Discover the Mountainous Rainforest Above Puerto Vallarta

Just beyond Banderas Bay and the city of Puerto Vallarta, the Sierra Madre Mountains create an epic backdrop to one of Mexico’s premier destinations. Within the valleys and canyons of this mountain range, a lush rainforest serves as home to an incredible variety of plant and animal life. Though human residents are few within the Sierra Madre’s rainforest, tourists visit this enchanting natural environment everyday for a number of unique activities. On any given day in the rainforest, you can visit a strange colonial boomtown high in the mountains, swing from the treetops on a canopy tour and go for a simple hike through some truly incredible scenery. If you want to experience the rainforest while in Mexico, look no further than the Sierra Madre Mountains in Puerto Vallarta’s backyard.

In recent years, canopy tours have become a favorite adventure for tourists in Puerto Vallarta. Originally developed in the rainforests of Costa Rica, canopy tours allow thrill-seeking travelers to ride pulley lines between platforms high in the trees. During the tours, helpful guides are on hand to help even the most timid participants make the most of the scenic experience. As you glide from tree to tree, the guides will also point out unique plant life and offer plenty of information about the rainforest’s extensive ecosystem. Though the activity might seem dangerous, each tour is supported by an incredible array of safety equipment and open to children six and older. Ask your concierge for tour recommendations as some tour companies will pick up outside the best resorts and discounts are often available to guests.

If you want to go deeper into the rainforest and see the remains of a once-prosperous mining town, take the 15 minute flight to San Sebastian. Though seeing the town of San Sebastian can be an eye-opening experience, the journey can be just as captivating. The short tour flights fly low over the mountains and the rainforest canopy, passing picturesque waterfalls and canyons. When you reach the remote village of 500 situated at over 4,300 feet, it might be hard to spot San Sebastian’s prosperous past. Yet, remnants of the 18th century silver boom that drew over 30,000 people to the area are hiding throughout the countryside. Today, the current residents embrace tourists and love to share stories with curious travelers. One of the most interesting characters is Pachita, a 92-year old woman who has spent her entire life in San Sebastian and works at the town’s quaint candy story. Most tours to San Sebastian also include a fresh-cooked meal at one of the town’s colonial haciendas.

If you want to experience the natural beauty of the rainforest at the ground level, there are a number of hiking and biking tours available in Puerto Vallarta. Most tour companies offer different excursions to suit all ages and skill levels. The most popular hiking tours generally last 2-3 hours and wind through incredible vegetation, while the advanced tours incorporate all the best sites of the rainforest and can last all day. Along the way, tour guides will point out interesting species and assist tourists in bird and animal watching. Mountain biking tours offer similar opportunities, yet some tours also allow guests to ride from the cobblestone streets directly into the mountains.

While most of the tours mentioned here will provide transportation from your resort and food throughout the day, there are a number of items you should bring along for a day in the rainforest. For your comfort, you should pack both sunscreen and insect repellent and apply each throughout the day. If you plan on taking a dip in any of the rainforest’s waterfalls or lagoons, you might want to pack a swimsuit and towel. To make the most of the scenery, you should also bring along binoculars and a camera to preserve the memories.

If you are looking for some unique outdoor activities for your trip to Mexico and Puerto Vallarta, look no further than mountains above the city. As the rainforest and all of its activities lie just a few miles from the luxurious resorts of Puerto Vallarta, this special destination is able to provide the best of both worlds unlike anywhere else.

Amazon Rainforest Climate

Just like other rainforests the Amazon rainforest has been characterized as being hot and humid all year long. Travelers have noted that there is a lack of any kind of seasonal changes within the rainforest; as a result, the temperature of the rainforest remains the same all year long, at approximately 79 degrees Fahrenheit

If traveling to the Amazon rainforest you will find that there is a consistency in the humidity and the heat and that the only changes in climate that will occur are during the night.

This tropical rainforest is perceived as individuals before their visits as being very hot. But this is not the case, because the temperature barely reaches over 35°C. Meanwhile, the humidity within the Amazon Rainforest can be a little too humid for most people, and can thus get uncomfortable due to the feeling of a lack of air. But, then again, many travelers also enjoy the temperature. If clothed according to the climate, travelers will find themselves enjoying the weather of the Amazon rainforest. Usually, the Amazon rainforest is characterized by its tropical qualities.

