Ecuadorian Amazonia
Ecuador, Puyo

Amazonian rainforests - a riot of colors, the beauty of curved lines and a constant buzz that creates a sense of presence in the incredible dialogue of giant trees. This is the cosmic energy of growth, development and natural perfection. This is an absolute expression of the very idea of life. Here all five human senses come to life, awakened by the singing of birds and the buzz of insects, the bright colors and varied texture of plants and animals, the heady smells coming from herbs used for medicinal purposes, and fruit trees. Tropical forests in total occupy only 7% of the earth's surface, but about 50% of all terrestrial biological species live in them. Contrary to popular belief, the land of rainforests is far from fertile. The countless diversity of the jungle flora is explained by the constant interaction of living and dying organisms, as a result of which natural fertilizers necessary for the soil are formed. The Amazonian ecosystem is very dynamic, life in its tropical forests is developing at almost cosmic speed. More than one species of ants can be found on one Amazonian tree than in the whole of England; on 1 ha of forest, more species of frogs can live than in all of North America. The world of Amazonia is extremely contrasting: there are monkeys that fit on the human palm, and spiders that eat birds, the largest snakes in the world - thirty-foot anacondas and eight-foot toads. Thanks to the Amazon, mankind has tasted avocados, cashews, chocolate, figs, vanilla and cinnamon. The jungle thickens strongly at an altitude of 30 m, so it is always very humid here. An amazing variety of species of fern, wild lemon trees grows here, and cotton trees are also found. The highest of them reach 60 m in height and a dozen meters in diameter at the base of the trunk. During the night hunt, the Indians arrange shelters in burrows among the roots of these giants. The Amazon basin - the most famous river in the world - contains about 40% of all fresh water on earth. There are islands in the Amazon that are comparable in size to some European states, and there are otters that are the size of a person. Canoeing on this river is truly unforgettable due to possible encounters with bloodthirsty piranhas, caimans, electric eels, pink dolphins, jaguars, toucans, parrots and many others. In the Ecuadorian regions of Amazonia, about 200 tribes live, the ancestors of which lived in this jungle 10 thousand years ago, for example, the Hivaro tribe, also called bounty hunters, and Aukas - the first Indians of the Amazon who were contacted in 1954. The indigenous inhabitants of the rainforests, having studied all their secrets and life rhythms, successfully use shamanism and special plants for healing, which are still rejected by Western society.

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