The continental Ecuador has an approximate area of 248.406,5 km², of which 47% (116.604,06 km²) corresponds to the Amazon (rain forest), which is almost half of the country. The Amazon region, characterized by its tropical forest, has an incredible biological diversity, making Ecuador one of the most diverse countries in the world. It is home to over 1600 species of birds, 415 of amphibians and 3500+ of orchids, representing 17%, 10% and 18% – respectively – of the world total. The Amazon is a unique ecosystem in the world, and scarcely populated: only a small percentage (5%) of the national population lives in the forests and the majority of these people are part of indigenous groups. In fact, in the Ecuadorian jungle live 10 of the 14 indigenous groups of Ecuador: Achuar, Andoa, Cofán, Kichwa, Secoya, Shiwiar, Shuar, Siona, Waorani and Zápara.
Here are some links of reliable jungle operators and jungle lodges we have linked our trips with: