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The region of the Amazon that lies in Ecuador is one of the most unexplored jungles in the world. It is bursting with wildlife—there are 3,500 species of orchids alone! To keep from getting lost in the dense jungle, though, an organized tour is highly recommended. We offer tours to the protected areas with little environmental impact, meaning that wildlife and plants thrive in that part of the Amazon basin. We also give you the opportunity to stay in lodges with the indigenous communities and experience true immersion. Experience Ecuador at its most primitive in the thick and lush Amazon Rainforest.
Ecuador only has 2% of the total Amazon Rainforest, but it’s still as diverse as any other part of the huge ecosystem that spans 2,100,000 square miles in 9 different countries. Caimans lurk in the muddy waters and myriads of birds nest in the trees. It’s not hard to run into Mother Nature, for she is in every corner of this blanket of biodiversity. This is Ecuador’s Amazon: wild and bursting at the seams with life.
If you’re not in a hurry, staying at an eco-lodge is the best way to get close to nature. Nestled amongst the trees, you can book a jungle tour so you don’t miss out on the wealth of information stowed carefully away in the minds and hearts of the Ecuadorians that call this jungle forest home. It’s a good way to stay safe in one of the most unexplored jungles in the world. From high-end luxury to more budget-conscious facilities, jungle lodge owners seek to impact the rainforest as little as possible, allowing you to experience fascinating animal life from your doorstep.
Additionally, many eco-lodges are run by or work in partnership with local indigenous villages and offer intimate cultural excursions. Take part in a shamanic ritual of the Quichua tribe or hone your blow dart skills. Step outside your room to trek into the jungle or travel up the river on a canoe to learn how to fish for piranhas. You can also learn how to cook native dishes, visit an animal sanctuary or take Spanish classes. And for bird watching enthusiasts, Ecuador’s Amazon is a major travel destination, with over 500 species. You can also spot other wildlife such as monkeys, tarantulas and the occasional anaconda.
You won’t have too much trouble with temperatures in this rainforest, but as the name implies, you should pack an umbrella. It rains every month, with the most rain falling between March and May. Though guidebooks may say you’re out of the rainy season during the rest of the year, the weather can fluctuate from dry to wet in a matter of just minutes, so be ready for that unexpected downpour. For most of the year, daily highs hover around 27°C.
With a wealth of natural resources and an infrastructure to make it tourist-friendly, the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is a prime location to explore. The diversity of cultural and outdoor activities will ensure you are never bored in this natural wonderland.