"Leave no leaf unturned: Ecuador's Jungle" Provincia de Napo by richiecdisc

Provincia de Napo Travel Guide: 169 reviews and 784 photos

When most people think of the jungle their thoughts run to the Amazon and though a few countries can claim having a portion of the massive river within their boundaries Brazil is most popularly seen as the access point for such visits. Few realize just how big Brazil is and accordingly how far the river is from any of its International airports making visits time consuming and expensive. Tributaries of the Amazon while perhaps not as romantic offer the intrepid traveler a chance to experience the jungle a bit closer to civilization and thus reduce some of its inherent cost and travel time. One such area is that surrounding the Napo River in Ecuador. This small South American country is terrain dense and the relative close proximity of a a few massive volcanoes in such close proximity to a lush jungle is just one of its alluring signatures. That you can fly into capital Quito and be in either the high Andes or floating down a tributary of the Amazon in a few hours time is part of Ecuador's great appeal.

The Napo River, much like the Amazon is a “jungle highway” and to truly experience the jungle as most envision it, one must get onto one of the smaller streams that meander from it. It's only then that the world you came from finally fades away and more than the profuse and diverse wildlife you'll undoubtedly encounter, it's this very separation from civilization that you will cherish most.

The stream we chose was the Challuayacu which led to Lake Challuacocha where the Isla Sani contingent of the great Kichwa community has created a little paradise known as Sani Lodge. It was a choice we were glad we made. If you're in the mood for the jungle, perhaps you should too.

  • Last visit to Provincia de Napo: Oct 2007
  • Intro Written Apr 10, 2008
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    Mar 11, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    I will go back to Ecuador this year and this time I want to visit the Amazonas. Camping at Sani Lodge sounds great, except for all the mosquitos and bugs of course. What a beautiful and tranquil place it sounds to be.

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    Jun 4, 2008 at 1:57 AM

    Fantastic adventure and descriptions, it was pleasure to read and it was exactly as I could also imagine it, you needed the patient but the mosquitoes keep you moving ;-) PS. If I could only hear the birds/jungle sounds here.

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    May 6, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    glad you had a little luxury guided expedition. Love the reflections of course but pics of the children are enchanting

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    Richie, that's the way to enjoy the jungle! I loved this excellent page with its beaut photos. Great job with the blowgun too! I chuckled at your joy as the two of you canoed beneath the jungle canopy - reminded me of Sue & I at Crooked Tree in Belize.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2008 at 4:54 AM

    Looks like a fantastic trip! I love the beautiful sunset photos and the description of your visit to the guide's home in particular

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2008 at 4:11 AM

    This looks like the perfect trip for us. I will bookmark your page for when we will visit Ecuador. Thanks for sharing.

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