Imagine taking a nap and waking up to soft drums and native chants. Imagine sitting up from your bed and looking out and seeing a misty river holding thousands of years of rich history. Imagine smelling the cleanest and freshest air you have ever breathed while a soft rain engulfs the thousands of trees around you. Welcome to the Amazon.
Why would you want to plan a trip that would take you thousands of miles into the most remote and protected parts of the Amazon?
The Yasuni National Park in Ecuador is almost 4,000 square miles of the most pristine rainforest the Amazon has to offer. Within this expanse is the ultimate eco-hotel, the Napo Wildlife Center, which may be home to the most epic adventure you’ll ever experience.
The big bonus is that your tourist dollars will help support protect the region from unsustainable and destructive human activities.
The Yasuni National Park is home to some of the most bio-diverse ecosystems known to man. It’s wildlife is truly unique.
Being so biologically diverse, it’s home to countless animal species, such as the jaguar and harper eagle, as well as: “20 globally threatened mammal species, including the white-bellied spider monkey and the rare golden-mantled tamarin,” according to the park website.
More of a tree person?
In 2.5 square miles, this reserve has more species of trees than all of the U.S and Canada combined!
Wait, what about the details? Don’t worry the eco-lodge has you covered. They pick you up right from Ecuador’s main airport and shuttle you (via private jet) to the the town of Coca along the Napo River. Once there you take the river the rest of the way.
After your scenic river ride you arrive in Yasuni National Park. This is only the start of the epic journey. You are now deep in rainforest. The trees clear and reveal a stunning oasis in the middle of the jungle. You have now reached the Napo Ecolodge.
Maybe the important question when thinking about taking this trip isn’t why would you, but rather why wouldn’t you?