Being the second largest river in the world, the Amazon River is important to Latin America. It holds one fifth of the world’s freshwater and is 4,200 km long. The Amazon River is important to the economy for many reasons. First, the river provides over 1,500 species of fish. They can be used as food or to trade, which is another way the river is used. Trading transport systems have been constructed along the river. With those, goods, ideas, and services can be provided throughout Latin America. Lastly, the Amazon River has an impact on this region because it provides hydroelectric power.