THE LARGEST RAINFOREST IN THE WORLD
A trip only for the intrepid who really like nature.
Before we start to travel, I want to remind you that this is a totally inclusive podcast, so everyone, including the visually impaired or people with hearing disabilities, can enjoy it on the digital platform of their choice.
Hi, nice to greet you. I’m Yael Yancelson and I’m very excited to be your guide and companion on this magical journey through the senses and imagination.
In this episode we are going to make a trip that excites me a lot, we are going to enjoy nature in all its splendor because thanks to our imaginative power we arrive at an intrepid trip through the Amazon to enjoy a wonderful journey with our 5 senses, so ¿will you accompany me?
The Amazon or Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical forest in the world, and therefore the most important at various levels.
There are 7 million square kilometers, between nine countries, with Brazil and Peru as the ones with the largest extension. The rest of the countries are Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Venezuela, Ecuador and Suriname.I cannot believe that we are facing one of the most biodiverse ecoregions in the world. The Amazon rainforest is also one of the seven natural wonders of the world and plays an important role in regulating the carbon cycle and climate change. Unfortunately we find that logging is one of the big problems here. The Amazon is a true treasure of the natural heritage of our planet. For this reason, human beings have to work to take care of it and protect it at all costs. Currently, together with the oceans, the forests of the Amazon are the main lungs of the Earth. In 2014,
Fundación Aquae and UNICEF launched “Water for the Peruvian Amazon”. A project that aims to improve access to water and sanitation services in the Amazon basin regions of Loreto and Ucayali. To date, more than 420 dry ecological toilets have been installed, directly benefiting more than 700 families in rural areas. If you are interested, look for more information in this link:
More information at this link: https://www.fundacionaquae.org/agua-para-la-amazonia-peruana/
What an exciting journey, ¿isn’t it? Can you appreciate the power of nature, smell the humidity, enjoy the incomparable view of these landscapes without comparison? We see 427 species of mammals, 1,300 species of birds, 378 species of reptiles, and more than 400 species of amphibians. Some of the animals that live in the Amazon rainforest include jaguars, sloths, river dolphins, macaws, anacondas, glass frogs, and poison dart frogs – which by the way is the most poisonous animal on earth, so we’ll be extra careful. One in ten known species in the world lives in the Amazon rainforest, as does one in five known bird species in the world.
See all this green, did you know that the Amazon is home to up to 80,000 species of plants, of which more than 40,000 play a fundamental role in regulating the global climate and in maintaining the local water cycle.The Amazon is a true treasure of the natural heritage of our planet.
We arrive at where indigenous peoples live who have been immersed since time immemorial. More than a jungle, it is a sanctuary that awaits you to show you life from another perspective.
They show us the “Encontro das Aguas”, where the black waters of the Rio Negro meet the white waters of the Rio Solemos, and excursions extend both up and down.
Near Manaus, there is the Jaú National Park, declared a World Heritage Site, which we are going to visit by boat, so everyone on board.
And after traveling so much to this magical destination, I was already hungry. I tell you that I was talking with people from the region and Suyuay, a very kind girl, told me that the açai fruit -also called asaí- grows in this region, a fruit that is very rich in antioxidants, which favors the absorption of nutrients, and to which anti-aging properties are attributed to it; in fact, the Amazonian Indians who consume it daily are distinguished by their longevity. This berry comes from the Euterpe oleracea palm tree -which grows in Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela-, and which can reach 20 meters in height, so harvesting its fruits, which usually done by hand, it becomes a complicated and dangerous task.
Look here we have an açai berry, you can see how it is round, dark purple in color and small in size, about 10 to 14 millimeters. Only 10% of it can be consumed, which is what corresponds to the pulp, the remaining 90% is seed
And he has given me a delicious recipe for the famous Acai Bowl so IN these days, let’s prepare it in my kitchen: IF YOU LIKE TO COOK CLICK THE LINK BELOW AND IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE THE TRAVEL STAY HERE.
So with energy, what if we dance to the rhythm of this melody by a group of more than 25 musicians from this region under the direction of Woody Amores This MANGUARÉ song was created for the activities of AEXCRAM (Extremadura Association for Cooperation with the Amazon Region), Association related to sensitivity for the Amazon region in our society, I leave you the video if you like to see it later: https://youtu.be/3cHwvjorScU
Something very interesting is that the açai has always been used by the Amazonian ethnic groups, both for food and to cure ailments and diseases, and it is estimated that the inhabitants of the Amazon River drink up to two liters of açai a day. In Brazil, the oil of this fruit is used to treat diarrhea; the roots are usually cooked to make an infusion against jaundice, and the infusion of the berries of this palm tree helps heal wounds and skin ulcers. It is also often used as a remedy for fever and even against snake bites.
Suyuay has presented us with an exotic typical dish from the Amazon region known as Mojojoy. This consists of a roasted white larva that can be found stuffed with chicken or meat and has a high protein content, which is why it has become part of the daily diet of many local tribes. ¿Do you dare to try it? The mere truth disgusts me, haha. Let’s see how daring you are…
Well, this is how today we leave Amazonas, very sure that we will soon return to these directions because we will travel every week to another corner of this wonderful world, to know, enjoy and fly with the imagination, I wait for you and I ask you, if you liked the content share it with your friends and give me a like and a review of your comments because with that you help me a lot to raise the ranking of this podcast, ALTERNATIVE REALITY A UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT SPACE THAT CREATES COMMUNITY…. This space is born from a very personal need to connect with visually impaired and deaf people who teach us that you can enjoy these trips full of music, smell and taste in very different ways and that is why I like to think that together we make a difference. . I invite you to visit the ONCE Foundation for solidarity with blind people in Latin America/ and if you like to contribute, we will be very grateful, visit https://www.foal.es
By helping others we mainly help ourselves and I hope you find meaning and it fills your soul as much as it does for me to support different causes and give a little of what we are to other human beings.
It was a pleasure traveling with you.
Until next week and thanks
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