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    $2999 p/p in USD
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Adventure Journeys

  • Ecuador
Destinations

Destinations

Ecuador,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Mid Range

Tour Overview

Join this unique expedition and discover Ecuador’s Amazon in Yasuni National Park, known for its great biodiversity and authentic indigenous cultures. This is the perfect adventure for nature lovers, jungle explorers and wildlife watchers who want to experience the untouched Amazon. On this trip, while canoeing down rivers and lagoons, you will see parrots, toucans, macaws, kingfishers and herons, as well as curious giant otters who will approach to have a look. Many different types of monkeys will be jumping on the trees and there will be chances to spot jaguars, the master jungle predators. Meet the Huaorani native people, share their history and learn about their deep connection with Mother Nature.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Camping Safari, Cultural Safari, Guided Safari, Jungle Safari, Kayak Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Activities:
    Canoe
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Quito, end in Quito

Highlights

  • Wildlife at your finger tips
  • Canoe rivers and lagoons in Yasuni National Park
  • Hike into untouched primary forest
  • The chance to view giant otters and pink dolphins
  • Parrots clay lick
  • Encounter with Huaoranis
  • Amazon local living
  • 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 canoeing is not difficult, because the Cononaco River is slow with no rapids. The hiking is on irregular terrain sometimes muddy and wet.
  • Canoeing time: 1-2 hours per day
  • Season: Year round
  • Activities: Hiking, canoeing, wildlife, culture
  • Altitude: 220m (700ft)
  • Service level: comfort camping
  • Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Group Size: maximum 8, average 6
  • 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 – USD PER PERSON

From USD 2,999 per person

What's Included

  • Activities: Canoeing on the Cononaco River, visiting the Yasuni National Park, hiking, visiting the native Huaorani communities, piranha fishing, wildlife spotting, night hikes
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy:2 nights in first class hotel in Quito, 4 nights in comfortable camping in Yasuni National Park
  • Transportation: Comfortable land transportation, motorized canoe, dugout canoe, airfare Shell/Bohanamo round trip
  • Meals included: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Outdoor gear: 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

  • My Own Room & Tent supplement $310
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers to/from Quito airport
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Required immunisations (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 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. Our first day is an information and acclimatisation day.

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar 

Early in the morning we will be transferred by car from Quito to the airport in Shell (4 hours drive) and then take a flight of about one hour to Bohanamo in the Huaorani territory. Here we will be welcomed by one of the most remote tribes of the Amazon region. We will organise our campsite and later visit the chief of this community.

Accommodation: Camping  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a very important highlight of this expedition when our local guide leads a hike into virgin forest. This trail will take us to the animal clay lick where, with some luck, we could view wild pigs, howler monkeys, macaws and jaguar tracks. Along the trail we will also find out about many different species of medicinal plants that are very important in the daily life of the Huaoranies. In the afternoon we will learn the art of blowgun hunting and then try to catch piranhas in the nearby river.

Accommodation: Camping  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a very healthy breakfast we will take a motorized canoe for two hours down the Cononaco River. Then we go on a short walk through the primary forest until we reach an amazing lagoon where we paddle a small boat to try and find the anacondas. In the afternoon we go back up the river to Bameno for lunch and visit Kempery the legendary shaman and leader of the Huaoranies. Later we canoe up the river to the Bohanamo Huaorani Community. At night we will go for a night hike exploration.

Accommodation: Camping  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Today we will hike though the virgin jungle with the Huaorani warriors and learn more about their survival skills. Along the way we will have the chance to view wildlife and also follow the jaguar track, according to the Huaoranies this amazing cat walks on this trail. In the late afternoon we will search for caimans.

Accommodation: Camping  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast we will take a flight back to Shell followed by a transfer by car to Quito (4 hours drive). On the way it is optional to stop in Baños to see Ecuador’s most impressive waterfalls.

Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Today our trip will end and you will have your international departure. Take with you your 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: Breakfast

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