The Amazon Rainforest is home to millions of species of mammals, birds, bats, plants, insects, fish and reptiles, making it one of the most biodiverse locations on our planet. From the city of Coca we navigated the Napo River to arrive to La Selva Eco Lodge were we spent 4 days exploring the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, in a remote corner of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

It’s a peaceful place, an outdoor adventure lovers paradise. If you have always dreamed of going to the Amazon, here are 22 photos that will transport you there.  For those wondering about choosing a good camera, don’t forget to check out our guide How To Choose The Best Camera For Travel.

Warning: This post contains images of creepy crawlies, a killing and even a sex scene.

 

LAKE GARZACOCHA IN THE YASUNÍ BIOSPHERE RESERVE

From the Napo River, we took a dug out canoe to reach Lake Garzacocha, where the lodge is located. This was our home base for adventures. We spent most of the day paddling around the edges, going through the creeks and walking the trails around this area. As you will see in the pictures, it’s a great place for spotting wildlife and experiencing the jungle first hand.


30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

BIRD LIFE

Here a few Hoatzins (pronounced Watsons) dry off after a morning of rain and get a cool drink from the lake.

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

SQUIRREL MONKEY

There are 10 species of monkeys that live in the Yasuní Biosphere reserve. One of the most common is this squirrel monkey. They travel in troops in the hundreds searching for fruits and insects high in the trees.


30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

SOUND THE ALARM

Squirrel monkeys make lots of calls when traveling from tree to tree but when we heard some unusually load screams we knew something had gone wrong.

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

NATURE ISN’T ALWAYS PRETTY

One monkey misjudged the jump and landed into the water. Squirrel monkeys are great swimmers but this little guy wouldn’t be making it back to the shore today. An anaconda got a hold of him and used it’s immense strength to strangle it. While it wasn’t a pretty sight, witnessing the power of nature was impressive.

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

PIRANHA FISHING

Just off the dock of the lodge you can go for a swim or you can fish for piranhas.

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

INTO THE JUNGLE WE GO

After a long night of heavy rain parts of this jungle trail are flooded, good thing we brought rubber boots!

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

ONE OF NATURE’S COLORFUL CREATIONS

Here a bull spider spins it’s web and waits for it’s next meal.

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

FROGS OUT AT NIGHT

Night time is the best time to see frogs and toads because they are more active, especially when it’s raining.

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

BLENDING IN

While some creatures use bright colors to scare predators away, many use camouflage to blend in with the surroundings.


30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

UNIQUE PLANTS

Not only does the jungle house interesting creatures but thousands of species of unique plants. Below is a plant known as Tiger Ears. To pollinate they wait for an insect to land on it then it traps it inside. The bug then has to bite it’s way out. It breaks free with the flowers pollen on it’s back.

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

NIGHT CRAWLERS

The best time to spot insects is during the night. As we walk through the jungle, we shine our torches on the leaves looking for what might there. Here we spotted a huge, hairy tarantula.


30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

PADDLING THROUGH THE SWAMP

The good thing about visiting the Amazon during rainy season is that many of the creeks become flooded which makes for a great time to explore them by canoe.

 
30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle
 

 

POISON DART FROG

This little frog can cause a lot of pain if you touch it’s back. This defense protects it from being eaten by snakes, monkeys and birds. The poison dart frog is a great example of how plants and animals of the Amazon can help humans. Scientists have been using a chemical found in the venom of this frog which is 20x more powerful than morphine to treat patients with severe pain.

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

FRUITS OF THE JUNGLE

The main source of food for many jungle creatures is fruits.

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle
30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

JUST HANGING OUT

Many lizards live on the trees. With so many insects around, it’s a food paradise for them!

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

 

MORE CREEPY CRAWLIES

While walking through the jungle you have to be careful not to grab on to trees or you might be in a lot of pain. If insects creep you out, the jungle is not the place for you. But if you don’t mind getting up close to some bugs, you can appreciate the small creatures that make life go around.

 

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

30 Post Cards From The Amazon That Will Inspire You To Head To The Jungle

 

17 Responses

  1. Fiona Maclean

    what amazing photographs! I am not entirely sure I’d be brave enough to be in the depths of the jungle, but it does look amazing

    • Amanda Zeisset

      Thanks Fiona! You’d be surprised how peaceful the jungle can be. If it’s the insects that put you off, they pretty much just hang out on the leaves and even go away once they spot you.

  2. Philadelphia Traveling Mom

    You are a braver soul than me! While I’m fascinated by the idea of seeing a snake devour its prey, I’m not sure that sight would embolden me to go into the jungle at night, as you did. Gorgeous animals and insects though. Some of them kind of goofy looking!

    • Amanda Zeisset

      It’s all very safe, we went with two guides, one is a native of the area and he walked ahead of us looking out for snakes.

  3. RaW | Ramble and Wander

    Wow! Beautiful photos! Especially love the calming look of the first photo above but not so sure how I would calm myself down if I ever bump into an anaconda, let alone seeing one catching a monkey in front of me, haha!

    • Amanda Zeisset

      The lake that the lodge on is super peaceful and beautiful. Some of my favorite parts of the trip where taking the canoe out and watching the reflection of the trees of the water. We saw one other anaconda besides this one, it was trying to swim up stream..once it spotted us it swam away. It always surprises me how some of the world’s most powerful creatures can be so shy.

      • RaW | Ramble and Wander

        Yup, I’ve read that most of them tend to shy away from human unless if they feel that they are being attacked. I’m not taking any chances though, haha!

  4. Aileen

    These photos are AMAZING. I’ve been in thick forests in my life, but I don’t think I’ve really gone inside a legit jungle. Thanks to your post, I’m looking forward to being in one! I can understand some of the dangers, but what’s life without adventures and a little risk? 😉

    • Amanda Zeisset

      Thanks Aileen. Let me know if you ever make it to the jungle! Exactly, some calculated risks are always worth taking.

  5. Stacey Valle

    You’re so lucky! I would love to have this experience! I’m fine as long the bugs are not on me, but it will still be amazing to check it out! When I was little, around 4th grade, I did a project on amazon and made this huge anaconda out of newspaper and paint it brown. I was obsessed with amazon for a while. Did you roamed around by yourself or was it with the group tour?

    • Amanda Zeisset

      That’s awesome, do you still have it! Going to the Amazon was also one of my childhood dreams, there is just so much to see that you can’t see anywhere else in the world. We only did the group tour, as getting around and finding places to stay independently is a bit tricky in this part of the Amazon. If you are ever in the area you should check it out! (and see how your newspaper anaconda compares to the real deal haha)

    • Amanda Zeisset

      Thanks Francesca. Yep you can eat them raw…some are better than others. The cocoa was our favorite.

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