Biome: Rainforest

Destination: Amazon Rainforest

Maps

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This map shows the areas of where the rainforest biome is located. The green colors are where they are.
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This is a map of where the Amazon Rainforest is located in South America. It's shown in green.

Local Temperatures

It’s a tropical climate with daytime temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. During the nighttime, the temperature can fall to 50 degrees Fahrenheit if it has rained.

Local Seasons

There are no defined seasons in the Amazon because the temperature is usually the same. There are only two “seasons”: a rainy season, and a less rainy season AKA dry season.

Recommended Time of Year to Visit

It is recommended to visit the Amazon Rainforest in June or July, so you can experience both the rainy season and the dry season. June and July is the transition time of the different periods.

Local Rainfall

Overall, there will be 80 inches of rain a year. However, the precipitation fluctuates throughout the year ranging from about 60-180 inches to 30-100 inches, depending on the season.

Local Plant Life

The Kapok Tree is an enormous plant that can grown up to 200 ft tall and 16 feet wide in diameter! These trees play an important role in our lives, they clean the majority of the air we breathe.There is a number of Orchid species found in the canopy of the Amazon. Mosses are found on the Kapok trees, they grow non parasitically on them.

See here for even more plants:
http://www.naturetours.com/Am_lispl.html

Local Animal Life

The animals in the Amazon are unique and thrive from the rainforest’s vegetation. The Spider Monkey lives in the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest and eat fruit, seeds, and leaves. The Macaw is an endangered parrot that has a sharp hooked beak for eating nuts, fruits, and seeds. The Capybara is the largest rodent on the Earth. It is also an endangered species that is an excellent swimmer. The Jaguar is the most dangerous animals in the Amazon. The Jaguar is a skilled hunter, he will swim, climb up trees, and run after his prey. The Amazon Pink River Dolphin is a beautiful creature, surrounded by many legends and myths of the jungle.

See here for even more animals:
http://www.trails.com/list_11191_animals-that-live-amazon-rainforest.html

Types of Outdoor Activities/Points of Interest

Meeting the Waters Tour: You can boat on the Rio Negro and Rio Solimoes rivers. You are able to see the black water from the Rio Negro and the brown water from the Rio Solimoes side by side, but they do not mix!

Swimming with Dolphins: Jump into the Rio Negro and Amazon River and swim and feed the only freshwater dolphins on the Earth...and piranhas!

Amazon Helicopter Ride: Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Amazon and parts of Brazil from a helicopter. This bird’s eye view is to die for!

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