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10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

The Bromeliad Tree Frog of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. Genus: Osteocephalus. Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador or “Oriente” is one of the most biodiverse places on the surface of our Planet! On this post, you will learn 10 amazing facts about the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.

Animals in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Ocelot in the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador.

The Ocelot is a medium sized cat that wanders in the trails deep in the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador.

Before we sink at some facts of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador, let’s watch a video filmed in Yasuni Biosphere Reserve ( National Park & Waorani Reserve ). The Yasuni is said to be where Life exploded into millions of forms and shapes it is one of the most diverse ecosystem in the world.


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Now, lets learn more about the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.

About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador represents only 2% of the Amazon Basin which is stretches across 9 countries, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana (Overseas France), Peru, and Suriname.

The Amazon Rainforest takes up only seven percent of the planet’s land mass, yet half the earth’s plant species are found in the Amazon Rainforest. A high net productivity is experienced on birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects, Life flourish in every corner here.

The following facts focus on the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.

Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador: 10 Amazing Facts

1) There is an incredible number of tree species in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador,
Just 62 acres (1/4 of a square kilometer) of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador supports over 1,100 species of trees. That makes it among the highest of any region in the world.

10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

The Amazon Rainforest Tree Canopy

Amazon  Nature Trips in Ecuador
There are more species of trees and bushes in one hectare here than in all of North America!

2) The Amazon Rainforest is the largest region in Ecuador.
There are several Bioregions on mainland Ecuador, the Costa (Coastal lowlands), the Sierra (Andean highlands), and the Oriente (the Amazon).

The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador covers the eastern portion of the country. It includes six Ecuadorian provinces:  Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, Morona Santiago, and Zamora-Chinchipe.

Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador Map

10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Map of Ecuador, Amazon Rainforest shown in green

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3) The number of animal species found in Ecuador’s Amazon is outstanding.
The Amazon in Ecuador is boasting with animal species with no rivals. In Yasuni Biosphere Reserve alone there are 150 amphibian species (more than the U.S. and Canada combined), 121 species of reptiles, over 200 species of mammals, over 596 of birds, and 382 species of fish.

10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Rhinella Crested Toad, blend perfectly in the soil background of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.

Animals in the Ecuador Amazon

Insects also love the amazon. Over 70,000 species of insects can be found in one acre of rainforest.

10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Rhetus butterflies are usually found singly or in very low numbers, in the vicinity of streams or rivers.

In the following video, you’ll see some of the animals who call the amazon home. This video was filmed in Yasuni National Park.

Animals of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador Video
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4) The Ecuadorian Amazon is a bird watcher’s paradise<span
With over 587 species of birds, the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is a birders paradise. Birdwatching trips are a huge draw for visitors to this area. With a knowledgeable guide, you could see around 250 to 300 species during your trip.

Birdwatching in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Tourism in the Yasuni National Park

The following video highlights some of the bird species in the Ecuador Amazon.

Birds of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador Video

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5) There are 4 National Parks in Ecuador’s Amazon Jungle
There are 5 National Parks  in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador to promote the Conservation of Nature:

  • Yasuni
  • Cayambe-Coca
  • Llanganates
  • Sumaco Napo-Galeras
  • Río Negro-Sopladora

Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve is said to be the most biodiverse place on earth. It’s Ecuador’s largest National Park and is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

Frogs in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Bromeliad Tree Frog are active during the night, it moves in canopy and occasionally comes down to check what to eat.

There are other areas such as Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Limoncocha, which provide safe areas for wildlife. These areas help protect the amazon and are wonderful places to visit.
The following video was filmed in Yasuni National Park and highlights 28 amazing mammal species in this area.

Mammals in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador

10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

In lowland Ecuador, where they have not been hunted, they are the most abundant primate in terms of biomass and numbers of individuals. In 1997 was recorded a density of more than 31 individuals/km² in the Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.

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6) There are 7 major cities within the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador
The seven cities include:

  • Coca
  • Lago Agrio
  • Tena
  • Puyo
  • Macas
  • Zamora
10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

The last bridge before you reach to Atlantic Ocean, over 3,500 kilometers away. El Coca. Orellana. Ecuador

The population in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest is over 739,000, including the cities and six provinces found within the rainforest. There are still large areas in the Amazon Jungle in Ecuador that are uninhabited.

7) There are 9 indigenous cultures in the Amazon
There are 9 indigenous nationalities in the Ecuadorian Amazon: Kichwas, Shuar, Achuar, Shiwiar, Cofán, Siona, Secoya, Zápara, Andoa and Waorani . Some of them welcome tourists which is wonderful for family cultural experiences in Ecuador.

Visiting the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Amazon Birding in Ecuador


Two tribes (the Tagaeri and Taromenane) who live within the Yasuni National Park choose to live in isolation.

8) The climate is the same year round
The climate in the Ecuador Amazon is pretty much the same year round, warm and rainy.

Animals in the Ecuadorian Amazon

10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Yellow-billed Jacamar sits and waits for food to fly by, most of the times can be seen at eye level.


The temperature averages around 28°C (82°F) in the daytime, and drops to around 17°C (62°F) at night. From February to May it experience the highest rainfall while July through August are the drier months.

The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador usually receives around 3500 mm of rain every year, so even during the drier months heavy rainfall can happen at any time.

9) The Amazon River was discovered in Ecuador
The Amazon River was discovered by an Spanish expedition started in Quito in 1541 by explorer and conquistador named Francisco de Orellana. He discovered the river in 1542 and initially named it Rio de Orellana.

10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

Francisco de Orellana discover the Amazon River by accident while searching for El Dorado..

Travel to the Amazon in Ecuador

As he explored he battled with a tribe of Tapuyas. The women of that tribe fought alongside the men. He later named the river after Amazons – a tribe of women warriors in Greek mythology.

10) The Amazon in Ecuador is threatened. There is a lot of oil (around 800 million barrels) under the Ecuadorian Rainforest. Extracting it puts the Amazon at risk, including the plants, animals, and way of life for the people that live there. Deforestation and illegal logging also threaten the area.

Amazon Jungle in Ecuador

Efforts are underway to protect the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.

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10 Amazing Facts About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador

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