Amazon Rainforest, Ecuador

The world's richest and most varied biological reservoir, containing several million species of insects, plants, birds, and other forms of life, many still unrecorded by science. The luxuriant vegetation and wide variety of trees include many species of myrtle, laurel, palm, and acacia, as well as rosewood, Brazil nut, and rubber tree. Excellent timber is furnished by the mahogany and the Amazonian cedar. The Amazon rainforest is home to a bewildering array of wildlife, including macaws, toucans, tyrant flycatchers, capybaras, tapir, sloths, manatees, red deer, squirrel monkeys, red howler monkeys, jaguars, caimans, anacondas, tarantulas, leaf-cutter ants, scarlet ibis, and black skimmers.    [- Encyclopedia Britannica, 2004]

El Oriente is the term used by Ecuadorians for all of the Amazon Basin lowlands east of the Andes. Although the Amazon River itself does not flow through Ecuador, every one of Ecuador's rivers east of the Andes runs into the Amazon, and hence, all of the Oriente is part of the upper Amazon Basin. This area is all rainforest [now steadily depleting], merging into cloud forest in the eastern Andean foothills.    [- From Lonely Planet Ecuador, 2001]

Rio Napo


Beaming traveler

Rio Napo



River bank

Rest stop on jungle hike




Trumpet bird

Termite nest

Primordial forest


Vista point

Cooling off

Rafting down

Liana Lodge bus stop

Returning west to Tena


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