It is mainly known as having an equatorial climate, being 12 degrees North of the equator. If you are looking to travel to the Amazon rainforest you might also want to get a raincoat and wear it throughout your entire trip, because there is a quite a lot of rainfall that takes place in the rainforest. On the other hand, because there is rainfall during most of the year, when it is not raining the weather can be very dry. If you are traveling to the great Amazonia, you will find valuable to know that the Amazonia is distinguished by rain and heat. As a result this is the reason why the environment is best suited for plants and wildlife.

The great distinction of the Amazon rainforest is that due to its consistency in weather any time during the year is a good time to visit. Meanwhile, the best times to visit and truly enjoy yourself are during the rainiest times of the year. The time of the year with the most rain has been characterized as the prime time to visit the Amazon Jungle as a result of the abundant amount of wildlife that exist at that time.

You can find many amazing places in Peru and Brasil Amazon Rainforest, get to know the way local tribes live and discover the magnificent natural resources and animal life.

Tambopata and Iquitos Rainforest Reserves

Peru in South America has about fifty natural reserves, national parks, protected areas and sanctuaries that total about five percent of the total land area of the country. The Tambopata – Candamo Reserve Zone and the Manu Biosphere Reserve are located in the southern Amazon Jungle while in the north the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is the largest protected area.

Half an hour’s plane ride from Cusco, landing in Puerto Maldonado, is relatively easy access to the Tambopata-Candamo Reserve. This reserve area is composed of three different ecosystems – the Amazon flat plain, the eastern slopes of the Andes and the Pampas ecosystem. As a result of this environmental diversity more than eleven different types of forest have been able to coexist and produce a vast biodiversity, among the densest life on the planet. There are 1,234 types of butterflies, 592 species of birds, 152 varieties of dragonflies, 135 kinds of ants, 127 species of amphibians, 103 types of mammals, 94 species of fish, 74 kinds of reptiles, 40 species of termites and 39 varieties of bees to be found in the south of Peru. The Tambopata area is home to the largest natural Macaw clay licks in the world, known as the Colpa de Guacamayos. Thousands of macaws and parrots are attracted to these copper-colored cliffs where they graze on the mineral salts contained in the area which helps with the digestion of berries and fruits.

The more remote Manu Biosphere Reserve covers 18,811 square kilometers of land located several hours travel from Cusco. It is said that Manu may be the only accessible virgin Rainforest left in the world. A variety of habitats including the high Andes, lowland tropical Rainforests and intermediate cloud forests provide an area that is super rich in flora and fauna with varied species and is one of the best existing example of very high density bio-diversity in protected areas of Rainforest.

Because it has been relatively unchanged by human activity, the Manu Reserve is home to a great number of species living in their original habitats including giant otters, black caiman, jaguars, the spectacled bear, the tapir, the ocelot, several species of monkeys and nearly a thousand species of birds. Manu is also home to one-tenth of the world’s fluid-carrying plant species including some species of palms and figs as well as numerous medicinal plants. There are also up to 220 recorded species of trees in a single hectare of rainforest in the Manu Reserve zone indicating the high density of the area.

In the northern jungle, located 120 kilometers by river from Iquitos, is the Pacaya – Samiria National Reserve. There is also a great deal of flora and fauna in this reserve including the huge Paiche fish which can weigh as much as 300 kilograms and measure up to three meters in length. The Paiche is in fact the largest freshwater fish on Earth. A number of other unusual animals can be spotted in the reserve such as pink dolphins, the manatee, large river turtles, giant otters, black spider monkeys, black caiman, wooly monkeys and a vast variety of Amazon birds. New additions to the reserve are facilities such as canopy trails that are collections of walkways that are suspended from trees thirty meters above the jungle floor which offer a unique viewpoint and different Amazon experience.

All of the jungle areas mentioned can be visited relatively easily on short trips, or combined with the other marvels of Peru, so feel free to investigate and ask your travel agent for more information.