Napo Wildlife Center. Napo Wildlife Center is an eco-lodge offering unforgettable experiences in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, inside Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, which is managed by the Añangu kichwa aboriginal community. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.The Amazon rainforest has been in the news recently because of massive fires which have been destroying forest and killing the fauna living there. So how can we contribute to the conservation of nature and protect the way of life of the people who has been there for generations? Along the Amazon rainforest, there are some very interesting options for contributing to communities that have chosen to stop monoculture expansion and destruction caused by petroleum extractions. These communities have developed responsible tourism as a way to keep their traditions and to safeguard the forest. So why should you choose Ecuadorian communities and the Ecuadorian rainforest? Biodiversity Biodiversity is what the Amazon rainforest is all about. The sheer number of species is overwhelming. With over 2,000 different species of mammals and birds alone, the rainforest is a bonanza for any naturalist or anyone who just loves animals. That is without mentioning the botanical treasures. There is a lot of life yet to be discovered. Ecuador has protected areas like the Yasuní National Park, declared by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as one of the priority places to protect because of its biodiversity. Wildlife observation The eco lodges, within the Ecuadorian wildlife reserves, are built with the purpose of close observation, without intruding upon the animals. It is a commitment between tourism and minimal disturbance of these wild creatures, in their own habitat. Of course, the ban on hunting or fishing of some communities helps to maintain and preserve the abundant wildlife. The rainforest has four distinct ecosystems between the ground and the tall trees. Platform towers can provide easy access to higher, hard-to-see levels. Walking tours and river trips offer the same opportunities. Local culture Some Ecuadorian reserves are guarded and maintained by the indigenous population, who are the forest dwellers and descendants of the original inhabitants. An Amazon holiday will offer the opportunity to encounter a unique culture. Indigenous people will show you their customs, and their crafts and beliefs, which they are happy to share. Learn how they have lived within the forest, without harming or destroying it. Comfort in the jungle To attract the not-so-hardy and adventurous, eco lodges have been designed and built to provide a high standard of excellence. Imagine a five stars hotel in any capital city in the world, suddenly uprooted and transplanted in the middle of the jungle! Accommodation is blended, not opposed with the environment. Local staff have been trained and now have the chance to work within their own communities. Some lodges include transportation and Wi-Fi. Conservation By opting for an Ecuadorian Amazon vacation, you are contributing to conservation. The money you spend goes to maintain the reserves and support the people who have guardianship over the rainforest. The revenues gained from the lodges are reinvested in renewable energy and other community projects such as education and healthcare. Without revenue from eco-tourism, wildlife reserves are under threat from human expansion, commercial exploitation and fire. This tremendous effort has been awarded and recognized worldwide. Miguel Andy is General Manager of
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