Amazon by Numbers
The numbers of the Brazilian Amazon
rainforest are as outstanding as the ones about Brazil, the country. Get
ready for some superlatives here.
The Brazilian Amazon
Rainforest incorporates 60% of the entire Amazon region.
Its waters cover 7,050,000 km3.
It has the largest river in the world, the Amazon with 6,500
20% of all the sweet water in the world runs in the Amazon.
is the largest rainforest in the world. It represents 35% of the world’s
It has the biggest mineral reserve on the world.
It is home to the greatest diversity of fauna and flora on Earth.
30 million identified plant species.
98% of Brazilian native Indians live in the Brazilian Amazon
60% of all living things are found in the Amazon, but just 30% are
It is hot and humid throughout the year. The temperature varies between
21oC/70oF and 42oC/108oF, 28oC/82oF being the average. It rains
constantly, so flooding is a common occurrence. Light, comfortable clothes
and shoes are the order of the day.
Origin of the Name
The Amazon – Amazonas, in Portuguese, was named by Francisco Orellana, one
of its first explorers. On the river shore, he saw female Indian warriors
and erroneously thought them to be ancient warriors of Greek mythology.
Amazon Travel Tips
Respect for nature is on
demand. Brazil is trying to promote sustainable
development for the Amazon. The natural tourism, ecotourism and the alike
are ways of achieving this goal. When considering Brazil travel, the
rainforest is one of the top destinations.
So please, do not bring anything from the forest; do
not throw anything in the forest; leave the plants, fruits and stones
where they are. Take with you only pictures and, most importantly,
memories of a unique vacation. The Brazilian Amazon rainforest will
appreciate it. One last advice:
have a super time!