We’re back after spending 8 days in the jungle and the cloud forest, both of which were really fantastic.
The jungle is Amazonian rainforest, full of all the things you expect the jungle to hold, from crazy plants, to weird large insects, and lots of wild animals. We spent most of our time there on motorized canoes going up or down the river to do hiking, see wildlife, or visit local indigenous villages. We stayed at Cotococha Lodge on the Rio Napo, a tributary of the Amazon river, in a thatched bungalow right by the water.
The Cloud Forest is also rainforest, but it is at a high altitude, and contains a completely different range of flora and fauna. Here we stayed at Bellavista Lodge, high up in the Andes, in rooms that could best be described as up in the trees. Wildlife was mostly of the avian variety and we spent a large portion of our hikes learning about the local ecology and watching for birds. Bellavista is also a hummingbird sanctuary and we spent many many hours sitting and watching/photographing a few of the more than 100 species of hummingbirds found in Ecuador.
More stories and photos from both these trips coming later this week. But for now, here’s a few teaser photos from our trips.
A few photos from our time in the Jungle.
And a few photos from our time in the Cloud Forest.
Back tomorrow with a full recap of our trip into the Jungle. Have a great rest of your Monday!