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Ecuador Amazon Tours - La Selva Tour

Imagine an unforgettable journey into the heart of the world’s most bio-diverse regions.

This is your adventure on Amazon tours in Ecuador, where every corner holds a new discovery for you and your companions. Ecuador’s record-breaking Amazon Rainforest offers you and your family incredible memories.

You can also choose your experience: navigate the winding Amazon River on a high-rated Amazon cruise or base yourself at a comfortable and award-winning rainforest lodge. Both cruises and lodges have their advantages, which we will highlight below.

Jump to introductions to Ecuador Amazon tours

Accompanied by expert guides, you’ll head out each day to explore this remarkable region. See curious monkeys, brightly colored parrots flying over the canopy and a trip-full of other extraordinary sights and sounds.

Here is our summary of top Ecuador Amazon tours. Send your request direct to the lodges and cruises using the tour bubbles below. Use the tour bubbles to check availability and receive your itinerary and tour information.

Amazon Rainforest Tours in Ecuador – Summary

Below this summary, you will find a detailed guide to Ecuador’s Amazon and the individual introductions to each of these incredible experiences.

  1. Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport, private assistance at Quito airport. | 4, 5, 8 days

  2. Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport. | 4, 5 days+

  3. Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport. | 4, 5 days+

  4. Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport, private assistance at Quito airport. | 4, 5, 8 days

  5. Includes: all meals at Sacha Lodge & Scalesia Lodge, half-board at Finch Bay Hotel, accommodation, all guided excursions, transfers from & to Galapagos & Coca airports, Galapagos & Coca air tickets

Your Introduction to Ecuador’s Rainforest

Ecuador’s rainforest is in the far western part of Amazonia. It’s where the first trickles of the Amazon River begin and where the forest presses up against the Andes. This location is linked to its incredible diversity, as the forest teems with tropica life.

When you exit the plane, you will be greeted by sun, tropical temperature and high humidity. The amount of sun provides energy for this vast expanse of Amazonia. To give a clue to this, even the country’s name of Ecuador means equator in Spanish.

The jewel in the crown of Ecuador’s Amazon is called the Yasuni National Park. Yasuni is the most well known protected area of Ecuadorian Amazon and contains a record-breaking number of species.

Your gateway to Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest is called Puerto Francisco de Orellana. It’s also known as El Coca. From here, you can enjoy some of the top-rated jungle lodges and river cruises.

On these Amazon tours, you will enjoy guided expeditions in wildlife-rich rainforest to see many animals and plants.

The two main protected areas of Ecuador’s Amazon are:

  • The Yasuni National Park
  • The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve

These lay on either side of the Napo River. These areas are connected. And this means surrounding rainforest is home to a similar level of species. This river later merges with others to form the mighty Amazon and provides your way of entering the forest.

The more flooded areas are where you can find the more budget conscious experiences. The premium experiences in Ecuador’s Amazon often focus on the rainforest surrounding Yasuni National Park.

We will mention some of these below.

Sacha Lodge Amazon Tour, Canopy Walkway, Ecuador

One of the favorite sights from these experiences are claylicks. Claylicks are areas to see an abundance of colorful Amazonian parrots gathered in one area and are very rare in the northern Amazon. However, you will visit the Yasuni clay lick on the guided tours below.

You will also enjoy guided rainforest walks and canoe experiences to spot different animals. See colorful birds, many different monkeys and fascinating reptiles.

Saki Monkey, Sacha Lodge Amazon Tour, Ecuador

Amazon Rainforest Tours in Ecuador

To make the most of Ecuador’s Amazon, choose a recommended expedition lodge or cruise.

We have picked Ecuador Amazon tours that provide a fantastic rainforest experience. These offer wildlife-rich rainforest, comfortable accommodation, delicious meals and professionally guided tours. You will explore the Amazon Rainforest led by knowledgeable, well trained and friendly guides.

The tours can also help with your transfers from Quito to El Coca.

Amazon Cruise or Rainforest Lodge?

One of the first considerations is to think if you would prefer an Amazon cruise or a rainforest lodge. This depends on your personality and interests.

Cruises visit different rainforest sections. This means you explore a larger area of Amazon.

They can also provide more comfort as they offer air-conditioning giving you a more hotel-like base to return to after guided jungle tours.

As an example, click the recommended Manatee Amazon Cruise video below.

Aboard the cruise, you will explore the iconic Yasuni National Park. The cruise offers canoe exploration and professionally guided forest walks through the national park.

