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Ecuador & Galapagos Islands: The Ecuadorian Amazon

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The moorlands of upland Ecuador fall away through cloud forested slopes down to the jungles of the Amazon basin (Oriente), which occupies half the country but, still undeveloped and even unexplored, is home to only 5% of the population. It's a true wilderness of exuberant rainforest and remote indian communities. The region is easily accessible from by air but also by road and boat. The Oriente is under threat from the logging and oil industry but members of the local community are very eco-conscious and sensitive to the preservation of the rainforest environment, some have opened up their villages to welcome visitors.

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Things to do in The Ecuadorian Amazon

Spot Wildlife in the Amazon

Spot wildlife in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Ecuadorian Amazon cruise

Our insider tips for The Ecuadorian Amazon


Isabelle Mazille

Sharing a joke with the friendly local community of Huaorani indians as you learn how to shape a blow-gun or swing a machete.


Paul Winrow-Giffin

Cruising down narrow creeks on a traditional-style river craft, spending a night sleeping under the stars and enjoying a nocturnal symphony of jungle sounds.

Ben Line

Ben Line

Staying at one of the community-run lodges, where your guide is a local person living in harmony with the natural environment. Alongside wildlife viewing, learning about their fragile way of life.
Claire Milner

Claire Milner

Spotting pink dolphins breaching in the calm black waters around the wildlife lodges. 

What our experts say

While staying at a lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon I went for a wander into the camp where the local guides lived. Before long despite the language barriers we had managed to get onto the subject of football, which led to an impromptu match in the thundering rain between guides and guests! Wet through and covered in mud, both sides finished the game with broad smiles on their faces and some new friends. So my advice would be, wherever you are in Latin America and however limited your Spanish, Portuguese or Quechua might be, try and have a chat with the local guides whenever you can.


Jim Ashworth

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