Amazon Trails

"At first, I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rainforest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity".

Francisco Alves Mendes Filho

The Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, occupies about a third of Ecuador, providing incomparable opportunities for experiencing the magic of an amazing primary forest. Among some of the most extraordinary reserves, there is Yasuni National Park with an area of 9,800 km2 between the Napo and Curaray Rivers. The national park lies within the Napo moist forests ecoregion and was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1989, as it features one of the world's richest levels of vascular plants, being one of nine places in the world that has over 4,000 species of them per 10,000 km2, and becoming one of the most diverse places in the planet.

This ancestral territory is also the home for the Huaorani indigenous people and to two uncontacted indigenous groups, the Tagaeri and the Taromenane.
The Ecuadorian Amazon basin not only has one of the world’s best developed infrastructures for rainforest tourism, but also one of the best primary jungles in the region.

Tales of the rainforest

The last Huaorani

According to the legend, the Huaorani are descended from a union between a jaguar and the Harpy eagle, both, the most powerful animals in the rainforest. The words of the Jesuit priest, Juan Santos Ortiz, in his book The Last Huaorani written in 1980, describe shortly what they really are and why we admire them so much, particularly because we had the opportunity to visit them.

‘’The Huaorani people represent the scream of freedom, bravery, and courage over the centuries. They are a tangible example of survival in the most hostile environment. In the jungle, they have vigorously preserved their race, their oral traditions, their knowledge of the environment, their respect for the laws that govern their communities, the prowess of men and the sweetness of women. The Huaorani have maintained the concept of community value, the free and conscientious education of children, respect for the rights of others, the heat of fire and total nakedness – physical and spiritual – of all emotional distress..’’

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Discovering Amazon

  • Wildlife watching in the Yasuní reserve, the most biodiverse place on the planet.

  • Meet with forest-dwelling indigenous groups.

  • Enjoy one of the best bird-watching in South America.

  • Canopy towers and bridges offering magnificent views and wildlife encounters.

  • Experience the only observation crane in the forest.

  • Ancestral shamanic rituals.

  • Stay in luxurious ecolodges or river cruises.

  • Learn the dynamics of the jungle with local and naturalist guides.

  • Noisy and colourful parrot licks.

  • Nocturnal explorations to spot the night creatures of the forest.

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