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A Guide to Yasuni National Park

Yasuni National Park Bios­phere Reserve is located in the Ecuadorian Amazon rain forest, and was created to preserve the local flora and fauna. This National Park  is home to many species. Let’s dive into what you should know about Yasuni National Park.

Location

Yasuni is located between the Napo and Curaray Rivers in Napo and Pastaza Provinces in eastern Ecuador. It is part of the Amazon Basin and lies within the Napo moist forests. The park contains three ecosystems that covers 9,820 square kilometers including: highlands and seasonal floodplains.

Indigenous Tribes

Yasuni National Park is home to two uncontacted native tribes: the Tagaeri and the Taromenane. This means that they live in deliberate isolation, preferring to have no contact with the modern world. Knowledge of the existence of these groups comes mostly from infrequent  encounters with neighbouring tribes, and aerial footage. In January 2007 the Southern part of Yasuni was declared a forbidden zone (7,580 square kilometers) in order to protect the tribes.

Biodiversity

Yasuni National Park is one of the most biologically diverse spots on earth. In fact, the park breaks world records for its biodiversity, for example it holds a world record 150 amphibian species.

Although the park cover less than 1% of the Amazon Basin, it’s home to approximately one-third of amphibian and reptile species. But that’s not all, Yasuni also is home to at least 596 bird species, which makes up one-third of the total native bird species for the Amazon. The park has several varieties of plants including trees, bromeliads, vines, orchids, and ferns. The park also hosts a list endemic species, meaning that these species cannot be found anywhere else.

Some of the known species that live in Yasuni are: Toucans, Macaws, Monkeys Marmosets, and the Pink Amazon River Dolphin. Learn more about the exotic animals of the Amazon jungle here.

Due to its huge biodiversity, Yasuni National Park is the best place to get to know the Amazon jungle and get in touch with nature. Yacuma EcoLodge is located in this park, so we bring you the opportunity to explore, learn, and see the several species Yasuni holds. Embark on this unforgettable adventure of exploring the Amazon rainforest by staying at the best lodge of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle. To learn more about our room rates, click here.