Yasuní Jungle Tour (4/5 days)

Departures: Every day except Sunday

Located on 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) of untouched rainforest lies a unique Ecuador ecolodge. Here, the biodiversity will amaze you! On your adventure, you will walk through a pristine rainforest gallery that is home to 1,500 species of trees, hundreds of climbing vines, and exotic flowers, as well as 550 species of tropical birds, 13 species of monkeys and 1,000 species of beautiful butterflies.

The lodge is attended by its owners all the time, to guarantee that profits stays in the community to help improve in healthcare, education, & sustainable projects! This in fact, will guarantee that all the visitors have a Real Cultural Experience with the 600 people from the Sani community.

Active
85%
Culture
40%
Nature
100%
Relax
30%
Day 1: Arriving from Quito to Coca
Your journey starts with a 35-minute flight from Quito to Coca, where the staff will pick you up and transfer to a local hotel located on the banks of Napo River. There, your bilingual guides will explain about safety before embarking for a 2 ½ boat trip on the largest Ecuadorian affluent of the Amazon, the Napo River. During the journey you get a taste of the Amazon; ancestral communities, birds such as: herons, egrets, vultures, while enjoying delicious packed lunch. The canoe ride is followed by a 15 minute walk through flooded forest, and 20-minute paddle canoe across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks and snacks before you settle down in your cabins.

Late afternoon, you will have a short walk on the nearby trails or a canoe ride with many chances to observe primates, Amazonian birds, black caimans and a close encounter with the amazing flora represented by cedar trees, orchids, and bromeliads. Return to the lodge, where our chef will be happy to offer a wide variety of national and international cuisine that caters vegetarians and vegans. Briefing about Amazonia will be given by one of our bilingual guides, while enjoying Ecuadorian beers, spirits and cocktails prepared by our bartender.

Day 2: Birding from the tower
After breakfast, experience the life on the tree tops from the 36 meter (108 ft.) observation tower. To get there your leaders will paddle on the Challuacocha Lake for 30 minutes followed by a short 10-minute walk. Over 565 species of birds have been registered so far, including colorful birds such as macaws, toucans, honeycreepers, tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds and with a bit of luck a close view of howler, squirrel monkeys or sloths resting on the canopy. The tower gives you a unique perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often difficult, if not impossible to see from the understory. The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch there are many alternatives for your enjoyment, bird-watching from the dining hall or simply get relaxed on the hammocks. In the afternoon, hike Chorongo or Coto trails, fantastic terra-firme forest to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the role they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangle figs, ancient trees; bromelias are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest. Diner at the lodge.

After dinner explore our black-water Oxbow Lake, one of the increasingly rare havens for the endangered black caiman, supporting a healthy population of these large up to 6 meter (18ft.) long south-American crocodilian. Back to the lodge.

Day 3: Yasuní National Park
After breakfast departure to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrot-clay lick at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed parrots. Continue with a hike on the south of the Napo inside Yasuní National Park considered for scientists like the most bio-diverse area in the world, here, some species that cannot be found in the north might be spotted: golden–mantled tamarins and spider monkeys, Blue and yellow macaws and with a bit of luck a close encounter with white-lipped or collared peccaries. Head back to Sani Community Center to visit a native house to get a taste of how a typical Kichwa family lives.

Enjoy their food, drinks, customs, and culture of the Sani community and learn how the lifestyle of the locals is environmentally sustainable. Return to the lodge late in the afternoon for a well-deserved diner. After diner take a night walk to see how myriads of insects, spiders and frogs come alive

Day 4: Back to Coca and flight to Quito
Your last day is far from ending, because it will be time for a final activity in the rainforest so as to close your stay with a flourish. Remember, you will have more time to spend doing the activities you love the most and enjoying the biodiversity that you will find only here. You will depart on time to get your flight back to Quito at 11:40 am

In the 5 days 4 nights tour, more hiking and sailing in paddle canoes are scheduled for day 4.

Note: Adore Ecuador Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary at any time due to weather, events out without our control and operational decisions where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of the passengers. In this program the exact activities and its order can change depending your guide, the weather, the season and your day of arrival.

Included:

  • Assistance at Quito airport
  • Accommodation in double-occupancy room with private bathroom
  • Meals from lunch on the first day until breakfast on the last day
  • Activities as described in the itinerary
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Transport between Coca – Jungle lodge – Coca – an extra cost will be added for transfer in or out on Sunday
  • Life jacket, rain coat, rubber boots
  • Water, coffee and tea
  • WIFI in the bar area

Not included:

  • Airfare Quito – Coca – Quito (around $210 p.p.)
  • Extra activities: Parrot clay lick Yasuni National Park $35 p.p (to be paid at the lodge in cash)
  • Other drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Sun screen, sunglasses
  • Cap or lightweight scarf
  • Long-sleeve shirts and long pants (quick-drying)
  • Sandals and sneakers
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Flashlight
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Insect repellent

Shared tour
4D/3N USD $1058 p.p.
5D/4N USD $1324 p.p.