The astonishingly comfortable Anakonda riverboat is without doubt one of the most luxurious and stylish ways of exploring the rich delights of the Ecuadorian Amazon. If you haven’t previously thought of taking an Amazon cruise, simply picture yourself floating down the river, gin and tonic in hand, as the majesty of the rainforest slips gently by.
A stay at Napo Wildlife Center takes you to the heart of the northern Ecuadorian Amazon as this award winning, luxurious eco-lodge, is the only one to be found inside the world famous Yasuní National Park — the largest protected area in Ecuador and a Unesco international biosphere reserve.
The adventure begins with the journey, which has something of a ‘Boys own Paper’ feel about it: first, a short plane ride over the Andes to the jungle city of Coca. After this, a two-hour journey by motorised canoe down the Rio Napo, the largest tributary to the mighty Amazon itself, followed by a walk through the forest on an elevated boardwalk and then a fifteen-minute paddle along a black-water lagoon by dugout canoe, which will finally bring intrepid visitors to Sacha Lodge.
This luxuriously sleek and stylish lodge in the high Amazon region near Puerto Misahuallí is an excellent jungle option for those wanting to get a feel for the forest without having to travel too deep.
The award-winning Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve is found in one of the most remote and well-protected environments in the world: the western Amazon basin. Two million acres of pristine rainforest, as yet untouched by logging, mining or oil extraction, forms the traditional territory of the Achuar Nation, one of Ecuador’s oldest indigenous groups.
One of the first lodges to open in the Ecuadorian Amazon and in operation for over twenty-five years, the award winning La Selva Ecolodge has recently undergone an extensive renovation and remodelling with the result that it is now one of the most luxurious lodges in the area.
Situated between the Cuyabeño Wildlife Reserve and the world-famous Yasuní National Park, the largest protected area in Ecuador, is the Kichwa community of Sani Isla. For many years, the members of this community have been dedicated to the protection, and conservation of the pristine rainforest that is their home, aided by numerous sustainable economic and community projects, the most important of which is Sani Lodge.