Ecuador: Rainforest Adventure 4 Days All Inclusive
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Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador: Rainforest Adventure 4 Days All Inclusive

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Created: Monday, November 23, 2020 - Departure: Saturday, April 3, 2021
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Yasuní National Park is our first choice when recommending an Amazon rainforest experience to more adventurous travellers. Located in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon, and known as one of the most biodiverse areas on earth, a visit to Yasuní is the best way to truly experience the vast richness of wildlife.


Please take into consideration that if you are going to take this program as your first destination in Ecuador then you need to be in Quito early in the morning

About the city
Puerto Francisco de Orellana also known as El Coca, is the capital of province of Orellana in eastern Ecuador. The city is located in the Amazon Rainforest at the confluence of the Coca River and the Napo River It is visited by tourists going into the Amazonian forest and is served by the Francisco de Orellana Airport.
Created: Monday, November 23, 2020 - Departure: Saturday, April 3, 2021
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Ecuador: Rainforest Adventure 4D/3N

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Itinerary:

Choose Ecuador as your holiday destination! This beautiful country is a paradise everywhere you look at it. Let yourself be amazed by its culture expressed majestically in its churches, buildings and heritage cities. You'll fall in love with its views, beaches and the abundance of fauna that they enclose. Increase your adrenaline by practicing a variety of adventure sports that Ecuador has to offer. And don´t forget to delight yourself with the taste of its gastronomic diversity, which you'll find while touring this country full of magic and charm.


Day 1: Welcome to Ecuador - Getting into the Amazon

Our journey starts with a 35-minute flight from Quito to Coca where staff will meet you upon arrival. We will transfer to the banks of the Napo River where your bilingual guides will give a safety briefing before embarking on a 2 ½ hour boat trip on the largest Ecuadorian affluent of the Amazon, the Napo River. During the journey, we get a taste of the Amazon – ancestral communities, life on the river, and birdlife such as herons, egrets and vultures. A packed lunch will be provided. The motorized canoe ride is followed by a 15-minute walk through flooded forest and a 20-minute paddle canoe ride across the beautiful Challuacocha blackwater oxbow lake. The lodge staff warmly welcomes us with refreshing cold drinks and delicious snacks before settling down in our cabins. After getting settled in, we will have a short hike on nearby trails where we will get acquainted with the sights, smells and sounds of the Amazon jungle. As we enter the forest, sunlight is immediately filtered and we are faced with a million shades of green. A symphony of insect song fills the air, and our senses are instantly heightened. We might see one of the forest’s 13 species of primate, birds, frogs, or extraordinary flora. The walk is one of discovery, and immediately tunes us in to the richness of Amazon ecosystem. Return to the lodge for a chef-prepared dinner. The talented culinary staff at Sani Lodge is proud to offer a wide variety of delicious national and international cuisine. They are able to cater to a wide variety of dietary references, including for vegetarians and vegans. One of our bilingual guides will give a briefing about the Amazon region before you head out into the lagoon to search for nocturnal wildlife, paddling silently through its black waters. Someone’s flashlight will almost certainly find eyeshine in the darkness – you might manage so see black caimans! Return to the lodge for overnight.

Included: Bedroom and breakfast, English speaking guide, arrival transfer with English speaking guide, lunch, dinner


