“Here [Rio], I first saw a tropical forest in all its sublime grandeur- nothing but the reality can give any idea how wonderful, how magnificent the scene is. If I was to specify any one thing I should give the pre-eminence to the host of parasitical plants. Your engraving is exactly true, but underrates rather than exaggerates the luxuriance. I never experienced such intense delight. I formerly admired Humboldt, I now almost adore him; he alone gives any notion of the feelings which are raised in the mind on first entering the Tropics.”
–Charles Darwin, May 18, 1832, letter to Henslow
Some of the characteristic sounds of the Amazon rainforest: White-throated toucans (squeaky calls) Purple-throated fruitcrows (mellow midrange), and a very vocal Screaming piha (about what you’d expect). Listen.