Best months to go: December - March, June - August
The Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest is one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet. It is home to truly astounding biodiversity, where biologists can still find an endless amount of unique species. Between majestic and breathtaking landscapes you can enjoy a variety of activities that will make your visit an unforgettable experience.
The Amazon covers an area of more than five million square kilometres and covers nine countries including Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana. Holding 20% of all fresh water in the world, the Amazon River is the largest by volume on the planet. This vast ecosystem contains an enormous variety of flora and fauna which makes every visit a memorable and unique experience
While Ecuador is one of the smallest countries in South America, its slice of the Amazon rainforest is anything but secondary, making the country one of the best places to visit the Amazon.
In fact, Ecuador is home to what many consider to be some of the Amazon’s most crucial areas, and the best Amazon tours around.
Ecuador is home to Yasuní National Park and the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, which is believed by many to be the most diverse area on all of planet Earth.
However, the Amazon jungle of Ecuador is also composed of three other national parks (Sumaco Napo-Galeras, Cayambe-Coca, and Llanganates). In addition, there are several private nature reserves and areas of nature and wildlife protection in the Ecuador Amazon rainforest like the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
Some of the indigenous groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon include the following:
Huaorani (or, Waorani)
There are still two known uncontacted tribes living in the Amazon in Ecuador: the Taromenane and the Tagaeri. These groups are composed of only a few hundred individuals, and their rights to live in isolation and free from contact in the Ecuador Amazon are protected by the constitution.
Their way of life is threatened by illegal logging and oil discovery operations.
We can plan and adjust your Amazon Rainforest Adventure to suit you and your group. You can decide which adventures you want to experience and we will plan out the best schedule for you to fit in exactly what you want.
Activities will be subject to availability, so planing early is essential.
Here are just of few examples of our
Amazon Rainforest Adventures
A jungle walk through the Amazon rainforest is a wonderful experience where you’ll see the Amazon’s unique wildlife. On the ground look out for anaconda snakes, tarantulas, poison dart frogs, rubber trees, and pineapple flowers. If you look up, you might be lucky enough to see a three-toed sloth hanging from a tree, or a group of squirrel monkeys jumping through the rainforest canopy. Even though the Amazon jungle has more than 1/3 of all animal species recorded in the world, including 1/5 of all birds on earth, it’s still difficult to predict exactly what animals you’ll see.
A popular activity on the Amazon River. These red-bellied fish are often portrayed as dangerous creatures, that can strip their prey down to the bones in seconds. Fortunately, that is just a pop culture myth, you face no significant threat from these tiny fish. In reality, around 20 different species of piranha can be found swimming freely in the Amazon – and of those, many are omnivorous or entirely vegetarian, subsisting largely on a diet of aquatic plants supplemented with a few native seeds.
Quietly paddle in the most remote areas of the rainforest. Paddle with a skilled guide to observing the magnificent flora and fauna of the Amazon.
Kayak excursions often take place first thing in the morning, a prime bird-watching hour. Guides will help paddlers, both novice and experienced, to safely enjoy this extraordinary rainforest experience.
Canopy Bridge Walk
Immerse yourself up high in the jungle canopy. Most of the Amazon’s wildlife lives in the treetops of the forest. Get a unique view of the ecosystem at a height of over 25m / 85ft.
The walkway is hung between 14 large trees and is one of the longest in the world, and yet no special skills or equipment are needed to enjoy it.
Swimming With Pink River Dolphins
Pink dolphins are rare and unique to the Amazon and Orinoco rivers in South America, and you will most likely see Pink River Dolphins during your time in the Amazon. It’s very exciting to be up close to these prehistoric-looking creatures!
Mythology around the pink dolphin sometimes suggests that they are blind. This is not the case. While the Amazon pink dolphin has rather small round eyes, they do have very good eyesight.
Learn To Use The Cerbatana
Our guides will show you the most distinguished weapon of the Amazon: the "cerbatana" or "bodoquera" ("blowgun" or "blowpipe")
A blowgun is a simple ranged weapon consisting of a long narrow tube for shooting light projectiles such as darts. It operates by having the projectile placed inside the pipe and using the force created by forced exhalation to pneumatically propel the projectile.
Learn About Medicinal Plants
Around a quarter of the pharmaceuticals commonly used in the Western world derive from natural materials and medicinal plants found in the Amazon Rainforest. Effective or promising treatments have been found here for everything from gastric problems to mental health issues, cancer to diabetes.
Some are less well-known outside of the area – including the bark of the Tawari Tree, commonly used to treat inflammation and regarded as having strong potential for fighting cancerous tumors, and the oddly-named digestion aid, Cola de Raton (Rat’s Tail).
Local Community Visit
Getting the opportunity to visit a local Amazonian community is a very rewarding and eye-opening experience. During this activity, you will interact with locals and get to know how they live their life in the Amazon Jungle. Here you will be welcomed by school children and their teachers, and you’ll see firsthand how their classroom works on a daily basis. Visit the Bora Community, an Amazonian tribe that maintains most of their original beliefs and customs. Visit their ceremonial lodge, called the Maloca, and witness an exhilarating, stick-thumping, traditional dance performance.
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