The vegetation in the jungle is so dense that you could be ten feet from some remarkable animal and not even realize it. We had the opportunity to take many walks through the jungle during our nine days in the Amazon basin and were awed by the thickness and diversity of the plant life. The forest floor was where were explored the most and it was incredible to see how plant life pervaded every centimeter of the ground. There were gorgeous flowers of all colors and we have never seen so many orchids in one place. As we looked up toward the understory of the rainforest, the trees were incredible with their large buttresses, high reaching limbs, and vines that stretched for meters. Strangler Figs, which send down roots to overtake already dominant trees in the jungle, were some of our favorite looking trees. Also abundant in the jungle was the Walking Palm, a tree that could re-position itself in order to better reach the sunlight. This tree sprouts roots from above the ground and pulls itself toward one side or the other in order to be able to avoid the shadows of the surrounding plants.
On our final day in the Amazon we got to top off our trip with a climb up a 400 year old tree for a view from above the rainforest canopy. Below us we could see the rooftop of the rainforest. Every shade of green was accounted for and the view extended as far as the eye could see.