Tours Yacuma — Fixed Departures

{tab= Yaku: 3 Day Tour}
headeryacu1Our Guide will meet you in Tena ter­mi­nal, or Jun­gle Air­port, as you arrive on your own (pri­vate or pub­lic trans­porta­tion from Quito or Baños is read­ily avail­able any day of the week. Sched­uled flights take place on Mon­day, Wednes­day or Fri­day) The road trip from Quito to Tena can be an expe­ri­ence within itself, as you cross the Andes through some truly beau­ti­ful roads, you may be able to see the snow-​capped Anti­zana vol­cano, and have some incred­i­ble views of the high ama­zon jun­gle. We rec­om­mend this route for trav­el­ers who want to see a lit­tle more of the local cul­ture and the amaz­ing sights Ecuador has to offer.

Day 1: Quito (or Baños) => Yacuma Jun­gle Eco Lodge

day1Our Guide will be wait­ing for you in the city of Tena, the Cap­i­tal of the Province. From here, we will drive for prox­i­mately one hour and a half more until we reach the com­mu­nity of San Pedro de Sum­ino, a small jun­gle town located in the banks of the Napo River, one of the main efflu­ents of the great Ama­zon River.

We will get a chance to buy the last required things at the local shop (bat­ter­ies, candy, snacks, etc.)
before hop­ping in the fresh water canoe to head deep into the Yacuma Nat­ural Reserve. A 2030
min­utes ride will take you to the small Chon­tay­acu River, where Yacuma EcoLodge is located. Depend­ing on the time of the year and the amount of water run­ning through the rivers, the boat ride can turn into
a fun activ­ity, as col­lec­tively, we all push the canoe through sand banks and up river to get to the lodge.

The Yacuma For­est Reserve totals 275 hectares of Pri­mary rain­for­est, bor­der­ing the Chon­tay­acu River next to the cab­ins, and going deep into the jun­gle sur­round­ing the cab­ins. This nat­ural heaven will be your home for the next few days, as you explore and con­nect with nature and the com­mu­ni­ties of the jun­gle.

At the lodge, you will be wel­comed with a glass of the tra­di­tional bev­er­age called “Guayusa” this tasty bev­er­age has a lot of caf­feine and vit­a­mins in much larger con­cen­tra­tion than cof­fee, mak­ing it an ideal drink for the morn­ing to have a very pro­duc­tive day in the jun­gle. After a short wel­come talk, you will be taken into your com­fort­able tra­di­tional style bun­ga­lows. Solar pan­els pro­vide hot water in the show­ers, as well as ambi­ent light­ing for the night.

After a short rest, we will have a short nav­i­ga­tion to the “hid­den Lagoon”, where we will do a short hike ideal for bird watch­ing in their nat­ural sur­round­ings, such as: King Fish­ers (mar­tin pescador), Great Egrets (garzas de rio), Great Blue Herons (garzas reales), and per­haps one of the most strange and inter­est­ing birds of the ama­zon, the Hoatzin (Opistho­co­mus hoatzin), that have a blue face and a punk– hairdo. The smell is quite pun­gent, giv­ing it the nick­name of the stinky bird​.In this place we will also try fish­ing for the leg­endary Piranha, which you can have for din­ner at the lodge if you catch one!

We will go back to the lodge, for din­ner, and if every­one feels in good con­di­tions a night walk for about
40 min­utes can also be arranged after din­ner.

(Din­ner included in price)

Day 2: Yacuma EcoLodge and the For­est Reserve

day2After a nice hearty break­fast we will begin a hike deep in the pri­mary jun­gle of the Yacuma for­est reserve. For this activ­ity we have var­i­ous alter­na­tives. The first alter­na­tive is a short 2 hour walk in which the native guide will show us var­i­ous species of birds, med­i­c­i­nal plants and their usage in shamanic heal­ing rit­u­als, and if we are lucky ani­mals such as mon­keys, tapirs, or capy­baras. A sec­ond alter­na­tive of 4 hours across streams and dif­fer­ent types of ter­rain will take us through var­i­ous species of trees and plants with the objec­tive of reach­ing the Tutapishco Cave, a.k.a. “the Bat Cave”. We will also get to see many species of plants used for heal­ing as well as food and shel­ter within the deep pri­mary rain­for­est.

