There are many traditional communities that still exist in Ecuador's rainforest regions: fiercely proud people that inhabit and preserve this globally important ecosystem. Experience this amazing place for yourself by spending time with one of these communities and learn what it means to have the rainforest as a home and have to fight to preserve it.
Innumerable varieties of flora, including some of Ecuador’s 4,500 species of orchids, and plants of vital medicinal value can be found here. And of course, with local naturalist guides who were brought up among its dense foliage, spot wildlife such as butterflies, bats, monkeys, sloths, parrots, macaws, river dolphins and caiman.
Staying with one of these co-operative ventures also helps support native cultures in their effort to withstand the pressures of assimilation, and to protect the natural forests that are their livelihood and the essential elements of their cultural life.
There is a wonderful diversity of lodges in this fascinating rainforest region, from luxurious suites set along the riverside to very basic lodges built by local tribes and even overnight camping options to suit all tastes. There are also some great lodges that are particularly family-friendly offering games and special activities as well as familiar food if your little ones are intrigued by the flora and fauna of the jungle.
A wonderful alternative to staying in a lodge, if you want to venture into the remoter parts of the forest and its river ways without relinquishing your comforts, is to take a river cruise. You can glide along the rivers of this Amazon region looking out for the unique pink river dolphins aboard a very comfortable traditional river cruise vessel in the company of a handful of other guests.
Finally a more luxurious way to visit the Ecuadorian Amazon region that first set sail in July 2013. Enjoy relaxing out on open decks as the vessel makes its stately progress downriver, venturing deeper into the Yasuni National Park for some truly wonderful wildlife spotting opportunities either by small skiff with one of your expert naturalist guides or by kayak through gentle tributaries of the Napo River.
Relax in a stunning spacious contemporary design suite with floor to ceiling panoramic windows and a private terrace from which to gaze at the rainforest as you float by. Dine on creative gourmet cuisine out on deck as you enjoy the cooling breezes that drift across the river in the evening.
We can even, if you wish to add a little adventure, arrange for a very comfortable overnight camp to be set up for you in the rainforest itself if you would like to get closer to the rich nature of this part of Ecuador.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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