Ecuador Amazon Dual Experience
5 Nights / 6 Days
Day 1 Quito - Coca - Yachana Lodge
Depart Quito; take a 30 minute flight over the eastern Andes mountain range to the jungle city of Coca. You´ll be transferred from the airport to the river port where you will embark on a two and a half hour journey up the Napo River to Yachana Lodge, on a comfortable, covered motorized canoe.
Dependant on the weather conditions the ride to the hotel could be also by private vehicle. Lunch will be provided during your journey to the lodge.
On arrival, you will receive a warm welcome from the staff and a refreshing welcome drink. Visit the butterfly house, scenic lookouts or enjoy a rest in your hammock. In the afternoon you will learn how to prepare jungle chocolate. Our chef will teach you about the process from collecting the cacao to preparing high quality organic chocolate. Enjoy dinner and later explore the mysteries of the forest on a night walk with your guide.
Day 2 Biological Research Station, Yachana Technical High School - Yachana Lodge
After breakfast, take a short canoe ride down the river to the community of Agua Santa, where you will board Yachana’s double-decker ranchera (typical local bus) and accompany your guide as he leads you on a journey into the rainforest, stopping to observe birds, and possibly monkeys, along the way. Visit Yachana’s biological research station manned by volunteers from Global Vision International and then travel on by canoe to the Yachana Technical High School
At the school you will learn about Yachana’s unique model of sustainable education. Interact with students from various Amazon ethnic groups while you learn about their life in the rainforest. Discover the different technological innovations that Yachana Foundation is developing to improve the quality of life in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In the micro‐enterprise area the students will explain the various projects including the production of traditional handicrafts.
You will also visit the organic farm where the students produce 35% of the food consumed at both the school and the lodge.
Return to the lodge for a traditional cooking demonstration with indigenous Kichwa chefs in a typical “choza” and learn to prepare typical foods from the region such as maito of tilapia, chontacuros and jungle salads. Later, enjoy the foods you have prepared for lunch.
During the afternoon you will visit a local medicine man or shaman for a traditional cleansing ceremony and have the opportunity to test your skills at using a blowgun and spear.
Take a refreshing swim and float down the river on inner tubes.
Before dinner try an exotic jungle drink in the bar while enjoying the sunset and spectacular view of the Napo River and the Andes mountains in the distance.
Day 3 Coca - Napo Wildlife Centre
After breakfast, travel to Coca where we will board the canoe that will transport us to Napo Wildlife Centre. The canoe ride along the Napo River takes approximately 2 hours. Lunch will be provided on-board. Keep a close eye for herons, kingfishers and others on your journey. On arrival at NWC we disembark for a short break and then take a peaceful 1‐hour dugout canoe ride, surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. It is quite possible we will spot various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. We arrive late in the afternoon to the lodge and enjoy the breath-taking view of the Añangu Lake and a welcome drink.
After dinner you have the option to hunt for caimans (alligators) around the lake with your guide while enjoying the symphony of the rainforest at night.
Day 4 Parrot Clay Licks - Anangu - Napo Wildlife Centre
Wake up early to reach the best and most easily accessible parrot clay licks in Ecuador, located approximately 1 hour away from the lodge. Guests arrive just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen depending on weather conditions.
Later, hike along a forest trail to visit the Kichwa community of Añangu and spend time with a family to share in their activities. Return to the creek and hike through the forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive to the second parrot clay lick where, if the weather conditions are fine, we will be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and macaws. Lunch will be provided at the parrot clay lick observatory. Later in the afternoon we will arrive back at the lodge and have time to rest before dinner.
Day 5 Viewing Tower, Rainforest Hike - Napo Wildlife Centre
After an early breakfast, we depart from the lodge to visit the finest canopy tower on the Napo. The 36 metre high canopy tower was opened to guests in November 2004 and provides a great way to experience life above the forest floor. This is the second tower built at Napo Wildlife Centre (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake). The canopy tower is located about 20 minutes from the lodge deep within the forest. As you ascend the 12 storey tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree. Here you can cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds! Flocks of colorful tanagers and blue and yellow macaws pass through the canopy of the tree, Spider Monkeys search for fruit in nearby trees, two species of large toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons, and the world of the forest canopy opens before you. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence! After your canopy adventure, lunch is served at the lodge.
In the afternoon, hike along a primary forest trail to discover the forest interior where you will probably spot lizards, colourful manakins or the unique and endemic Golden-mantle tamarin monkeys. After the hike, explore the lake and creeks by dug-out canoe where you’re almost sure to see a Giant Otter family along the way.
Day 6 Napo Wildlife Centre - Coca - Quito
After an early breakfast, depart on the final excursion canoeing back to the Napo River, along the way enjoying new sightings of Giant Otters, Monk Saki monkeys or many other rare birds. We’ll take a short break at the docking area and then embark on the motorized canoe for the 2-hour return trip to Coca where you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight back to Quito.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, safety and particular interests of guests and groups. Changes and additions are made in order to maximize wildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment, cultural interaction with local people and to make the most of your time in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Dates & Prices
Prices Per Person NZ$ Twin / Double