Rainforest Jewel: Shiripuno River

Rainforest Jewel: Shiripuno River

The Amazon Rainforest Jewel in Ecuador: The Unexplored Shiripuno River!

Rainforest Jewel: Shiripuno River

Shiripuno River. Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador

The Wildlife-rich Shiripuno River is the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, deep in the Orellana Province, 2 hours away from Coca along the Auca Road.

The Magic River of the Yasuni cuts through the Amazon Basin like and small light brown snake. it is one of several millions of Rivers flowing in the Amazon Rainforest.

When you visit it for the first time, the waters of the Shiripuno River won’t impress you:  it is always light-brown for the amount of suspended material found its colors are due to the rich sediments from terra firme, of the Shiripuno Basin.

The Shiripuno Basin

The Shiripuno Basin is a stretch of forest between the El Mirador San Francisco and Loma del Tigre, a stretch of about 30km distance.

The Shiripuno River experience begins every time we embark on our Nature Trips which can take 4 or 5 d days to explore and search for wildlife.

The Shiripuno River is the main water flow in the basin. All the running water of this area is in the clouds, the rain can happen anywhere at any time.

When rain happens, it hits the foliage in the canopy breaking into smaller drops and start a long journey of dripping tips to end up into a running stream.

The water carries sediments, it can be seen using transparent containers while you explore.

Sloth in the Shiripuno River!

The Shiripuno River like many other rivers in the Amazon Rainforest has the meandered movement , they moves like giant snakes in the vegetation giving life any any direction.

The Shiripuno Rivers has a series of flooding events, changing the river’s banks, the flood can reach couple hundreds meter inside, filling old oxbow lakes, shallow varzeas, forest swamps.

New Shiripuno River Bend, built up on piles of leaves and sand, it enough for plants to take over the place, creating perfect conditions for unique wildlife. Shiripuno River

During the flooding of the Shiripuno River all animals living near the bank, have adapted to this lifestyle, they come out with incredible solutions such as termites and leaf cutter ants both building the colonies in the canopy and mid-canopy respectively.

The Shiripuno River embraces all kind of iconic Amazonian Wildlife during its navigation you might cross with incredible Anacondas, Jaguars, Tapirs, or Harpy Eagles, be prepared for this events, on every corner surprises are awaiting for all of us

Watch Anaconda in the Shiripuno River!

Below is a quick Checklist of all Amazon Wildlife you can see when exploring these remote areas:

Trees of the Shiripuno River

  • Ceiba or Kapok Tree

  • Moriche Palms

  • Trees of Fire

  • Cecropias

  • Figs

  • Pachacos

  • Parkias

  • Mimosas

Wildlife of the Shiripuno River

  • Monkeys

  • River Turtles

  • Kingfishers

  • Capybaras

  • Caimans

  • Oropendolas

  • Macaws


People of the Shiripuno River

The Shiripuno Rivers has very little human activity, most of the river is protected by the Waorani People and the Yasuni National Park.

  • Waorani People

  • Shuar People

  • Settlers

  • Visitors