7 most beautiful forests around the world

Photo: Collected

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7 most beautiful forests around the world

Photo: Collected

Forests are a lot more than mere landscapes or just a cluster of trees. They are, in truth, living- breathing artworks of nature that never fail to capture the hearts of adventurous souls. While deforestation has deprived us, the wanderers, of many ancient forests, a select few such sanctuaries still exist. From the deep rainforests of South America to the enchanting woodland of Australia, these forests offer an experience that rejuvenates our very essence.

Thus, if you are planning an adventurous retreat in the woods, here are seven most beautiful forests around the world.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Nestled within the bounds of south-western Uganda, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest gained its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1994. With ‘impenetrable’ in its name, it comes as a little surprise that a journey through Bwindi is not for the faint of heart. Yet, despite its challenges, the rewards of embarking on this expedition are unquestionably worth it. 

Amidst its enchanting realm, the forest features an astonishing 202 species of butterflies, of which 8 can’t be found anywhere else in the world. However, the forest is particularly famous for its chances of encountering gorillas, as it is the safe haven for over half the global population of critically endangered mountain gorillas. Beyond these majestic primates, visitors may personally spot giant forest hogs, elephants, chimpanzees, a number of wild cats, and an astonishing array of 347 avian species.

As there are little to no walking trails in this ‘impenetrable’ forest, it is best to avoid Bwindi during the rainy season and plan a tour from June to September.

Photo: Collected / Wikimedia Commons / lubasi

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7 most beautiful forests around the world

Photo: Collected / Wikimedia Commons / lubasi

The Amazon

Let us begin this list with the ‘lungs of our planet,’ the Amazon rainforest. Covering around seven million square kilometres of land, this forest stands as the largest on earth, cradling one-tenth of all known species and providing sanctuary for almost 500 indigenous communities. Stretching across the territories of 8 nations, the Amazon rainforest offers unique and distinct experiences across its geopolitical boundaries.

For instance, within Brazil, the Amazon River stretches at its widest and offers a glimpse of the most ancient parts of the forest. An expedition into this forest from Ecuador, on the other hand, promises an immersive cultural voyage, with opportunities to spend a night or two among the native tribes. Meanwhile, venturing through Peru offers the unique experience of exploring the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a place home to pink dolphins, spider monkeys and a lot more. 

Regardless of your starting point, however, make sure to check for all the vaccinations you need before you embark on your mesmerising journey to the Amazon.

Photo: Collected / Flickr / denisbin

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7 most beautiful forests around the world

Photo: Collected / Flickr / denisbin

The Daintree Rainforest is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, a place so astonishing in beauty that it served as an inspiration for Avatar, the cinematic masterpiece by James Cameron. Situated in the northern reaches of Queensland, this well-guarded gem of Australia more than 135 million years old, making it the oldest rainforest in the world.

While a simple hike through these dense woodlands offers an evergreen experience, those who harbour a taste for adventure can take a zipline through the forest canopy or partake in encounters with crocodiles along the banks of the Daintree River.

Though Daintree can be visited all year round, May to October is considered to be the best period.