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 located in the intermediate corridor of Yasuní National Park and Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, owned by the Sani Isla Kichwa community. The lodge is attended by its owners all the time, to guarantee that profits stays in the community to help improve in healthcare, education and 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%
Itinerary
Day 1: Your bilingual guides will meet you at the hotel where they will give you some safety instructions before embarking for a 2 ½ hour boat ride 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 and vultures, while enjoying a delicious (box) lunch. The canoe ride is followed by a 15-minute walk through the flooded forest and a 20-minute paddle canoe ride across the beautiful Challuacocha Lake. The staff will welcome you with refreshing cold drinks and snacks before you settle down in your cabin.  In the late afternoon, you will have the option to take a short walk on the nearby trails or to take a canoe ride with many chances to observe primates, Amazonian birds, black caimans and a close encounter with the amazing flora of the Amazon represented by cedar trees, orchids, and bromeliads. Upon return to the lodge, the chef will be happy to offer you a wide variety of national and international cuisine that caters vegetarians and vegans. After dinner you will explore the black-water Oxbow Lake, a haven for the endangered black caiman This lake is supporting a healthy population of these large South-American crocodiles, which can measure up to 6 meters (18 ft.). Afterwards you will return to the lodge.

Day 2: The days start early in the Amazon, as the brisk morning hours are when the animals are most active. After breakfast you will experience the life of the Amazon from the tree tops, from the 36 meter (108 ft.) observation tower. To get there your naturalist guides 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 you might even get a close view of howler and 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. Afterwards you will return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch there are many alternative activities for you to enjoy such as bird-watching from the dining hall or simply relax in one of the hammocks. In the afternoon, you can hike the Chorongo or Coto trails in the fantastic Terra Firme to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the role they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangle figs, ancient trees such as bromelias are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest. You will return to the lodge for diner and afterwards you will trek into the forest for an exciting night walk to see how myriads of insects, spiders and frogs come alive.

Day 3: Today you have the option to visit the parrot-clay lick (saladero) very early in the morning where you can observe hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth, an important part of their diet which helps them with the digestion of their food. Here you will see mealy amazon, yellow-crowned, orange-winged and blue-headed parrots. To really capture this extraordinary moment, binoculars are essential.  After breakfast, back at the lodge, you will depart for the Napo river where you will embark on a boat to visit the Butterfly Garden at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of butterflies of this area. You will continue with a hike south of the Napo river inside Yasuní National Park, considered by scientists to be the most bio-diverse area in the world, here, some species that cannot be found in the north might be spotted such as 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. Then you will head back to the Sani Community Center to visit a native house to get a taste of how a typical Kichwa family lives. Enjoy the food, drinks, customs, and culture of the Sani community and learn how the lifestyle of the locals is environmentally sustainable. You will return to the lodge late in the afternoon for a well-deserved diner. After diner you will go on another night walk in the forest to see how myriads of insects, spiders and frogs come alive

Day 4: After breakfast you will head back to the Napo river to embark a boat to make your way back to Coca, along the way you have the opportunity to observe the parrot-clay lick from the canoe, enjoy the 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. To really capture this extraordinary moment, binoculars are essential!  Afterwards you will continue to Coca to take your flight back to Quito.

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

Note: The lodge 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 and excluded
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 jackets, raincoat and rubber boots
  • Water, coffee and tea
  • WIFI in the bar areas

Not included:

  • Transportation Quito – Coca – Quito (Round trip flight around $210 p.p.)
  • Extra activities: Parrot clay lick Yasuní National Park $35 p.p. (to be paid at the lodge in cash)
  • Other drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
What to bring?
For this tour we recommend to bring the following:

  • Passport
  • Rain poncho
  • Sun screen and 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
  • Plastic (zip-lock) bags for your camera etc.
Price
Shared tour
4D/3N USD $1058 p.p.
5D/4N USD $1324 p.p.

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