Yasuní Sumak Kausay (4 days)

Sumak-Kausay4 Sumak-Kausay6First day: The Yasuní Kichwa Ecolodge is located on the banks of the Napo River, the largest river of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The trip will leave downriver from the town of Coca in comfortable motorized canoes, which will take about two hours. As you eat your box lunch, you will see birds such as herons, kingfishers, terns and other shorebird species. Arriving at the Yasuni Kichwa Ecolodge, visitors will be welcomed with a traditional drink and meal at the lodge 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 returning for dinner.

Second day: We will have breakfast and depart by boat to visit an amazing parrot clay lick that brings visitors face to face with approximately 11 species of parrots (including parakeets and macaws), depending on the seasons 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, before returning to the lodge for lunch. Then, we will climb up the observation tower to see a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths in the jungle canopy. We will return to the hotel by motorized canoe for a traditional dinner.

Third day: After breakfast, we will visit the community projects, and learn about the Kichwa worldview. We will take a 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 hotel by motorized canoe for dinner.

Fourth day: We will get up at 4:30 am to experience one of the ancient customs of the Kichwa culture: making wayusa tea while listening to Kichwa songs and peacefully meditating. Aftewards, we return for breakfast before taking a motorized canoe back to Coca.

Price per person: $789 (private room) $730 (double) or $630 (triple)

The program includes:

  • Lodging, all meals, purified water, river transportation and local shuttle to and from the Coca Airport
  • Community and bilingual naturalist guides
  • Entrance to Yasuní National Park.
  • Impermeable ponchos and rubber boots

The program does not include:

  • Air ticket from Quito to Coca and vice versa, priced at around $206.00 (subject to change)
  • Beverages
  • Tips

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.
  • Underwear
  • Shorts
  • 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