Home to the largest rainforest on earth, the headwaters or the Amazon originate high in the Andes. We've singled out three compelling reasons why it's worth the effort to include a visit to the Amazon on your next trip to Ecuador or Peru.
1. The River
As the world's largest river basin, it is the source of one-fifth of all free-flowing fresh water on earth. The headwaters span the borders of eight countries, including both Peru and Ecuador. Starting in the Andean highlands of Ecuador, the Rio Napo flows gently southeast across the border into Peru where it joins the Rio Amazonas.
Further south, the Rio de los Madres flows from the Peruvian Andes into Bolivia and eventually into Brazil, where it joins the main body of the Amazonas.
2. The Wildlife
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Amazon Rainforest constitutes the largest collection of living plants and animals in the world. Squirrel and Howler monkeys share the dense forest canopy with exotic Macaws, Green Parrots and Toucans while butterflies, exotic spiders and colorful tree frogs inhabit the world beneath. In the river itself, giant otters cavort and pink dolphins play under the watchful gaze of cayman searching for their next meal.
3. The Culture
More than 350 different indigenous groups call the Amazon home. Ways of life that pre-date the arrival of western civilization have changed very little for some.
Discover the Kichwa Añangu community of Ecuador and their native use of medicinal plants, the cuisine of the jungle and traditional song and dance.
Visiting the Amazon
- Enjoy the comfort of lodge-based accommodations at Napo Lodge in Ecuador or Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica in Southeastern Peru
- Indulge your senses aboard the spectacularly luxurious Delfin river boats in Northeastern Peru's Pacaya Samiria National Reserve.
- Staying at the remote and rustic Tambopata Research Center, deep within Southeastern Peru
Make it happen
- Combine the Ecuadorian Amazon with our signature Galápagos cruise in an ultimate 17 day Galapagos & Amazon wildlife adventure
- Book a journey on the Delfin or stay in Tambopata reserve as part of a Custom Peru itinerary.
- Give us a call at +1 (510) 420-1550 or email us and discuss your options with our knowledgeable staff.