The Amazon Rainforest

Where is it?

The Amazon Rainforest is in South America. The mighty Amazon River flows 6450km through the rainforest from the Andes on the eastern side of South America to the Atlantic Ocean on the other.

Climate

The Amazon Rainforest has a tropical climate. It is hot and humid all year round. The average annual temperature is 27 degrees C but it feels hotter because it is so humid. It rains almost the whole year round. The best time to visit is between March and June.

Dangers

The top predator in the Amazon Rainforest is the jaguar. Mostly it eats smaller animals like otters and armadillos, but it will attack humans. Other big cats include the puma (also called a cougar).
There are tarantulas on the forest floor and piranhas in the rivers.

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harpy eagle
Interesting Things to See and Do

You can take a canoe or kayak trip down the Amazon River. It is flooded for about six months of the year and the wetlands are full of pink river dolphins, caimans and fish, but in the dry season (Septermber to February) you can see land animals like tapirs and jaguars.
Maybe you will be lucky and see South American Howler Monkeys in the trees.
Harpy eagles fly high above the canopy in the emergent layer.
Check out this site to see many animals of the Amazon Rainforest.

Transport

Click here to see where airports are in Brazil, South America.

Bibliography

Rainforest Revealed by Jen Green, DK, 2004, from the Casey-Cardinia Library, 577.34GRE
Unique Travel South America Experience. com

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