Day 2: Yasuni - Wildlife Discovery

After breakfast at the lodge, we set out for a full day of adventure in the rainforest. We will take a long hike to learn about the plants, animals and people of the Amazon. We will discover medicinal uses for the rainforest’s many plant species, search for impossibly small species of frog and startlingly large insect species, keep our eyes open for primates high in the forest canopy, and learn about the Sani culture. We will also hone our blow gun skills to understand survival hunting techniques. After a full morning, we will enjoy a picnic lunch in the forest in a special spot chosen by our guide. Following lunch, we will make our way to the lagoon system where we will set out on kayaks for an afternoon of paddling. A stop at Sani Lodge’s observation tower is a highlight. We will wind our way up a 36-meter (108 ft) high staircase to the wooden observatory perched at the top of the forest canopy in majestic kapok (aka ‘God’s Hand) tree. The exhilaration of standing above the entire forest is quickly overtaken by the excitement of spotting some of the 565 registered species of birds. With some luck, there is also a chance to spot howler or squirrel monkeys or even sloths resting high in the canopy. The wildlife viewing from above is an entirely different perspective, and gives a chance to discover some of the Amazon’s biodiversity that can be difficult if not impossible to see from the ground. After getting our fill of wildlife watching from the tower, we walk back to our kayaks for a (1 hour) recreational paddle back to the lodge. We will enjoy another delicious chef-prepared dinner before retiring for the night.

Included: Bedroom and breakfast, English speaking guide, lunch, dinner.


Day 3: Yasuni National Park Exploration and Indigenous Community Visit

After an early breakfast, we will depart for a visit to Yasuni National Park. This 9,620 sq km park is Ecuador’s largest mainland park and is a Unesco designated international biosphere reserve. The park was untouched by the last ice age, resulting in a thriving and diverse pool of species, and it is one of the last true wildernesses in Ecuador. We will walk in the park, observing its flora and fauna and make our way to a viewing blind near one of the park’s famous clay licks. There we might be lucky to see parrots and parakeets. They visit most mornings to eat clay that aids their digestion of unripe seeds and fruits. We might see mealy Amazon, yellow-crowned, orange-winged and blue-headed parrots among others. After our morning in Yasuni, we will visit the local Sani community. Here, we will learn about and support their women’s project, the community turtle breeding work, and also participate in a cooking class, which will become our traditional lunch. Spending time with the Sani women in the kitchen allows for a special glimpse into their culture and customs, and also insight into our many commonalities. We enjoy a very special, very local lunch in the community. Our cultural exchange and exploration continues after lunch, when we will hike back to the lodge on a “camino vecinal” (minor road/community path?) accompanied by our guide and a member of the local community. On our hike, we will get first-hand insight into local life while the Napo River flows by our side towards the Atlantic Ocean. We will learn about the local’s architecture, see their farming activities, their lifestyle, discover plants in the rainforest that are used for medicine, and more. We will return to the lodge in the late afternoon for a well-deserved dinner. Optional night walk in the rain forest to see myriad insect, spider and frog species come to life in their nocturnal habitat.

Included: American breakfast, English speaking guide, arrival transfer with English speaking guide, lunch.


Day 4: Reality Tour - Farewell

After breakfast, we will make our way back to Coca for our flight back to Quito. As we journey up the Napo River, we will learn about some of the challenges that local communities and ecotourism ventures face with the intense pressure that extractive industries place on the Amazon.

Included: American breakfast, English speaking guide, transfer to the airport.

Remarks:

- The operation of the program depends on a minimum of two people. If you are traveling alone, we advise you to consult us beforehand if the departure that interests you is already guaranteed.

- The itinerary is subject to change depending on confirmed flights, weather conditions and on the roads.

- 100% cancellation fees are considered from 25 days before the service begins.


Vaccinations:

If you are travelling to the Amazonia please ask your physician as Yellow fever might be required.

price per person From
US$1,447
Based on 2 adults
Trip summary
2 Adults
4/3/2021 - 4/6/2021
Nights 3
This idea includes
Destinations 1
Transports 2
Accommodations 1
Tours 1
Tour summary
Address
Pick up at Quito Hotel
Included

- Transfers in and out.

- 03 nights’ accommodation.

- Meals described on the itinerary.

- English speaking guide.

- Activities described in the itinerary.

- Domestic airfare.

Excluded

- International airfare.

- Meals not described in the itinerary.

- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

- Services not mentioned in the program.

- Tips.



Hotels

Tourit Category:

  • Sani Lodge

www.sanilodge.com

First Class Category:

  • Napo Wildlife Center

www.napowildlifecenter.com

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