Quito is Ecuador’s capital city and is the first destination many tourists to Ecuador will visit. Quito is home to some interesting museums, galleries, and restaurants. However, to enjoy Amazon Tours from Quito, you will need a short connecting flight to visit the port city of Puerto Francisco Orellana, which is also known locally as ‘Coca’. The jungle town is where you can enjoy some highly rated Amazon tours to experience one of the highest levels of animals and plants in Amazonia.
The Amazon tours you can enjoy include luxury rainforest experiences, wildlife lodges, and cruises. But before mentioning our recommended Amazon tours for the rainforest, let’s have an introduction to Ecuador’s Amazon.
The main protected areas in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest are the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve and the Yasuni National Park. There are also different private reserves in connected rainforest with these areas that provide some incredible wildlife sightings.
Let’s have a closer look at the Yasuni National Park to give an example of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest.
The Yasuni National Park
The Yasuni National Park has become world famous as having one of the world’s highest levels of Amazon Rainforest animals and plants. Researchers have set world records for biodiversity in this forest, however, the area is also in the public eye due to the oil below the park. This means the animals and plants are constantly threatened by oil companies that continually want to enter the rainforest.
The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve covers just under 1 million hectares of tropical forest and an incredible richness of plants and animals. The park protects around 600 bird species, several different monkeys, and a record breaking diversity of reptiles and amphibians.
The Recommended Amazon Tours from Quito
After your connecting flight from Quito, you will arrive in Puerto Francisco Orellana where you will be collected by your tour operator for one of the following tours. Each of the different tours will be able to help with your connecting flight from Quito.
La Selva Lodge
One of the highest rated Amazon lodges in the entire rainforest, La Selva Lodge & Spa offers luxury accommodation and fantastic guided tours of Amazonia. Enjoy exploring the rainforest on rainforest walks and boat tours to spot several different monkeys, colorful birds, fascinating reptiles, tree frogs, and more.
La Selva Lodge itself is composed of nineteen spacious suites, which include the Family Suites, Scenic Suites, and Superior Suites. In addition to the suites, La Selva Lodge features a restaurant and bar, 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, which also 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, and a private bathroom with a rainforest shower. The Scenic Suites offer beautiful lake views and the Superior Suites are slightly larger.
Your bathroom includes a rainforest shower with hot running water, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. There are then bathroom amenities, such as hairdryers and towels.
In La Selva Lodge restaurant, you will enjoy delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners ready for when you arrive back to the lodge from your guided excursions into Amazonia.
In addition to the wildlife trails and boat tours, you will also visit the Yasuni Claylick to see different parrots gathered at the clay. The trails then include giant trees, lakes, and have been specifically designed to take you past the best areas for rainforest wildlife and scenery.
Not only offering one of the most luxurious experiences from an Amazon Rainforest lodge, La Selva is committed to responsible tourisms and is Rainforest Alliance certified.
The Amazon & Galapagos Combination Tour from Quito
As Quito is centrally placed between Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest and the incredible Galapagos Islands, you can enjoy a fantastic combination tour. Enjoy combining La Selva Lodge with the luxury-class Ocean Spray or Cormorant cruise to have the best experience of Ecuador’s main tourism destinations.
On the combination program, enjoy 3 nights on either the Ocean Spray or Cormorant luxury Galapagos Cruise, 3 nights at La Selva Lodge, and then 3 nights at a hotel in Quito city.
Enjoy exploring the Galapagos Islands in comfort to see some incredible and iconic animals. Spot giant tortoises, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies and more. Your suite features very comfortable beds and a modern ensuite. Aboard the vessels after your excursions, you will then enjoy some delicious cuisine.
Explore the Galapagos Islands on guided island walks, kayaking tours, and snorkeling opportunities. You will visit different islands and tourist sights dependent on the itinerary focusing on the best areas to make the most of your time. In addition to the fantastic wildlife, you will enjoy beautiful scenery, fascinating beaches, and learn of the islands’ interesting history.
You will also visit Ecuador’s rainforest from the fantastic La Selva Lodge. This is one of the highest rated Amazon lodges you can visit from Quito. The lodge can help with your connecting flight to Puerto Francisco Orellana where you will be collected and escorted to this very comfortable award-winning lodge.
Enjoy very comfortable rooms, a private porch, delicious cuisine, and guided tours into the surrounding Amazon Rainforest. Enjoy spotting a range of rainforest wildlife, including several different monkeys, colorful birds, delicate orchids, and tall emergent trees. The lodge is located on the attractive Garzacocha Lake, which you will also tour to see some different animals. You may even get lucky to see giant river otters that sometimes visit the area to feed.
