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What you will do

This is an excellent adventure for nature lovers, jungle explorers and wildlife watchers who want to experience the untouched Ecuadorian Amazon. You will be based in Yasuni National Park, world famous for its tremendous biodiversity and authentic indigenous cultures. Several days will be spent paddling your way through the jungle in a kayak, meandering down rivers and lagoons surrrounded by animals.

Expect to see a variety of jungle life such as parrots, toucans, macaws, kingfishers and herons as well as curious giant otters who often approach the kayak to say hello. Monkeys will be jumping on the trees and there is a chance you'll spot a jaguar, the master cat predator of the jungle. You'll also go on an educational hike to visit the Kichwa indigenous community, who will share their history and introduce you to their rich connection with the Amazon. 

 

Places you will see

QuitoFrancisco de Orellana
Guide English , Spanish

Day 1
Quito

Arrival in Quito

Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered to be the cultural capital of South America and is the second most important city in the old Inca Empire.
In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing. There will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have.

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel Alameda

Superior Room

Mercure Hotel Alameda sits steps away from the artisan market on Quito’s most popular street, Avenida Amazonas.

Guest rooms at Mercure Hotel Alameda feature ensuite bathrooms with a bathtub, WiFi, free bottled water and a safety-deposit box. Complimentary breakfast and coffee is offered each morning. The hotel also has a fitness center. 

The fully refurbished hotel is in close proximity to many sites of cultural interest, and is a 5-minute walk to Casa de Cultura Ecuatoriana.


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Day 2
Francisco de Orellana

Coca & Yasuni National Park

We fly to Coca and begin our adventure! From Coca we will begin kayaking down the Tiputuni River into Yasuni National Park. It's an incredible opportunity to be surrounded by a diverse variety of local species and an excellent introduction to the jungle.

Activity: Fly to Coca & Enter Yasuni

Today we catch a morning flight to Coca town and begin our adventure. We take a scenic drive to the Tiputini River at the entrance of the Yasuni National park and while the guides prepare our gear, we enjoy a riverside picnic. Our first kayaking expedition will be paddling down this fantastic river surrounded by nature and wildlife. On the way, we will have opportunities to spot river turtles, monkeys, caimans and many species of birds like Oropendola birds, caciques,  kingfishers, macaws, toucans, parrots and more.

 

 

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Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park

Tent

Camping in Yasuni National Park is an excellent way to absorb the natural surroundings and connect with the Amazon jungle. Accomodation here will include breakfast, lunch & dinner.

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Day 3
Francisco de Orellana

Kayaking & Wildlife Watching

Every day in the Amazon is a new adventure, the more we paddle, the more pristine and wild the jungle becomes.  Today will bring additional opportunities to encounter wildlife, such as monkeys, capybara, tapir, swallows, flycatchers, herons, sandpipers and hawks. We will also go on a hike and learn more about local plants and their medicinal properties. 

Activity: Kayaking Along the Tiputini River

After a healthy breakfast, we continue our kayaking exploration and head deeper into the jungle. Every day in the Amazon is a new adventure, the more we paddle, the more pristine and wild the jungle becomes. New opportunities abound to encounter more wildlife, such as various types of monkeys, capybara, tapir, swallows, flycatchers, herons, sandpipers and hawks. We will also take a hike to learn more about local plants and their medicinal properties.  In the late afternoon, we arrive at our camp site, located on the Tiputini River side. Our chef will prepare a special gourmet dinner for us tonight.

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Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park

Tent

Camping in Yasuni National Park is an excellent way to absorb the natural surroundings and connect with the Amazon jungle. Accomodation here will include breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Select room
Amenities
No amenities for this day 

Day 4
Francisco de Orellana

The Anaconda Lagoon & Flooded Forest

Today we will navigate by canoe down the Tiputini River until we reach the Anaconda Lagoon. Here we will discover the mythic piranhas, caimans, boas and more in a flooded forest, where trees extend out of the calm, swampy waters. Then we will canoe back to the camp site and after a nice break at the hammocks, we will embark on a night exploration to view insects, frogs and with a bit of luck, snakes.

Activity: Paddling Through the Anaconda Lagoon & Flooded Forest

After breakfast we start navigating down the Tiputini to reach the entrance to the Amarun-Cocha, which means Anaconda Lagoon in the native language. The lagoon is located in the most pristine forest of the area. With a bit of luck we may see the biggest and most beautiful snake of the planet and enjoy breathtaking landscapes with incredible dark and clear waters. We will also discover the mythic piranhas, caimans, boas and more. Later, we will return to the camp site and after a nice lounge in the hammocks, we will embark on a night exploration to view insects, frogs and possibly snakes.

 


Learn more

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park

Tent

Camping in Yasuni National Park is an excellent way to absorb the natural surroundings and connect with the Amazon jungle. Accomodation here will include breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Select room
Amenities
No amenities for this day 

Day 5
Francisco de Orellana

Educational Hike & the Kichwa Indigenous Community

We will continue to explore the pristine forest and learn about its flora and medicinal plants. Then we will take a canoe ride to a local Kichwa community to learn about their culture and traditions. After the visit, we will spend the afternoon fishing.

 

Activity: Hiking & Visiting a Native Community

In the morning we will take a hike in the pristine forest to learn about the rich flora of the area and the medicinal plants. After lunch, we will take a canoe ride to a local Kichwa community to learn about their way of life in the jungle and listen to their stories about their history and relationship with the Amazon. We will also see how they make the traditional drink called chicha. Later we will go fishing in the jungle.


Learn more

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park

Tent

Camping in Yasuni National Park is an excellent way to absorb the natural surroundings and connect with the Amazon jungle. Accomodation here will include breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Select room
Amenities
No amenities for this day 

Day 6
Quito

Parrots & Macaws at the Clay Lick

This will be one of our best adventures in the jungle. We'll visit a clay lick, where parrots, macaws and other animals come to feed on the mineral-rich clay. Clay licks are unique in the Amazon rainforest and offer an extraordinary chance to see a wide range of Amazon wildlife species. Finally we leave the national park and return to Coca for our flight to Quito. 

 

Activity: Clay Lick Visit & Return to Quito

Today will require an early start because we want to get to the clay lick as early in the morning as possible. We will visit either the  Lamederos or Saladeros parrot clay lick, where we'll find a big concentration of different species of parrots and macaws, and few predators surrounding the area. They come to feed on the clay from the mineral enriched ground, which helps them digest and detoxify the poisons contained in their main diet. Such places are unique in the Amazon rainforest, because they offer a great chance to see a wide range of Amazon wildlife species. Later we  return to Coca for our flight back to Quito.

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Accommodation: Mercure Hotel Alameda

Superior Room

Mercure Hotel Alameda sits steps away from the artisan market on Quito’s most popular street, Avenida Amazonas.

Guest rooms at Mercure Hotel Alameda feature ensuite bathrooms with a bathtub, WiFi, free bottled water and a safety-deposit box. Complimentary breakfast and coffee is offered each morning. The hotel also has a fitness center. 

The fully refurbished hotel is in close proximity to many sites of cultural interest, and is a 5-minute walk to Casa de Cultura Ecuatoriana.


Select room
Amenities
No amenities for this day 

Day 7
Quito

Quito Departure

Today is departure day. Take your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart. We're sure you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!

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