Exploring The Rain Forest Of Amazon When Visiting Bolivia And Ecuador
Tours to Ecuador
Although Ecuador only holds a very small percentage of the Amazon, the rainforest makes up about one third of the entire country. The majority of the locations from where one can access the jungle here are close to the capital city of Quito, making traveling to and from the region fairly simple. Tours will generally leave from either Tena, Lago Agrio or Coca. Every location has something different to offer with regard to plant life and animals.
With an 8-10 hour bus ride from the capital, one can reach Lago Agrio. It will take you another three hours by ground transportation and a further two hours by canoe to reach the lodges in the Cuyabeno Reserve or the Limoncocha Biological Reserve. Both Cuyabeno and Limoncocha are known particularly for their bird watching opportunities. There are numerous species including eagles, hawks, macaws, toucns, parrots and hummingbirds.
In addition to the two reserves you may also visit Huaorani Reserve and Yasuna National Park using bus service from Coca and Quito that will take around ten hours of traveling time. Yasuna has to be one of the most enriched areas when you’re considering biodiversity and UNESCO has taken the essential step of proclaiming the area as an International Biosphere so as to protect it from human aggression. For finding out more about the local cultures, the Huaorani Reserve is the place to visit. There is a choice but only those communities that allow visitors will be included in the tour itinerary.
Tena is pretty close to Quito and one can reach easily by using bus services which normally take around four to six hours. It is nicely developed as a vacation spot and allows people to make a relatively easy side trip from the capital. Staying in Tena, one can then take day hikes into the jungle, however, this will offer less opportunity for viewing wildlife than the other options.