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25 Amazing Rainforest Views That Will Make You Feel Like You’re There

While looking through these photos, try to imagine the sounds and the humid air of the rainforest surrounding you.

jungle forrestJimee Clarke/EyeEm/Getty Images

Rainforests around the world

Since the majority of us won’t be able to visit a rainforest any time soon, escape to a rainy, lush climate with these amazing photos. We included some fun facts about rainforests with each image so that you can learn something new while also dreaming that you’re on a vacation in the tropics. You’ll also want to learn about these unexplained mysteries of the Amazon rainforest.

Aerial View Of Treetops In Amazon RainforestRicardo Lima/Getty Images

Aerial treetops

Rainforests are hot and dense forests located near the equator. They are believed to be the oldest living ecosystems on earth that get the most rainfall. Check out these photos of the world’s most amazing trees.

Peruvian Rainforest - Madre de Dios - PeruChristian Declercq/Getty Images

River running through

Rainforests only cover about 2 percent of the earth’s surface.

Peruvian natureKim Schandorff/Getty Images

The Amazon River

About 50 percent of the world’s animals and plants live in the rainforest. Here are 11 places on earth that are still unmapped.

Tropical rain forest background.IronHeart/Getty Images

Looking up

Rainforests are found on all of the continents except Antarctica. The climate there is too cold.

Euterpe oleracea (açai), Ilha do Combu, Amazon, Belem do Pará, Para, BrazilAziz Ary Neto/Getty Images

Lush leaves

There are two different types of rainforests, temperate and tropical. Tropical rainforests are more common around the world. Also, escape with these gorgeous river photos from around the world.

Amazon Rainforest Jungle Trees SunsetDanilo Ruiz/Getty Images

Swing over the treetops

 

One-fifth of the world’s freshwater comes from the Amazon Basin.

Brazil,Amazon,Giant Victoria Regia LilypadsWill & Deni McIntyre/Getty Images

Victoria Regia lilypads

Rainforests are critical to human life because they help to supply drinking water and freshwater. These are the most beautiful glowing beaches from around the world.

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Warm sunset

Around 70 percent of the world’s cancer drugs come from natural products or compounds, many of which are found in the rainforest. Check out these other amazing discoveries that came out of the rainforest.

tropical dense cloud forest coverd in fog, Central Africaguenterguni/Getty Images

Fog moving in

Rainforests help regulate weather patterns and temperatures around the world.

Hut at the shoreline of Congo Riverguenterguni/Getty Images

The shoreline of the Congo River

In just four square miles in the rainforest, you can find 1,500 flowering plant species and 750 types of trees. Learn about the facts about orangutangs.

Aerial view of a bai (saline, mineral clearing) in the rainforest, Congoguenterguni/Getty Images

Mineral clearing

This is a rich mineral clearing, called a Bai, in the middle of the Congo rainforest. Many animals, including elephants, buffalos, and gorillas come here to benefit from the mineral salts.

African Great Blue TuracoGer Bosma/Getty Images

Great Blue Turaco

The Great Blue Turaco bird is native to west and central Africa. Its distinct features include its tall black crest and a yellow bill with a red tip. These are the cutest tiny animals from around the world.

Feeding Silverback Gorilla, wildlife shot, Congoguenterguni/Getty Images

Silverback Gorilla

The majority of the animals that live in the rainforest cannot live anywhere else because they depend on the specific environment.

Hiker relaxing at Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park.Holger Leue/Getty Images

Rocky falls

Unfortunately, rainforests are threatened every day. Common practices such as reaching, logging, mining, and agriculture destroy them. These are the most peaceful places on earth.

Scenic View Of River Flowing Through ForestMarty Watson / EyeEm/Getty Images

Clear waters

Rainforests also help supply the world with oxygen, even though they might be thousands of miles away from you.

Eco Tours at Daintree National ParkStig Stockholm Pedersen/Getty Images

Bridge over water

A few of the products that rainforests produce are coffee, cocoa, medicine, fruits, vanilla, and timber.

Woman under tall waterfall, Negros, PhilippinesMatteo Colombo/Getty Images

Casaroro falls, Negros, Philippines

The average temperature in the rainforest is between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Here’s what the Amazon Rainforest used to look like.

Inga Rapids of Livingstone Falls at Lower Congo Riverguenterguni/Getty Images

Livingstone Falls

Livingstone Falls on the Congo River consists of 32 rapids and cataracts that goes on for 220 miles.

Young Asian woman standing on tropical in tropical rainforest settingMartin Puddy/Getty Images

Neverending trunks

The trees in the rainforest are so dense that it takes ten minutes for the rainfall to reach the ground.

Rainforest Swimming HolePhotography by Mangiwau/Getty Images

Swimming hole

There is a vast variety of flowers found in Australian rainforests. 80 percent of the flowers found in Australian rainforests aren’t found anywhere else. These are the most popular destinations in Australia.

Man sitting in bamboo hut in the jungleDavid Trood/Getty Images

Bamboo hut

Sadly, over 56,000 square miles of forest are lost every year. These are the places you need to visit before they disappear.

Baby Eastern Lowland Gorilla, wildlife shot, Congoguenterguni/Getty Images

Baby Eastern Lowland Gorilla

Out of all the animals in the rainforest, insects make up the majority.

mossman gorge travellerJohn Crux Photography/Getty Images

Gorge in the rainforest

Some of the other animals found in tropical rainforests are snakes, frogs, birds, cougars, gorillas, chameleons, jaguars, and turtles. Here are 17 animals that only live in the Amazon Rainforest.

Sri Lanka Junglefowl in Sinharaja Forest ReserveKevin Schafer/Getty Images

Sri Lanka Junglefowl

57 percent of the world’s rainforests are located in developing countries.

A sultry wet El Yunque Rain Forest in Puerto RicoPacoRomero/Getty Images

Trail through the fog

At the current rate that rainforests are being depleted, it’s estimated that five to ten percent of tropical rainforest species will be lost per decade. Now, learn about the things that could happen if the Amazon disappeared.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan is the Assistant Digital Managing Editor at Reader’s Digest. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. When she’s not writing for rd.com or keeping the 650+ pieces of content our team produces every month organized, she likes watching HGTV, going on Target runs, and searching through Instagram to find new corgi accounts to follow.