The Ecuadorian Amazon basin covers approximately 120,000 square kilometers and is one of four natural regions in Ecuador. “El Oriente,” as the Ecuadorians call the Amazon region, is the largest region in the country, but also the less inhabited region of the continental regions, which means that the majority of the territory is pristine forest, making it the perfect destination for nature lovers and people who want to forget their worries and relax in an isolated place far away from civilization.
The Amazon basin is the most biodiverse ecosystem on Earth, and that is the most striking feature about this place. It has a high degree of diversity of species. The temperate forests of Europe or North America often have only a few tree species, while the norm in the rainforest is to find between 50 and 200 tree species within a few hectares or acres. In fact, sometimes it is difficult to find two individuals of the same species within visual distance of each other. Because of the expansive territory of the forest, and the biological importance of the region, the Ecuadorian government has created two big protected areas in order to preserve the natural beauty of this place. Yasuní National Park and the Cuyabeno Reserve. Lodges can be found in both reserves, which offer the opportunity to scout this astonishing ecosystem in the company of experienced guides who will help visitors discover the wonders of this stunning forest, without sacrificing the comfortable facilities that guests need in order to completely enjoy their visit to the Amazon Rainforest.
In addition to the natural features of the Amazon region, it also has cultural importance, as it is home to more than 10 ethnic groups; all of them with their own traditions, manners, customs and languages. Among the ethnic groups that inhabit the Ecuadorian Amazon, there are two groups which remain isolated from modern civilization; the Tagaeris and Taromenanis. They still live the same lifestyle that their ancestors used to live, moving as nomads, farming and hunting in the forest. During expeditions to the Ecuadorian Amazon region, visitors will get a glimpse of the local culture and the opportunity to share a good experience with the local people.
The Ecuadorian Amazon basin is one of the best destinations for ecotourism, and nowadays the local people see this practice as the best form of business in order for the forest to remain untouched, as the forest provides everything for them for their lives: shelter, food, medicine and tools. Sadly, every day more and more areas of the rainforest are cut down for commercial purposes. Nevertheless, with your visit you will support these projects, which are trying to protect the marvelous Amazon Rainforest for future generations.