Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest has broken world records for animal life. And this is one the best places on Earth to visit if you’re even a little bit interested in nature.
As you walk through the lush jungle, it’s as if every section is alive with fascinating animals and plants. Brightly colored macaws fly over the canopy, curious monkeys follow you through the trees and lightning blue butterflies hover above the waterways.
Quito is Ecuador’s capital city. And this is where you will arrive when first setting foot in the country.
Home to fascinating museums, different galleries and high-rated restaurants, it’s also where you travel from to visit the Amazon.
The following Amazon Rainforest lodges and Amazon River cruises can all help with your flights from Quito. And from this large city, they will arrange your short flight to the jungle town of Puerto Francisco Orellana, known locally as ‘Coca’.
This jungle town is where you can enjoy high-rated Amazon tours. And you will experience one of the highest levels of animals and plants in Amazonia. Ecuador’s Amazon frequently wins records for wildlife.
Combined with the Amazon tours, this offers you a fantastic experience.
The Amazon tours you can enjoy include comfortable wildlife lodges and deluxe cruises. Both offer professionally guided tours, comfortable accommodation and delicious meals.
An advantage of a cruise is that they offer a more hotel-like base to return to after your jungle expeditions. You will also travel deep into Yasuni National Park and visit different rainforest sections. A lodge, however, can offer more connection to the rainforest. See the animals walking below the lodge walkways and hear the troops of monkeys crossing through the canopy above.
Before mentioning recommended Amazon tours, here’s an introduction to Ecuador’s rainforest.
There are two main protected areas in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest. These are the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and Yasuni National Park. There are also different private reserves. And these are in connected rainforest providing fantastic wildlife sightings.
The Yasuni National Park
The Yasuni National Park has become world famous. This is because it has one of the world’s highest levels of Amazon Rainforest animals and plants.
The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve covers just under 1 million hectares of tropical forest. And it contains an incredible richness of plants and animals. The park protects around 600 bird species and several different monkeys. There are also a record breaking diversity of reptiles and amphibians.
The Top Amazon Tours from Quito
The following lodges and cruises can help with your flights from Quito to the Amazon Rainforest.
And here is our selection of the top rainforest tours from Quito, Ecuador.
The Sacha Lodge
The Sacha Lodge offers a fantastic experience of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest. And the comfortable lodge provides an incredible canopy walkway, which has to be seen to be believed (video below).
Because the lodge has been here for a long time, the wildlife is familiar with people on the walkways. This means you can enjoy incredible wildlife from the comfort of the lodge itself, before you even head out with your guide to explore the trails.
From the lodge, enjoy guided tours in the surrounding rainforest. You will find many different plants and animals.
Enjoy the canopy tower to see colorful birds. And your guide will bring the bird spotting scope to find many different species. You will also enjoy the canopy walkway for an incredible rainforest experience. The canopy walkway is 94 feet (30 meters) above the forest floor. And it extends 940-feet (275-meter) through the rainforest. This is a great place to spot different birds and monkeys.
Rooms at the Sacha Lodge have been positioned between the trees. And you can see troops of capuchins and squirrel monkeys crossing in the canopy above the lodge.
There are 26 rooms in total, which are composed of single, double and triple rooms.
Each accommodation has private bathrooms with hot water. The other buildings at Sacha Lodge include the restaurant and bar. There is also the lounge area where you can sit while enjoying a cocktail, tea or coffee.
In addition to monkeys and reptiles, the Sacha Lodge is a great place to see rainforest birds. For example, 587 species have been recorded on guided tours. This is an impressive 37% of all the birds you can find in the country.
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The Manatee Amazon Cruise
The Manatee Amazon Cruise is a deluxe cruise for Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest. Not only confined to the cruise vessel, enjoy guided exploration of the Amazon. Head out on forest walks and skiff expeditions to see a diversity of animals and plants.
In addition to wildlife walks, visit the canopy tower to see over the rainforest. And you will also see the Yasuni Claylick to watch parrots gathered at the clay.
On your tours, enjoy seeing a diversity of wildlife. The animals you will find include several different monkeys and different birds. See toucans, colorful parrots and caiman crocodilians. The cruise also offers kayaking and camping opportunities.
The vessel itself offers 10 Standard Cabins and 4 Deluxe Cabins. The Deluxe Cabins are at the front of the vessel. All of the cabins are air-conditioned to keep you comfortable on your stay.
