Magazine article Geographical

Keeping the Jungle Green

Magazine article Geographical

Keeping the Jungle Green

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In May this year, I was lucky enough to spent a week in the Peruvian Amazon. This was something of a dream come true for me--as a lifelong lover of rainforest, the fact that I had never set foot in the jungles of the Amazon Basin was an itch that constantly needed scratching.

And the experience was all that I could have hoped for. The forest was amazing, with some of the tallest trees I've ever come across. I saw numerous species of reptile and amphibian, including colourful poison dart frogs and the impressive Amazon horned frog, as well as hummingbirds, macaws and three different species of monkey.

The reason for my visit was to report on Reserva Amazonica, an eco-lodge established in 1975 by the team that produced the Werner Herzog film Aguirre, The Wrath of God. At Geographical, we're always on the lookout for good examples of responsible tour operators and destinations--we believe that travel is important, but that it must also be sustainable, hence our involvement with the annual Responsible Tourism Awards.

Inkaterra, the company that owns Reserva Amazonica, seems to have responsible tourism in its DNA. …

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