The Amazon is the world’s largest remaining tropical rainforest, and teems with animal and plant life. It is also home to a number of indigenous tribes. Although Ecuador contains just 2% of the Amazon basin this is still a vast area with some 1,600 species of birds, 230 species of mammals, many thousands of butterflies and over 3,000 types of orchids. A visit to the Amazon jungle is a must for any nature lover and you will see completely different flora and fauna from that which you will see in The Galapagos.
Base yourself at one of the lodges, where in-house naturalist guides lead daily walks and boat trips into the rainforest. Spending several days here gives you time to learn about and appreciate this special and precious environment. Watch as flocks of colourful parrots compete for nutrient-rich clay at licks, observe caiman and giant otters as you cruise the waterways, see monkeys forage among the trees on a jungle hike. You can take in panoramic views over the forest canopy from the top of an observation tower and in some places walk in the jungle after dark, your senses heightened. Couple this with visits to villages and time spent with local people learning about their culture and how they’ve adapted to life in the Amazon, and you have a fascinating, multi-faceted holiday.
- Enter the fascinating world of the rainforest
- Explore on foot and by canoe
- Meet indigenous tribespeople
- Watch parrots at a clay lick
- See monkeys, caimans and perhaps giant otters
- Climb a tower for views over the canopy
- Relax at your rainforest lodge
- Atmospheric night walks in the jungle
When to Visit:
The Amazon can be visited year-round, with the temperature varying little from month to month and averaging 25°C. Conditions are hot and humid and you should be prepared to encounter rain. In the Orient (eastern rainforest) July and August are the wettest months, with September to December being the driest. In the southern rainforest the rainiest time is from mid-March to mid-June.
Where to Stay:
The Amazon Rainforest region has a good selection of places to stay. These are just some of them: