This tour is an amazing opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience both from a natural and cultural point of view. You will observe the local wildlife, hike in the jungle, and immerse yourself in the local communities.
This region has countless incredible experiences for you. You will be able to observe some of the 600 species of birds that can be found in Yasuni reserve, as well as the other abundant wildlife. Apart from the natural wealth of the region, you will also be able to get to know the local indigenous culture from inside.
Duration: 4/5 days (4th day in the jungle is optional)
Start/End Location: Coca
Availability: All year round
Miscellaneous: Good physical condition (long walks)
Day 1: Begin your tour in the jungle
Your first visit of the tour will be Napo Cultural Center, where you will have the outstanding chance to step onto the aboriginal territory of the kichwa Añangu community. Their members will welcome you with a traditional and refreshing ice-cold “wayusa”. Then the manager of the local hotel will give you quick instructions and will immediately take you to your comfortable room with views of the rainforest. You will therefore be able to get ready for the first activity in the afternoon.
You will hike along “Playas” trail to experience amazon wildlife for the first time, and discover of the most biologically diverse places on Earth.
Kayaking will also be available as an optional activity for around 45 min, where you will be able to enjoy an overwhelming and colorful sunset in the vastness of Napo River. Then you will head back to your room to rest a little and prepare yourself for a well-deserved dinner.
Day 2: Observe the local nature and start to get to know the indigenous culture
You will have an early breakfast and then head in a motor boat to one of the highlights of Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, the parrot clay lick in the riverside of River Napo. Bring your binoculars and camera lenses to see flocks of blue- headed, yellow-crowned parrots and even dusky-headed parakeets from the boat.
Then you will walk around 30 min through “pericos” trail to reach the forest. There, you will have a direct view of the amazing parakeet clay lick that brings visitors face to face with up to 11 species of parrots and parakeets (including parrotlets and macaws). Sometimes, even mammals like howler monkeys, tapir, and peccaries come to this place to drink water and get vital minerals for their body.
This morning will end with a visit of the intercultural interpretation center “Kuri Muyu” which means golden seed in native language. This center is handled by the women of the community also known as “mamakuna”. You will learn about the kichwa culture, crafts, customs and traditional use of natural resources directly from the people of the aboriginal community.
You will afterwards return to the center of the community to have lunch in the dining hall and take a break in the lodge. Then, you will hike for about one hour in order to climb up the observation tower. You will find yourself 35 meters above the surface with high chances to spot a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots, and sloths.
It will then be time for dinner, followed by a unique activity at Napo river. Onboard an ancestral catamaran, you will get to know more about the legends and traditional chants of the community, while eating some delicious snacks grilled in the fire.
Day 3: Get ready for a full natural day
Start your day with your breakfast while enjoying a beautiful sunrise. Then you are going to visit sustainable community projects, talk about Kichwa’s Addition to medicinal views and walk in the Mama Cuna road. This will be an excellent opportunity to see more wildlife, ceiba trees, strangler, bamboo cane, vines and shrubs endemic from Yasuní.
In the afternoon you will paddle around “Añangu” stream, a black water ecosystem where you will be able to spot monkeys jumping from tree to tree, caiman and sometimes even giant river otters trying to catch fish.
You will then have time to settle back and prepare for a traditional typical dinner to taste local flavors of the amazon, such as “maito” which is grilled fish wrapped in a “bijao” leaf. If you have an adventurous palate, you can try the grilled worms of the “chonta” locally known as “chontakuru”. After dinner, prepare your flashlight for a night walk around the lodge to see different kind of insects, reptiles and even nocturnal mammals like night monkeys.
Day 4: Hike and observe the local wildlife
On this 4th day you will wake up with the chirping of Amazonian birds, before enjoying a local and organic breakfast buffet. After this, you will put on your rubber boots to start hiking on “Samona” trail. There you will feel like “Indiana Jones” in the middle of century-old kapok trees. You will be able to spot capuchin, woolly and saki monkeys, as well as look under the leaves to spot bizarre insects and tune your eyes and ears for the birds, monkeys and reptiles among the dense forest.
After that you will go back to the eco-lodge for a refreshing drink and prepare for an exquisite local lunch.
In the afternoon you will visit your second canopy observation tower to see some of the 600 hundred species of birds with specialized telescopes.
You will then have time to settle back and prepare for a traditional typical dinner to taste local flavors of the amazon, such as “maito” which is grilled fish wrapped in a “bijao” leaf. If you have an adventurous palate, you can try the grilled worms of the “chonta” locally known as “chontakuru”.
Day 5: Enjoy an unforgettable ritual before heading back home
You will end this tour by taking part on the optional “wayusada” ritual. It takes place at dawn around 4:30 am, when the kichwa families share together the sacred “wayusa”. This has been a way to pass their ancient knowledge to the new generations. There you will also be able to share traditional chants and have the chance to “interpret dreams” with the wisest “mamakuna” of the community. A mystique experience.
Then you will head back to the lodge for breakfast, while our staff picks up your luggage for your return to Coca town. Your ride back to Coca onboard a comfortable motor boat will be your last chance to appreciate the Ecuadorian rainforest landscape.
The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
National flights: Airline baggage allowance is 23 kilograms per person.
Hotels, trains and other services are quoted without reservations. They are subject to change without previous notice unless booked.
We will send to you a form that you must fill out at the moment that you make your confirmation that includes the complete name, number, address a phone number of your company insures, please be sure that you fill out carefully.
If your tour includes traveling in altitude, we highly recommend realizing a previous appointment with your doctor for a general physical checkup. We also recommend checking if you need to take any vaccination. It is important that you have a current travel insurance including personal medical insurance, also a copy of it and a copy of your passport. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.