The Yasuni, located between the provinces of Napo and Orellana. It has large amounts of lagoons and rivers that pass through the entire park, it has large forests in which you can appreciate the biodiversity that this wooded landscape offers us. Due to its great diversity, ecosystems and habitat, it has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and stands out for having the greatest diversity of flora and fauna in Ecuador.

Our Best Yasuni Tours

Our top 5 things to do in Yasuni

Home of several indigenous tribes with little contact with the outside world and a prodigious variety of fauna and flora unique on the planet, the Yasuni is very attractive destination for national and international tourists thanks to the fact that the weather is practically the same all the year, warm and rainy, and also, for its varied offer of activities and tourist attractions related to nature and culture. Now we’ll show you some things that you can do there.

Jatuncocha and Garzacocha Lagoons

They are especially attractive due to the characteristic flora and fauna of these places. This sector of the Yasuni River is an excellent place to observe pink dolphins.

Añango Lagoon

It is known for its attractive natural environment. From the Kichwa community of Añango there is a path that leads to the lagoon; It is a pedestrian path that lasts about an hour and a half. There is a first-class inn on the shores of the lagoon, with native guide services for tours of the jungle, canoe rides and observation of flora and fauna.

Archaeological Museum of Pompeii

It is part of the attractions of the Limoncocha Biological Reserve but is located near the action area of ​​the Yasuni park. It is located 4 hours away from Coca by land, or 2 hours sailing down the Napo River; for the artifacts it keeps, it is well worth your visit.

Limoncocha Biological Reserve

Its abundant fauna and flora, especially that of the shores of the lagoon and that of the swamp areas, have drawn the interest of scientists and tourists as they are unique since they have adapted to live in permanent water-water interaction. forest. In 1998, this area was declared a Ramsar Wetland, international recognition for wetlands of great importance. In this place, you can do activities such as waterfowl photography, excursions and canoe rides.

Observation tower of the Añangu community

The tower is 50 meters tall, right next to a giant tree that is just as tall. Climb the tower for a spectacular view of the treetops and the river. You can see more than 200 different species of birds such as macaws, toucans, falcons and many more.

Best food in Yasuni

Their dishes are made from ancestral products such as: cassava, legs, muyo or kila muyo, plantain and native potatoes, and smoked dishes.


It is a wrapper cooked in bijao leaves that contains fish, usually, tilapia, and seasoned with some spices. It's accompanied by a portion of yucca, green plantain or heart of palm.

Chontacuro or roast mayon

They are worms that grow in the Chonta Palm, their approximate size is 7 cm and they have a high content of natural fat. Chontacuros are part of the diet of the ancient Amazonian people because they are nutritious and have a pleasant flavor, many people describe that their flavor is very similar to pork rinds or chicken. They are usually eaten roasted on skewers but are also sold alive and processed as butter of mayon.


It's a spicy soup that contains smoked fish or chicken, chili, hearts of palm, muyu paws (white cocoa) and wild mushrooms. And is accompanied by a portion of yucca and green plantain.

Guayusa Tea

Guayusa is a native plant native of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. This drink is very popular because the infusion of its leaves has stimulating, energizing and antioxidant properties. In addition, it is consumed daily by the local people to combat fatigue and stress.

Chontaduro or cassava chicha

It’s a fermented drink made from the fruits of chonta or cassava. This is one of the most consumed beverages by the inhabitants of the Amazon and is very important to the indigenous communities. That’s why it is offered by the members of the communities to the visitors as a symbol of friendship.

What to pack for Yasuni

Hiking shoes

You will walk a lot during the excursions in the Yasuni jungle, so it’s very important to feel comfortable in your shoes.

Wind and waterproof coat

The Yasuni is generally characterized by having a very humid tropical weather and a high degree of rainfall all the year. So, it’s important to have a waterproof coat, to be fresh and protected from the rain and from mosquito bites.

Reusable water bottle

During your visit to the Yasuni, you will walk a lot so you easily can feel thirsty, especially because of the humid tropical weather. For that reason, is necessary to bring with you a reusable water bottle that will help you to stay hydrated.


Sun exposure can be high during the day. And despite the humid tropical climate, keep lipstick in mind to avoid dry lips.

Tropical - humid weather clothes

During your visit to the Yasuni, it is necessary to dress in comfy and fresh clothes that help you to feel fine in the humid tropical climate.


It’s very important to have cash if you want to buy handicrafts or other things from the Ecuadorian Amazon indigenous people.


It´s very important to use binoculars when observing animals such as different species of birds to have a better experience.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you’ll need a valid passport and may also need visa to enter Ecuador. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. Additionally, it’s recommended to get the following vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid, malaria and yellow fever between 10 and 15 days before your trip.

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