• Ecuador
  • 5 Days

Irresistibe Awakening in the Wild of Ecuador

  • Basecamp Retreat
  • Active adventure
  • 5 days; 4 nights
  • 1 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Coca

This 5 day jungle adventure brings you deep into the jungle, exploring by foot and by canoe along the lakes and rivers of Yasuní National Park. This untrodden wildlife refuge is considered sacred by many -- and known as one of the most diverse areas in the planet. With a massive 9820-sq-km section of wetlands, marshes, swamps, lakes, rivers and tropical rainforest, Yasuní National Park's staggering biodiversity led Unesco to declare it an international biosphere reserve, and it was established as a national park shortly after, in 1979. Because this pocket of life was untouched by the last ice age, a diverse pool of species has thrived here throughout the centuries, including more than 600 bird species, some previously unknown elsewhere. Resident animals include some hard-to-see jungle wildlife, such as jaguars, harpy eagles, pumas and tapirs. Twenty years ago, the aboriginal Añangu kichwa community collectively relinquished their right to hunt and fish in order to recover wildlife populations. Immserse yourself in this wild world, exploring by day and relaxing comfortably by night

At a Glance

Creature comforts

luxurious


Physical activity

moderate


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Forest
  • Wetlands
  • Jungle

Practicalities

  • For all ages
  • Fluent english spoken

Activities

  • Trekking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayak & canoeing
  • Foraging
  • Wildlife
  • Women’s retreat
  • Indigenous culture
  • Safari

Your Local Expert

Gabriel Minas

The Kichwa Añangu people welcome you to take a glance at the ways of life within the Community. Engaging encounters at our Cultural Center will introduce you to our community, ancestral customs, traditional practices, and so much more.

The Journey

Day 1

To the Añangu Land

A rewarding 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range is the beginning of this amazing experience. After landing, a short 5 minute drive to the port in the Napo River will take you onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a boat ride along the Napo for approximately 2 hours. Some birds can be spotted on the way. After arriving at Napo Wildlife Center’s welcoming area, we take a magical and peaceful 2 hour dugout-canoe along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Great chances to spot wildlife, various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival at the lodge.

Day 2

The Canopy Tower & Forest Lecture

After a buffet breakfast, experience the life above the forest floor visiting the 36-meter canopy tower. This tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge deep within the forest. Get a very good sample of the 567 species recorded so far, with a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, flycatchers and even Spider or Howler Monkeys feeding themselves on the nearby trees. The canopy tower opens a whole new world to the guests of the Napo Wildlife Center. Return to the lodge for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. After lunch there are many options to choose from before you start the afternoon activity: climb the central tower for birdwatching, or just relax in your hammock. In the afternoon, hike through a marvelous terra- firme forest to discover the ecology and the role of plants in the complex world of the Tropical Rain-Forest: vines, ancient trees, bromeliads, orchids stand out in this impressive natural garden. After the hike, explore the surrounding creeks with possibilities of running into a Giant otter family. A delicious dinner awaits for you at 7:30pm.

Day 3

The Parrot clay licks

This morning we visit the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador!!! Early start and paddle downstream on the Añangu creek as far as the welcome area. Then, take the motor boat for a 10 minute ride for a wonderful view of thousands of parrots such as the amazon-mealy, blue-headed, orange –cheek, among others landing on the earth to eat some clay. Later, back to the welcome area and a short hike to the parakeets’ clay lick, where hundreds of cobalt-winged parakeets remain on the top of the trees searching for the best time to get minerals form the clay, Lunch at Napo Cultural Center. In the afternoon, visit the interpretation area to learn about traditions of the ancestral Kichwa community of Añangu. Back to the lodge, late in the afternoon where you’ll be welcomed back with a refreshing fruit drink. Dinner at 7:30pm.

Day 4

Safari to the Terra Firma

This morning we hike along the Tiputini trail and its terra-firma forests and swamp forests, searching for more wildlife such as Golden-Mantled Tamarins, White-Faced capuchin monkey, two and three toed sloths, pigmy squirrels, carnivores and their tracks on the forest floor. Back to the lodge for lunch and a well deserved rest. In the afternoon paddle canoes will take you to explore deeper areas in the surrounding creeks with more possibilities of seeing unique wildlife. After dinner you will share a talk about the community and Napo Wildlife Center.

Day 5

Down the Creek

Early breakfast, and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river, the creek may reveal new sights of Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys, hoatzins, blackcapped donacobius or other birds. The motorized canoe will take you back to Coca, for the flight back to Quito.

Included

  • Lodging

    Standard Cabins and Suites

  • Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Transportation

    Canoe ride only

  • Equipment

    Rubber Boots, Rain Coat

  • Excursions

    Daily Excursions

Not Included

  • Air Tickets

    We can provide airtickets from Quito to El Coca, with all dispatch assistance.

Private Departures

Private departures, for just you and your friends or family

Flexible dates

  • 1 travelers$2562 per person
  • 2 travelers$1632 per person
  • 3 travelers$1632 per person
Pricing depends on group size and host availability

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