These tropical lowlands in the east of Ecuador represent 45% of the
territory. The dense primary forest is one of earths
greatest ecosystems and is the home of a and incredible diversity of
fauna, including howler monkeys, caimans, jaguars, freshwater
dolphins and over 700 species of birds and flora such as rare and
beautiful orchids and the immense ceiba tree.
Yacuma Lodge 2, 3 and 4 nights
During the 3-hour drive from Quito to the
town of Tena you will experience a dramatic change in climate,
terrain and scenery. From Tena, we will head (2 hours more) for the
indigenous village of San Pedro, where our canoe will be waiting to
take us on a 30-minute journey down the Napo River to Yacuma Lodge.
Located on the riverbank in a wonderful spot of the
Ecuadorian rainforest, Yacuma Lodge is simple, yet cosy and the
perfect destination for nature lovers.
Day 1: We leave Quito early in the morning
and travel in the direction of Baeza by public bus (or private bus
at extra cost). Our
guide-companion will take us to the city of Tena and after lunch, we
will continue our journey to the indigenous village of San Pedro.
From here, by canoe we will travel downstream along the Napo
River, arriving at Yacuma Lodge in the late afternoon.
You have time to settle into your bungalows, which sleep two
people. After dinner, if
weather permits, you will have the opportunity to explore the
surrounding forest by night (a flashlight is a must). (D).
Day 2: After breakfast we begin a 3 hour trek
through the rainforest. Along the way an indigenous guide will show
us the many species of plants and describe their medicinal
purposes to us. With a
little luck we will see monkeys and birds such as oropendolas and
parrots. After lunch we visit the Quechua indigenous community,
where you will have the opportunity to learn about local customs and
the way of life of the native people of the jungle. Later in the
afternoon, you may like to enjoy a refreshing swim in the river or
try your hand at fishing. (B,L,D).
Day 3: In the morning, we travel further
along the Napo River towards the mouth of Huambuno River. We
navigate o this river till we arrive to the small lagoon where we
make a short trek to observe Caymans and hoatzins.
Our crew will serve a box lunch on the way.
Later in the afternoon, you will have the
rare opportunity to try panning for gold on the shores of Napo
River. We will return to
the lodge late in the afternoon and after dinner we invite you to
have a drink at our social evening.
Day 4: After
breakfast we begin our return journey along the Napo River to Santa
Rosa. From here transport will be provided back to Tena and from
Tena to Quito. (B). End of your Amazon adventure tour
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