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by on August 23, 2018
There is nothing that I love more than exploring the rainforest in South America. I've done it in several different countries, and it is never a letdown for the adventurous. I've chased caiman, caught piranhas, slept in hammocks and tripped over anacondas. Those were some of the happiest moments in my life. Most people, though, are probably looking for something a little... milder. If you want to explore the Amazon rainforest with more comfort (while not missing out on nature), then a river cruise in Ecuador is probably exactly what you're looking for.

Abeautiful retreat in the midst of nature, Luna Runtun spa in Baños -Ecuador has 310 acres of unspoilt Andean forest and is located in the oriental flank of the active Tungurahua Volcano (5.016m); 400m above the charming town of Baños, gateway to the Amazon Rainforest, surrounded by Sangay and Llanganates National Parks. Enjoy 25 adventure activities and birdwatching programs; 25 SPA treatments, 4 pools and hydromassage tub with hot volcanic water, Runtun Restaurant, Café del Cielo, unique rooms and Romantic Suites with spectacular views ! all in Luna Runtun spa.

As you enter the realm of the rainforests, you will become aware of life at every step: mushrooms and fungi below, tree trunks festooned with liverworts, lichens and mosses, giant ferns reaching up to the light above, swirling mists and clouds of moisture. And then, from nowhere, comes the sound of rushing water, a waterfall amid this glistening, green world, where you can revive your senses. The wonders waiting at Mashpi Lodge will delight the worldliest nature lover. Perched at 900 m (3,116 feet) above sea level and surrounded by lower montane rainforest and cloudforest, Mashpi Lodge is surrounded by a profusion of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of orchid species, many newly-discovered. A staggering 500 species of bird – including some 36 endemics – are estimated to inhabit the forest, fluttering through the canopy. Monkeys, peccaries and even puma make their homes inside the Reserve crisscrossed with waterfalls between dramatic, verdant hills.

The popular Papallacta hot Springs are well regarded in the tourism industry for its professionalism, continuous innovation in spa-related matters and environmentally responsible operations. Papallacta is a SPA retreat that offers a variety of services, from basic thermal hydro therapies, to full body massages and other body aesthetics. Papallacta hot springs are well known for its thermal pools, and curative properties that derive from the natural springs. Surrounded by amid highlands and its secluded location will set the perfect tone for a perfect retreat! Self guided trails through ecological footpaths, horseback riding and guided walks in the surroundings are available for those looking for more adventurous activities.

Self described as a hotspot for its stellar location and its incredible wildlife and vegetation, Arasha Resort is a retreat with nature itself. With an impressive resort built from the ground up having nature as its canvas, you will feel part of your surroundings in Arasha Resort. Submerged in its ecological sensitive bungalows providing all its guests with with a variety of services that will complement your stay. Self guided trails, guided tours & night walks are only a part of the different services that can be arranged directly at the resort. Be sure to stop by the spa, where an assortment of treatments like soothing massages and full body treatments are at your disposal. Arasha Resort offers exquisite cuisine with a variety of local & International dishes, catering guests with the most discerning palates.

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