Palm Forest Tower

When taking an eco travel trip to the Peruvian Amazon, you will travel by boat along the Tambopata River to reach all three of the Rainforest Expeditions jungle lodges. As you move up or down that lazy, tropical river on your way to one of the best ecotourism family destinations in the Amazon, the forest on both banks can look like a wall of green. Although different species of trees, palms, and other vegetation are evident, much of the rainforest looks rather uniform to the untrained eye. However, as similar as much of the forest appears, it actually harbors a wide variety of habitats that help to increase its biodiversity.

There are parts of the forest where bamboo dominates and is used by a certain suite of birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects. Light gaps are also an important habitat where seedlings and fast growing vegetation can grow. There are areas where the forest floods on an annual basis and thus forms a habitat distinct from drier, hilly parts of the rainforest. There are also different types of wetlands that occur such as oxbow lakes and in poorly drained areas, palm swamps.

The palm swamps provide key habitat for a variety of creatures including beautiful treefrogs and spectacular Red-bellied and Blue and Gold Macaws. These big, beautiful, long-tailed parrots are dependent upon palm swamps because they won't nest anywhere else. Parrot lovers will be happy to know that the Tambopata Research Center is fortunate to have an old growth palm swamp deep in the rainforests behind the lodge. Easily accessible by maintained trails, at the right time of the year, it can be visited to get close looks at nesting Blue and Gold Macaws. A boardwalk will keep your feet dry and a scaffolding tower will put you at eye level with the nesting macaws for an exciting family green travel activity.

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