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wildlife & nature • 7 days, 6 nights

Wildlife of the Ecuadorian Amazon

wildlife & nature • 7 days, 6 nights

Wildlife of the Ecuadorian Amazon

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  • Group Size 16 People Maximum
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  • Travel Style
    Outdoor Expedition
from $5,685 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Ecuador is home to some of the world’s wildest corners. Join us as we navigate this tropical paradise alongside wildlife biologists and award-winning photographers. By day, we’ll explore areas like the stunning Yasuni National Park. It’s home to one out of every three Amazonian reptile and bird species—and almost as many amphibians, fish, and mammals. At night, we’ll get some rest and relaxation at ultra-luxe ecolodges within the park. This is a rare opportunity to go way, way off the grid with the comforts of luxury lodging. On this trip, you’ll visit a local indigenous community and learn what life is like as a tropical biologist. Along the way, you’ll gain a meaningful understanding of the realities of conservation.

  • Birds, butterflies, monkeys, and more
  • Night hikes with local experts
  • Luxurious ecolodges within Yasuni National Park


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leaders

Jason Goldman
Dr. Jason G. Goldman is an award-winning science journalist and expedition leader based in Los Angeles. He’s collared foxes on California’s Channel Islands, been sneezed on by iguanas in the Galápagos, tracked lions in South Africa, rode a yak across Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains, and searched for rare lizards in the cloud forests of Ecuador. He's written for Scientific American, The New York Times, National Geographic, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Magazine, Teen Vogue, and elsewhere, and is co-author of Wild L.A.: Explore the Amazing Nature In and Around Los Angeles. He’s been leading wildlife trips with Atlas Obscura since 2017.
Phil Torres
Phil Torres has been bitten by an anaconda, tackled a tiger shark, and gotten lost in a forest full of quicksand… all in the name of science. As a researcher and science communicator, he spent two years living in the Amazon and has worked in Mongolia, Venezuela, Sweden, the Bahamas, the Arctic, and the bottom of the ocean. He is the creator and host of The Jungle Diaries and has hosted more than 70 episodes of TechKnow on Al Jazeera. He also hosts Ready, Set, Pet on The CW network and Big Metal Bird for United Airlines. Phil has made several significant discoveries as a field biologist in South America, including the decoy spider, a thieving butterfly, and silkhenge; this research and wildlife photography has been featured by National Geographic, Wired, and the BBC. He’s been leading wildlife trips with Atlas Obscura since 2017.

Additional Info


The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you: 

Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $975. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance. The capacity for private rooms is limited and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

Activity Level

Be prepared to walk three to five miles over the course of each day through thick, muddy jungle terrain. Keep in mind this will be much more taxing than five miles of flat pavement. Please contact us directly if you have further questions about the health and fitness level required for this trip.

Arrival & Departure

You should aim to arrive in Ecuador by 4 p.m. on Day 1, and depart after 8 p.m. on Day 7. If you decide to extend your stay, your guides will be happy to suggest additional sights and activities. Or you might consider combining this trip with our Mountains, Lakes & Wilderness in Untamed Northern Patagonia trip.

  • All meals and accommodation during your stay, not including alcoholic beverages.
  • Internal flights between Quito and Coca.
  • River and ground transportation.
  • The company of two trip leaders who are experts in the field of biology and conservation, as well as knowledgable local guides.
  • Admission to all proposed areas and activities.
  • Transportation and flights to and from Quito, including airport transfers.
  • Additional meals, snacks, and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Baggage charges and personal expenses.
  • Additional tips for trip leaders, guides, lodge staff, and drivers, as appropriate.
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Trip FAQ

The International Ecotourism Society has formally defined ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” In other words, it's an effort to combine sustainable travel with ecosystem-level conservation and the explicit recognition of and respect for the rights of indigenous people. That’s why ecotourism is more than just “nature tourism." It has the explicit goal of benefiting local communities both environmentally and economically. By providing financial incentives through tourism, these communities can become empowered to fight against poverty, and by achieving more sustainable economic development, can better resist other, more exploitative industries such as mining, agriculture, ranching, or logging. Ecotourism has also motivated the traditional tourism industry in general to move toward more “green” or sustainable practices.

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