From all the tropical rainforest regions of
the world, the one of the Amazon, which has still a continues
area of about 6 million km2 is the richest of them all, with
the highest biodiversity of any ecosystem in the world. There
are guesses of up to 10 million possible species, most of them
insects , inhabitating those woods.
Ecuador's Amazon ecosystem is composed of
approximately 130,000 sq. km. As the rainforest gradually
ascends from the Amazon basin to the high Andes, the ecosystem
is continually changing, providing an endless variety of plant
and animal habitats. White water rapids, impressive waterfalls
and spectacular viewpoints abound in the jungle close to the
Andes. Deeper inside the Amazon basin there are flat, flooded
forests, with large lagoons containing abundant wildlife.