Adventure in the rainforest

Canyoning Tour to the Rainforest in Ecuador

We will go canyoning, caving and rafting. And you will also visit a Shuar community in the middle of the rainforest. This will be the adventure of your life, let us know, if you want to join: info@arutamecotours.com

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Biking and Canyoning Adventure (2 days)

Biking and Canyoning Adventure (2 days)

tours to the rainforest Ecuador tour a la selva tour in den Regenwald Canyoning Tour to the Rainforest in EcuadorFirst day: We start our tour at 8:30 am from Cuenca and drive about 1.5 hours to get to the highest point of the eastern mountains range of the Andes dividing Azuay and Morona Santiago. From there you swing yourselfe on a bike and go for the downhill biking adventure. You bike partly on asphalt and partly on dirt road along a windy road through the Andes. After about 1.5 hours you will have a break from biking and go on a hike trough the cloud forest to an amazing waterfall. Then you will enjoy lunch and when you are ready you go on the last leg to Limón. You reach the small town in the afternoon and before dinner everyone can refresh and relax for a while.

Second and last day: After breakfast, we meet to drive to the waterfalls for canyoning. The beautiful waterfalls are located in the rainforest and are great for a little adventure in the jungle. Besides rappelling down some walls you will also be able to slide and jump into pools to your heart’s content. For lunch we will return to Limón and then prepare our trip back to Cuenca, where we will arrive in the late afternoon.

Price per person:

$240 (2 people going)

$220 (3+ people going)

Small group
Tour time: 8:30 am to around 6 pm (following day)
Service: On request

The program includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation, activities and all meals

  • Rubber boots, biking and canyoning equipment

  • Spanish and English speaking guide

The program does not include:

  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

  • Personal expenses

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

Limón is situated in the Amazon Rainforest so the weather is usually nice and warm, but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. Bring mainly light clothes and a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. We recommend you pack the following for your trip:

  • Outdoor shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • Bathing suit
  • Small daypack
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Light cotton pants
  • Pullover
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Passport (or a copy)
Canyoning and rafting (4 days)

Canyoning and rafting (4 days)

DSCN2355 raftingFirst day:
We will meet at 9 am at the Arutam Ecotours office in Cuenca and start our journey to el oriente soon after. Our arrival at the hotel in Limón is scheduled around noon. Afterwards we will have a good lunch and explore the small town for a while. We will then meet to drive to the waterfalls where we will do the canyoning. The amazing redwater waterfalls are located in the rainforest and are great for a little adventure in the jungle. At the end of the day we will return to Limón for a delicious dinner.

Second day:
After a hearty breakfast, we will drive to a small Shuar community in the middle of the rainforest. We will walk the rainforest trail to get to our first waterfall for canyoning. We will rappel down three high waterfalls in the jungle and your adventure will be followed by a traditional meal prepared by the Shuar. We can also organize a traditional Shuar performance with typical dances for you for an extra fee for the community. In the late afternoon we will return to Limón.

Third day:
After breakfast, we will drive to Macas. On our way there we stop to visit a cave. In the darkness you can discover an underground river and waterfall. Afterwards we will continue our way and get our well-earned lunch in Macas. Once we arrive at the Upano River in Macas we will be introduced to the rafting equipment and get on the boats. While navigating on the category 3 river you can enjoy beautiful views of the jungle shoreline. In the late afternoon we will return to Macas and have a hearty dinner before settling down at the hotel.

Last day:
This morning starts after breakfast with a visit to an animal rehabilitation center. There, you will be able to see animals typical of the Amazon rainforest, like jaguars and other wild cats, as well as parrots, monkeys, sloths and tapirs, to name just a few. After lunch we will return to our hotel, get our luggage, and depart back to Cuenca, where we arrive in the late afternoon.

Price per person: $440  (from 3 people on)
Small group
Tour time: 9 am to around 6 pm (fourth day)
Service: On request

The program includes:

  • 3 nights accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation, activities and meals as listed above

  • Rubber boots; canyoning, caving and rafting equipment

  • Spanish and English or German speaking guide

The program does not include:

  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

  • Personal expenses

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

Limón and Macas are situated in the Amazon Rainforest, so the weather is usually nice and warm, but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. Bring mainly light clothes and a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. We recommend you pack the following for your trip:

  • Outdoor shoes
  • Rain poncho
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • Bathing suit
  • Small daypack
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Light cotton pants
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes and/or sandals for Limón
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Passport (always take a copy as well)
Macas and surroundings (3 days)

Macas and surroundings (3 days)

Tour to the Rainforest in Ecuador tour a la selva tour in den Regenwald Tour to the Rainforest in Ecuador tour a la selva tour in den RegenwaldFirst day: We start our journey to Macas at 8:30 am from Cuenca. On the way there you will visit a Cacao Farm. You will learn about growing cacao plants, harvest the fruit and roast cacao beans yourself to grind them up into selfe-made chocolate. Before going on, you will have lunch and then go on to Macas. After checking into the hotel you can explore Macas for a while before having dinner.

