As a wildlife lover and someone who seeks adventure, the Rainforest should be on your bucket list. Visiting the Amazon is an experience in itself, because there’s no hiding from nature here. Before you plan your first trip to the Ecuadorian Rainforest, consider taking ideas from the five tips listed below.
- Plan in advance. Local Ecuador experts recommend going for one of the organized Amazon Rainforest tours, especially if you are not sure of how to explore the region. The tours are extremely well-organized, and you can get complete assistance ahead of booking, as well. You don’t need to pay more beyond the actual price as quoted by your travel agent, a good Ecuador travel agent should be able to show you the different options for you to compare and decide, there are a couple of regions you can visit and your choice would depend, on your interest, budget and availability of time. Our favorite region for an Amazon tour is the amazing and diverse Yasuni National park located in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest, many lodges and trips visit this area which is heaven for all nature and wildlife lovers, don’t forget to ask about your tour options for visiting the Yasuni Park when you speak to your expert travel advisor.
- Understand the basics. The Amazon Rainforest is huge in terms of the land it covers, and you cannot cover everything, as many areas are actually not explored, and therefore, not open for tourists. A better idea is to start with an Amazon basin lodge trip, many of these lodges are located close to the main rivers of the different reserves, for instance when visiting the Yasuni National Park, you could choose one of the lodges located close to Rio Napo, another region which is also quite diverse is the Cuyabeno rainforest reserve, in this case, various lodges are located alongside the main Aguarico river, from these lodges, it is possible to explore the Amazon surroundings, always finding incredible creatures while surrounded by nature, some of the Amazon rainforest lodges, offer great chances for cultural encounters as well, you can also explore the local Kichwa culture, besides enjoying the local food and learning about their traditions and day-to-day lives.
- Pack well. You need comfortable clothes when you are venturing into the jungle. The dry season for the Amazon rainforest starts in May and lasts until September, still you can expect to have showers during this time.
Include all the important travel essentials, like a flashlight and mosquito repellants. Please talk to your doctor about preventive medication, because mosquitos and insects are quite persistent in this part of the world, however, all of the lodges located in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest are malaria free and no diseases have been reported in the last years.
- Don’t plan a small trip. By doing a 4 or a 5 day trip to the Amazon, you are guaranteed to have enough time to see lots of its unique wildlife and nature, of course, it also depends on the place and lodge of your choice to visit, however, it is important to consider than the first day is pretty much a travel day, normally from Quito to the Amazon by airplane and afterwards by motorized canoe down the river, same thing for your last day which is a travel day between the Amazon lodge and Quito if that is your final destination, still we feel that a 5 or 4 day trip would be sufficient to give you a trip of a lifetime to this amazing destination.
With the Amazon rainforest, it can be easy to feel puzzled about the many regions and options to visit, we recommend you checking with this company run by local and expert Amazon rainforest and Galapagos tour guides who have been to all the Amazon lodges in Ecuador and can give you and insight of the best places to visit, they offer the best Amazon rainforest tours, let them advice you and guide you in picking the perfect trip, whether you are an adventure travelers or a bird-watching type of person, they will know the best options for you.
- Consider the season. As mentioned earlier, the dry season is a great time to visit. The months between February and April are the months that receive the most rain, however, this is also an exciting time to visit as the rivers are high and abundant with many animals coming close to it and making it easy for you to get great views and photos of them, having guided tours at the Amazon rainforest during the two different seasons, our insider guides tell us there is no better or worse time to visit the Amazon rainforest, so, for your next time off, start planning a trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, a trip that will make you connect with nature and see in person that the world still offers incredible wonders!