First day: The Yasuní Kichwa Ecolodge is located on the banks of the Napo River, the largest river of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The trip will start from the town of Coca in a comfortable motorized canoe, with the trip downriver taking about two hours, with a box lunch included. During the trip you will see birds such as herons, kingfishers, terns and other shorebird species, as well as beautiful landscapes. Arriving at the Yasuni Kichwa Ecolodge, visitors will be welcomed with a traditional drink and a meal before being shown to their cabins. In the afternoon, we will take a short walk down to the banks of the Napo River to enjoy a beautiful sunset before dinner.
Second day: After enjoying breakfast we will depart by boat to visit an amazing parrot clay lick that will bring you face to face with approximately 11 species of parrots (including parrotlets and macaws), depending on the season and weather conditions. We will end the morning with a visit to the Interpretation Center “Kuri Muyu” run by the women of the community to learn about Kichwa crafts and traditions. We will return for lunch in the lodge before taking a walk to climb up the observation tower to see a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths. Finally, we will return by motorized canoe to the hotel for dinner.
Third day: After breakfast, we will visit the community projects, and learn about the Kichwa worldview. We will take on the walk on the Mama Cuna road for an excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, ceiba trees, bamboo cane, vines and shrubs endemic to Yasuní and then return for lunch at the lodge. At the Añangu stream, you will board a canoe and head downstream to see alligators and listen to the sounds of nature. We will return to the hotel by motorized canoe for dinner.
Fourth day: You will climb up the observation tower to see a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths. Returning to the hotel, you will choose to camp or spend the rest of the day exploring or relaxing in the cabin.
Fifth day: We will get up at 4:30 am to experience one of the ancient customs of the Kichwa culture: making wayusa tea. Meanwhile, listen to Kichwa songs and peacefully meditate. Then we will head back for breakfast before taking a motorized canoe back to Coca.
Price per person: $908 (private room) $783 (double) or $698 (triple)
If you would like to stay longer than 5 days, it is $119 per day per person for each additional day.
The program includes:
The program does not include:
Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.
What to bring?
- Passport or Ecuadorian I.D.
- Suitcase or backpack
- Knapsack for daily excursions
- 2 pairs of pants
- Cotton t-shirts and some long-sleeve shirts
- 1 pair of socks for every day in the jungle.
- 1 light sweater or jacket
- Hat or cap
- Swimsuit (if you would like to swim)
- Sunglasses, with retainer
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- Batteries Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Plastic bottle for water
- Small lantern (mining-type head gear is recommended)
- Sandals for use at the lodge.
- Extra cash and small change for the bar and souvenirs.
NOTE: There is a 20 kg per person limit on the airplane. If your baggage exceeds this limit, you will be charged by the airline.
Flight information: The following are the flights that will get you to and from Coca, NOT included in the tour prices and paid separately ahead of time:
QUITO – COCA
Flight No. 56
Departure Time: 09:10 (please be one hour earlier)
Arrival Time: 09:45
COCA – QUITO
Flight No. 57
Departure Time: 11:15
Arrival Time: 11:45