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Second day: After a hearty breakfast, we will drive to a small Shuar Community in the middle of the rainforest. You will walk for about 30 minutes along a trail to get to their traditional huts, which are located at a river. The activities in this magical spot include hiking to a giant Ceiba tree explications about the plants of the rainforest, a canoe ride along the river as well as traditional Shuar music and dances. For lunch you will have typical meal prepared by the Shuars and in the late afternoon we will return to Macas for dinner.

Third and last day: The morning starts after breakfast with a visit to an Animal Rehabilitation Center. There, you will be able to see animals typical to the Amazon rainforest, like jaguars and other wild cats, as well as parrots, monkeys, sloths and tapirs, to name just a few. After lunch we will return to our hotel, get our luggage and depart back to Cuenca, where we arrive in the late afternoon.

Price per person:

2 persons: $320 

From 3 persons on: $290

Small group
Tour time: 9 am to around 6 pm (third day)
Service: On request

The program includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation, activities and meals as listed above

  • Rubber boots

  • Spanish and English speaking guide

The program does not include:

  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

  • Personal expenses

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

Limón and Macas are situated in the Amazon Rainforest, so the weather is usually nice and warm, but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. Bring mainly light clothes and a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. We recommend you pack the following for your trip:

  • Outdoor shoes
  • Rain poncho
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • Bathing suit
  • Small daypack
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Light cotton pants
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes and/or sandals for Limón
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Passport (always take a copy as well)
Canyoning and tubing (3 days)

Canyoning and tubing (3 days)

canyoning  P1020109First day:
We will meet at 9 am at the Arutam Ecotours office in Cuenca and start our journey to el oriente soon after. Our arrival at the hotel in Limón is scheduled around noon. Afterwards we will have a good lunch and explore the small town for a while. We will then drive to the spot for canyoning. The amazing waterfalls are located in the rainforest and are great for a little adventure in the jungle. At the end of the day we will return to Limón for a delicious dinner.

Second day:
After a hearty breakfast, we will drive to a small Shuar community in the middle of the rainforest. We will walk the rainforest trail to get to our first waterfall for canyoning. We will rappel down three high waterfalls in the jungle and your adventure will be followed by a traditional meal prepared by the Shuars. We can also organize a traditional Shuar performance with typical dances with an extra fee for the community. In the late afternoon we will return to Limón.

Third and last day:
After breakfast, we will depart to a site with ancient petroglyphs and produce fresh sugarcane juice ourselves. After this morning activity, we will have lunch at the riverside. In the afternoon we can take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of the river and have fun going tubing. We will then return to the hotel and prepare our trip back to Cuenca, which we will reach in the late afternoon.

Price per person:

2 persons : $430

From 3 persons on: $360

Small group
Tour time: 9 am to around 6 pm (third day)
Service: On request

The program includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation, activities and meals as listed above

  • Rubber boots and canyoning equipment

  • Spanish, English or German speaking guide

The program does not include:

  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

  • Personal expenses

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

Limón is situated in the Amazon Rainforest, so the weather is usually nice and warm but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. Bring mainly light clothes and a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. We recommend you pack the following for your trip:

  • Outdoor shoes
  • Rain poncho
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • Bathing suit
  • Small daypack
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Light cotton pants
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes and/or sandals for Limón
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Passport (always take a copy as well)
Canyoning and Tubing (2 days)

Canyoning and Tubing (2 days)

Canyoning DSCN0939First day: We will meet at 9 am at the Arutam Ecotours office in Cuenca and start our journey to Morona Santiago in el oriente soon after. Our arrival at our hotel in Limón is scheduled around noon. Afterwards we will have a good lunch and explore the small town for a while. We will then meet to drive to the waterfalls for canyoning. The amazing waterfalls are located in the rainforest and are great for a little adventure in the jungle. At the end of the day we will return to Limón for a delicious dinner.

Second and last day: After breakfast, we will depart to a site with ancient petroglyphs and produce fresh sugarcane juice ourselves. After this morning activity, we will have lunch at the riverside. In the afternoon we can take a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of the river and have fun going tubing. We will then return to the hotel and prepare our trip back to Cuenca, which we will reach in the late afternoon.