Manatee Cruise

Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport, private assistance at Quito airport. | 4, 5, 8 days

Rainforest lodges, however, can provide more connection to the Amazon. You can often see and hear birds and troops of monkeys crossing the rainforest above your cabin.

This is especially true if the lodge has been there for a while and the animals have habituated to visitors. A good example of this is the fantastic Sacha Lodge.

At rainforest lodges, the paths connecting different lodge areas are on raised walkways. This means you can also see animals simply when walking between areas. See monkeys, lizards and other wildlife from the comfort of the lodge itself.

Some lodges also have incredible canopy walkways like the Sacha Lodge below, which offers one of the more remarkable walkways in the rainforest.

Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport. | 4, 5 days+


Now let’s have a deeper look at some of the top Amazon tours in Ecuador.

The Manatee Amazon Cruise – 4, 5 or 8-day Amazon Cruises

Manatee Cruise, Ecuador

Aboard the Manatee Cruise, you will travel to different Amazon areas. And you will focus on exploring the magnificent Yasuni National Park.

The Manatee Amazon Explorer offers you a luxury cruise of Ecuador’s Amazon.

Enjoy the Yasuni clay lick, canopy tower, glamping and fantastic guided rainforest walks.

For an introduction, click the video below.

Manatee Cruise

After your excursions, return to the comfort of the vessel. You have a choice of different spacious suite options. Each suite offers large windows, so you can stay connected to the rainforest. You can even see different birds while relaxing in your room. All suites then provide modern en-suite bathrooms.

You will be treated delicious cuisine in the dining room and can relax in the comfortable social areas. There is also a bar and observation deck to enjoy.

To check if your travel dates are available, you can send the Manatee Cruise a request using the button below.

Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport, private assistance at Quito airport. | 4, 5, 8 days

The Sacha Lodge – 4 or 5-day+ Amazon Tour

Sacha Lodge - Top Jungles Lodges in Ecuador

The Sacha Lodge is surrounded by a 5,000 acre private reserve in connected rainforest with Yasuni National Park.

After you arrive in Coca, you will be escorted up the Napo River. You will then board an engineless boat to be paddled across the Pilchicocha Lake to the Sacha Lodge. The lodge is found across the lake, nestled on the bank.

Even on the journey to the lodge, you will enjoy fantastic rainforest sights. See many different birds and have your first introduction to Ecuador’s Amazon.

You will explore the surrounding rainforest on professionally guided tours. Enjoy forest walks and canoe experiences to find many different monkeys, colorful birds and reptiles.

Squirrel Monkey, Sacha Lodge Amazon Tour, Ecuador

A main feature of the Sacha Lodge is the incredible canopy walkway.

The walkway is supported by three large canopy towers. These towers are then connected by a 940-foot (275-meter) long canopy bridge. And it’s suspended 94 feet (30 meters) above ground level. With your guide’s help, the walkway provides a fantastic place for you to spot birdlife and different animals.

The Sacha Lodge itself then offers comfortable cabins and en-suite bathrooms. Your bathroom include a hot shower and flushing toilet. All of the cabins are then spaced between the trees in the rainforest. For your meals, you will enjoy delicious cuisine in the dining room or lakeside eating area.

See the video below for a short introduction to the Sacha Lodge.

Sacha Lodge

There is then a lodge bar to enjoy a drink in the evenings. And on at least one of your evenings, you will enjoy a BBQ by the lake. With its canopy walkway, expert guides and wildlife-rich rainforest, the Sacha Lodge is one of our favorites.

To check availability, you can message the lodge using the tour bubble below.

Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport. | 4, 5 days+

La Selva Lodge – 4 or 5-day+ Amazon Tour

La Selva Suite, Ecuador

For a little luxury in Ecuador’s Amazon, we recommend La Selva Lodge.

Not only a luxury experience, La Selva Lodge is also Rainforest Alliance certified. This should give you peace of mind that you’re with a responsible operator.

Enjoy guided tours in the surrounding rainforest. Head out scouting for different monkeys. See howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, capuchins and tamarins. You will also find many parrots, toucans, orchids and more with your professional Amazon Rainforest guide.

La Selva Lodge also offers a fantastic canopy tower to look over the canopy. This is a great place to see many different birds. You will also enjoy seeing the different shades of green over the tops of the trees.

The excellent La Selva Lodge then goes a little further in terms of a luxury experience. The lodge offers an on-site spa for a massage, hot water pools in the family suites and a dedicated honeymoon program.

Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport. | 4, 5 days+

The Anakonda Amazon Cruise – 4, 5 or 8-day Amazon Cruise

Anakonda Cruise

The Anakonda is the larger sister vessel of the Manatee Cruise above.

The cruise offers the same high standard of service and guided tours. And the Anakonda Amazon Cruise offers a fantastic experience of Ecuador’s Amazon.

Your air-conditioned suite offers the perfect place to relax after your jungle expeditions. Explore the Amazon with your professional and friendly guide aboard skiff expeditions and on forest walks.

See an amazing diversity of Amazon Rainforest wildlife. Spot the curious squirrel monkeys, loud and confident howler monkeys and many different birds.

Visit the Yasuni clay lick to see colorful parrots feed from the clay. Observe the Amazon from a tall canopy tower. And enjoy cultural activities to learn about life in the jungle.

Your suite offers floor-to-ceiling windows so you can stay connected to Amazon. You can even spot parrots flying over the canopy and other wildlife from the comfort of your bed.

You will then be treated to delicious cuisine in the dining room, a drink at the bar, or relaxing with a book in the lounge. The sundeck is also a great place to enjoy rainforest scenery and admiring the constellations on crystal clear evenings.

To check availability for your dates, you can send a message to the Anakonda Cruise using the button below.

Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport, private assistance at Quito airport. | 4, 5, 8 days

Combine with Galapagos

Many guests like to experience both the Galapagos Islands and Amazon Rainforest to make the most of Ecuador’s most iconic natural regions.

To make sure you get a fantastic experience of both regions, we have collected some of the top combination tours.

These include the combination of a premium Amazon Rainforest lodge, deluxe Galapagos glamping lodge and luxury Galapagos hotel — all with guided tours — on the Darwin & Orellana Discovery tour.

You will first explore the incredible Galapagos Islands based on Isabela Island. Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos islands and offers fantastic wildlife.

You will also visit Santa Cruz for a luxurious stay at the renowned Finch Bay Hotel, which includes an island-hopping adventure to explore a nearby island. See the famous Galapagos icons while accommodated in comfort. After your Galapagos experience, you will journey to explore the incredible Amazon rainforest.

Learn more about this experience below by clicking The Darwin & Orellana Discovery Tour bubble.

Includes: all meals at Sacha Lodge & Scalesia Lodge, half-board at Finch Bay Hotel, accommodation, all guided excursions, transfers from & to Galapagos & Coca airports, Galapagos & Coca air tickets

If you would prefer a luxury cruise to make the most of visiting several different Galapagos Islands, we recommend combining Endemic or Elite cruises for the Galapagos and the luxury-class La Selva Lodge for Ecuador’s astounding Amazon Rainforest.

These experiences are owned and operated by the same umbrella company as La Selva Lodge and are happy to work out your incredible package tour. This can make your experience a little smoother.

Elite Galapagos Cruise

This creates the best Galapagos and Amazon combination tour we have seen. You can then make the most of your time in the Galapagos aboard the best quality cruises and experience the Amazon at the most luxurious rainforest lodge in Ecuador.

Send your request to La Selva Lodge or the Elite below to learn more.

Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport. | 4, 5 days+


Includes: all meals, accommodation, all guided excursions, captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail, transfers from & to Galapagos airport. | 4, 5, 8 days

The Top Amazon Rainforest Tours in Ecuador

Here is the summary of top Ecuador Amazon tours. See above for summaries of each experience:

  1. Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport, private assistance at Quito airport. | 4, 5, 8 days

  2. Includes: all meals, accommodation, selection of guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport. | 4, 5 days+

  3. Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport. | 4, 5 days+

  4. Includes: all meals, accommodation, guided tours, transfers from and to Coca airport, private assistance at Quito airport. | 4, 5, 8 days

  5. Includes: all meals at Sacha Lodge & Scalesia Lodge, half-board at Finch Bay Hotel, accommodation, all guided excursions, transfers from & to Galapagos & Coca airports, Galapagos & Coca air tickets

Ash - Author & Travel Advisor About the Author: Ash Card is a frequent visitor to the Amazon and has a passion for helping visitors get the best experiences from tropical destinations. Ash has interests including tropical destinations, rainforests and wildlife. Feel free to contact Ash for tour help in the Amazon. When not helping tourists with tours and info, Ash can be found salsa-ing the night away or posing near waterfalls.
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