Brazil hopes rainforest will get tourism boost

  • The two-toed sloth is among the wildlife found in the Brazilian Amazon. Aventuras de Sarapiquí

  • Mist shrouds the rain forest canopy. Deborah Russenberger / For the Rainforest Alliance

  • Sustainable tourism projects seek to preserve the beauty of the rainforest. David Dudenhoefer / For the Rainforest Alliance

  • A pink-skinned dolphin goes for a fish at the Santo Tome community in Lake Acajatuba in Brazil’s Amazon region. Jose Del Valle / Photo by

  • Chief Domingos say his Dessana Tukana village benefits from tourism. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • A handler feeds raw fish to a rare pink-skinned dolphin at the Santo Tome community, Brazil. Jose Del Valle / Photo by

  • A striated heron waits to catch a piece of fish at the pink dolphin encounter at Lake Acajatuba, Brazil. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • The Dessana Tukana people from a community on a cliff above Tupé Beach perform traditional dances for tourists. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • A pink dolphins closes in on a piece of fish at a dolphin encounter attraction in Brazil’s Lake Acajatuba outside Manaus. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • A grandmother and her two granddaughters live in an indigenous community on a cliff above Tupé beach along Brazil’s lower Rio Negro. All take part in ceremonial dances that bring tourists to their Amazon community. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • On the banks of the Rio Negro having a stilt house is essential to surviving periodic high water levels. Visits to learn about Amazon families’ lives on the river is part of Brazil’s ecotourism effort. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • An Amazon crocodile basks next to oversized lily pads at Lake Janauari Ecological Park near Manaus. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • White-fronted Capuchin monkeys take turns grooming each other near Lake Janauari, Brazil. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • An elevated walkway leads through the flooded jungle at Lake Janauari Ecological Park in Brazil. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • Visitors take a wet rainforest walk near the Amazon Ecopark Jungle Lodge. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • Amazon reflections: Giant lily pads at Lake Janauari Ecological Park outside Manaus, Brazil. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • Floating buildings are a way of life in the Amazon where children take school boats, not buses, to school. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff

  • A Capuchin monkey scampers along the elevated walkway that leads visitors to a lake filled with giant lily pads at Lake Janauari Ecological Park, Brazil. Mimi Whitefield / Miami Herald Staff