Within the cave, which has not been fully explored yet, a very inter­est­ing dis­play of the inhab­i­tants of the cave can be seen: The exit­ing dance of the ama­zon Bat (Sac­copteryx Bilin­eata). This cave is con­sid­ered sacred by the locals, and as the loca­tions where the Shaman will come to renew energy for their sacred rit­u­als. Many ani­mal and birdlife can be observed in this walk, and with some luck, some very inter­est­ing mam­mals from the deep jun­gle such as mon­keys, rodents, etc. explor­ing the pri­mary rain­for­est is a very grat­i­fy­ing and ful­fill­ing expe­ri­ence for all trav­el­ers.

We will return to the camp for a deli­cious, locally pro­duced lunch, and after rest­ing for a short period, we will visit the home of one of the mem­bers of the Kichwa Chon­tay­acu com­mu­nity, where we can appre­ci­ate their sim­ple and calm lifestyle. Dur­ing the walk trav­el­ers can learn inter­act and observe the var­i­ous crops that grow within the jun­gle of sec­ondary forests of The Napo Basin. Crops such as Cof­fee, Bananas, cacao, cas­sava, papaya, pineap­ple and oranges are some of the locally pro­duced agri­cul­tural prod­ucts that pro­vide sus­te­nance for the inhab­i­tants of the jun­gle. Vis­i­tors can also observe and buy the locally pro­duced hand­i­craft such as vases, small pots, neck­laces, bracelets and many more beau­ti­ful crafts. The tra­di­tional Chicha drink will also be explained and passed around for every­one to try.

If time per­mits, we will do some fun water based activ­i­ties such as kayak­ing or tub­ing in the river. Con­versely we can head back to camp and have a nice bon­fire with music and enjoy­ment after din­ner. (Break­fast, lunch and din­ner included)

Note: the lodge has 4 kayaks avail­able for this activ­ity; each has space for 2 peo­ple

Day 3: Yacuma EcoLodge — Tena

day3For those inter­ested in bird watch­ing, an early start is offered to catch the dif­fer­ent species of birdlife ris­ing for the day. At 5:30 am we will go up to the view­point close to the lodge to observe the jun­gle come alive. An impres­sive view of the ama­zon jun­gle from the same lev­els of the canopy is also very grand from this loca­tion. We will return to the lodge for break­fast. We will say good­bye to our friends after break­fast, and we will board our canoe to go back to San Pedro de Sum­ino. From here and with the help of our guide you will travel back to Tena, and head along with your Ecuador adven­ture.
(Din­ner included in price)

Included

  • Span­ish /​Eng­lish speak­ing com­pan­ion from the city of Tena
  • Pub­lic trans­porta­tion from Tena to San Pedro and back
  • Native guide and Eng­lish interpreter
  • All meals
  • Accom­mo­da­tion in bun­ga­lows with pri­vate facilities
  • Canoes
  • Excur­sions mentioned
  • All entrance fees to the community
  • Rub­ber boots and puri­fied water at you disposal.
Note: these itin­er­aries are just a guide­line. Final pro­gram will depend on weather con­di­tions, river con­di­tions or other unfore­seen cir­cum­stances.
FIXED DEPAR­TURES SHARED (IN POOL) GROUP TOUR GROSS PRICES 2015
We offer guar­an­teed depar­tures with min­i­mum 2 pas­sen­gers every week and at the fol­low­ing spe­cial gross rates and dates.
SPE­CIAL GROSS RATES WITH FIXED DEPAR­TURE DATES (US$ PER PER­SON) (IN POOL WITH MIN­I­MUM 2 PAR­TIC­I­PANTS):

