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Tours & Expeditions in Ecuador's Amazonian Jungle

Tours & Expeditions in Ecuador's Amazonian Jungle

Though sharing the Amazon region with Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela, Ecuador has been declared — inch for inch — the most bio-diverse country on the planet!
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Ecuador's Amazonian Jungle

The word “Amazon” can conjure up fearsome images in even the most intrepid travelers, but we’re here to say that Ecuador is one of the user-friendly places for exploring the last untamed miracle of nature – the Amazon jungle.

Access to the jungle is a short 25-minute flight from the capital city of Quito, or a very manageable 4½ hours overland. Small rivers and tributaries, which are the headwaters for the mighty Amazon river, spill down the Andes over magnificent falls as you descend from “Volcano Avenue” deep into Ecuador's Amazonian Jungle.

The waterways are relatively fast-moving and cool compared to the jungles in the south of the continent. In fact, it’s thought that these waters — along with several species of plants that serve as natural bug repellants — help to make the Ecuadorian Amazon Jungle one of the most comfortable spots to experience this most exotically unspoiled part of the earth.

Imagine sitting out in the evening as the sun goes down over the forest canopy, while sipping a glass of wine in the open air, as the creatures of the forest begin their nightly serenade to the beat of a tropical shower…

Though Ecuador shares the Amazon region with Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, French Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela, it has been declared — inch for inch — the most bio-diverse country on the planet!

In the forests of Ecuador's Amazonian jungle there are over 100 species of trees per acre, more than five times what one would find in the temperate forests of North America or Europe, where it´s rare indeed to find more than 20 species per acre.  The Amazon’s labyrinth of rivers, lakes, streams and marshlands are home to more than 250 types of amphibians and reptiles and over 600 species of fish.

These rivers are also home to the almost mythical pink dolphins, which appear on a regular basis in the rivers beside some Amazon jungle lodges. For bird-lovers, this is a paradise of rare and exotic species. Approximately 1,000 different varieties of birds live in the region. On a walk through the forest you can expect to come across troupes of monkeys swinging through the trees to greet you. With luck you might spot some of the rarer mammals that hide amidst the thick foliage – ones like monkeys, armadillos, sloths, tapirs or ocelots…

Ecuador's Amazonian jungle is a virtual Garden of Eden for the world’s most exotic living beings.     

On a visit to Ecuador's Amazonian jungle, days are filled with as much or as little activity as your curiosity and energy dictate, whether you choose jungles hikes, bird-watching, piranha fishing, photo safaris, cultural visits or the navigating of rivers by canoe, balsa rafts, kayaks or inner-tubes.

Nighttime in the jungle hosts myriad experiences exclusive to these moonlit hours:  bird-watching at dusk as the fireflies dance amongst the trees, or a leisurely down-river float in a dugout canoe, with lazy paddles directing your experience through pristine landscapes, or stargazing and enjoying the equatorially unique view of both the Southern and Northern hemispheres’ million stars, un-changed by the lights of civilization.  A favorite for adventurous travelers is a flashlight safari in search of some of the jungles more timid, nocturnal occupants: caimans, spiders, snakes and toads – to name just a few.

If you prefer to relax after a full day of adventure in Ecuador's Amazonian jungle, we suggest a good book on the terrace of any of our favorite lodges, soaking up the unique energy of the rainforest. To sleep in the Amazon jungle is one of life’s most dazzlingly sensory experiences: the rainforest comes alive with sounds when the sun goes down. The soul is bombarded by the noisiest silence in the world, echoes of a life long forgotten in a modern world filled with human-made sounds and stimulations. The very air seems to pulse with life, stress disappears and one’s lungs explode with an excess of newborn oxygen. In the jungle one can sleep the carefree sleep of the natives in this land of primal energy – gifted with a glimpse of what it means to be in harmony with nature and one’s wild essence.

Yet Ecuador's Amazonian jungle isn’t only rich in flora and fauna. These lands are filled with an intoxicating mix of different cultures – all with their own languages, history, mythology and culture. This is one of the most exciting aspects of visiting the Amazon jungle: sharing moments in the lives of the fascinating people who populate these “lungs of the planet.” Community tourism is a very important part of helping these people to preserve their cultural identities as well as their homelands, and for the tribes that have been affected by development. Indeed, tourism offers a viable means of reclaiming their heritage and land rights.

In Ecuador's Amazonian jungle, luxury exists in these experiences. Many of our favorite jungle lodges are both owned and operated by local indigenous communities. Just staying in these lodges and offering indigenous peoples an alternative to the exploitation of their lands is a huge contribution towards improving the quality of life on our planet. Community tourism in the Amazon offers a practical approach to saving the rainforest.

