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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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