We lose 13 million hectares of forests of the world every year, according to United Nations. Considering all the brands of extra soft and ultra soft toilet papers and all the junk mail we receive, it doesn’t come as a surprise. In order to make awareness, UN has designated 2011 as the International Year of Forests. I have always been a fan of wildlife whether it is the Amazon rainforest or a random mountain top. Every greenery has its unique beauty and serenity. However, not every traveler go on wildlife exploration holidays but for those who love Eco travel and wildlife, there are some amazing rainforests that will leave you breathless. Here are the top 3 greenest forests of the world.
Forests of The World
The Amazon Rainforest, South America
If you love ecological rainforests, the Amazon rainforest is where you should be first. Located in the north side of South American continent, it is larger than Europe and spans over nine countries. They are Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana and Guiana. Needless to say this is the biggest rainforest in the world. It is inhabited by animals and plants in the space of 5.5 million square kilometers.
Amazon rainforest is filled with exotic wildlife, ancient cultures and never ending challenges for the adventure minded. One such adventure is Piranha fishing. The heat, rain and humidity makes the Amazon rainforest a very rich ecosystem for many organisms. There are thousands of different species of plants, 120 feet tall trees, red-eyed tree-frogs, insects, reptiles, birds, mammals and amphibians. The bio diversity is a product of million years of evolution. Amazon has now become a web of life. So it is something we should gain knowledge about and protect for future generations to come.
Banff National Park, Canada
The Banff National Park is one of the first and the oldest national parks in Canada. It is located in the Canadian Rockies, which spans across 2,564 square kilometers. It is filled with rugged forest and wilderness. You can find grizzly bears, caribou, wolves and foxes in the Banff National Park. It draws over a million visitors each year. Visitors have the opportunity to go hiking, rafting, horseback riding and white water rafting etc. The activities are endless, which is why the Banff National Park is called Canada’s premier adventure travel destination.
Muir Woods, USA
If you are fascinated with trees, Muir Woods is the ideal forest to visit. It is just 11 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Muir Woods is a 560 acre of protected trees that has redwoods, including giant sequoias and coast redwoods, which are the world’s tallest living trees. You can stroll along the paved trails and admire the trees. Some of them are 800 years old and reach up to 250 feet. The Muir Woods is not just about trees however. You can easily spot river otters, fox, deer and owls. You can also enjoy ranger-led walks that will help you learn about watershed, wildflowers and tadpoles. Moonlight walks are held at night when there is full moon but make sure you make a reservation.
These are the top three greenest forests of the world for you to start with. If you’ve been to other great forests of the world, be sure to share it here.