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Ecuador's Weirdest Wildlife

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On Ecuador's mainland, wildlife abounds in the rivers, jungles, and mountains. Head into the Amazon rain forest in search of the world's smallest monkeys, tiny poisonous frogs, or clay-licking parrots. Even the cities hold strange wonders: Guayaquil houses an iguana-infested park, while the nearby mangrove island of Santay hides lurking crocodiles.
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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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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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Quito, 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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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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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...