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Amazon - Oriente

 

Getting up close to nature is the highlight of a trip to The Oriente (Eastern) region of Ecuador, where rivers tumble down the eastern slopes of the Andes and fill the tributaries of the Amazon.

Jungle lodges provide bases for discovering the wildlife of the Amazon; colourful toucans, the screech of howler monkeys, the reflected eyes of a Cayman in the dark.

Perhaps the very best mainland wildlife reserve in Ecuador, Parque Nacional Yasuni is one of the world most bio-diverse regions. A stay in a luxury lodge here or along the Rio Napa is one of the best wildlife holidays in Ecuador.

This area of Ecuador is also home to many indiginous people living along the banks of the Rio Napa and around Puyo closer to the Andes. Discovering the lives and culture of the indiginous people in this region can be a surprising highlight of a tour of Ecuador.

 

Discover Amazon - Oriente

Cotococha Amazon Lodge

22 bungalows the Rio Napa offering a great base for discovering the Ecuadorian Amazon, with excellent guides & excursions.

Highly Recommended
Excellent Amazon base
3 Nights from
£498pp
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Napo Wildlife Centre

Luxury Amazon lodge offering high standards and excellent guides in a stunning rainforest setting by Anangucocha Lake.

Meals, Excursions Included
Luxury Amazon Lodge
3 Nights from
£682pp
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Sani Lodge

Set amidst 100,000 acres of untouched rainforest - a unique family-owned and managed Ecuadorian eco-lodge.

Family owned Eco-lodge
37 metre Tree Tower
3 Nights from
£810pp
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Sacha Lodge

Highly recommended luxury lodge in Ecuador's Amazon with a superb canopy walkway and high standards throughout.

Package price from Quito
Luxury Amazon Lodge
3 Nights from
£939pp
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Meals, Transfers, Guides

Manatee Amazon Explorer

Cruise the Amazon in Ecuador with the Manatee Amazon Explorer. Combine with touring Ecuador and/or the Galapagos.

Boutique Amazon Cruise
3, 4 and 7 night Amazon Cruises
4 Nights from
£1950pp
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Cruise, Meals, Excursions

La Selva Amazon Ecolodge

One of the best luxury lodges in Ecuador in a stunning lakeside setting with beautiful rooms and a great range of activities.

Luxury Eco-lodge
Lakeside setting
3 Nights from
£2335pp
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M/V Anakonda

The only true luxury ship in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.

River Cruise Holiday
Tailor Made Amazon Cruise
10 Nights from
£4145pp
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Flight Inclusive Price from UK

Andes & Amazon Adventure

Tailor-made 10-day Ecuador tour offers the best of both the Andes and the Amazon.

 

A unique Ecuador Adventure
Nariz del Diablo Train Ride
9 Nights from
£2255pp
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Ecuador Birding

Discover the Cloud Forest bird reserves on both sides of the Andes and head into the Amazon bason for the best birding in Ecuador.

Cloud Forest, Andes, Amazon
Ecuador Birding Adventure
10 Nights from
£2795pp
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MV Anakonda Amazon Cruise

Explore the Ecuadorian Amazon on board the luxury MV Anakonda. Discover amazing wildlife and remote local villages.

Luxury Amazon Cruise
Amazon River Cruise Holidays
10 Nights from
£4145pp
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Ecuador in Depth

18-day journey across Ecuador's most beautiful places. Cruise the Amazon, experience a thrilling train ride and explore the Galapagos.

Ecuador under 3 weeks
Mainland & Galapagos
18 Nights from
£5935pp
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Galapagos & Amazon Cruise

Enjoy pristine nature and amazing wildlife. 20 days exploring the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon River on board 2 luxury cruises. 

Luxury Galapagos & Amazon Cruise
Nature & Wildlife
19 Nights from
£6525pp
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The most biologically diverse spot on earth

Yasuni National Park was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1989 and is the largest protected area of continental Ecuador and protects an impressive biodiversity in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

It has been even said that Yasuni is the most biologically diverse spot on the whole of the planet.

The main attraction of the park is the Tropical Dry Forest and the lagoons of Tambococha, Jatuncocha and Anangu which together provide home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

The park is home to 150 species of amphibians – more than in the whole of the USA and Canada combined.

Over 120 reptile species have been recorded here, about one third of all reptile species in the whole of the Amazon.

382 fish species are found in the park, more than in the whole of the Mississippi River Basin.

Yasuni is home to many different species of bats, and bird species number over 600, a third of the total in the whole of the Amazon Basin.

100,000 different species of insect have been recorded in a single hectare at Yasuni (about the same as in all of North America).

Eco-lodges in Ecuador's Amazon

Choosing an eco-lodge in Ecuador’s Amazon can be a little bit confusing, as at first look many appear similar.

We feature only the best lodges in the Amazon.

Napo Wildlife Centre

The most luxurious eco-lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon is situated by a lagoon in the Yasuni National Park and offers 16 rooms.

Activities include climbing the 40-metre high observation tower to view the rainforest canopy. Howler and capuchin monkeys, sloths, harpy eagles, toucans and tanagers can all be seen from here.

Napo Wildlife Centre is a great option for a luxury lodge in the Amazon.

Sacha Lodge

The 26-room Sacha Lodge also has high standards and is located in Sucumbios, on the north bank of the Napo River.

Toucans, harpy eagles, king fishers and woodpeckers are some of the bird species very common here.

The hotel has a 27 metre long footbridge, suspended 3 0 metres above the forest floor from which can be seen howler and spider monkeys, and harpy eagles.

Another attraction is the 4 metre-high wooden tower, built around a kapok tree, from where birds, mammals, insects and epiphyte plants can be seen.

La Selva Amazon Ecolodge

La Selva has been around for 25 years and is located on the banks of the Garzacocha Lagoon.

Bird watching is really excellent here because of the privileged location in the north of the Yasuni Park, the most biodiverse place on the planet.

There is a bird watching tour for early risers, which departs at 4 am.

Packages include visits to the observation tower, parrot feeding grounds (clay and mineral site), a trip to a local community, a canoe ride on the Garzacocha Lagoon and other activities in and around the hotel.

Sani Lodge

This mid-range eco-hotel is set in a corridor of 42,000 hectares of forest between the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve to the north and the Yasuni National Park to the south.

It is an extremely rich area for flora and fauna and on jungle treks you can fi nd up to 13 species of primates, Brazilian tapirs, peccaries, harpy eagles, black caimans and Amazonian manatees.

There are 10 rooms and 4 family cabins and the lodge has a nice observation tower.