2016YACUMA LODGESHAREDTOURS(US$)
Tour Length In /​Out Price/​Person SS
3 days Fridayto Sunday 225 60

All Rates include

  • Taxes
  • Full Board in the lodge (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner); in — out canoe trans­fers (San Pedro — Yacuma Lodge — San Pedro)
  • Native guides
  • English/​Spanish speak­ing com­pan­ion (from Tena)
  • Pub­lic Trans­porta­tion Tena — San Pedro de Sum­ino and return

All Rates do not include

  • Pri­vate Trans­porta­tion Quito — Tena — San Pedro (or Santa Rosa) and return
  • Alco­holic or soft drinks
  • Chon­tay­acu Com­mu­nity entrance fee ($3, 00 p.p.)
  • Tips
  • Extras
  • Per­sonal expenses
Chil­dren under 12 years: 50% dis­count. (Chil­dren under 4 years free — in the same accom­mo­da­tion with their par­ents).
Sin­gle Accom­mo­da­tion Sup­ple­ment: 30% of tour cost.
FLIGHTS (Not always avail­able):
Flight Quito — Tena — Quito (avail­able Mon­day, Wednes­day and Fri­day)
  • One way $ 120.- per person
  • Round trip $ 200.- per person
{tab= Bromelia: 4 Day Tour}
headeryacu2Our Guide will meet you in Tena ter­mi­nal, or Jun­gle Air­port, as you arrive on your own (pri­vate or pub­lic trans­porta­tion from Quito or Baños is read­ily avail­able any day of the week. Sched­uled flights take place on Mon­day, Wednes­day or Fri­day) The road trip from Quito to Tena can be an expe­ri­ence within itself, as you cross the Andes through some truly beau­ti­ful roads, you may be able to see the snow-​capped Anti­zana vol­cano, and have some incred­i­ble views of the high ama­zon jun­gle. We rec­om­mend this route for trav­el­ers who want to see a lit­tle more of the local cul­ture and the amaz­ing sights Ecuador has to offer.

Day 1: Quito (or Baños) => Yacuma Jun­gle Eco Lodge

day1Our Guide will be wait­ing for you in the city of Tena, the Cap­i­tal of the Province. From here, we will drive for prox­i­mately one hour and a half more until we reach the com­mu­nity of San Pedro de Sum­ino, a small jun­gle town located in the banks of the Napo River, one of the main efflu­ents of the great Ama­zon River. We will get a chance to buy the last required things at the local shop (bat­ter­ies, candy, snacks, etc.) before hop­ping in the fresh water canoe to head deep into the Yacuma Nat­ural Reserve. A 2030 min­utes ride will take you to the small Chon­tay­acu River, where Yacuma EcoLodge is located. Depend­ing on the time of the year and the amount of water run­ning through the rivers, the boat ride can turn into a fun activ­ity, as col­lec­tively, we all push the canoe through sand banks and up river to get to the lodge.

The Yacuma For­est Reserve totals 275 hectares of Pri­mary rain­for­est, bor­der­ing the Chon­tay­acu River next to the cab­ins, and going deep into the jun­gle sur­round­ing the cab­ins. This nat­ural heaven will be your home for the next few days, as you explore and con­nect with nature and the com­mu­ni­ties of the jun­gle.

At the lodge, you will be wel­comed with a glass of the tra­di­tional bev­er­age called “Guayusa” this tasty bev­er­age has a lot of caf­feine and vit­a­mins in much larger con­cen­tra­tion than cof­fee, mak­ing it an ideal drink for the morn­ing to have a very pro­duc­tive day in the jun­gle. After a short wel­come talk, you will be taken into your com­fort­able tra­di­tional style bun­ga­lows. Solar pan­els pro­vide hot water in the show­ers, as well as ambi­ent light­ing for the night.

