Jungle Adventures

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Deep in the jungle

Deep in the jungle

If you’re looking for a truly exotic experience, a jungle adventure may be your best bet.

The allure of the jungle for many has to do with uncovering the mysteries of these wild places and the opportunity for the hands-on discovery of unusual creatures and plants.

Don’t expect to find what you may have seen in some old Tarzan movie. The real thing is very different, and the animals aren’t going to come to your aid should you get into a sticky situation like they do for the man in the small loin cloth.

Keep in mind that jungles are lush and green due to a lot of water, so it’s going to be a steamy endeavor. It’s also going to be warm, so if you can’t take the heat and humidity then stay out of the jungle

For people with the exploration spirit, a jungle adventure is simply irresistible.

If you want to see and experience a wild and natural environment that others can only dream of then don’t wait. Start checking out jungle adventures now.

Risk Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

The risk factor for jungle adventures certainly depends on the jungle and what kind of adventure you’re involved with. Some can be pretty mild and tame and others raw, gritty and wild.

Regardless, you need to be aware that in a jungle habitat there are always risks, both controlled and uncontrolled, and one of the biggest dangers can come from a tiny flying insect that you may hear, but never see.

Make sure you’re taking your malaria medication, and get your vaccinations, because mosquitoes are stealthy little critters that can wreak havoc on your body. Malaria may be the biggest concern, but they can also give you the unkind gift of West Nile virus, Dengue fever or yellow fever.

Listen to you guide and be alert to the dangerous flora and fauna. They blend in well, so you always have to be mindful of snakes, big cats, poisonous plants and various things that lurk in the water. And that cute little blue and orange frog resting quietly on the leaf beside you? Don’t touch it! It’s a poison dart frog.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

You may have it all planned out with an excellent guide, but sometimes things don’t go as planned, so you would be wise to learn some basic survival skills.

Some of the things you should know if you’re going on challenging jungle adventures include learning how to find or collect water, start a fire, find food (and know what is, and is not, edible) and build a shelter. Taking a first aid course would also be a wise thing to do.

You should also learn how to avoid dangerous wildlife and move through the jungle without getting injured. You need to stay focused even if you don’t think you see anything obvious. Sometimes jungle creatures have such good natural camouflage that you can miss them even when they’re right by your feet.

If you’re going to be trekking through the jungle you should be in good physical shape. Trudging through a dense rainforest takes some stamina, so work on your cardio.

And if you should have to wield a machete to clear a path you’re going to need some good upper body strength.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Jungle exploring can be an absolutely exhilarating adventure because you experience nature at its untamed best. The flora and fauna can be spectacular and sometimes you’ll find yourself in surreal settings that are almost otherworldly.

Depending on where you take your jungle adventure, you may see ferocious tigers, stealthy jaguars, cackling monkeys, colorful parrots, slithering vipers, crocodiles, rhinos, gorillas and more. And you won’t be behind fence like at a zoo. You’ll experience the wildlife on their terms.

Part of the adventure is the mode of transportation, so learn what it was like for the explorers of old who paddled canoes along untamed rivers and trekked through lush, dense foliage. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Have you ever dreamed of putting yourself in the middle of an Indiana Jones or Laura Croft adventure? Well, this is your opportunity. Do it.

12 Popular places for jungle adventures
  • Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica
  • Dja Faunal Reserve, Cameroon
  • Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DR Congo
  • Montecristo Cloud Forest, El Salvador
  • Monteverde Reserve, Costa Rica
  • Mount Kinabalu National Park, Malasia
  • Sapo National Park, Liberia
  • Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
  • Sinharaja Forest, Sri Lanka
  • The Amazon Rainforest
  • The Cloud Forests, Ecuador
  • The Daintree, Australia
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