Shuar Community in Limón Indanza (3 days)

 Shuarcommunity  P1020284First 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. You will then need to put on “wet gear” (rubber boots and, in case of wet weather, a rain poncho), so that we can enjoy a beautiful hike in the rainforest along a stream with an amazing waterfall. At the end of the day we will return to Limón for a delicious dinner.

Second 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 on the riverside. In the afternoon you can take a refreshing swim in the river and have fun going tubing. In the evening, we will go to our finca outside of Limón where you will be served a BBQ.

Third and last day: After a hearty breakfast, we will drive to a small Shuar community in the middle of the rainforest. We will walk on an enchanted rainforest trail to reach a waterfall, which the Shuar still use for their mysterious rituals. This walk in the jungle will be followed by a traditional meal prepared by the Shuar. We can also organize a traditional Shuar performance with typical dances with an extra fee for the community. After our good-byes, we will return to the hotel and prepare our trip back to Cuenca, which we will reach in the late afternoon.

Price from 2 persons on: $280 per person

Tour time: 9 am to around 6 pm the last day

The program includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation, activities and meals as listed above

  • Rubber boots

  • 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 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)

Here is an opinion of one of our guests you also can find on TripAdvisor:

My friend and I took a three day tour to Limon and the Oriente with Arutam Tours and it was adventurous and fun. We are both senior citizens and Xavier was happy to tailor the activities to our abilities. I would not recommend the tour to anyone uncomfortable to walking hills and uneven surfaces but anyone who can climb hills and walk over slippery rocks should try this adventure. We went deep into the jungle to see gorgeous waterfalls, spent some time on a sugar cane farm while the owner juiced the cane and then cooked it into syrup. There is a bit of sitting around waiting for things to happen but it is a good thing for over-stimulated Americans to take some time out to relax and sit in nature. We ate the sugar cane syrup with home made queso fresca cheese and then drove to an area where petroglyphs are out along the path to the river where we ate lunch. Our third day was spent with the Shuar tribe and we definitely enjoyed Christian, the son of the tribal Shaman. Later we discovered that this tribe had formerly been Head Hunters!! There were too many experiences to account but it was an unforgettable tour. If you are younger and more adventuresome, Xavier can make the tour much more strenuous! He is knowlegable, patient, kind and fun!