5 Jungle Adventures for Beginners

Published 30 March 2016

Angela Griffin

Angela Griffin

There’s nothing quite like releasing your inner Mowgli and heading deep into the steamy jungle for an adventure among the trees. But for rainforest virgins, the idea of swinging from the vines or setting off on an epic, multiday rainforest expedition can be a little intimidating. But fear not! There are plenty of hassle-free jungle experiences to choose from, be it a relaxing train ride, a gentle boat trip or a short canopy walk. However you do it though, you’ll experience nature at its finest.

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver, Canada

Capilano Suspension Bridge swings precariously 70 metres above the Capilano River, just as it has done since its construction in 1889. Walking across the 140-metre long construction, you’ll be granted a bird’s eye view of the rainforest canopy. If that doesn’t satisfy you, gain further vertigo-inducing thrills by hiking along the perilous Cliff Walk, a glass-bottomed walkway suspended from a granite rock face high above the river. If you visit Capilano between the end of November and the start of January, look out for the annual Canyon Lights, a festive display of thousands of coloured fairy lights draped across the suspension bridge, cliffs and trees, giving a magical fairy-tale aura to the forest.

Walk above the treetops on Round the World Experts’ Western Canada Peaks and Cliffs Journey.

Kuranda Scenic Railway, Queensland

Kuranda, Queensland, Australia

Hop onboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a 21-mile journey from Cairns to Kuranda, located on top of the McAlister Range. Ascending 329 metres into lush UNESCO-listed rainforest, you can spend the day exploring Kuranda’s famous heritage markets and enjoy some excellent birdwatching before gliding gently back again on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, a fantastic cable car ride over the treetops.

Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway with Round the World Experts’ Tropical North Queensland Journey.

Proboscis Monkeys, Sabah, Malaysia

Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, Malaysia

The forests of Borneo are home to a number of exotic creatures, most notably the orange-haired orangutan. But if you know where to look you’ll also find the long-nosed proboscis monkey, Asia’s largest endemic monkey. For a close encounter, head down to Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, in the lush mangrove forests of Sabah.

Delve into Malaysia’s forests on Round the World Experts’ Classic Malaysia & Borneo tour.

Chiang Mai Trekking, Thailand

Trekking the Thai jungles, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is one of the best places to trek into the Thai jungle, with hikes ranging from a couple of hours to three days, catering for everyone from complete beginners to seasoned jungle explorers. The guides are a great source of knowledge on the local flora and fauna and some will even take you to a traditional village to meet a hill-tribe and learn about their way of life.

Trek the forests around Chiang Mai with Round the World Experts’ Bangkok, Jungle & Beach Journey.

Amazon River Safari, Peru

Amazon boat safari, Peru

The Amazon Rainforest covers over 2.7 million square miles and nine countries, so there are plenty of entry points for voyages into its interior. One easy access point is Peru’s Puerto Maldonado, where you can jump on board a motorised canoe to discover the exotic wildlife of Tambopata. This area is home to a wide variety of birds, including the colourful macaw, so join a naturalist guide as you explore oxbow lakes and clay licks in search of anaconda, giant river otters and black caiman. For extra thrills, venture into the rainforest after dark to spot the less-common nocturnal animals such as pygmy owls, poison dart frogs and vesper bats.

Like the sound of Tambopata? See it and more on Round the World Experts’ In the Shadow of Machu Picchu Journey.

Talk to an Expert today about jungle adventures on a tailor-made Journey or see our wildlife holiday ideas.

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