"The Amazon Canopy Walkway" Peru Things to Do Tip by traveldave

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The Amazon Canopy Walkway at the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies is one of the largest canopy walkways in the world, with a total length of 1,700 feet (518 meters) and a maximum height of 115 feet (35 meters). The suspended walkway is anchored between 14 of the largest trees in the area, and there is a viewing platform built around each tree (best seen by enlarging the picture).

The canopy walkway gives visitors a birds-eye view of the surrounding rainforest. Animal life is abundant in the canopy, which is one of the best places to observe jungle animals, reptiles, and birds. Occasionally, visitors can spot monkeys in the foliage below, and at the top of the walkway I noticed that there were lizards living on the tree branches. But it is birds that are the main attraction. Many birds in the Amazon Basin live their entire lives in the canopy of the forest and are very difficult to see from the ground. But at the top of the canopy walkway, these birds can be seen at eye level. The best times to visit the canopy walkway are early in the moning and late in the afternoon, as these are the times that the canopy birds and animals are most active.

The climb to the top of the walkway is via gradually ascending suspended sections. This ensures that the ascent is not very strenuous. No special skills or equipment are needed to go up the walkway, although the suspended sections can be shaky and a sense of balance helps. And those with a fear of heights would likely have problems climbing to the top of the walkway.

The Amazon Canopy Walkway is maintained by CONAPAC, a Peruvian conservation organization. CONAPAC employees guard the walkway at night to make sure that locals do not steal any of the rope, metal, or other parts of the walkway.

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  • Updated Jan 13, 2009
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