Incredible Wildlife Diversity at Yasuni National Park

One of my favorite places on Earth lies in the verdant northeastern corner of Ecuador; Yasuni National Park is home to the Napo Wildlife Center, one of our most popular rainforest lodges. More importantly, Yasuni is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, insects and plants, as well as traditional home to two of Ecuador’s main indigenous cultures, the Kichwa and Huaorani . It sits at the convergence of the Andes, the Equator and the Amazon rainforest, what National Geographic has called “an ecological bullseye.” The name Yasuni may ring a faint bell, as this was the spot that Ecuadorian President, Rafael Correa, offered up to the world conservation community to purchase, rather than turn it over to oil companies for exploitation. Unfortunately, the deal never materialized. Here, on this 3:23 minute video, is a look at what we all stand to lose if this amazing reserve is clear cut, paved and drilled.

If you want to see Yasuni for yourself, we can easily add it to any our our trips to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Four and five night stays are normal, but longer stays can be accommodated as well. It’s a quick 45 minute flight from the capital city of Quito, followed by a fascinating 2+ hour canoe trip to the lodge, during which you may be accompanied by a family of giant river otters having their lunch break. Comfortable accommodations, private baths with 24 hour hot water, delicious cuisine, and top notch naturalist guides will insure your enjoyment of the reserve and perhaps turn you into an advocate for the preservation of this precious treasure.

Many thanks to Diego Mosquera for sharing his film.

Keeping it wild,

Sherry Howland

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