The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical forest on Earth, crossed by rivers which flow into the Amazon. The Ecuadorian part of this great forest, also known as "el Oriente", is an extremely diverse region due to the different altitudinal tiers close to the Andes. This coupled with its tropical temperature, high rainfall and rugged topography, originates a high level of biodiversity and endemism.The Ecuadorian Upper Amazon Basin is home to several indigenous nations, each one with its own characteristic features such as language, customs and own Cosmo vision.
The Ecuadorian rainforest is ideal for hikes and expeditions, canoe and rafting trips, wildlife observation, community-based ecotourism, or just relaxing on a luxurious jungle lodge. You've got several roads to get to the rainforest, from Quito or, probably the best one, from Baños to Puyo.
Oriente, as the Ecuadorian rainforest is known, has several protected areas:
• Yasuni national Park
• Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve
• Huaorano Protectorate
• Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park
• Limoncocha Biological reserve
• Sangay National Park