After a short rest, we will have a short nav­i­ga­tion to the “hid­den Lagoon”, where we will do a short hike ideal for bird watch­ing in their nat­ural sur­round­ings, such as: King Fish­ers (mar­tin pescador), Great Egrets (garzas de rio), Great Blue Herons (garzas reales), and per­haps one of the most strange and inter­est­ing birds of the ama­zon, the Hoatzin (Opistho­co­mus hoatzin), that have a blue face and a punk-​hairdo. The smell is quite pun­gent, giv­ing it the nick­name of the stinky bird. In this place we will also try fish­ing for the leg­endary Piranha, which you can have for din­ner at the lodge if you catch one! We will go back to the lodge, for din­ner, and if every­one feels in good con­di­tions a night walk for about 40 min­utes can also be arranged after din­ner.

(Din­ner included in price)

Day 2: Yacuma EcoLodge and the For­est Reserve:

day2After a nice hearty break­fast we will begin a hike deep in the pri­mary jun­gle of the Yacuma for­est reserve. For this activ­ity we have var­i­ous alter­na­tives. The first alter­na­tive is a short 2 hour walk in which the native guide will show us var­i­ous species of birds, med­i­c­i­nal plants and their usage in shamanic heal­ing rit­u­als, and if we are lucky ani­mals such as mon­keys, tapirs, or
capy­baras. A sec­ond alter­na­tive of 4 hours across streams and dif­fer­ent types of ter­rain will take us through var­i­ous species of trees and plants with the objec­tive of reach­ing the Tutapishco Cave, a.k.a. “the Bat Cave”. We will also get to see many species of plants used for heal­ing as
well as food and shel­ter within the deep pri­mary rain­for­est.

Within the cave, which has not been fully explored yet, a very inter­est­ing dis­play of the inhab­i­tants of the cave can be seen: The exit­ing dance of the ama­zon Bat (Sac­copteryx Bilin­eata). This cave is con­sid­ered sacred by the locals, and as the loca­tions where the Shaman will come to renew energy for their sacred rit­u­als. Many ani­mal and birdlife can be observed in this walk, and with some luck, some very inter­est­ing mam­mals from the deep jun­gle such as mon­keys, rodents, etc. explor­ing the pri­mary rain­for­est is a very grat­i­fy­ing and ful­fill­ing expe­ri­ence for all trav­el­ers.

We will return to the camp for a deli­cious, locally pro­duced lunch, and after rest­ing for a short period, we will visit the home of one of the mem­bers of the Kichwa Chon­tay­acu com­mu­nity, where we can appre­ci­ate their sim­ple and calm lifestyle. Dur­ing the walk trav­el­ers can learn inter­act and observe the var­i­ous crops that grow within the jun­gle of sec­ondary forests of The Napo Basin. Crops such as Cof­fee, Bananas, cacao, cas­sava, papaya, pineap­ple and oranges are some of the locally pro­duced agri­cul­tural prod­ucts that pro­vide sus­te­nance for the inhab­i­tants of the jun­gle. Vis­i­tors can also observe and buy the locally pro­duced hand­i­craft such as vases, small pots, neck­laces, bracelets and many more beau­ti­ful crafts. The tra­di­tional Chicha drink will also be explained and passed around for every­one to try.If time per­mits, we will do some fun water based activ­i­ties such as kayak­ing or tub­ing in the river. Con­versely we can head back to camp and have a nice bon­fire with music and enjoy­ment after din­ner. (Break­fast, lunch and din­ner included)

Note: the lodge has 4 kayaks avail­able for this activ­ity; each has space for 2 peo­ple

