Amazonia is the area Selwo Marina dedicates to the Amazon, the most legendary and charismatic of all tropical jungles, which plays host to half of the animal and vegetable species of the Planet, many of them yet to be catalogued. Amazonia has extensive representation of both flora and fauna species from the plentiful Amazon River.
The Amazonia enclosure has two different rooms:
- The first room, with aquaria where the waters and lands bordering the mythical river are recreated and where you can see species as disparate as the Angelfish, the red piranha or the Poison Dart Frog, whose colours warn of the danger of the venom on its skin. This first room also hosts the Tarantula which surprises visitors by its size and shape. All these species are from the great South American river and its tributaries.
- The second room in Amazonia is made up of aquaterrariums, in which as well as different types of fish, visitors can also see different species of reptiles and amphibians which inhabit the river and its banks, as is the case of the green and brown Basilisk, reptile from the Iguanidae family, of antediluvian appearance, whose toes on the back feet have an edging of scales which allow the young animals to literally run on the surface of calm waters, reaching up to 12 kilometres/hour, before diving underwater in the event of danger.
Amazonia also has lush vegetation, made up of 40 different species from the great tropical jungle, such as Cymbidium, Oncidium, Phalaenopsis, Vanda and Vuylstekeara Orchids, Bromelias such as Guzmania, Neoregleia, Tillandsia and Vriesea, and other eye-catching species such as Alocasia Amazonica, Asplenium Nidus, Dracaena Massangeana or Platycerium Superbum.
The Amazonian ants nest deserves a special mention, the habitat for an immense colony of leaf-cutter ants who works day and night transporting food with which they grow the fungus inhabited by the queen ant. It is a complex enclosure which faithfully reconstructs the temperature and humidity of tropical jungles. The ants nest provides the visitor with the opportunity to watch this entire laborious process which takes place both outside of the nest and in the subsoil.