The Amazon River is a body of water which heaves its way through the north of South America. From about 300 km south of the equator, it crosses the Amazon basin that is bordered by the Andes and dominated by the tropical rainforest and eventually reaches the Atlantic. This river carries more water than any other river in the world, it has an average water flow of 209,000 m3/s - this is even more water than all seven of the next smaller rivers are carrying altogether. The Amazon River is the lifeline for a variety of land and river animals, and hundreds of bird and plant species! Here you can find a nature reserve, which is of great importance not only for the region but also for the whole world! This river and its surrounding fauna can justifiably be labeled as the lungs of the world!