Day 3: Yacuma EcoLodge and the For­est Reserve:

day3Chon­tay­acu, the small river that flows next to the cab­ins, gives the name to the local kichwa com­mu­nity that work in the Lodge. This river has a beau­ti­ful water­fall upstream that we will visit this day. This 3 hour jun­gle hike will take us across beau­ti­ful ama­zon land­scapes and into the water­fall, as we ascend through dif­fi­cult and com­plex jun­gle ter­rain. We will be able to hear the amaz­ing calls of the “Oropen­dola” bird, as it tends to its nets hang­ing from the trees like drops of water. We will go through sec­ondary and pri­mary for­est, view­ing species of tree life that is very use­ful for the com­mu­ni­ties. After we get to the water­fall we return to the lodge for lunch and a well-​deserved rest, after which we will go down to the river to learn the tra­di­tional ways of gold pan­ning in the river.

This fun activ­ity will be fol­lowed by a les­son in the usage of the blow gun, as well as the cre­ation of Choco­late with locally grown beans. We will get to pro­duce a very fresh and high qual­ity cup of hot choco­late. We will enjoy a nice farewell din­ner and a night bon­fire to relax.

(Din­ner included in price)

Day 4: Yacuma EcoLodge — Tena

DAYFor those inter­ested in bird watch­ing, an early start is offered to catch the dif­fer­ent species of birdlife ris­ing for the day. At 5:30 am we will go up to the view­point close to the lodge to observe the jun­gle come alive. An impres­sive view of the ama­zon jun­gle from the same lev­els of the canopy is also very grand from this loca­tion. We will return to the lodge for break­fast. We will say good­bye to our friends after break­fast, and we will board our canoe to go back to San Pedro de Sum­ino. From here and with the help of our guide you will travel back to Tena and head along with your Ecuador adven­ture.
(Break­fast included)
Note: for your safety and com­fort, we can arrange this pri­vate ser­vice with an extra cost.

Included

  • Pub­lic bus trans­port Tena — San Pedro de Sum­ino and return
  • Spanish/​English speak­ing companion
  • Indige­nous guides
  • Meals
  • Accom­mo­da­tion in the lodge in bun­ga­lows for 2 people
  • Canoes and excursions
  • Indige­nous com­mu­nity entrance fee
FIXED DEPAR­TURES SHARED (IN POOL) GROUP TOUR GROSS PRICES 2015
We offer guar­an­teed depar­tures with min­i­mum 2 pas­sen­gers every week and at the fol­low­ing spe­cial gross rates and dates.
SPE­CIAL GROSS RATES WITH FIXED DEPAR­TURE DATES (US$ PER PER­SON) (IN POOL WITH MIN­I­MUM 2 PAR­TIC­I­PANTS):

2016YACUMA LODGESHAREDTOURS(US$)
Tour Length In /​Out Price/​Person SS
4 days FridaytoMonday 300 90
All Rates include
  • Taxes
  • Full Board in the lodge (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner); in — out canoe trans­fers (San Pedro — Yacuma Lodge — San Pedro)
  • Native guides
  • English/​Spanish speak­ing com­pan­ion (from Tena)
  • Pub­lic Trans­porta­tion Tena — San Pedro de Sum­ino and return
All Rates not include
  • Pri­vate Trans­porta­tion Quito — Tena — San Pedro (or Santa Rosa) and return
  • Alco­holic or soft drinks
  • Chon­tay­acu Com­mu­nity entrance fee ($3, 00 p.p.)
  • Tips
  • Extras
  • Per­sonal expenses
Chil­dren under 12 years: 50% dis­count. (Chil­dren under 4 years free — in the same accom­mo­da­tion with their par­ents).
Sin­gle Accom­mo­da­tion Sup­ple­ment: 30% of tour cost.
FLIGHTS (Not always avail­able):
Flight Quito — Tena — Quito (avail­able Mon­day, Wednes­day and Fri­day)
  • One way $ 120.- per person
  • Round trip $ 200.- per person
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headeryacu3
Our Guide will meet you in Tena ter­mi­nal, or Jun­gle Air­port, as you arrive on your own (pri­vate or pub­lic trans­porta­tion from Quito or Baños is read­ily avail­able any day of the week. Sched­uled flights take place on Mon­day, Wednes­day or Fri­day) The road trip from Quito to Tena can be an expe­ri­ence within itself, as you cross the Andes through some truly beau­ti­ful roads, you may be able to see the snow-​capped Anti­zana vol­cano, and have some incred­i­ble views of the high ama­zon jun­gle. We rec­om­mend this route for trav­el­ers who want to see a lit­tle more of the local cul­ture and the amaz­ing sights Ecuador has to offer.

