The Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is one of the most bio diverse places on earth! In this post, you’ll learn 10 facts about the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Before we look at some facts about the Amazon in Ecuador, let’s watch a video filmed in Yasuni National Park. Yasuni is said to be the most diverse ecosystem in the world.
Video of Yasuni National Park in Ecuador
Now lets learn more about the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.
About the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador
The Amazon Rainforest stretches across 9 countries, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana (Overseas France), Peru, and Suriname.
It takes up only seven percent of the earths land mass, yet half the earth’s plant species are found in the Amazon Rainforest. Because of that birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects thrive here.
The following facts focus on the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.
Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador: 10 Intriguing Facts
1) There is an incredible number of tree species in the Ecuador Amazon
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.
There are more species of trees and bushes in one hectare here than in all of North America!
2) The Amazon makes up the largest region in Ecuador
There are four regions 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, shown in green on the following map. It includes six Ecuadorian provinces: Morona Santigao, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios, and Zamora Chinchipe.
Image Credit – Peter Fitzgerald
3) The number animal species found in Ecuador’s Amazon is outstanding
The Amazon in Ecuador is teaming with animal species. In Yasuni 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.
Insects also love the amazon. Over 70,000 species of insects can be found in one acre of rainforest.
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
4) The Ecuadorian Amazon is a birdwatchers paradise
With over 587 species of birds, the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador is a birders paradise. Bird-watching 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.
The following video highlights some of the bird species in the Ecuador Amazon.
Birds of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador Video
Learn more about hummingbirds in Ecuador.
5) There are 4 National Parks in Ecuador’s Amazon Jungle
There are 4 national parks in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador:
- Sumaco Napo-Galeras
Yasuni National Park and Biosphere Reserve is said to be the most bio diverse place on earth. It’s Ecuador’s largest National Park and is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
There are other areas such as Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve 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
6) There are 7 cities in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador
The seven cities include:
- Lago Agrio
The population in the Ecuadorian Amazon 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. Some of them welcome tourists which is wonderful for family cultural experiences in Ecuador.
8) The climate is the same year round
The climate in the Ecuador Amazon is pretty much the same year round, warm and rainy.
The temperature averages around 28°C (82°F) in the daytime, and drops to around 22°C (71°F) at night. February to May sees the highest rainfall while July through August are the drier months.
The Amazon usually receives around 2000 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 officially discovered by a Spanish explorer and conquistador named Francisco de Orellana. He discovered the river in 1542 and initially named it Rio de Orellana.
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.
Efforts are underway to protect this area.
Will You Visit the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador?
The Amazon is an exciting place to visit. Are you planning a trip? Have you already visited the Amazon? Please share your thoughts by commenting on this post.