Amazing Amazonian adventures

Amazing Amazonian adventures

Everyone has to visit the Amazon at least once in their lifetime, and Ecuador offers the perfect introduction to this natural marvel.

One of the most biodiverse regions in the world, the Amazon plays host to around 4,000 species of trees and vines, 600 birds and 200 mammals – not to mention the mightiest river on Earth!

There are plenty of ways to experience the full glory of the Amazon Rainforest alongside the vibrant flora and fauna that call it home, but to help you navigate its sheer splendour and glory we present you with this list, courtesy of Ecuador Travel.

1. White-water raft.

Rafting is the most popular adventure sport in Ecuador’s Amazon, with rivers of different levels of difficulty and accessibility available.

2. Kayak.

Ecuador is the third best destination in the world for rafting and kayaking, with the rivers flowing down from the Andes mountain range, providing excellent paddling.

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3. Hike.

Explore the extensive and diverse Ecuadorian Amazon by foot with the help of a local guide.

4. Birdwatch.

With more than 600 species of bird, including macaws, toucans and tanagers, the Amazon provides an ideal location to birdwatch.

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5. Cruise the Amazon River.

A number of itineraries are available which allow visitors to closely observe the flora and fauna of the jungle visit indigenous communities. River cruises provide comfortable floating accommodation while ensuring little environmental impact.

6. Try maito.

A traditional Amazon delicacy, maito is served wrapped in a yaquipanga or banana leaf, the tambaqui fish (which lives in the rivers of the Amazon) and is cooked using charcoal, with a mixture of onion, salted tomato and coriander used as seasoning.

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7. Meet local jungle communities.

Take part in cultural ceremonies and find out a little about the people who call the Amazon home.

8. Put warrior makeup on.

Visitors can be painted with vegetable pigments as part of ritual welcoming ceremonies.

Amazon villagers

9. Swim in a waterfall.

Guests can visit the Latas Waterfall, where they climb up a river gorge, ending at a pool and waterfall, where they can swim.

10. Stay in an eco lodge.

The Ecuadorian Amazon is home to a number of luxury, environmentally-friendly lodges, providing the ideal base from which to enjoy all the rainforest has to offer.

Travel trade site: www.trade.allyouneedisecuador.travel

Feature Image: Marcio Ramalho/Flickr

Story Images: ecuador.travel; Eco nature guide/WikiMedia Commons

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