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Tena, Ecuador
A highlight while staying in the Ecuadorian Amazon was our visit to a private wildlife preserve that also houses an animal rescue center named, appropriately, amaZOOnico. We were lucky enough to get a private tour and learn about their mission to...
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Salinas, Ecuador
Sailing around the Pacific coastal town of Salinas, the westernmost city on mainland Ecuador, we came across blue-footed boobies. The name booby comes from the Spanish word "bobo" (which means "silly" or "idiot") because they are known to be...
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Quito, Ecuador
Looking for a unique travel experience? Get up-close and personal with the tropical plants and exotic animals of the Amazon Rainforest as you explore it by foot, motorized canoe, and plane with native guides. But that's not all! Discover the...
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Calacalí, Ecuador
Book a suite at Mashpi Lodge and you can spot howler monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and hundreds of bird species from your Philippe Starck bathtub-with-a-view. Opened in April 2012 on the 3,000-acre Mashpi Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge has...
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Avenida los Colibris, Barrio el Progreso, Mindo, Pichincha, Ecuador
To access the stunning Napo Wildlife Center, located in Yasuni National Park, we traveled via canoe through the Amazon rainforest. This was my first of many monkey sightings and he was the perfect model to pose so nicely for me. The center is part...
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The contrast of the vast striking landscape of Laguna de Cuicocha and its surrounding farm-dotted mountains, with the delicate yet vibrant flora and fauna, is proof of nature's magic. In March, when I hiked the 8.4-mile trail that circles the rim...
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Keep your eye out for a poison frog in the Ecuadorian Amazon. While on the Sacha Lodge property, along the Rio Napo, I spotted one while spending four hours scanning the leaves along the trails. These frogs are small, just the size of a dime, and...
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Iguanas may be emblematic of the famous Galápagos, but here in Guayaquil these scaly reptiles have found a home of their own. The Seminario or Parque de las Iguanas (iguana park) crawls with hundreds of these 2-foot-long beasts, slinking along the...