is the largest remaining tropical rainforest on earth; called the "Oriente" it covers more than half of Ecuador's surface, lying on the eastern side of the Andean cordillera. With its amazing biodiversity, it represents one of the wildest, most wildlife-packed rain forests of the world, with one of the highest densities of endemic plants and animals. One Amazonian tree can host more ant species than the whole of England; one hectare of forest boasts about as many frog species as in all of North America; and the great expanse of the jungle contains more than twenty per cent of the earth's vascular plant species. The Upper Amazon has the highest diversity of trees in the world, with more than 1500 species and an average of nearly 300 per hectare.
Birdwatchers are able to observe up to 100 birds in a day, from the smallest hummingbird to the huge king vulture or the biggest bird of prey, the famous Harpy Eagle. The jungle is also home to different types of mammals, for example 12 species of primates are recorded in the Yasuní National Park. Sometimes a Jaguar can be observed along the river, as can capybaras, tapirs, caimans, otters and river dolphins. Through the Amazon basin circulates one sixth of all the fresh water on earth and all the rivers in Ecuador are tributary rivers to the huge Amazon River. Rivers are classified in two different types; the brown muddy white water rivers such as the Napo and the black water rivers and systems such as the Lagartococha or Cuyabeno. This tropical rainforest is home to nearly 200 distinct indigenous cultures.
During your time in the jungle, you will participate in a variety of activities from trekking through the undergrowth, canoeing along the waterways or even swinging from vines, all the while looking out for some of the jungles' resident animals; caiman, monkeys and macaws to name just three from a long list.
In addition, you will visit indigenous communities to learn and understand more about traditional jungle life, and the Indians' interaction with the environment for their communities' survival. We offer programs to the following highly recommended jungle lodges;
Life in the jungle is very informal. Comfortable and lightweight clothes are necessary. Bring long pants, cotton shorts, long-sleeved T-shirts, sneakers, sandals, hat / cap, sunglasses, rain gear, insect repellent, sunscreen, flashlight with extra batteries, binoculars, reading material.
In the Amazon region, the climate is hot and humid with frequent rain showers. The drier months are from October to March. The temperature ranges from 19°C to 36°C throughout the year.
Immunizations are presently not required to visit this area of the Amazon jungle - it is advisable however to consult your doctor or physician before your trip. We recommend precautions against malaria and yellow fever. Strong insect repellent recommended before your arrival in the jungle.
Note: For flights Coca - Quito - Coca the baggage allowance is 10kg. / 20lb. If you have more than 10Kg, you will have to pay for each additional kilogram.
* Certificate of vaccination against the yellow fever is now required for all the tourists travelling to and returning from Lago Agrio