Exploring the River

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It is surprising that many people  do not realize Ecuador is part of the Amazon Basin.  After all, the Amazon was discoveredby the Spanish Explorer Francisco Orellana, when he departed Quito in 1541. We are on the Napo River one of the Amazons tributaries.

At 885 kilometers long, flowing eastward through three countries, the Napo River winds through one of the most ecologically diverse regions of the world, to which thousands of tourists are drawn each year.

Before it leaves Ecuador, this Amazon River tributary passes through two biosphere reserves Sumaco and Yasuni ,where more species of plant and trees can be found in a couple of hectares than in all of North America.

We are treated to our first wildlife as we go to breafast. Leaf cutter ants have found a tree to their taste and are carrying it away piece by piece along the pathway.

We head out onto the river and enjoy the views and a couple of stops to explore the forest and have the flora and fauna explained to us.

Over 565 species of birds have been recorded here, and the area is also home to 11 species of monkeys including Monk Saki and Spider, Howler and Woolly monkeys plus Saddle-backed and Golden-mantled tamarins as well as Jaguars, Pumas and Tapirs.

They of course are not easy to view so we make do with some smaller species including the giant snail and a species of bat.

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photo by: Paulovic