WHERE ARE RAINFORESTS LOCATED?    Click here for more detailed information about rainforests!

Rainforests are found in the tropics, the region between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, just above and below the Equator. In this tropic zone the sun is very strong and shines about the same amount of time every day all year long, keeping the climate warm and relatively stable.

Many countries have tropical forests. The countries with the largest areas of tropical forest are (in order):

  1. Brazil

  2. Congo (Democratic Republic)

  3. Peru

  4. Indonesia

  5. Colombia


Other countries that have large areas of rainforest include Bolivia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ecuador, Gabon, Guyana, India, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Congo, Suriname, and Venezuela.


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By Rhett Butler

Date published: June 24, 2004 | Last updated: March 21, 2014