Location and Habitat

Location

The Tiputini Biodiversity Station is located in the pristine Eastern Ecuadorian Amazon on a 650 hectare (1500 acre) tract of lowland rainforest. This remote location provides an unparalleled amount of flora and fauna to observe and study. Situated in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, the Station has been recognized as one of the best spots in the world to study biodiversity because of its protection and isolation.

Getting to TBS…

If you are interested in visiting TBS, please make a reservation well in advance by emailing tbs@mail.usfq.edu.ec. Also see the TBS website for more information about visiting the Station.

Travel to the station begins from the Andean city of Quito – a metropolitan city of about 2 million people, with an old-world and indigenous charm.

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Photo by Lindsey Warren.

The first leg of the journey will take you on a flight over the Andes Mountains to the lowland jungle town of Coca. The flight takes less than one hour. The second leg of the journey will take you on a motorized boat ride down the Napo River, lasting 1-2 hours. The third leg of the journey is an open-air bus ride from the Napo River to the Tiputini River, which takes 1-2 hours.

When you arrive at the Tiputini River, the trip is not yet over. Get ready for a relaxing trip in a motorized canoe down the river. Be sure to keep an eye peeled for wildlife! This part of the trip can take from 2-3 hours.

Habitat

Tiputini Biodiversity Station features a variety of habitats, ranging from upland forests, seasonally-flooded lowland forest, palm swamps, small oxbow lakes and streams, and other wetlands. Countless numbers of different species have been recorded at this hot-spot for biodiversity.

12 species of primates have been documented to live in the areas surrounding the camp, and over 500 species of birds have been catalogued. More than 230 species of mammals, several hundred species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, and thousands of fungi, plant and insect species have been documented at TBS.