The ceibo tree can be easily identified by its large, narrow branches and its enormous trunk. It is impossible for anyone to hug a ceibo tree, as its diameter can range from 1 to 4 meters. It is also impossible to climb this tree; its height can reach an altitude of 40 meters. The ceibo can be found in the Provinces of Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas, El Oro, and Loja. These provinces all have one thing in common, tropical forests, in which the ceibo grows. The vast majority of ceibo trees are located in the Machalilla National Park in Manabi. It can sometimes take more than a century for a ceibo tree to reach its final height. However, many trees never reach this stage, as it is difficult for this tree to grow, if it is not well protected. The tree is covered with thorns to protect itself from rodents that destroy its bark. The ceibo tree is of great importance to the ecosystem as it helps maintain its balance. It is home to hundreds of species of birds, which take advantage of its height to protect themselves from predators. The sight of the ceibo tree is truly breathtaking, and makes for great photographs, attempting to hug the enormous tree. Aboard of our Amazon cruises guest have the opportunity to climb a ceibo tree and enjoy an astonishing view of the Amazon from its wooden tower. This is a great opportunity to do birdwatching activities.