Rainforests are complex ecosystems that offer breathtaking beauty and biodiversity. The world’s largest is the Amazon, a fertile zone often referred to as the “lungs of the planet” and the “Earth’s pharmacy”. Not all rainforests are tropical like the Amazon, though. There are some stunning temperate rainforests and cloud forests as well. All are a haven for countless critters and botanical species, many of which have yet to be cataloged. Any nature-loving traveler will want to explore these eco-sensitive jungle landscapes. Here are 11 of the lushest rainforests in the world well worth the trek.
1. Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest is one of the oldest surviving rainforests on the planet and boasts one of the richest ecosystems around. Crystal clear streams, massive ferns, cascading waterfalls, sandy beaches and mountain ranges combine to make this one stunning environment. It is also home to a high concentration of bird and animal species that are found nowhere else on earth, such as the elusive cassowary bird. Combine a Daintree National Park trek with a Great Barrier Reef trip, and you’ll hit two phenomenal World Heritage sites.