Lima. Aug. 05 (ANDINA). There are few sights that gap year travellers in South America will find more fascinating than the mighty Amazon River.
Accounting for one-fifth of the world’s total river flow and stretching right across the continent from Peru to the east coast of Brazil. it will be hard for anyone visiting these two countries to miss.
According to i-to-i.com. the Amazon came first in a list of the world’s greatest rivers compiled by CNN. which is hardly surprising since it’s the largest on the planet.
Travel writer Susannah Palk described it was 'big. wild and wondrous' and pointed out that is it ‘teeming’ with exotic and endangered wildlife. including pink river dolphins and the anaconda snake.
‘As well as the largest number of freshwater fish species in the world. the river gives life to an amazing array of plant life from orchids to bromeliads and palms.’ she added.
Ms Palk said many of those sailing the Amazon begin in the port town of Iquitos in Peru before journeying downstream into Brazil. stopping off in Manaus and Boca de Valerian along the way.
‘With such a vast expanse. the highlights are many.’ she insisted. ‘They include the ‘meeting of waters’ six miles from Manaus. where the black Rio Negro River meets but doesn’t mix with the brown waters of the Amazon.’