River Cruises and Tours in the Amazon Rainforest

Ecuadorian Amazon


This is a journey into a planet’s heart. The Amazon Basin, home of the world’s largest body of freshwater –the vigorous Amazon River – represents about one-fifth of all running water on Earth. Its jungles power clouds across our skies, its trees are our damper against the effects of global warming.

How many conditions –climatic, geological, environmental, evolutionary –must coincide in order to make a single park become the most biodiverse corner of our planet? Scientists still don’t know how to answer this question… they are mostly trying to assess the overwhelming complexities of species variation within the fabulous Yasuní National Park.

The Napo River Basin is not only a place for biological endemism and a wealth of species, but also a center of cultural diversity. Aboard the Manatee we basically tread down the final leg of Francisco de Orellana’s infamous journey to discover the Amazon.

The Ecuadorian Amazon is home to seven ethnicities, some of which are mainly differentiated by the language that they speak. The Kichwa of the Amazon, for example, are actually a very segregated group –they live in communes throughout the area and don’t share common ground – but are united by the Kichwa language, and have organized accordingly as one people.

Identifying plants and trees in the rainforest is a job fit for generations upon generations of botanists. They have done an amazing job of classifying as many as 4,000 species of vascular plants,

During this trip you will be active, and for this reason we recommend that you travel as light as possible. Here we also give you some hints about all the things you'll need to bring for your trip.

The Napo and Aguarico basins are marked within the Ecuadorian Neotropical Zoogeography as one of Ecuador´s, and the world’s, most important biodiversity locations.