You don’t have to be an intrepid adventure seeker to consider a visit to a rain forest. Most of us are intrigued by the unusual and uncommon and there is no better place in the world to encounter these than in rain forests where, by human endeavor and nature’s protection, there remain species that have been left untouched for millennia. Rainforests are filled with exotic plants, animals, and landscapes sure to blow you away. This is why millions of people annually take the time to explore these mesmerizing wonderlands. Here are seven of the world’s rain forest destinations whose praises are not as sung as often or as loudly as that of the Amazon but that inspire just as much amazement.
Khao Yai National Park
This park mingles a lot of history with its tourist attractions. Arguably the oldest rainforest that exists on earth, it is located in Thailand and boasts many regular visitors from Bangkok. However, it deserves wider appreciation and attention from worldwide tourists as it has over 3,000 species of plants and over 300 species of birds. It also features other peculiar animals like bears, gibbons and elephants.
This wilderness situated in the lowlands of Peru is home to many more plants and animals per square mile in comparison to most other natural areas on earth. The wildlife in this wilderness is comparable to no other with its thousands of distinct animal and plant species. Definitely, Manu Wilderness is one of the rainforests you have to see if you are looking for a rich abundance of unique flora and fauna.
Nouabal-Ndoki National Park
Assorted types of African animals including elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees and antelopes are found in great numbers in this park which is in the heart of the Republic of Congo. This park has one of the largest populations of animal reserves on the continent.
Darien National Park
This park is the largest expanse of reserve in Central America. Located in Panama, the terrain and diverse animal and plant species in this place are utterly unique to the region. The park is left in an almost untouched condition and is a very wild, untamed slice of wilderness. As such, it is best toured with a professional guide.
Borneo Danum Valley
This 438 square kilometer tract in Malaysia is home to a 130 million year old virgin rain forest. Eco-tourists will have a splendid time familiarizing themselves with the unusual plants and animal species in this rain forest. The hundreds of species of animals include flying squirrels, civets, orangutans, gibbons, and Asian elephants.
Monteverde Cloud Forest
Monteverde contains 2.5% of the worldwide biodiversity. Hundreds of species of mammals and birds and thousands of reptiles call this biological reserve home. This Costa Rican rainforest is home to emerald-green Quetzal, a rare species of bird that lives among strangler fig trees. Visitors can straddle the Continental Divide, with one foot on the Caribbean side and one on the Pacific side. This rainforest is best toured with a guide.
Loango National Park
The ‘Last Eden” as this park is commonly called is home to the most pristine virgin forest in Africa. The park entails a unique combination of coastal, lagoon, savanna, and forest habitats. Loango National Park features elephants, gorillas, buffalos and many other species of mammals, reptiles and birds. The park is situated in Gabon, a southwestern African country that has undertaken the mission to preserve rainforests by creating 13 well conserved national parks, of which the Loango is one. Visitors can also view a wide variety of whales and dolphins off the Loango coast.