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The Ecuadorian Amazon covers a vast area east of the Andes, and the rainforest is home more species of plant and mammal than any area of similar size.

One hectare of rainforest contains many varieties of trees (some reaching 40 metres in height) and hundreds of plants. The forest is home to an astonishing repertoire of wildlife: 15% of the world’s bird species, including harpy eagle, blue-and-yellow macaw, cobalt-winged parakeet, oropendolas and tanagers. Among more than 100 species of mammal are three-toed sloth, black-mantled tamarin, nine-banded armadillo, capybara, agouti, coati, tapir, and the enigmatic jaguar.

The rivers, streams and lakes are home to two species of freshwater dolphin, four species of caiman and over 300 species of fish. And that’s not to mention the ten species of monkey, 1,000 species of butterfly and innumerable exotic flowers! Access to the different Amazon regions is via small and unremarkable towns largely developed since the 1970s in the search for oil.

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Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Napo Wildlife Centre

Operated in conjunction with the local Amazon community, this luxury property is the only lodge in Yasunì National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest tract of intact rainforest in Ecuador.

Sacha Jungle Lodge

Located in a 2,025 hectare private reserve of pristine Amazon rainforest, Sacha Lodge consists of 26 comfortable cabins, and has been carefully designed to offer comfort whilst preserving the environment in which is sits.