives up to its mighty reputation. It is available on the BBC iPlayer for 11 months:
Revealed Travel books book 3, 4 or 7 night Amazon river cruises from Manaus (Brazil), Iquitos (Peru) and on the Napo River in the Ecuadorian Amazon as part of longer tailor-made itineraries. We also book three or four night stays at jungle lodges in Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.
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