You will then enjoy delicious meals in the fantastic restaurant and bar. This provides beautiful panoramic views of Amazonia. In addition to the dining room and suites, the Manatee features an observation deck and outdoor Jacuzzi.
For more information and to check availability for your travel dates, send the Manatee cruise a request using the button below.
The Anakonda Amazon Cruise
The Anakonda Cruise is the sister vessel to the Manatee above. The Anakonda provides a fantastic experience of the Amazon as you travel down the Napo River.
Enjoy exploring the rainforest of the Yasuni National Park region. And you will be led by professional guides through the rainforest. Enjoy forest walks to see a diversity of different monkeys, toucans, parrots and more.
You can choose from 4, 5 and 7 night itineraries aboard the Anakonda Cruise. Of course, the longer you spend in the Amazon the more wildlife you will see.
In addition to guided walks and skiff expeditions in Amazonia, enjoy other attractions. Visit the Yasuni claylick to see parrots, climb a tall canopy tower to fantastic views. And you can also enjoy an optional glamping experience. There are also kayaks on the vessel to paddle around Amazonia led by your guide.
The Anakonda offers 18 very comfortable suites with en-suite modern bathrooms. These then include 4 Deluxe Suites, which have their own private balcony.
Click the video below for a quick introduction.
In addition to the suites, the Anakonda features a spa room, al fresco lounge, indoor dining hall, bar-salon and a Jacuzzi. If you would like to purchase souvenirs from your travels, the vessel also has a small boutique store.
Throughout the vessel, you will find large floor-to-ceiling windows. This means you don’t miss any wildlife as you’re relaxing onboard.
La Selva Lodge
La Selva Lodge & Spa is one of the most luxurious Amazon lodges in the rainforest. The lodge offers luxury accommodation and fantastic guided tours of Amazonia.
Enjoy exploring the rainforest on rainforest walks and boat tours. Spot several different monkeys, colorful birds, fascinating reptiles, tree frogs and more.
La Selva Lodge itself is composed of nineteen spacious suites. And these include Family Suites, Scenic Suites and Superior Suites. These are assigned according to group size and availability.
In addition to the suites, La Selva Lodge features a restaurant and bar. There is also the canopy tower, lounge area, small shop and spa. The entire lodge is then nestled on the beautiful Garzacocha Lake.
The Family Suites are the largest suite option. These differ from the other categories with the addition of a hot water tub on the private deck. Enjoy the extra spacious bathrooms, hammocks and very comfortable king-sized bed. The suite then includes two additional beds.
The Scenic and Superior Suites are then very similar. Both categories feature a king bed or two double beds with luxury linen. They also offer a private bathroom with a rainforest shower. The Scenic Suites have beautiful lake views. And the Superior Suites are slightly larger.
Your bathroom includes a rainforest shower with hot running water and toiletries. There are then bathroom amenities, such as hairdryers and towels.
In La Selva Lodge restaurant, you will enjoy delicious meals. Your meals will be ready for when you return to the lodge from your guided rainforest excursions.
In addition to the wildlife trails and boat tours, you will also visit the Yasuni Claylick. See different colorful parrots gathered at the clay.
The many trails take you past giant trees, lakes and see many animals. The trails have been designed to take you past the best areas for rainforest wildlife and scenery.
La Selva is committed to responsible tourism and is Rainforest Alliance certified.
To check availability for your dates, send La Selva Lodge a request using the button below.
The Napo Wildlife Center
Enjoy some incredible wildlife tours from the Napo Wildlife Center. The lodge is owned and operated by the Kichwa Añangu Community. And they will also guide you around this incredible section of Amazon Rainforest.
Positioned on the Añangu Lake, the Napo Wildlife Center includes the main hall. This is where you can relax in the social areas or enjoy a drink from the fully-stocked bar. This building is also home to the lodge restaurant and the tall rainforest tower where you can enjoy views over the rainforest.
There are then 16 comfortable cabins, which each offer spacious and clean accommodation. Enjoy private bathrooms with hot water and a private balcony for views over the lake and rainforest. The rooms then provide 24/7 electricity provided by solar panels.
Enjoy guided tours in the surrounding rainforest. See several different monkeys, colorful birds, amphibians, and reptiles. You will also enjoy cultural experiences to learn more about the Kichwa Añangu Community. As another popular activity, you will also visit the Yasuni Claylick to see different parrots gathered at the clay.
The Napo Wildlife CenterEl Coca, Ecuador
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