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According to the Smithsonian, a prestigious institute in Washington D.C, Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park may be the most ecologically diverse place in the World!

The Napo received its name thanks to the Napo River, a tributary to the Amazon River. This Ecuadorian province’s capital is Tena. What makes this region so special, apart from it being home to an incredible rainforest, is that it has yet to be affected by industrialization. The Napo region is the antithesis of what we know and live with today.

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According to the Smithsonian, a prestigious institute in Washington D.C, Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park may be the most ecologically diverse place in the World! This park is located within the Napo region, which is located within Amazonian Ecuador.   The national park lies within Napo’s moist forests and is home to a myriad of different animals. There’s more, Ecuador’s Amazon jungle is in fact home to a total of four national parks. The other three include; Cayambe-Coca, Llanganates, and Sumaco Napo-Galeras.

Amazonia’s thick rainforest provide a perfect sanctuary for the many natives who remain isolated from modern day society. This is one of the few places in the world where you can find indigenous people still living and thriving off of what the land provides. Now that is what we call a beautiful region filled with beautiful people.

The Napo region is home to more than you think. Within the region you can also find the Antisana Ecological Reserve. This reserve is known for the rare animals and plants found in and around it. There’s even a volcano! The area is also home to the Limoncocha National Biological Reserve. Limoncocha is fascinating because it is largely a water environment ergo a large portion of the area’s flora and fauna is aquatic or semi-aquatic. This reserve is where, water and earth, two of nature’s elements, unite.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Over 1,100 species of tree can be found within the Amazon rainforest. This is among the highest in any region in the world.
  • Spanish explorer, Francisco Orellana was inspired by the native women who attacked him while in the region and thus the name ‘Amazon’ came about. For Orellana was reminded of the female warriors of Greek mythology known as the Amazons.
  • The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen.
  • 55 million gallons of water is delivered into the Atlantic Ocean every second by the Amazon.
  • Amazonia is home to over 3,000 different fruits of which only 200 are consumed in the western world.
  • If Amazonia were a country, it would be the 9th largest in the world. The rainforest basin measures an incredible 7million km2( 2.7 million sq mi).

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