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    $1480 p/p in USD
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Adventure Journeys

  • Ecuador
Destinations

Destinations

Ecuador,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Mid Range

Tour Overview

Explore the Amazon rainforest by kayak – the perfect adventure for nature lovers, jungle explorers and wildlife watchers who want to experience Ecuador’s untouched Amazon. Camp for six nights along the river shore in the heart of the Amazon rainforest and explore the jungle in the dark on an amazing night hike. Spend time with native Kichwa people, hearing their stories and legends and learning about their traditions. Be on the look out for jaguars and giant otters as well as a myriad of jungle birds including parrots, toucans, macaws, kingfishers, herons and much more.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Camping Safari, Guided Safari, Kayak Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Yasuni National Park
  • Activities:
    Canoe, Kayak
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Quito, end in Quito

Highlights

  • Deep Amazon exploration
  • Wildlife at your fingertips
  • Kayaking the rivers and lagoonsof Yasuni National Park
  • Hiking into untouched primary forest
  • Kayak with giant otters and pink dolphins
  • Visit a parrot clay lick
  • Encounters with local shamans
  • Live like a local in the Amazon
  • Discover medicinal plants
  • Follow the tracks of Jaguars

Trip Info

  • Difficulty level: Moderate to Challenging. This program is located in an undeveloped remote area, the kayaking is not difficult, because both Tiputini River and Amarum-Cocha Lagoon have no big rapids. The hiking is in irregular terrain sometimes muddy and wet.
  • Season: Year round
  • Activities: Kayaking, hiking, canoeing, wildlife, culture, fishing
  • Kayaking time: 4-6 hours per day, 15km/10 miles per day
  • Altitude: 220m (700ft)
  • Service level: comfort camping/glamping
  • Minimum Age: 14 years
  • Group Size: maximum 8, average 4
  • Average temperature: Day 15-34ºC (59-93ºF), Night 12-17ºC (53-62ºF)
  • Trip leaders and guides: they are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit on our trips. In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service.
  • Sustainable eco-tourism: Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people’s cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.
  • Health: Yellow fever, hepatitis B vaccination and malaria medication are mandatory for this trip. We strongly recommend you ensure that routine immunisations such as tetanus and diphtheria are up to date and to consider hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations. Please ask your doctor for advice.
  • All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, this can be arranged prior to your departure at an extra cost.

RATES – PER PERSON USD

From USD 1,480 per person

What's Included

  • Transportation: private and comfortable land transportation, motorized canoe, dugout canoe, kayak
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy: 2 nights in first class hotel in Quito, 4 nights in comfortable camping in Yasuni National Park
  • Meals Included: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Activities: Kayaking on Tiputini River and Anaconda lagoon, visiting the Yasuni National Park, animals clay lick (Saladero), hiking, visiting the native Kichwa communities, piranha fishing, wildlife spotting, night hikes
  • Gear: Expedition and inflatable kayaks, paddles, dry bags, life jackets, dugout canoe with outboard motor,
  • Rubber boots, Eureka tents, air mattresses, bathroom tent, portable toilet, social kitchen
  • Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and local guides

What's Excluded

  • Airfare Quito-Coca round trip
  • My Own Room & Tent supplement $310
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers to/from Quito airport
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Required immunizations (mandatory)
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Adventure Journeys
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Adventure Journeys‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys can help you to organize a day trip. In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. The first day is an informative day and time for you to acclimatise to your surroundings.

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar

Today we will catch a morning flight (30 min flight) to Coca town and begin our adventure with a scenic drive to the Tiputini River at the entrance of the Yasuni National Park. While the guides prepare our gear, we will 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. We will spend the night at our campsite.

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni Park  Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After a healthy breakfast, we will continue our kayaking exploration, heading 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 with new exciting opportunities to encounter wildlife, such as different types of monkeys, capybara, tapir, swallows, flycatchers, herons, sandpipers and hawks. We will also take hikes to learn more about local plants and their medicinal properties. In the late afternoon we will arrive at our campsite, located on the Tiputini River side. Our chef will prepare a special gourmet dinner for us tonight.

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni Park  Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After breakfast we will start kayaking down the Tiputini River to reach the entrance to the Amarun-Cocha which means Anaconda Lagoon in the native language, located in the most pristine forest of the area. With luck we may see the biggest and most beautiful snake of the planet. Enjoy breathtaking landscapes with incredible dark and clear waters in a flooded forest. Over here we will discover the mythic piranhas, caimans, boas and more. Later we will canoe back to the camp site and after a nice break in the hammocks, we will go on a night exploration to view insects, frogs and with luck some snakes.

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni Park  Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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, their stories and traditions, and see how they make a traditional drink called chicha. In the afternoon we will go fishing.

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni Park  Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

This is an early morning because we want to get to the clay lick as early as possible. It is one of our best adventures in the jungle, visiting the Lamederos or Saladeros (parrot clay lick) where there is a large concentration of different species of parrots and macaws as well as a 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 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 will return to Coca by canoe and take the flight back to Quito

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar  Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Today our trip ends and you have your international departure. Take with you memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a “buen viaje”!

Meals included: Breakfast

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