Highlights and main attractions of the Amazon Jungle

Containing some of the richest and most biodiverse habitats of the Amazon to the east of the Andes, Ecuador’s upper Amazon basin is brilliantly accessible. The accommodation within these idyllic settings showcases the true splendour of this corner of the country. Comprising less than 5% of the total population, the inhabitants of the Ecuadorian Amazon are a melting pot of smaller communities who live fascinatingly traditional lives in the jungle, with ancient traditions and ceremonies that are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago.

Some of the 4,500 orchid species of Ecuador are found here, and there are plants of medicinal importance that the Inca hold high regard for.

Where is the Ecuadorian Amazon?

Wildlife and Activities for the adventurous

Accessed from Quito usually by 30-minute flight into Coca, you will then head onward by boat to some of the more remote jungle lodges on the rivers and tributaries of the area or board a boat cruise. The Amazon itself starts at the east of the Andes, where the terrain suddenly plummets 10,000 feet over just 30 miles. Coca is set just 40 miles from the foothills on the edge of the Amazon area, where local communities can enjoy more successful agriculture and breed livestock.

Joy can be found in the smaller critters here as well as the larger ones; armies of ants, small and colourful frogs, butterflies and lizards are all in abundance. Bats, monkeys, sloths, river dolphins and caiman are also common, and there are over 550 recorded bird species here, including green parrots, toucans and macaws.

The activities within the rainforest usually consist of guided walks with naturalists who can help to point out the less obvious of the wildlife and unusual natural aspects of the Amazon, and canoeing and white water rafting are available for the adventurous.

The landscape is one of long, wide and winding rivers, fringed by fertile rainforest that harbours an incredible array of flora and fauna. 

The area has an excellent range of ecolodges and jungle camps with unbeatable settings amidst the sights and sounds of the natural world of the Amazon, such as Huaorani Ecolodge which blends perfectly into the terra firma rainforest in which it is based.

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