The Amazon has more than 40,000 species of plants, and more than 16,000 species of trees. Some of them are contain important medicinal compounds…a rainforest pharmacy.
As one of the most biodiverse areas of the world, the Amazon Rainforest has great potential as a source for medicinal plants. Only a small percentage of the plants in the Amazon have been tested for active compounds that could be used medicinally in modern medicine. It is important to preserve the plants themselves and the knowledge about how they are used medicinally.
Heliconia Lodge supports the continuing education about the Medicinal Plants of the Amazon. Take a walk with one of our expert local naturalist guides along Heliconia's Medicinal Plant Trail, where the medicinal plants grow wild in the forest.