While Ecuador holds a small slice of the Amazon Basin, it has incredibly rich wildlife. Whether you head to the country’s wildlife reserves, or to the unprotected but still wild jungles, staying in an eco-lodge only adds to the experience. Here’s our pick of the best.
Located on the border of the Yasuni National Park, Sacha Lodge has built towers and connecting canopy walks so that visitors can see the jungles from a unique perspective. This is one of the few lodges that tailors programs to the visitor, allowing you to chose among a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities, outdoor adventure, and community visits.
Providencia, Quito, Ecuador, +593 2 256 6090
Winner of the 2018 Condé Nast Johansens Award for Best Green Practices and Sustainability, the Napo Wildlife Center offers sustainable tourism in the pristine jungles of the Yasuni National Park. They offer wildlife tours, cultural tours, or combination of the two on four- and five-day package tours.
Yasuni National Park, Ecuador, +593 2 600 5819
While the Kapawi Eco-Lodge operates outside of the national parks, it is located in primary jungle belonging to the native Achuar, an indigenous tribe with roots in both Peru and Ecuador. Trips to Kapawi include visits to the local community, kayaking local rivers, and hiking jungle trails.