Discover the Amazon Rainforest in the Napo province over five exciting days, just 4 hours from Quito the capital of Ecuador.
This part of the Amazonia is the most accessible and friendly area for the traveler, being at the same time a unique place for its indigenous Kichwa culture and for its great biodiversity of flora and fauna. With us you can discover the secrets of the jungle and its people, feeling like a true explorer.
All our programs include accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), activities, tours to the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador.
|5 Days – 4 Nights Program
|Rate – per person in $USD
| Matrimonial, double or triple room
|| $ 454
| Quad up to sextuple room
|| $ 408
| Individual room
|| $ 545
*Kids under 12 years 35% off
*Open: all year round, every day. Restrictions may apply in some holidays.
13:00 hrs. Check-in
14:30/ 17:00 – 17:30 Canoe ride tour and monkey watching: We will embark on a motorized canoe to explore the Majestic Napo and Arajuno rivers. The Napo is one of the main affluents of the Amazon River that flows through Iquitos in Perú besides Colombia and Brazil on the way to the Atlantic Ocean. This is the first taste of the jungle to appreciate the unique landscapes, birdwatch on the sides of the river searching for toucans, macaws and monkeys indeed!. In addition, there will be chances to take a dip in the river. (2-2.5 hours approx.)
After or before the tour be part of the traditional cuisine preparing artisanal chocolate at the lodge with a purpose: have the raw material ready to enjoy a delicious dessert elaborated by the kitchen staff. (45 minutes approx.)
09:30 / 12:00 Hiking in Primary Forest: This is a hike with continous up and downhills throug primary forests. Your guide will explain about medicinal and mythical plants such as the famous ayahuasca know as “ the soul vine “ as well as the creatures that are part of this complex ecosystem. The forest homes giant Kapok Trees as wide as 200 sq. Feet, reaching 150 ft high, consequently, we might need 30 people with spread arms to circle it. Finally, we will get to a lookout to enjoy a wonderful view of the Napo and Arajuno rivers. (2-3 hours approx.)
14:30 Anaconda Island: We will take the motor boat for a short ride to the island located in between the Napo and Arajuno rivers where some Kichwa indigenous families live. Once there, learn about their customs and traditions, don´t miss out to try the local food and drinks too. ’Chicha’, consider the local brew, if fermented 3 days, is made of yuca, an amazonian tuber wide spread within the amazonian tribes. Fresh made, is a good source of carbohidrates on the Kichwa diet. The local people will share the local skills while teaching how to use the blow pipes for hunting in the forest, finally, walk around the island searching for hoatzins ( prehistoric looking birds) and caimans ( alligator related ) that inhabitant the swamps of the island. (2-3 hours approx.)
09:30 Visit the Project for animal rescue:Get involved in one of the most important and highly regarded conservation projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon visiting the Amazoonico Center. The entrance fee supports the maintenance and reintegration of the animals to their natural hábitat.Among the animals you will see we count on caimans, tapirs, ocelots, toucans, anacondas, macaws and several species of monkeys (2 hours approx.).
15:00 Butterfly farm of Ahuano village: : One of the highligths to experience is this farm running by locals. There, observe hundreds of butterflies flying freely in a greenhouse and some of them landing on the body searching for salts and minerals. The garden manages an outstanding array of plants and flowers, boasts approximately 18 native species of butterflies, there will be a presentation on the entire cycle of the butterfly metamorphosis. (1 hour approx.).
The art of pottery is traditional in the Kichwa culture and has been passed down through the generations. You will visit a family in the Ahuano village whose source of income is decorative pottery and figures made out of Balsa Wood. There Will be a presentation by a local craftsman who shapes these figures from a single piece of trunk wood, after which he treats and decorates them for sale. Both families will share with you the process of making these beautiful handicrafts. (30 min. each approx.)
20:30 Night walk: With the aid of flashlights, you will discover the nocturnal world of the forest. You will have a close encounter with the symphony of nocturnal birds, colored frogs, tarantulas, katydids, insects of all kinds and with a bit of luck snakes. (45 minutes approx.)
09:30 Rio Blanco Waterfalls: : This entails a 35-minute truck-ride to the community of Rio Blanco, and a 30-minute walk from there to the magnificent waterfalls. You will have ample time to explore and swim in beautiful surroundings where it is common to find fossils and petrified wood. (3-4 hours approx.)
15:30 Gold panning and artisanal fishing: In the rivers of the Amazonia these activities are ways to generate income and food for many local families. You will visit one of the beaches of Rio Napo where you will have an opportunity to watch and learn how to wash gold in wooden rafts and fish by learning how to launch the ‘Atarraya” (casting nets).
(1.5 hour approx.)
Returning to the lodge we will to do a short hike in the “Isla de los Pájaros” (Birds’ Island) where we are going to observe various types of vegetation along the way. There will be a presentation on the various plants and their uses. You may also encounter birds like parakeets, orioles, partridges and more depending on time of day/year (1 hour approx.)
20:30 Shamanic Cleanse: The Shaman or Yachay is one of the most important characters within the indigenous communities. He is in charge of healing the sick, protecting from evil spirits and removing bad energies. The activity consists in a spiritual cleansing recharging us with positive energies. (30 minutes to an hour approx.)
09:00 Hike in the Selva Viva Reserve: This is a forest of approximately 1800 hectares and is located on the banks of the Arajuno River. The reserve is used for the release of animals from the rescue center. With a bit of luck, it is possible to find different types of monkeys and birds, many of them reintroduced to their natural environment. (2-3 hours approx.)
Note: Itinerary schedules are approximate. Activities may be rescheduled or canceled according to weather conditions or other force majeure.
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