Ecuador and Galapagos Travel

The Amazon Rainforest

Amazon Jungle Lodges
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About the amazon Jungle

One of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet, the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest shares with it's visitors an unforgettable nature & wildlife experience. This unspoiled and largely unexplored wilderness is home to over 500 bird species, an incredible array of colourful fauna including 15 seperate species of monkey, and more tree species per hectare than any other area on the planet!!!

Add to that the fascinating mix of indigenous indian tribes that populate the region, and the mystery of the shaman traditional medicine healer, and you are in for a unique cultural experience too.

The Ecuadorian Amazon basin is also the most easily accessible and inexpensive rainforest area in all of South America! The adventure of a lifetime awaits you...

Happy Gringo offers Amazon tours to 10 contrasting lodges in different regions of Ecuadorian rainforest. The table below is to help our clients choose which is most suitable for their trip:

Amazon Jungle Shaman

Amazon Rainforest Wildlife

Amazon Rainforest Flora

Amazonian Ocelote
Lodge Location Price Deep jungle Adventure Community 3day 4day 5day 7day
Amazon Dolphin Pañacocha $ Yes High -  
Huaorani  Ecolodge Shiripuno
$$ Yes High Huaorani  
La Selva Ecolodge Garzacocha $$$ Yes Low/Medium -  
Napo Wildlife Center Coca $$$ Yes Medium/High Quichua  
Sacha Coca $$$ Yes Medium - .  
Sani Coca $$ Yes Medium Sani .  
Yachana Coca $$ No Low/Medium Quichua .  
Yarina Coca $ No Low/Medium Quichua .  
Samona Cuyabeno $ Yes High Siona  
Siona Cuyabeno $ Yes Medium/High Siona .  
Cotococha Tena $ No Low/Medium Quichua .  
Hakuna  Matata Tena $ No High - .  
Kapawi Kapawi $$$ Yes Medium Achuar .  
Deep Amazon Kayaking Shiripuno
$$ Yes High Huaorani      
Jaguar Tracks Shiripuno
$$ Yes High Huaorani      

Price ratings: $ = US$100 to $400, $$ = US$401 to $700, $$$ = $701+ based on a 4day trip in 2012. Differences in price reflect the differences in comfort that each lodge affords.

Deep Jungle: Generally speaking you should expect to see a greater variety of wildlife in deep jungle, although obviously this depends to some degree upon the luck of your particular visit.

Adventure: All lodges offer a genuine adventure experience! The most physically active are Samona and Bataburo.

Community: Each of the indian communities have their own distinct culture, tradition and charms, and make for an extremely interesting visit for tourists. The most in-depth visits of the lodges that we offer are at Bataburo, Yachana and Kapawi. Sacha does not include any community visit because the trip is more focused on wildlife viewing.

Days: Cotococha offers shorter trips because Tena is located closer to Quito than the other rainforest regions. For the other lodges the minimum stay is 4-days, while the 5-day trip is always more recommended. If you are travelling in a group then it can also be possible to organise stays of 6 or 8 days for a real in-depth rainforest experience.

NOTE - an unavoidable element of any visit to the rainforest is contact with bugs and creepy crawlies - this applies to both simple and luxury lodges alike, and may involve insects inside your room. If this does not sound like something you would like to sign up for then a trip to the rainforest is probably not for you.

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