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Amazon Rainforest Travel Guide – Tips, Lodges, Weather & Activities


Traveling to the Amazon rainforest is an Ecuador jungle vacation that inspires. The natural surroundings of places like Sacha Lodge, Sani Lodge, and Napo Wildlife Center completely overwhelms the senses. Finding your way along small river ways teaming with wildlife is an exotic adventure that takes one off guard.

For those that want to experience a place where the people, the wildlife, and the environment all have a part in the day to day life where the modern world takes a step back, here is a short guide to use as a reference for what to expect.

Rainforest trips to the jungle are made for adventure. From the moment you get off the plane to the day that you return to the airport, you are stepping into a territory that defies definition.

The Basics

There are three gateways to the jungle in Ecuador-Coca, Tena, and Cuyabeno-each offering a different experience and all giving you a rainforest trip that puts you front row to a natural performance that takes the breath away.

Most choose to fly to Coca and Cuyabeno while getting to Tena is easiest done by private transport. All are short trips-Ecuador’s size makes it easy to get from one destination to another.

For all three destinations, once you arrive at the main transport hub, you will be traveling by a combination of motorized and paddle canoe for the duration of your trip unless you to take one of the rainforest tours by cruise boat.

While there are different lodges in each region of the Amazon, many share common stops on their day trips. Parrot licks, lagoons, and observation towers find you with other intrepid travelers staying at nearby accommodations.

The Weather

Like the Galapagos Islands, the jungle has a wet and a dry season. Also like the islands, where the wildlife depends on the weather.

March, April, May, and June have the most rain in the Ecuador Amazon Basin. July through December is considered the dry season. In contrast with other regions of the country, the difference between the two is the amount of rain each day, not the fact that it has stopped completely. If you consider that it rains on average 200 days a year, you should have an idea of what to expect.

The heat and humidity is another thing to keep in mind. It can get hot-over a 100 degrees F in the dry season, but on average year round it is about 77 F.