|LAND OF THE GREAT WATERS |
LEAD:Our immense Amazon jungle is called a rain forest. It may be that the word immense" is
not big enough to express the greatness of the region. The Amazon exaggerates everything: water
as far as you can see, enormous trees, a wide diversity of plants and animals, intense colors, the
beauty of the sunset. The scenery seems to present everything larger than life.
In the heart of the Amazon, English is the most common language used by visitors to try to put
into words the experience of being in a place that practically ignores the presence of human beings.
Americans, British, Spanish, Chinese, Germans, French, Swiss, Japanese, Italians and many more
have already discovered the beauty of the Amazon region, and English is the basic means of
communication between them. Brazilian tourists seem to still carry the prejudice that ecotourism in
||the Amazon is typical "bummer". Wrong. Bold investments have created a first-world hotel|
infrastructure right in the jungle, and without destroying or modifying the scenery.
The jungle lodges draw people from all over the world, in search of adventure. To them, names
like piranha, alligator, anaconda and boto have an air of mystery about them.
What has been observed so far is that tourists are not only interested adventure in the Amazon.
Just getting away from everything and everybody, and being in direct contact with Nature -
without necessarily having to give up all creature comforts - even attracts ewlyweds looking for a
non-traditional honeymoon spot.
Contact with animals heretofore seen only in books and movies, sleeping in wooden cabins built
practically in the tops of trees (and even at that, with a fan, bed, electric lights and even a TV),
going piranha fishing in the late afternoon or waking up to the calls of parrots, are all a part of the
basic program for first timers.