Speaking of South American vacation destination, another one of my coworker/friends, Kristin, wants to visit the rain forests in Brazil.
Rainforests cover 60% of Brazil and that includes the Amazon Rainforest, also known as THE rainforest.
Earlier this year, I read Ann Patchett's novel State of Wonder, much of which is set in the Amazon. The novel paints the Amazon as a wild, fascinating, scary place. I like to visit places I've read about and vice versa, so I'm in! If I know I'll be travelling to an area, especially another country, I like to read novels that are either set there or written by someone from there. Travel guides are not the same, but I do buy and read those, too. I mean, I buy them and hope Eric reads them.
According to Brazil.org, the rainforests are not a popular tourism destination. Reasons include fear of drug activity around the Amazon, a lack of trustworthy information, and fear of dangerous animals.
I'll admit I'm a little afraid of those things. There was a deadly snake in the Ann Patchett novel that sounded really scary, and I don't want to accidentally interfere with someone else's drug deal. Actually, I don't want to do that there or here.
But a Google search for tours yields lots of options, including this Survival Trip that I now really want to go on.
So I'd say "yes" to a rainforest tour in Brazil. And it's actually in South America, unlike Mexico, so it fits into my previous travel wishes.
Week Eighteen: Social - Dream Trips
- Oaxaca, Mexico
- Rainforests of Brazil
- Scotland and Ireland (and why you might want to pick just one place)
- "Lots and Lots" of Africa
- China and First Class Travel