The Amazon is recognized as the world's densest rainforest because it has way much more living species in plants and animals when compared to other ecosystems. Nowadays, it represents over half of the planet's remaining rainforests, and comprises the most biodiverse area of tropical forest around the world. Its mystic climate and magical natural assets make of it a vast and blessed tropical territory that deserves our genuine admiration. Even if Ecuador’s borders only represent a mere part of the Amazon Rainforest, it outshines among other locations due to its deep jungles, rivers and splendid quiet blackwater lagoons.
Entering the small river of Pañayacu and moving westwards, around 100 km east of Coca and to the north of Napo River, there is a wonderful river area with small lakes, forming a region of waterlogged spots and small lagoons. That is the popular Pañacocha, its name means ‘Lake of Piranhas’ in Kichwa because it is full of these fierce and razor-sharp teethed fish. This place has become a remarkable location to visit for most tourists looking for a close experience to glimpse Pink River Dolphins, dozens of bird species and bright butterflies or perhaps swim in the dark lagoon waters.
Pañacocha provides a vital biological passageway between the Yasuni National Park and the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. For that reason, this essential and lush region is now considered protected area. Nevertheless, policies and restrictions are not enough to prevent locals from poaching, logging, destructing and mineral extraction. Since this area is rich in oil, it has leaded it to a certain point of degradation due to continuous drilling and broad mining.
Conservational groups have established a Pañacocha Conservation Project in order to create awareness within the petroleum companies and communities. They claim that Pañacocha’s riverine system along with the black water lagoons supports the habitat, development and life of a wide variety of flora and fauna. Some people and enterprises have committed to draw their attention to this issue, and in an effort to preserve the area,they plan to start incorporating a management plan for eco-tourism that involves both, locals and enterprises in a near future.
As a substantial part of the Amazon Rainforest community, we consider Pañacocha to be the vibrant heart of Ecuador and major natural wildlife reserve. We also want to seize the opportunity to encourage and promote eco-tourism with our explorer cruises, by offering people a great experience of escaping the noisy and overwhelming fast pace of the metropolis, to finally meeting themselves in the quietness and immensity of nature.