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Introducing Amazon Basin

The best-protected tract of the world’s most biodiverse forest, the strange, sweltering, seductive country-within-a-country that is Peru’s Amazon Basin, is changing. Its sheer vastness and impenetrability has long protected its indigenous communities and diverse wildlife from external eyes. Tribes still exist here that have never had contact with outside civilization. More plant types flourish in one rainforest hectare than in any European country, and fauna is so fantastic it defies the most imaginative western sci-fi comic.

But as the 21st century slowly dawns on this enticing expanse of arboreal wilderness, exploitation of the rainforest’s abundant natural resources threatens to irreversibly damage it. The lush Peruvian Amazon offers phenomenal wildlife-spotting, forays into untamed forest from the jungle’s best selection of lodges and raucous city life. But it also begs for protection. Remember that as, forging through it by rough road and raging river, you’ll feel like the explorers who first brought international attention to this region.