Exploring the Amazon Rainforests will always be an unforgettable experience; no matter how many times you go, each occasion will be different and unique.
The Ecuadorian Amazon region is a land of superlatives; everything is big, fantastic in biodiversity, size and distances. Huge amounts of water and sediments descend from the Andes to nurture these lands –-300 to 400 mm (11.8 to 15.7 inches) of water are distributed in the forests during the course of the year, year-round temperatures average 25°C (77°F); there are immense trees of up to 46 meters (150 feet), and about 100 species of trees per acre, with only 40% of them having been classified. Its main rivers, tributaries, lakes and swamps are home to over 600 species of fish and 250 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Here we also find endemic species like the black caiman and the special and unique pink dolphins –thought to be mythical creatures of other eras by the natives. There are mammals, which we have only seen in pictures, like armadillos, monkeys, capybaras, dantas, ocelots, jaguars, manatees, caimans, piranhas, boas and serpents; and let’s not forget the birds… most abundant and diverse in the Ecuadorian jungles.
Only about 7% of the planet is covered by tropical rainforest, and yet, 50% of the biodiversity of the planet is found here! Ecuador’s System of Protected Areas and National Parks covers almost the whole eastern side of the country, which can be reached via a 30-minute flight from Ecuador’s largest cities. But this biological richness is not only natural but also cultural, as this is the habitat of ancient indigenous peoples who have lived for millennia in the tropical rainforest; some still have no contact with the civilized world. They have resisted the harshness of the weather and climatic conditions and the conquests and refuse to be infiltrated by the pressures and advances of the modern world.
Sustainable tourism is an excellent alternative to avoid the exploitation of resources of this very special environment, and in fact constitutes an important source of income for the native communities that participate in the different tour projects in the area, with whom Metropolitan Touring works to offer environmentally friendly operations. Each person that visits the Amazon Rainforest contributes to the preservation of the forest and the cultural heritage. You are welcome to continue coming and witness this world within the other world.