YOUR NEXT TRAVEL DESTINATION: BACK TO NATURE

237
Credit to World Magacy

Skip those beaches and islands. Try nature this time.

I came across a great piece written by Jake, one of nothingfamiliar.com author. I’ve read through a lot of places but nothing quite near to this amazing piece. Instead of sharing those normal travel destinations, Jake shared eight amazing rainforests located in each continent according to him a must visit. Let’s check them out.

Amazon, South America

Credit to Thousand Wonders
Credit to Thousand Wonders

While visiting South America in itself is amazing, you haven’t really experienced it until you’ve made a trip to the biggest rainforest in the world! Although 60% of the rainforest is in Brazil, the Amazon actually spreads across Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana! This gigantic rainforest is also home to the Amazon River, the largest of its kind that stretches over 4,000 miles. Aside from the pink dolphins, man eating pirañas, and over 1,300 species of birds, the pure beauty of nature should be enough to keep you entertained!

Daintree, Australia

Credit to Wildlife Worldwide
Credit to Wildlife Worldwide

Among all the awesome places to visit in the land down under, there’s few things more alluring than the Daintree Rainforest. Located on the Northeast coast of Queensland, Daintree is thought to be the oldest continuously surviving rainforest in the world, having existed for over 165 million years! Home to an absurdly diverse group of animals and plants, the Daintree Rainforest is also known for it’s exotic fruits and tropical flavors for you to taste. Plus, when you’re done exploring the worlds oldest rainforest, Daintree extends all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the magical Great Barrier Reef.

Tongass, Alaska

Credit to Jono Cusack
Credit to Jono Cusack

Deep in heart of Southeastern Alaska, sits the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world! Surrounding the famous Inside Passage, a visit to the Tongass National Forest will give you the chance to see bears, eagles, and even millions spawning salmon. So find a cabin, grab a tent, and explore all the amazing wilderness Alaska has to offer!

Congo, Central Africa

Credit to Emaze
Credit to Emaze

Spanning 1.5 million square miles and across 6 African countries, the Congo rainforest is one of the worlds most extraordinary feats of nature. When visiting the 2nd largest rainforest in the world, you can expect to see giant gorillas, chimpanzees, and elephants. This particular rainforest is also home to the pygmies, one of the most interesting indigenous groups on earth. With an average adult height of only 4 feet 5 inches, the pygmies represent just how epically diverse this rainforest really is!

“As the lone representative of Southeast Asia on this list, the remarkable rainforest of Malaysia definitely carries its weight! Home to 25% of the countries plants and over 600 species of animals, this rainforest is a tropical wonderland that is hard to even imagine.”

Malaysia, Southeast Asia

Credit to EGU
Credit to EGU

As the lone representative of Southeast Asia on this list, the remarkable rainforest of Malaysia definitely carries its weight! Home to 25% of the countries plants and over 600 species of animals, this rainforest is a tropical wonderland that is hard to even imagine. As far as biodiversity goes, this is as good as it gets! Unfortunately, due to climate changes, poaching, and pollution, 14% of Malaysia’s species are listed on the endangered species list today.

Valdivian, South America

Credit to Albh
Credit to Albh

The next stop on our list takes us back to beautiful South America, and the amazing Valdivian rainforest! Spread across both Chile and Argentina, the Valdivian’s diversity stems mostly from the drastic changes in elevation. This rainforest takes you on a spectacular journey, from the small mountainous regions along the coast, all the way to the giant peaks and volcanoes of the Andes.

Dominica, Caribbean

Credit to Ozone Zone Books
Credit to Ozone Zone Books

If you’re searching for a jungle paradise, look no farther the tiny island of Dominica. As one of the lesser known Caribbean destinations, Dominica is a great place for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts alike. Due to resistance from the local Carib population, Dominica was one of the last islands to be colonized by the Europeans, and it remains somewhat isolated from mass tourism today. So when you’re not busy soaking in the bath-like ocean water, enjoy a hike through one of the world’s most exotic wildlife sanctuaries.

“As the worlds 4th largest Island, Madagascar has some of the most unique set of animals and nature that planet earth has to offer.”

Madagascar, Africa

Credit to Ron Smith
Credit to Ron Smith

Just 250 miles off the Southern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, sits the fascinating island of Madagascar. If you thought Madagascar was a tiny little place, you were sorely mistaken! As the worlds 4th largest Island, Madagascar has some of the most unique set of animals and nature that planet earth has to offer. In the last 20 years alone,scientists have discovered over 615 new species of animals here! If you’re ever in South Africa, make sure not to overlook this unbelievable rainforest.