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Scientific Tourism in the Amazon Jungle: 20 Days Living In The Yasuni National Park

tagging lianasLast month I spent 20 days in the Yasuni Research Station, collaborating with a PhD candidate in his field work for his thesis about lianas. It has always been very interesting to meet researchers from all over the world in this isolated place of the earth. Some of them come every year or two to collect new data, some others have a permanent team working year round in bigger projects. Casual visitors are students, brought by teachers to inspire them about research and conservation.
In the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Yasuni is a perfect location to be in touch with nature, science and field work. Contact us to obtain more detailed information about the station or to arrange a visit to evaluate the potential for developing your research project at YRS. You are also welcome to visit YRS just to get acquainted with the scientific activities in this part of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

yasuni5.JPGtapir loves to be pet! some wildlife field biologist fashion in the lab

Here some more information about the YRS
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The Yasuni Research Station (YRS) created in 1994 (76° 24′ 1.8″ W; 0° 40′ 16.7″ S) is located in Amazonian Ecuador, in the province of Orellana, at the right margin of the middle Tiputini river, near the confluence with the Tivacuno River.

YRS is within Yasuni National Park (created in 1979), which covers approximately 9820 km2; it is also near the Waorani Ethnic Reserve, approximately 6800 km2. These forests, which seem infinite, host at least 1300 tree species, 500 liana species, 600 bird species, 170 species of mammals, 300 species of fish, 110 amphibian species, 100 reptile species, and tens of thousands of species of insects and other invertebrates.

Yasuní, along with other areas in the northwestern Amazon Basin, is indeed one of the forests with the highest biodiversity worldwide.Yasuni Research Station supports pure scientific research and applied research on the sustainable use of resources. Additionally, it is our social mandate to advise the indigenous communities that live in Yasuni National Park and the contiguous Waorani Reserve so they may improve their life conditions within the framework of a socio-ecological equilibrium, in accordance with the Man and Biosphere Reserve distinction held by Yasuni (UNESCO, 1989).


  1. People with specific biological on natural history interests, should contact us. We can arrange the visit to the Yasuni Research Station guided either by an specialist on a specific theme (ornitology, botany, ferns, herpetology, mastozoology) or a general biology guide that can take you through some of the research projects in the area like ecological dynamics of the forest, a 30 meter tower to see over the forest canopy, etc.


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