Day 1: Quito (or Baños) => Yacuma Jun­gle Eco Lodge

NATIVESOur Guide will be wait­ing for you in the city of Tena, the Cap­i­tal of the Province. From here, we will drive for prox­i­mately one hour and a half more until we reach the com­mu­nity of San Pedro de Sum­ino, a small jun­gle town located in the banks of the Napo River, one of the main efflu­ents of the great Ama­zon River. We will get a chance to buy the last required things at the local shop (bat­ter­ies, candy, snacks, etc.) before hop­ping in the fresh water canoe to head deep into the Yacuma Nat­ural Reserve.

A 2030 min­utes ride will take you to the small Chon­tay­acu River, where Yacuma EcoLodge is located. Depend­ing on the time of the year and the amount of water run­ning through the rivers, the boat ride can turn into a fun activ­ity, as col­lec­tively, we all push the canoe through sand banks and up river to get to the lodge.

The Yacuma For­est Reserve totals 275 hectares of Pri­mary rain­for­est, bor­der­ing the Chon­tay­acu River next to the cab­ins, and going deep into the jun­gle sur­round­ing the cab­ins. This nat­ural heaven will be your home for the next few days, as you explore and con­nect with nature and the com­mu­ni­ties of the jun­gle. At the lodge, you will be wel­comed with a glass of the tra­di­tional bev­er­age called “Guayusa” this tasty bev­er­age has a lot of caf­feine and vit­a­mins in much larger con­cen­tra­tion than cof­fee, mak­ing it an ideal drink for the morn­ing to have a very pro­duc­tive day in the jun­gle. After a short wel­come talk, you will be taken into your com­fort­able tra­di­tional style bun­ga­lows. Solar pan­els pro­vide hot water in the show­ers, as well as ambi­ent light­ing for the night.

After a short rest, we will have a short nav­i­ga­tion to the “hid­den Lagoon”, where we will do a short hike ideal for bird watch­ing in their nat­ural sur­round­ings, such as: King Fish­ers (mar­tin pescador), Great Egrets (garzas de rio), Great Blue Herons (garzas reales), and per­haps one of the most strange and inter­est­ing birds of the ama­zon, the Hoatzin (Opistho­co­mus hoatzin), that have a blue face and a punk-​hairdo. The smell is quite pun­gent, giv­ing it the nick­name of the
stinky bird. In this place we will also try fish­ing for the leg­endary Piranha, which you can have for din­ner at the lodge if you catch one!
We will go back to the lodge, for din­ner, and if every­one feels in good con­di­tions a night walk for about 40 min­utes can also be arranged after din­ner.
(Lunch and din­ner are included in the price)

Day 2: Yacuma EcoLodge and the For­est Reserve:

RIVER CRUISEAfter a nice hearty break­fast we will begin a hike deep in the pri­mary jun­gle of the Yacuma for­est reserve. For this activ­ity we have var­i­ous alter­na­tives. The first alter­na­tive is a short 2 hour walk in which the native guide will show us var­i­ous species of birds, med­i­c­i­nal plants and their usage in shamanic heal­ing rit­u­als, and if we are lucky ani­mals such as mon­keys, tapirs, or
capy­baras. A sec­ond alter­na­tive of 4 hours across streams and dif­fer­ent types of ter­rain will take us through var­i­ous species of trees and plants with the objec­tive of reach­ing the Tutapishco Cave, a.k.a. “the Bat Cave”. We will also get to see many species of plants used for heal­ing as well as food and shel­ter within the deep pri­mary rain­for­est.

