In the spirit of World Wetlands Day we’re celebrating two of our favorite spots: Ecuador’s Amazon and Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
The Okavango Delta is one of the largest wetlands in the world. As the annual flood waters spread southward from Angola, they fill the Okavango Delta with pools and lagoons and twisting waterways, creating islands that shelter a myriad of wildlife species. It’s one of the most breathtaking places to view wildlife on earth.
The Amazon River Basin is home to the largest rainforest on Earth. In the Ecuadorian Amazon, visitors can experience a combination of jungle trails rich with bird and animal life, indigenous settlements where shamanism remains an integral part of the tribal culture, and jungle eco-lodges such as La Selva EcoLodge in the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve and Sacha Lodge which has a perfect rainforest ambience. Both give guests the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the natural environment and its inhabitants.
The Yasuní Biosphere Reserve is believed by many to be home to the most diverse set of species on the Earth. Here you will find: 800 species of fish, 350 species of reptiles, more than 300 species of mammals, thousands of species of plants and trees, 70,000 species of insects, and an estimated 1,600 species of birds.
Which one of the world’s greatest wetlands are you going to explore next?