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Ecotourism of the Amazon Rainforest
Transcript of Ecotourism of the Amazon Rainforest
Ecotourism is the organization and operation of vacations and visit towards exotic, often threatened, natuaral environments, especially to supprt conservation efforts and observe wildlife.
Reasons for Ecotourism
1. Ecotourism protects endangered species and environments.
2. Ecotourism educates people about differnet environments, plants, animals.
3. Ecotourism is a WIN WIN situation. Your money goes to a good place, and you get to connect with the environment and bring home fun stories!
Needs of the Amazon Rainforest
Four major landforms of the Amazon Rainforest are, the Amazon Basin, the Amazon River, the Andes Mountains, and the Atacama Desert. The average rainfall and precipitation each year is ranging from about 80 inches to 400 inches. The major water sources in the Amazon Rainforest are the Amazon River and all the other rivers that branch off of it like, the Tocantins River, the Xingu River, the Tapajos River, the Purus River, the Jarau River, the Japura River, and the Negro River. Natural resources of the Amazon Rainforest include timber, water, medicine (native people have found plants that extract medicines to cure many diseases), and indigenous resources (resources created by the native people). The Amazon Rainforest is located in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana near the equator.
Plants of the Amazon Rainforest
There are many exotic plants in the Amazon Rainforest. Some of the trees include Barrigona trees, Huasai trees, Huicungo trees, Palla trees, Shiriga trees, and Walking Trees. Some of the other exotic plants are orchids, monkey brush, oncidium, passion flowers, venus fly traps, etc. Many plants in the Amazon Rainforest are endangered. They must be protected, and ecotourism is helping protect them from extinction. Some of these beautiful trees and flowers don't exist anywhere else, so they need your help.
Animals in the Amazon Rainforest
The Amazon Rainforest is home to many different birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish species. Toucans, macaws, parrots, eagles, hummingbirds, jaguars, iguanas, lizards, geckos, snakes, monkeys, squirrel monkeys, bats, bears, lions, cougars, otters, frogs, etc. are all animals in the Amazon Rainforest
Access to the Amazon
The Amazon Rainforest may be close to you, but you may be hours or days away. In some cases you could drive or take a bus to the rainforest, but in others you
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may have to take a very long plane ride and maybe even taking a boat here could work. After you enter the rainforest, you can't just run free, you will disturb the plants and animals. Tours on suggested paths are also available, you may also take a boat on the river to have some family fun too. Buses are also provided to ride on in the rainforest on the paths given. Don't worry we will be sure to watch our for any squirrel monkeys walking across!
Activities and Tours
In the Amazon Rainforest you could never be bored! Especially if you have our help when it comes to activities and tours. Hiking, boating, and swimming are a few of our most popular activities here in the Amazon. You can take a jungle tour from one of our highly rated tour guides or a river cruise guided by our finest captains. One of our most popular tours are canopy tours! During our amazing Amazon canopy tours you will explore the rainforest from high above in the treetops! Jumping from tree to tree will be an awesome way to travel, and you will have many fun stories to bring home and tell to the rest of the family! Historical tours are also available. One of our most fun exhibits is the Inca Empire tour guided by our intelligent, kind, and supportive guides. Another option would be our museum of the Inca Empire; this includes when the empire was created to the times after it was destroyed by Francisco Pizzaro. The museum also contians a complementary gift shop. Our most popular historical activity is our sifing project. Your family can go through a selected amount of soil to find as many ancient artifacts. Book these activities now! Space is limited!
