The Ecuadorian Amazon is a sight to behold and an experience you must not miss on your trip! The Amazon jungle stretches from Brazil through the Eastern side of Ecuador, a beautifully untouched corner of the country. Here, you can discover the incredible biodiversity of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, a region which is home to the vast majority of Ecuador’s extensive bird species – over 1,600!
The Amazon jungle is one of the most remote places on Earth, with little in terms of human settlements within its dense forests.
That said, the Amazon region in Ecuador is home to two native tribes: the Taromenane and the Tagaeri. These tribes live in isolation from the rest of the country, a right which is protected by Ecuador’s constitution.
May and June are great months to visit, as generally it is not too rainy or too hot.
The rainy season falls between February and April. Between September and November, the heat can be stifling.
The obvious activity is, of course, exploring the jungle! Within the canopy, there is the opportunity to hike, bird watch, visit local communities, or just relax in a remote and tranquil eco-lodge.
We highly recommend taking a guided tour for any of these activities – it’s easy to get lost with 5.5 million km² of dense jungle!
If you want a truly authentic experience, take a Bameno community tour which is home to the indigenous Huaorani people. The Huaorani only made contact with Western culture 50 years ago, so this is a fascinating insight into a society largely untouched by outside influence. This tour is exclusive to Keteka and you can read all about it here.
A visit to the Kichwa (Quichua) cacao cooperatives is also highly recommended. These communities cultivate, produce, and sell their own chocolate for fairer prices than they would get from mass exportation with multinational corporations. A guided tour with a local takes you through the whole process and gives you the chance to see how the cacao bean is transformed into the finished product.
For the full jungle experience, take a comprehensive five-day tour.
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
The Amazon Region lies around 124 miles (200 km) from Quito and is accessible by two main entry points: Nueva Loja and Tena. Nueva Loja is close to the border with Colombia and a 3.5-hour bus journey from Quito with the company Cooperativa Banos. Tena is further south of Lago Agrio and can be reached in ~4 hours from Quito with the company Flota Pelileo.
Coca, the capital of the province Orellana, is further into the Amazon region and takes around 6 hours via the town of Papallacta.