The Amazon is the world’s largest remaining tropical rainforest. Ecuador’s Amazon, popularly known as the Oriente, is on the eastern side of the Andes, separated from the rest of the country by unbroken mountains. Ecuador boasts one of the best developed infrastructures for visiting the Amazon, with many destinations accessible within a day’s journey from Quito. First time visitors to the Amazon will find comfortable lodges located at the threshold of the jungle, as close as a five-hour car ride from capital city Quito. Experienced travelers reach the heart of the great rainforest after a short commuter flight to jungle outposts followed by boat transfers in motorized canoes.
When to go
The Amazon region normally has a warm, humid and rainy climate. Average temperature varies from 72°F to 80°F. The drier season is generally November to February but varies by region.
• Interaction with Indigenous communities
• Photographic safaris
• Treks in the jungle
• Canopy tours
• Bird watching