Amazon Jungle Tours

A Culinary Expedition: From the Andes to the Amazon

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US$1,546
A Culinary Expedition
You are always welcome to join us in this Gastronomical Expedition from the High Andes to the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.
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An Amazon Rainforest Field Trip

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US$1,018
Amazon Rainforest Field Trip
Yachana Lodge & Sani Lodge are two different Amazon Lodges, one in the Upper Napo river and the other in the deep Yasuni National park area.
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Birdwatching Tour in the Andes & the Amazon Jungle

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US$2,469
Andes-Amazon Birdwatching
This Birdwatching Tour in the Andean Highlands & Amazon Jungle, combines stays at Guango Lodge, Cabañas San Isidro and the Sani Lodge. Prices
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Classic Escapes: Andes & Amazon Tours

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US$1,665
Classic Escapes: Andes & Amazon Tours
Enjoy the splendor of the Ecuadorian Andes as well as the mystery of the Amazonian rainforest.
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Explore Ecuador's Cacao Trail

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US$2,842
Ecuador's Cacao Trail
An 11-day Chocolate Tour through the Andes & the Amazon Rainforest
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Kichwa Cultural Immersion at the Sani & Yachana Lodges

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US$1,086
Kichwa Cultural Immersion
On this adventure trip, you will learn how this people has lived and used the natural resourses of the Amazon rainforest in harmony for centuries.
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Amazon Rainforest - Nature & Culture Contact

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US$2,104
Nature & Culture Contact
An unforgettable encounter with two ancient cultures: The indigenous Achuar and Kichwa peoples
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Amazon Jungle Lodges

Featuring the best Amazon jungle lodges in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, we offer 4, 5 and 8-day tours that include everything from visits to indigenous communities, to adventure activities and birdwatching.

Cotococha Lodge overlooking the Napo River

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US$195
Cotococha Lodge
The most accessible Amazon rainforest option from Quito, the Cotococha Lodge is ideal as a quick get-away or a gentle/convenient introduction to the rainforest.
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Cuyabeno Lodge - Explore the Amazon's Bio-diversity

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US$300
Cuyabeno Lodge
Ideal for wildlife lovers looking for a comfortable eco-lodge within the Ecuadorian rainforest's pristine Cuyabeno National Park.
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Hamadryade Lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon

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US$255
Hamadryade Lodge
French-owned and managed, this lodge provides the perfect example of modern architecture integrated into a forest environment.
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Huaorani Ecolodge. Visit learn act share and inspire!

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US$730
Huaorani Ecolodge
A visit here — deep in the Amazon — makes you understand the need to preserve the rainforest and its communities
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Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve in the Achuar Territory

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US$889
Kapawi Ecolodge
One of the most remote Amazon lodges in Ecuador, Kapawi Ecolodge offers the traveler a unique opportunity to meet an Achuar community.
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La Casa del Suizo Jungle Lodge

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US$129
La Casa del Suizo
This Amazonian eco-lodge is situated in a private 750-acre reserve located close to a small village of the indigenous Ahuano people.
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La Selva Lodge - a luxury lodge in the Amazonian jungle

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US$1,100
La Selva Lodge
With lodging in 17 rustic yet comfortable cabins reached by boardwalks overlooking the lake, this luxury lodge offers a variety of excursions and activities
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Las Cascadas Jungle Lodge

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US$660
Las Cascadas Jungle Lodge
New to the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, Las Cascadas jungle lodge is dedicated to closing the gap between tourism and sustainable community development projects.
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Napo Wildlife Center in the Ecuadorian Amazon

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US$920
Napo Wildlife Center
Located in a biodiversity-rich area of the Amazon rainforest, this award-winning luxury lodge offers a truly first-class wildlife experience.
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Sacha Lodge - Amazon Jungle Holidays

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US$950
Sacha Lodge
Amazing observation walk and towers hovering over the forest's canopy, one of the wildlife-rich parts of the Amazon, Sacha Lodge is a birdwatcher's mecca.
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Sani Lodge in the Amazon Rainforest

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US$585
Sani Lodge
Suitable for those people who want to explore the Amazon rainforest while directly helping to support the local indigenous community
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The Tapir Lodge in Cuyabeno Reseve

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US$518
Tapir Lodge
In partnership with the Siona community, it offers great opportunities for exploring the rainforest and observing its wildlife, including Pink river dolphin.
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Yachana Lodge - Amazon Jungle Tours

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US$759
Yachana Lodge
Enjoy the Amazon.
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Amazon River Cruises

Amazon River cruises in the ecuadorian jungle along the Napo River aboard the Anakonda Amazon riverboat and the Manatee Amazon Explorer

Anakonda Amazon Cruise - Amazon River Cruise

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US$1,600
Anakonda Amazon Cruise
During this tour we will explore the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, sailing down the Napo River on board the Anakonda Riverboat.
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Manatee Amazon Explorer, Sailing the Napo River

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US$731
Manatee Amazon Explorer
While ideal for those guests who don’t want to go without air-conditioning in the jungle, the Manatee is more a floating hotel than a riverboat.
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