|Travel Photography Amazon Basin
Napo River, Ecuador
Before morning, we dock the canoe and walk half an hour on boardwalks to the lodge's docks, where a boat captain awaits us. Several long days, the heat, and all that trudging through rainy forests has made me deliriously tired.
But once the motorized canoe disembarks, and we are screaming down the Napo River, my weariness fades, and I am struck with an energy whose origin I cannot immediately explain.
The Napo River is Ecuador's biggest contribution to the Amazon. It winds, twists and flows from the valleys of the Andes through the lowlands of the Ecuadorian Oriente. Throughout its length, the Napo River is, perhaps more than any other large Amazonian River, riddled with islands and sandbanks, giving the river a geographic character like a complex archipelago.