The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is just a 30-minute flight from Quito or a full day venture down the eastern Andes. There are two major regions to enjoy this amazing “playground” for the discriminating nature lover and cultural enthusiast: the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, hosted by their original inhabitants, the Kichwa, Siona and Waorani communities. By dugout canoe and exploratory hikes into the deep forest is the way to go for spotting freshwater dolphins, tapirs, sloths, caimans, many species of monkeys (including wooly, howler, capuchin, saki), over 400 species of birds (including macaws, toucans, parrots, harpy eagles, hoatzins, parakeets, owls), the strikingly blue morpho butterfly, 800 species of fish, and much more … interspersed among some 7,000 species of trees and bushes in just the area of a football field! In short, that’s enough wildlife to fill countless pages of field notes. Most importantly, our unequaled experience grants you the opportunity to select from a variety of lodges portraying local architecture or luxury river cruises, with itineraries packed with excitement. Moreover, well-appointed rooms with all the necessary creature comforts, including delicious cuisine, are a real plus to your rewarding exploration. And for those interested in a more cultural experience, our shamanism and natural medicine expedition will show you the healing powers of nature.