basin is known as the Earth's "Green Lung" for good
reason. The rainforest is habitat to one third of the planet's
forest and over 50,000 species of plants, 1000 species of birds
and 400 species of mammals. Twenty percent of the world's primates
live in the Amazonas region. To journey into the Amazon, to the
junction of the opaque brown Amazon and the dark Rio Negro, is
to experience an ancient, wild world. Just 300 miles from Manaus,
the region's capital, live uncontacted Aboriginal Indian tribes.
The pace of life in modern Manaus is still set by the great river.
Historic buildings stand next to modern skyscrapers in this important
gateway city. The Amazon region is a magical place full of life
as it has carried on for millions of years.
Amazon's Rio Negro