Price per person: $220 Small group
Tour time: 9 am to around 6 pm (following day)
Service: On request

The program includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation, activities and meals as listed above

  • Rubber boots and canyoning equipment

  • Spanish and English speaking guide

The program does not include:

  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

  • Personal expenses

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

Limón is situated in the Amazon Rainforest so the weather is usually nice and warm, but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. Bring mainly light clothes and a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. We recommend you pack the following for your trip:

  • Outdoor shoes
  • Rain poncho
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • Bathing suit
  • Small daypack
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Light cotton pants
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes and/or sandals for Limón
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Passport (always take a copy as well)
Tayos Cave Expedition (3 days)

Tayos Cave Expedition (3 days)

Cave Tour to the Rainforest in Ecuador tour a una cueva en la selva Höhlentour in den Regenwald

This is an exciting adventure expedition to the mythical Cueva de los Tayos (“Cave of the Oil Birds”). The cave was made famous through an expedition in 1976 which included astronaut Neil Armstrong. It is located in a Shuar community in Limón Indanza and the entrances are within the rainforest. The entrance we use is a 55 meter deep hole leading to 5 kilometers of passages and a spacious chamber.

This cave tour is physically very demanding and includes extreme sports, so it’s important to be healthy and in good shape for this expedition.

First day: The adventure starts early in the morning in Cuenca, from where we will travel to Limón, a small town in Morona Santiago. You will have breakfast in Limón and then you will take a van deeper into the Amazon region. Once we reach the River Port Yukiantza a canoe will take us downriver for about 15 minutes. Next is a hike of about 1 hour on a muddy path to the Shuar Community Kuankus. In the community we will be rewarded with a typical lunch. After signing the permits to enter the cave we will hike about 30 minutes to the Coangos River and cross the river on a raft. On the other side of the river we will hike through the jungle for 2 more hours until we get to the entrance of the cave. Here, we will stay in a cabin of the Shuars and this family will also prepare the dinner.

Second day: After breakfast from the Shuar family, the guides will prepare the descent into the cave via the ropes and get everyone equipped. Then the cave adventure begins and you will rappel about 55 meters downwards. When everyone gets down, the groups will walk roughly 30 minutes to “La Catedral”, where we will put up our camp for the night. Then we will have lunch prepared by the guides. In the afternoon the group will explore some of the most iconic places of the cave like the “Altar”, “Amphitheater” and “Hall of Stalagmites”. When you get back to the campsite the guides will prepare something to eat and can discuss your impressions with the other expedition members. This night will be spent in the cave.

Third and last day: Early in the morning after breakfast we will get ready for the way back out of the cave. At 7 am we will start exiting the cave and afterwards have lunch at the entrance of the cave. Then we will hike back to the Shuar community, take a ride in a canoe and finally arrive by bus in Limón, where we will have a good dinner and go on to our final destination, Cuenca.

Tour time: 5 am to around 10 pm the last day

The program includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a cabin and the cave

  • Transportation, activities and meals as listed above

  • Caving equipment, rubber boots, metal dish, spoon and cup

  • Spanish and English speaking guide, 2 Shuar guides, 3 caving guides

  • 2 horses for the equipment and food

The program does not include:

  • Travel insurance

  • Donkeys for personal luggage
  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

  • Personal expenses

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

Limón is situated in the Amazon rainforest, so the weather is usually nice and warm, but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. Bring mainly light clothes and a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. On this trip it we recommend using a small backpack and packing very light, because you will be carrying your luggage for the whole strenuous adventure. Here is what you should bring for the trip:

  • Rain poncho
  • 2 pair of light quick-drying pants and one pair of clean pants
  • 3 light quick-drying shirts and one clean shirt
  • Warm sweater
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (high factor recommended)
  • Flashlight with sufficient batteries for the time in the cave (optional); 6 extra batteries AAA (non-disposable)
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Copy of your passport
  • Wet wipe with alcohol
  • Energy food/energy bars
  • Rehydrating drinks with electrolytes (for fluid loss during the hikes)
  • Water container of more than 1 liter to stay hydrated during the hikes
  • Cash, if you want to buy something from the people living in and around the Shuar community

 

Canyoning in Cabogana

Canyoning in Cabogana

canyoning in Cuenca

For our canyoning tour we will leave Cuenca at 9 am to head for the Cerro Cabogana. After a 40 minute walk through beautiful scenery we arrive at the Rio Amarillo, the perfect spot for adrenaline- and adventure-filled canyoning, which involves descending a canyon or a course, rappelling down a waterfall or jumping puddles of water. Around 3 pm we will be back in Cuenca.

Price per person: $80 (minimum 2 persons)
Private trip 
Tour time: 9 am to 3 pm Service: Every day

Please contact us for further pricing.

The program includes:

  • Transportation and box-lunch
  • Climbing equipment and instructor
  • Spanish and English speaking guide
The program does not include:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.