Yasuni National Park


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Yasuni National Park



Yasuni National Park

Tucked in the shadows of the Andes, hidden deep in the heart of Ecuador’s Amazon basin is perhaps the most biologically diverse place on earth. Yasuní National Park is home to millions of species of plants, birds, insects and mammals. It’s abundance of life leaves visitors, and scientist alike, speechless.


Humongous kapok trees, hairy tarantulas, squawking toucans, jumping spider monkeys and fierce jaguars are just a handful of examples of the diversity of organisms inhabiting Yasuní and astonishingly enough, only a small portion of the park has actually been studied. Researches today are still engaged in multiple projects, many of which involve identifying even more species that call the area home.


There is no definitive answer to the question of why or how Yasuní became so biologically diverse—the causes may include its high annual rainfall or low variation in temperatures. The park has also been called “an ecological bull’s-eye” due to the fact that it sits at the base of the Andes, along the Amazon and close to the equator—three distinct ecological systems converging to create a wholly unique area.


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The park’s abundance of natural resources has turned Yasuní into a battleground of interests, however. Oil exportation dating back to the 1970s and illegal hunting and logging have posed a continuous threat to the flora and fauna. In 2007, the Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa proposed a plan to protect the rainforest from drilling. The highly controversial Yasuní-ITT initiative called for $3.5 billion in international donations. Sadly, the plan fell horribly short of its budget goal and the president was all but forced to allow drilling in the entire park to continue.


Despite the failure of the plan, the battle to protect and preserve this incredible feet of nature surges on. The lodges in the area are now operating under strict guidelines, the result of which is an experience of a lifetime surrounded by lush jungle, exotic plants and incredible wildlife.






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Yasuni National Park Accommodations



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Hacienda El Porvenir
The historic Hacienda El Porvenir is set in a protected area in the foothills of Cotopaxi. This working farm is an ideal spot from which to explore the Cotopaxi area and experience the Andean way of life. Each of the buildings offers different levels of comfortable rooms decorated with local textiles in the traditional style, many with fireplaces or stoves, stunning views and en suite facilities.

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