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Wildlife of the Amazon

Explore the techicolour plant and animal life of Ecuador’s rainforest expanse

Ecuador’s portion of the Amazon covers nearly half of the country’s landmass and within it, a wealth of animal species live in the verdant, tropical foliage. Within the record setting concentration of plant life, some 600 species of birds live alongside spectacular mammals and amphibians. Monkeys rush through the canopy to escape the jaws of discerning jaguar that stake out prey nearer the forest floor; sloths crawl upside down along branches, finding fruit at their own pace.

To maximise your wildlife watching in the Amazon, we’ll take you exploring by day and night: many of the species are nocturnal; others are best sighted early in the morning, whilst most of the world is sleeping. The walking trails will bring you up close with the Amazon’s plant life, and in many of the national parks and reserves, rangers have set up salt and clay licks along the paths to encourage a riot of colourful, raucous birds to congregate.
 
The rainforest observation towers will lift you to the height of the forest canopy, creating an eye to eye experience with captivating capuchin and squirrel monkeys.

For river species, nothing beats a boat ride or paddle by canoe. You’ll certainly see caiman and plenty of birds; freshwater dolphin are likely, too.