Located east of the Andes range, the Amazon Basin is one of the most biologically rich areas in the world and the largest remaining tropical forest. In Ecuador, this rainforest is home to thousands of indigenous inhabitants, who make up nearly 200 distinct nations, including the Siona, Secoya, Cofan, Shuar, Zaparo, Huaorani, and Quichua. The indigenous tribes that live in Ecuador's rainforest are the ancient keepers and guardians of the world's biological heritage - having lived there for more than 10,000 years. Eco lodges and small properties can be found along the banks of mighty rivers and lakes. You can reach Tena, the gateway to the Amazon, after a four-hour car ride from Quito although roads are often impassable due to mudslides and transfers are normally delayed. For a real taste of the Amazon it is necessary to take commuter flights to the jungle outposts of Coca or Lago Agrio from where motorized canoe transfers are provided to the different jungle lodges. Once at the lodge you will be overwhelmed by the lush surroundings and the innumerable species of plants and animals.
Activities in the Amazon Basin include:
Hikes in the jungle
Explorations on canoes
Night outings in search of nocturnal wildlife
Visits to Indigenous communities
Fishing for piranha
Similar to all the Amazon Basin, the weather is hot and humid with showers year round and temperatures averaging 80F. The drier season is generally from November through March although it varies by region.