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Jungle Trekking

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Traveling in the jungle regions of the Earth

Jungle trekking is where you take your resources like tents, food and other articles and you trek through jungle. Topography of area depends what type of jungle you are walking in. There is a lot of difference in having a trek in rainforest jungle as compared to walking in a temperate forest. You also need a guide or good Map to have a trek in the jungle otherwise you may very easily get lost.

There is a great deal of flexibility in the jungle trekking tours offered, both in terms of length and difficulty of terrain covered. Generally a jungle trekking group can consist of anywhere between 4-10 people. It is possible to go jungle trekking together as a private group with a few friends and hire a private guide, although this costs more.

A jungle trekking trip can last anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks. For those who just want to spend a short time walking around there are one day treks available. These jungle treks are a good idea if you’re not particularly fit or interested in roughing it in the wild overnight. For the more adventurous there are many jungle treks that incorporate other activities such as elephant trekking and white water rafting. Many jungle trekking trips involve stop offs at small villages inhabited by indigenous people. If you’re a culture buff this is a fascinating experience not to be missed.

Going jungle trekking alone is not advised. All but the most experience wilderness survivalists should go trekking with a local guide. All jungle trekking companies have tour guides who are at least native, if not native to the specific area where the trekking takes place. Jungle trekking guides can help show how to interact with the tribes you come into contact with.

Accommodation and food offered on jungle trekking trips are basic. At best you’ll be sleeping on a straw mat in a hut and have a blanket to cover you. Food generally consists of rice, fish and fruits.

The best jungle trekking experiences can be had outside of rainy season. Although jungle trekking can still be done during rainy season many find the constant wetness too much to bear.

Jungles of the world

South America – The majority of jungle tour operators are concentrated in what is known as the Mayan World or “Ruta Maya”. The Mayan World encompasses five different countries that hosted the entirety of the Mayan Civilization: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. Most tours consist of visits to popular Mayan archaeological sites such as Tikal, Guatemala, Chichen Itza, and Copan. These day visits will usually consist of a guided tour of a heavily tourist-concentrated Mayan and archaeological site. Tikal and Chichen Itza are prime examples of popular day-visit sites. Such sites involve a tour guide, designated either by the state government or by a private company, for the tourists. These tour guides are predominantly trained professionals, certified to take large parties of fifty through heavily populated archaeological sites.

Although most of the visits to these more prominent sites involve day trips, there are also many jungle tour operators that showcase less-known, remote Mayan jungle ruins such as Nakum, Yaxha, and El Mirador. These tours involve much more preparation, time and funding to explore as they are usually in very remote and generally inaccessible regions of the Mayan jungles. These ruins and sites are reached by alternative and physically taxing means of travel such as bicycle, canoe, horseback or hiking. This is what essentially differentiates jungle tourism from any other sort of adventure travel tours. There are several tour operators that will even employ the use of machetes during tours.

Another significant and noteworthy difference is the fact that the majority of tour operators that travel deep into the Central and South American Jungle will cap the number of persons traveling in the group at ten to fifteen. This is done to minimize the impact on the jungle flora and fauna. Federal laws in some countries prohibit any given group large than fifteen people traveling through the Mayan jungle, a generally protected region, but limited resources for enforcing such laws have allowed such practices to occur under the radar.

Brazil – Amazon Rainforest – It is the largest tropical rain forest in the world.
Bolivia, S. America – the Bolivian Rainforest, part of the Amazon Rainforest
Peru, S. America – the Peruvian Rainforest, part of the Amazon
Mexico, in the state of Chiapas is the Chiapas Rainforest or also known as the Lacandon Jungle.
Africa – Democratic Republic – Congo – Congo Rainforest – around the Congo River and river basin.
South East Asia – Indonesia, consists of many islands that have rainforests
Asia – India, North eastern states of India.

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