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New Species Discovered every three days in the Amazon Jungle

A new report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) confirms the Amazon rainforest, even as it is shrinking due to deforestation, remains among the world’s most surprising places. According to the report, Amazon Alive, over the past decade (1999-2009) researchers have found 1,200 new species in the Amazon: one new species for every […]

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A trek through Ecuador without a stop in Galapagos is possible

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — No offence against the Galapagos Islands. Home to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other exotic creatures, the archipelago off Ecuador’s coast ranks for me — and many other travellers — among the top places to visit before I die. Yet with only two weeks to spend in Ecuador, we drew […]

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Stash Tea introduces Guayusa… Energy from Ecuador

Stash Tea, one of the largest specialty tea companies in the USA, announces the release of eight great-tasting new loose leaf teas made with a rare, naturally caffeinated herbal tea known as Guayusa. The teas are available exclusively online and at Stash Tea’s Portland, Oregon area store. Guayusa is a stimulating herb native to the […]

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Yasuni Man a Ryan Killackey film

Located in eastern Ecuador, Yasuni National Park is world-renowned for its rich diversity of species, which may be the greatest on the planet. “It’s the only place known to have world records for sheer numbers of mammals, birds, amphibians and plants. One acre of Yasuni has more species of trees than all of North America,” […]

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Ecuador looks to its own people in the battle against climate change

Ecuador’s Yasuni park where, as part of the climate change battle, oil will be left in the ground if donors pay half its value. Photograph: Dolores Ochoa/AP We left thirsty Peru and have reached Quito in Ecuador on the great Oxfam/Guardian Andean climate journey. First stop is to meet the government and community leaders of […]

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Support the Achuar

The unrelenting drive for oil has reached the deepest regions of the Peruvian Amazon – the Canadian oil company Talisman Energy has begun to drill exploratory wells in the ancestral homeland of the Achuar people. The Achuar have decided that they do not want development based on oil drilling and the unsustainable extraction of natural […]

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Brazil’s Amazon Destruction Slows

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has welcomed new figures showing that the destruction of the Amazon rainforest has decreased by 25%. President Lula said this had prevented the release of millions of tonnes of CO2 gas into the atmosphere. The government says environmental policies, including measures against illegal logging, have had an effect. Environmentalists […]

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Luxury through the Brazilian Amazon

Why: We recommend Iberostar’s 144-passenger Grand Amazon for an authentic Amazon trip. Lots of big-ship lines offer cruises on the Amazon river, but the best way to genuinely get a feel for not only its nature aspects but also its culture is to sail on a smaller ship. (The truly adventurous can book passage on […]

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Ecuador, for Pay, won’t drill in Amazon reserve

Ecuador signed a deal on Tuesday creating a trust fund to hold donations from Germany and other rich nations willing to pay the Andean country to refrain from drilling for oil in an Amazon wildlife reserve. The plan, drawn up with the United Nations, applies to a 675-square-mile part of Yasuni National Park called the […]

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Manatee Amazon Explorer Fam Trip

The Manatee riverboat is considered as the best option in Ecuadorian Amazon if you are looking for river cruises. When travelers want to feel all the enchantment of the Amazon rainforest, they always prefer the less crowded sites, and this is just what the Ecuadorian Amazon offers. I was in a site inspection trip last […]

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Visit the manatee rescue centre on cruise

Within the borders of the vast Amazon Jungle there are few creatures as strange or as fascinating as the manatee. The source of countless indigenous myths and legends, these ungainly, fresh water mammals are some of the most interesting residents of the rainforest. Manatee Rescue CentreUnfortunately, these gentle giants are often hunted for their blubber, […]