You probably have heard about the Amazon Rainforest before, but, how much do you really know about it?
In this article we present you some general facts about the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.
- The Amazonia is the largest rainforest in Earth. It encompasses over 5500,000,000 square kilometers. It is located in Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname. Half of it is located in Brazil but the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is well known for being one of the greatest biodiverse places on Earth.
- The Yasuni National Park is an area that covers 9,800 square kilometers of prime rain forest habitat in eastern Ecuador. It was declared a National Reserve by UNESCO in 1989.
- The Ecuador Rainforest is the home to more than 500 bird species, 62 species of snakes, more than 100 species of mammals, 100 species of amphibians and a great variety of fresh water fish. In a single hectare you can find more insect species than in all of the US and Canada.
- Apart from of being such a biodiverse site, the Amazon is rich for its culture. Indigenous tribes such as the Waorani, Suar and the Kichwa live in this sacred piece of land. The Kichwa Añangu community is famous for having built and design great touristic projects as the Napo Wildlife Center and the Napo Cultural Center, two fantastic places you can visit if you want to join a real adventure in the Amazon.
- Climate in the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest is considered as warm-humid with temperatures between 24° and 28° and high humidity values. These weather characteristics favor the development of a huge variety of plants and animals.
- More than 500 bird species has been registered in the Yasuni National Park. This is about the 40% of bird species of the entire Amazon Basin. For this, the Ecuadorian part of the Amazon is a must to visit place for amateurs and professional birdwatchers or ornithologists.
- Recently, camera traps were strategically placed in the Yasuni National Park as a part of a project which aimed to record the wide variety of wildlife living in this area of the Amazon. Some of the species caught by the camera were: jaguars, giant armadillos, pumas, tapirs, giant anteaters, red broket deers, ocelots, lowland pacas, bicolored porcupines, two-toed sloths, crab-eating raccoons, etc.
- Some of the most important bodies of water in the Ecuadorian Amazon area are: Napo, Indillama, Tiputini Shypati, The Añangu Lagoon, etc. The Napo river is especially important to Ecuador as it is the country’s major Amazon River tributary.
- There is a large reserve of oil wood in this part of the Amazonia, for this there is a great risk of exploitation of these resources. About this the community has agreed to preserve the jungle avoiding logging and hunting. And, on the other hand, having the support and financial help of some International organizations, the Ecuadorian government has prohibited any type of exploitations of these lands.
AND… if you want to know more about the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador you better discover it yourself. We recommend you booking your place at one of the greatest lodges in the jungle, the Napo Cultural Center. Live an extreme adventure with the Añangu local community and the amazing wildlife of this sacred land place!