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Known as the Oriente, Ecuador's slice of the Amazon is a world of mind-altering diversity. What you see in the rainforest — howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and parrots, electric blue butterflies, dangling lianas and massive trees — will undoubtedly astound you. But what catches many off guard are the sounds: Afternoon thunderstorms erupt over the forest with such sonic intensity it seems every living thing will be shaken from the trees. Rain falls so hard you can't hear your buddy yelling from across the canoe. At night, insects and frogs create such a cacophony it seems you're hallucinating through the ears. And amidst the barrage to your ...

Known as the Oriente, Ecuador's slice of the Amazon is a world of mind-altering diversity. What you see in the rainforest — howler monkeys, sloths, toucans and parrots, electric blue butterflies, dangling lianas and massive trees — will undoubtedly astound you. But what catches many off guard are the sounds: Afternoon thunderstorms erupt over the forest with such sonic intensity it seems every living thing will be shaken from the trees. Rain falls so hard you can't hear your buddy yelling from across the canoe. At night, insects and frogs create such a cacophony it seems you're hallucinating through the ears. And amidst the barrage to your senses, you can canoe down rivers in search of caiman, fish for piranha, search out the elusive manatee, or watch the sunset over the mirrored surface of a black-water lagoon. You can slosh through the forest in muck boots spotting animals and birds, investigating orchids and bromeliads, leaf cutter ants and ants that taste like lemon when you slurp them off a stick. Jungle lodges make for comfortable accommodation, complete with excursions into the wild, or you can opt for a more adventurous tour by canoe and by foot. Either way, you win.

Danny Palmerlee
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Danny Palmerlee is the main author of numerous Lonely Planet travel guides, including Ecuador, Argentina, South America on a Shoestring, and Pacific Northwest Trips.

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    Year-round; April through July are wettest but lushest months and river travel is easier