Yasuni National Park in Ecuador

The Yasuni National Park is located right in the heart of Ecuador's Amazon Tropical Rain Forest

This reserve is located between the jungle provinces of Napo and Pastaza.

This National Park is the largest natural reserve of Ecuador, with an extension of 982,000 hectares (2'425.540 acres).

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Because of its unique and mega diverse ecosystem, UNESCO named the Yasuni National Park a Biosphere Reserve in 1989.

The weather on this part of the Amazon Rain Forest is warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from 18 to 36 degrees Celsius (64 to 96 °F). Large rivers run along the Reserve, such as the Yasuni, Cononaco, Tiputini and the tributaries of the Curaray River.

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Several lagoons and swamps within this reserve are home to species of animals with a high degree of endemism.

The Yasuni National Park houses more than 500 species of birds, 173 species of mammals, 62 species of snakes and more than 100 species of amphibians.

Some of the animals found in this Ecuador reserve are black caimans, giant river otters, manatees, harpy eagles.

There are also scarlet, red and green macaws, howler monkeys, boas, guantas, capibaras, pumas, jaguars, and many more.

The flora of the area is represented by fine wood trees such as cedar and laurel, the palm tree from where delicious hearts of palm come from.

There are also amazing balsa wood trees, the palm that produces the tagua or Vegetable Ivory and the chonta palm, one of the hardest woods on Earth, from which the natives make their blowguns.

Medicinal plants such as cats claw (Uncaria Tormentosa), a rain forest herb used to treat asthma, ulcers and cancer.

Sangre de Drago (Croton Lechleri) the red sap of a tree renowned for its ability of assist in skin regeneration and one of the strongest natural antioxidants are also found here.

It is easy to find mosses, ferns, orchids and bromeliads, lichens and fungus, in the shadow of the giant and beautiful trees that reach an impressive height of 30 meters (90 feet).

Ancient and primitive tribes such as the Huaoranis and Quichuas live within this Reserve, maintaining to this day, their traditional customs and ways of life.

All these natural and ethnographic characteristics make the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador a spectacular natural site to visit, explore and admire.

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Enjoy environmentally conscious programs with the safety and comfort of reliable operators and experienced naturalist guides.

Explore the Amazon Rain Forest by trekking beneath the gigantic Amazon Basin trees; along boardwalks crossing swamps and going up the observation towers for a close look at the forest's canopy.

Board native dugout canoes up rivers and streams and enjoy early morning outings for bird and wildlife watching. You will be amazed as the ocean of green comes alive at every step. See our Recommended Amazon Jungle Tours here

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