As La Selva Lodge is also a rainforest spa, after your excursions you can relax with a massage to fully enjoy this incredible environment.
The Napo Wildlife Center
As the only lodge located actually inside the incredible Yasuni National Park, enjoy some incredible wildlife tours from the lodge. The lodge is owned and operated by the Kichwa Añangu Community who will also guide you around this incredible section of Amazon Rainforest.
Positioned on the Añangu Lake, the Napo Wildlife Center is composed of the main hall 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, a private balcony for views over the lake and rainforest, and 24/7 electricity provided by solar panels.
Enjoy guided tours in the surrounding rainforest to find 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 Sacha Lodge
Situated in a private reserve of Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, Sacha Lodge provides some incredible wildlife experiences. Because of the private-nature of the reserve, the wildlife has got used to tourists and the lodge, so happily come very close. It’s not uncommon for saddleback tamarins to play along the boardwalk as they hunt for moths and other insects.
From the lodge, enjoy guided tours in the surrounding rainforest to find many different plants and animals. Enjoy the tall canopy tower to see colorful birds from the bird spotting scope and walk along the tall canopy walkway. This is also a great place to spot different birds. The canopy walkway is 94 feet (30 meters) above the forest floor and extends 940-foot (275-meter) through the rainforest.
Rooms at the Sacha Lodge have been positioned between the trees and it’s not uncommon for troops of capuchins and squirrel monkeys to cross directly over your accommodation.
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, and the lounge area where you can sit while enjoying a cocktail.
The lodge is especially good for seeing birds and 587 species have been recorded on guided tours. This is an impressive 37% of all the birds you can find in the country.
The Anakonda Amazon Cruise
Ecuador’s only luxury cruise, the Anakonda Cruise provides a fantastic experience of the Amazon as you travel down the Napo River. Enjoy exploring the rainforest of the Yasuni National Park region as you’re 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 regular guided tours in Amazonia, enjoy visiting the Yasuni claylick to see parrots, climbing a tall canopy tower, and also an optional glamping experience. You can also enjoy use of the kayaks on the vessel to paddle around Amazonia led by your guide.
The vessel offers 18 very comfortable suites with ensuite modern bathrooms. These then include 4 Deluxe Suites, which have their own private balcony.
In addition to the suites, the Anakonda features a spa room, al fresco lounge, indoor dining hall, the 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.
The Sani Lodge
A fantastic community-owned lodge in Ecuador’s Amazon Rainforest, enjoy being guided around Amazonia by members of the Sani Isla indigenous community.
The Sani Lodge itself sits in a private reserve of 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres). It’s here that you will enjoy the guided tours to find an incredible diversity of animals and plants. See colorful parrots and toucans, several different monkeys, and intimidating caiman crocodilians in the lakes.
Nestled on a beautiful lake, the Sani Lodge is composed of ten cabanas, which each have private bathrooms. The lodge has an open-air dining room and bar where you can enjoy delicious meals. You can also have an evening drink while enjoying some fantastic lake views from the dining room. There are also binoculars available at the bar, as you can often see some fascinating animals from the lodge itself.
There are 550 different birds that have been found in the rainforest surrounding Sani Lodge, which makes the area a favorite place for birders. With a trained guide and bird-spotting scope, explore the forest to find the many different species that live here, including the fascinating monkeys.
In addition to the forest walks on Sani Lodge’s many different trails, you will visit the Yasuni Claylick to see parrots gathered at the clay and climb the tall canopy tower. The tower reached 36 meter (108 ft.) above the forest floor. This is an especially great area to see different birds and even some monkeys climbing through the trees.
You will also enjoy kayaking tours, try your hand at a traditional blowgun, and visit a local community of the Kichwa people for a cultural exchange.
The Manatee Amazon Cruise
The Manatee Amazon Cruise is a comfortable cruise for Ecuador’s rainforest. Not only confined to the cruise vessel, enjoy guided exploration of the Amazon to see a diversity of animals and plants.
In addition to wildlife walks, visit the canopy tower to see over the rainforest, and the Yasuni Claylick to watch parrots gathered at the clay. On your tours, enjoy seeing a diversity of wildlife. The animals you’re likely to see include several different monkeys, toucans, colorful parrots, and caiman crocodilians. The cruise also offers kayaking and camping opportunities.
The vessel itself offers 10 Standard Cabins with tower showers and 4 Deluxe Cabins at the front of the vessel, which include a private jacuzzi. All of the cabins are air-conditioned to keep you comfortable on your stay. You will then enjoy delicious meals between excursions in the fantastic restaurant and bar, which provides beautiful panoramic views of Amazonia. In addition to the dining room and suites, the Manatee features an observation deck and outdoor jacuzzi.