There’s no better place to connect with nature than the Amazon. This territory composed by multiple ecosystems is actually the most biodiverse place on the planet. The diversity of its tropical forest and the limited contact with civilization, makes it home of a unique flora and fauna.
The biological richness of the Amazon is astonishing! In one hectare of forest there are as many frog species as in all of North America. A single Amazonian tree shelters more ant species than the whole British Islands together. More than 40% of the fresh water in the world, flows through its basin and nurtures the ecosystem.
The natural richness of the Amazon is protected and cared by the indigenous communities that live there. In the Ecuadorian side, communities like the Huaorani, Shuar and Kichwa are among the most representative in terms of population and openness to civilization. The Kichwa for instance, are a proud community eager to share their traditions and wisdom with the outer world.
23°C (73°F) a 30°C (86°F)
Chicha de Maíz
Tortilla de Yuca
Aeropuerto Nacional del Coca
Places not to miss
Deep in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin, lies the most biodiverse place on the planet, the Yasuni National Park. Located in the provinces of Napo, Pastaza and Orellana, this natural lovers’ sanctuary has an extension of 982.000 hectares.
“People get stuck on awesomenes. It is hard to use too many words other than awesome because, well, it is…”- Dr. David Romo, Co-Director of Tiputini Biodiversity Station, San Francisco University.
It is the most extensive wetlands in the Ecuadorian Amazon, a flooded forest so magical and diverse that gives thousands of visitors an unforgettable experience. A distinctive tree called guarango grows in the shores of the rivers and lagoons, giving the natural scene a mystical allure.
Its unique natural features (lagoon, rivers) creates an incredible concentration of wildlife (monkeys, birds, snakes, dolphins) making the journey unique. Swimming in the lagoon at sunset it is incredibly inspiring.
Patas Muyo are seeds roasted over a bamboo stick, and then served with chicha de yucca.
Cassava also called yucca, and it is a tradition that accompanies a lot of dishes from the region.
Cachama, a mild flavored, white-fleshed fish is first wrapped in banana leaves and cooked
The worms from the chonta (palma) tree called chontacuros, are a local delicacy worth trying.
Culture and Traditions
As part of their traditions, the Zaparo community honors the exuberance of nature; that’s why every year between January and March during harvesting time, they organize a spectacular celebration. During three days, the community gather to sing, dance, eat and thank Mother Nature for everything she has provided.
A mythic drink that local communities in the Amazon have used through centuries to start their journeys with concentration and energy. It is made from the Guayusa plant and drunk in the first morning hours while the oldest members of the community share their wisdom to the families.