Within the cave, which has not been fully explored yet, a very inter­est­ing dis­play of the inhab­i­tants of the cave can be seen: The exit­ing dance of the ama­zon Bat (Sac­copteryx Bilin­eata). This cave is con­sid­ered sacred by the locals, and as the loca­tions where the Shaman will come to renew energy for their sacred rit­u­als. Many ani­mal and birdlife can be observed in this walk, and with some luck, some very inter­est­ing mam­mals from the deep jun­gle such as mon­keys, rodents, etc. explor­ing the pri­mary rain­for­est is a very grat­i­fy­ing and ful­fill­ing expe­ri­ence for all trav­el­ers. We will return to the camp for a deli­cious, locally pro­duced lunch, and after rest­ing for a short period, we will visit the home of one of the mem­bers of the Kichwa Chon­tay­acu com­mu­nity, where we can appre­ci­ate their sim­ple and calm lifestyle. Dur­ing the walk trav­el­ers can learn inter­act and observe the var­i­ous crops that grow within the jun­gle of sec­ondary forests of The Napo Basin. Crops such as Cof­fee, Bananas, cacao, cas­sava, papaya, pineap­ple and oranges are some of the locally pro­duced agri­cul­tural prod­ucts that pro­vide sus­te­nance for the inhab­i­tants of the jun­gle. Vis­i­tors can also observe and buy the locally pro­duced hand­i­craft such as vases, small pots, neck­laces, bracelets and many more beau­ti­ful crafts. The tra­di­tional Chicha drink will also be explained and passed around for every­one to try.

If time per­mits, we will do some fun water based activ­i­ties such as kayak­ing or tub­ing in the river. Con­versely we can head back to camp and have a nice bon­fire with music and enjoy­ment after din­ner.

(Din­ner included in price)

Note: the lodge has 4 kayaks avail­able for this activ­ity; each has space for 2 peo­ple

Day 3: Yacuma EcoLodge and the For­est Reserve:

BAT CAVEChon­tay­acu, the small river that flows next to the cab­ins, gives the name to the local kichwa com­mu­nity that work in the Lodge. This river has a beau­ti­ful water­fall upstream that we will visit this day. This 3 hour jun­gle hike will take us across beau­ti­ful ama­zon land­scapes and into the water­fall, as we ascend through dif­fi­cult and com­plex jun­gle ter­rain. We will be able to hear the amaz­ing calls of the “Oropen­dola” bird, as it tends to its nets hang­ing from the trees like drops of water. We will go through sec­ondary and pri­mary for­est, view­ing species of tree life that is very use­ful for the com­mu­ni­ties. After we get to the water­fall we return to the lodge for lunch and a well-​deserved rest, after which we will go down to the river to learn the tra­di­tional ways of gold pan­ning in the river. This fun activ­ity will be fol­lowed by a les­son in the usage of the blow gun, as well as the cre­ation of Choco­late with locally grown beans. We will get to pro­duce a very fresh and high qual­ity cup of hot choco­late. We will enjoy a nice din­ner and a night bon­fire to relax.
(Break­fast, lunch and din­ner included)

Day 4: Yacuma EcoLodge and the Huao­rani Jun­gle Community:

