Amazon Jungle Canopy Walkway – Strolling Between Heaven and Earth

To get to the canopy walkway, you go up these steps. And expert guide waits for a visitor to arrive.

To get to the canopy walkway, you go up these steps. Guide Willie Flores Lanza waits for visitors to arrive.

Once you are at treetop level, you gain a new appreciation for the jungle canopy.

Once you are at treetop level, you gain a new appreciation for the jungle canopy.

From the ground level the Amazon River jungle is dense.

From the ground level the Amazon River jungle is dense and even the animal trail, center, is hard to discern.

Walk this way for exceptional views.

Walk this way for exceptional views.

When flying overhead, the Amazon jungle looks impenetrable. Gaze upwards from the jungle floor and the light and sky are nearly obscured. But at the interstitial between top and bottom one gets a perspective of the vibrancy and vitality of the Amazon River jungle. It’s a place to see both the trees and the forest.

If you're okay with heights and a bit of swaying under your feet, it's easy to traverse the canopy walkway.

If you’re okay with heights and a bit of swaying under your feet, it’s easy to traverse the canopy walkway.

The walkways is actually quite sturdy, using steel cables for support and strong mesh to keep you from falling.

The walkways is actually quite sturdy, using steel cables for support and strong mesh to keep you from falling.

Guide Willie Flores Lanza walks along as surely as if he were on the ground below.

Guide Willie Flores Lanza walks along as surely as if he were on the ground below. Novices generally hold on.

The beauty of the Amazon jungle as seen from treetop level.

The beauty of the Amazon jungle as seen from treetop level.

No one hurries along the canopy walkway, mostly because the views are so spectacular.

No one hurries along the canopy walkway, mostly because the views are so spectacular.

Bromeliads have claimed a portion of this tree trunk high in the jungle canopy.

Bromeliads have claimed a portion of this tree trunk high in the jungle canopy.

The canopy walkway is a chance to get up close to savor the beauty.

The canopy walkway is a chance to get up close to savor the beauty.

For arboreal lovers, ambling along the top of a forest is a true delight. The longest canopy walkway in South America, which is also one of the longest in the world, is located in Peru’s Amazon jungle. The walkway is owned and maintained by Explorama Lodges, which for more than 50 years has been providing a place for visitors to spend time in the Amazon jungle. Their expert guides escort guests on hikes, excursions and even piranha fishing trips, in addition to a trip to their canopy walkway.

For guide Willie Flores Lanza, walking the canopy is almost an everyday experience. For others, it's a once-in-a-lifetime event.

For guide Willie Flores Lanza, walking the canopy is almost an everyday experience. For others, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Amazon jungle conditions require that maintenance crews continually check on the walkways to keep them safe.

Amazon jungle conditions require that maintenance crews continually check on the walkways to keep them safe.

Working up this high would be a problem for many, but this man seems comfortable working on a portion of the walkway.

Working up this high would be a problem for many, but this man seems comfortable working on a portion of the walkway.

Beyond being helpful and informative, the guides are important. A first time visit to the Amazon jungle is intimidating. The hot temperatures, amount of rainfall, high humidity, and incredible diversity of plants, trees and animals is a lot of take in. Guides point out what could easily be missed along the trail or up in canopy as they explain the relationship flora and fauna have with each other – and to ourselves. And the guides are able to spot potential dangers such as snakes that might be poisonous or dangerous.

This fellow won't hurt you, but unless you have a guide to point things out, you might miss spotting things.

This fellow won’t hurt you, but unless you have a guide to point things out, you might miss the creatures for the trees.

It doesn't matter which way you go on the canopy walkway, every view is amazing.

Take a left, take a right, because it doesn’t matter which way you go on the canopy walkway, as every view is amazing.

Walking above the tops of the jungle is something you will remember your entire life.

Walking above the tops of the jungle is something you will not soon forget.

People just visit, while these insects call the jungle home. Step lightly.

People just visit, while these insects call the jungle home. Tread lightly.

For the canopy walkway, if you’re not afraid of heights or bothered by the swaying as you walk, it is an experience both peaceful and exciting. Explorama’s canopy walkway is over 100 feet up in the trees and wanders more than a third of a mile. The walkways are supported by 14 of the largest trees in that area. In addition to the visitors who experience the Amazon jungle in a different way, researchers use the walkways to study the jungle.

The walkways span some of the largest trees in this area, enabling the walkway to remain both high above ground and safe for visitors.

The walkways span between some of the largest trees in this area, enabling the walkway to remain both high above ground and safe for visitors.

And once up there, what you see forever changes the way you look at trees. After some time among the treetops you will always remember that heaven and earth are really one and the same.

The anchor system that keeps the walkway suspended is sturdy but designed not to injure the trees.

The anchor system that keeps the walkway suspended is sturdy but designed not to injure the trees.

For more information about canopy walkways, click on the websites below:

explorama.com/canopy_walkway

alizul2.blogspot.hr/2012/04/10-amazing-treetop-walkways

webecoist.momtastic.com/amazing-rainforest-treetop-walks

 

 

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