Food and Lodging in the Amazon Rainforest
Of course guests will be treated to the best food and lodging in the rainforest! Don't wory, we won't make you sleep with the jaguars and iguanas, and we won't make you share your dinner with the hungry eagles and macaws! We know that people all have different opinions about how you should eat and sleep in the rainforest, so instead of making you stay somewhere where you aren't happy, we decided to let you decide where you and your family will stay. We provide a variety of hotel and food options. From a gourmet hotel rooms to a cottages or cabins, we've got it all! You could sleep and enjoy the scenery from which ever you choose. Some of our hotels are right on the water so you can enjoy the sound of the rushing water when you wake up in the morning while others are deep in the rainforest where you can hear the insects at night! Food is obviously a need when it come to any biotic species! We have a varity of resturants and cafes to enjoy! Your family may just want to grab a snawhich at one of our many sandwhich shop, so that you can get going and go see the rainforest! But, many other familes may want to have a peaceful meal while sitting at one of our resturants on the water or deep into the rainforest. From fresh fruits shops and sanwhich shops to fine dinner and lunch cafes where you can sit with the family and talk about the days adventures!
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FAMILIES!!! Families are our most frequent visitors. Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome to our facilities. Your children, your parents, and even your grandparents, your aunts, your uncles, your cousins, and your siblings, bring them ALL! We promise that you will have a good time, and bring the most fun stories back home to tell!
While you are in the rainforest you must remember that you are in the rainforest and not at the amusement park or on a jungle gym. The environment isn't ours; it's the animals because they live there. We just set up hotels, restaurants, and activities for ecotourism, we shouldn't disturb the wildlife and environment, and the environment should not be harmed. Obviously the animals are affected by the constant movement of humans in their home. Plants are also affected by ecotourism; they are planted in the rainforest and cannot move, so you should be careful where you step and watch where you are going. Finally, the abiotic factors are affected. Things like air, water, and soil are abiotic, and they help support all of the biotic factors in the environment. For instance, if someone were to spill some type of harmful chemical into the soil, many of the plants may die because they rely on the soil to grow. Of course there are always silly things that could be done (that should NOT be done) that may harm the environment. If anyone does something that they were not instructed to do to the environment or anything in it, there could be major consequences to the environment and to you. Plants and animals could die because of something one person did. Also, our facilities could but unlikely will cause a problem. Depending on where we put our buildings, we could have issues about the animals and plants that lived there, but we will do our absolute best to work out a way where no habitats are harmed. Otherwise, our ectourism plan is totally safe! There are some limitations for tourists though. Only so many people can go on a tour at one time, and we can only fit so many tours in on a normal day. Only ten people and a tour guide are allowed on a tour at once. These tours last about on hour to two hours long, so we can only fit in about 30-40 tours a day when we open at eight o'clock and close at eight o'clock. So, on a daily basis we treat 300-400 customers (or should I say adventurers) each day. Tourists also must not disturb the plants and animals because, remember, this is their home, not ours. Finally, our tourists should not disturb the abiotic factors of the environment since they provide everything that the biotic factors of the environment need. People and nature must have a balance together so no one or nothing gets damaged. Of course, we are exploring the animals and plants habitats, so we should not be rude and disturb their home (because how many of you would want some animal to come into your house and ripping apart and through all of your furniture). The balance between humans and nature is very fragile, so we must be careful not to break our special bond. Our ecotourism fun should last for generations and generations to come, because families will love and enjoy it, the maintenance cost isn't high, and people won't harm the environment because they know that they will want to come back for another visit!
Risks of Ecotourism in the Amazon
By: Allison Shelkop and Natalie Clark
The risks of ecotourism in the Amazon Rainforest include children (and adults for that matter) could possibly get bitten, stung, or attacked in any other way by any of the animals. We also realize that there are poisonous plants or plants that have other affects (rashes or sicknesses) that could affect some of our customers (adventures). Of course, here will also be people with allergies to some plants or animals, but our tour guides are trained to handle things like allergic reations and other emergencies. BUT, that doesn't mean that any of that could happen becuase our tour guides are trained well to warn others in time, and take care of things immediatly. Also, the events are highly unlikely, but if you or any of your family have any allergies please notify us and your tour guide! Enjoy your trip!
Enjoy Your Trip!