If you are looking for a truly unique way to explore the Amazon rainforest, head to Ecuador and rub shoulders with the Achuar tribe for an adventure you won't forget.
New York Times reporter Andy Isaacson went down to Ecuador to take a trip off the beaten path, and ended up staying with a small tribe deep in the Amazon. The Achuar have been using adventure tourism as a mean to preserve and protect their land and way of life through education.
By stepping into a traditional village, Isaacson wanted to learn more about the Amazon and the people who live in the area.
After arriving in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, he traveled with a representative from a nongovernmental organization that supports the cultural and territorial rights of the indigenous people of Ecuador. That same group also works with many adventure travel groups to set up unique tours throughout the area.
So if you are looking for a great way to explore the Amazon, head out onto a small ship cruise tour and wander through the forest with a small adventure travel group.