CRUISE CANOE

The loca­tion of Yacuma EcoLodge is very near to the Yasuni National Park, the most bio­di­verse region on the planet. This place har­bors the most species of flora and fauna per square mile than any other loca­tion in the world, and due to the prox­im­ity of the cab­ins, it can be read­ily acces­si­ble for our visit. The huao­rani com­mu­nity has made this their place for hun­dreds of years, liv­ing of nature, and hav­ing lit­tle to no con­tact with the out­side world until very recently. We will visit a set­tle­ment of this com­mu­nity leav­ing Yacuma at 8am on the canoe (30 min­utes of nav­i­ga­tion) fol­lowed by a one hour car ride into a place known as The Bridge, where the Kon­im­pade com­mu­nity is set­tled. At the bor­der of the river Nushiño, we will walk through pri­mary for­est observ­ing plant species, large trees of the jun­gle and var­i­ous species of birdlife and if lucky mam­mals of the jun­gle. The two hour walk is very fun and inter­est­ing for all vis­i­tors to enjoy, end­ing in the home of the Huao­rani Goya Nen­quino fam­ily where we will have the oppor­tu­nity to observe a tra­di­tional dance offered by the mem­bers of the com­mu­nity we will enjoy our box lunch here and after a short break, we will have a 20 minute walk to a salt link where, if lucky, we can find the Guanta (Cunicu­luc paca) feed­ing. After enjoy­ing the com­pany of the Huao­rani Fam­ily, we will begin our return by canoe (1 hour ride) until we reach our depar­ture loca­tion. Where we will get our car and head back to Yacuma EcoLodge. A farewell din­ner is set up for you to enjoy as you spend your last night in the jun­gles of Ecuador.

Day 5: Yacuma EcoLodge — Tena

AMAZON TREKKINGFor those inter­ested in bird watch­ing, an early start is offered to catch the dif­fer­ent species of birdlife ris­ing for the day. At 5:30 am we will go up to the view­point close to the lodge to observe the jun­gle come alive. An impres­sive view of the ama­zon jun­gle from the same lev­els of the canopy is also very grand from this loca­tion. We will return to the lodge for break­fast. We will say good­bye to our friends after break­fast, and we
will board our canoe to go back to San Pedro de Sum­ino. From here and with the help of our guide you will travel back to Tena and head along with your Ecuador adven­ture.
(Din­ner included in price)

Not included:
Domes­tic flight, return pri­vate (or pub­lic) car trans­porta­tion to Tena, alco­holic or soft drinks, tips, extras, per­sonal expenses, per­sonal Travel Insur­ance.
FIXED DEPAR­TURES SHARED (IN POOL) GROUP TOUR GROSS PRICES 2015
We offer guar­an­teed depar­tures with min­i­mum 2 pas­sen­gers every week and at the fol­low­ing spe­cial gross rates and dates.
SPE­CIAL GROSS RATES WITH FIXED DEPAR­TURE DATES (US$ PER PER­SON) (IN POOL WITH MIN­I­MUM 2 PARTICIPANTS):

2016YACUMA LODGESHAREDTOURS(US$)
Tour Length In /​Out Price/​Person SS
5 days MondaytoFriday 410 120

All Rates include

  • Taxes
  • Full Board in the lodge (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner); in — out canoe trans­fers (San Pedro — Yacuma Lodge — San Pedro)
  • Native guides
  • English/​Spanish speak­ing com­pan­ion (from Tena)
  • Pub­lic Trans­porta­tion Tena — San Pedro de Sum­ino and return

All Rates do not include

  • Pri­vate Trans­porta­tion Quito — Tena — San Pedro (or Santa Rosa) and return
  • Alco­holic or soft drinks
  • Chon­tay­acu Com­mu­nity entrance fee ($3, 00 p.p.)
  • Tips
  • Extras
  • Per­sonal expenses

Chil­dren under 12 years: 50% dis­count. (Chil­dren under 4 years free — in the same accom­mo­da­tion with their par­ents).
Sin­gle Accom­mo­da­tion Sup­ple­ment: 30% of tour cost.
FLIGHTS (Not always avail­able):
Flight Quito — Tena — Quito (avail­able Mon­day, Wednes­day and Friday)

  • One way $ 120.- per person
  • Round trip $ 200.- per person

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