To read a more detailed account of the experience: https://untrodden.com/stories/la-selva-amazonia-and-the-tikuna ------- The mighty Amazon River and the lush jungle are a world defined by the unknown, the unknowable, and the mysterious. Our personalized tours are created for you to intimately experience the natural and cultural beauty of the region. Built into the jungle and operated by two Ticuna elders, the lodge is located just up-river from the indigenous community of San Martin de Amacayacu, approximately 3 hours up the Amazon River from the "city" of Leticia, Colombia. Found within Amacayacu National Park along a tributary of the Amazon River, San Martin is an indigenous community of approximately 400 consisting of members of the Ticuna tribe. Still retaining the native language, strong cultural beliefs and traditions, San Martin is an example of an indigenous community trying to maintain its heritage in the face of external pressures. Members of the community live primarily off of agriculture, fishing and hunting. Many are also artisans producing beautiful crafts out of the natural materials found in the surrounding forests. Visitors will be staying in one of our comfortable private bungalows in the middle of the rainforest where the only access is by water. This journey is a rare opportunity to live and learn from a people who live intimately and interconnected in the wildest in the world. It can change your view on what it means to be human.
Agusto Moran and Maria Ayla Angel are a couple from the Ticuna community of San Martin. Doña Maria is an ambassador for the community and has worked closely with the National Park to begin projects that aim to benefit the community as a whole. Also a community leader she has worked and continues to work in order to find ways to strengthen San Martin on a long term basis. A fisherman, carpenter and artisan, Don Agusto has an ample skill set that reflects his traditional and practical knowledge of the Amazon. Well versed in the rich stories and culture of the Tikuna people, entire evenings can be lost listening to his fascinating tales. The combined knowledge, culture and charm of this couple are reason enough to come and experience the Colombian Amazon.
The following is an example itinerary -- the activities every day and length of stay are up to you! ----------- Pick up from the airport. Possible lunch in Leticia. Afterwards take a boat up the Amazon river and then up the Amacayacu river until reaching the lodge just before dark.
Breakfast, followed by a hike where visitors will get their first true look at the rainforest as they learn about the local plants and animals. After lunch in the native community of Mocagua guests can visit the Maikuchiga monkey sanctuary and rehabilitation center where they will have a close up view of a number of the native primates. Dinner. Night walk looking for nocturnal animals.
Breakfast, followed by an excursion to find the 2 dolphin species found in the Amazon. After lunch in Puerto Nariño, take a trip to a black water lake for a refreshing swim and some more dolphin spotting (yes, swim with the dolphins). Time permitting, some fishing for piranhas and other local fish using the ancient Tikuna fishing techniques.
After breakfast head out from the lodge. Then the last cruise down the Amazon River to Leticia. Possible lunch in the city and a warm good bye followed by the flight back to Bogota.
The pricing above is for a 3 night stay - the price for every additional night is around 100$ per person (inquire for more info)
Rain Boots are available for purchase for 50.000 colombian pesos
For all tours a minimum deposit of $350 000 Colombian pesos per person is required in order to confirm and hold a reservation. The deposit may be paid by credit card online, or by transfer from any Colombian bank to our Colombian account. Any remaining balance can be paid in cash on arrival. Guests may pay more than the deposit by credit card but any amount in addition to the deposit will have a surcharge of 8%. Please let us know in advance how much you would like to pay by credit card so that we can create the corresponding email payment form. Cancellations received in writing (email) 30 days or more before arrival will not be charged and a full refund will be given. If through no fault of Yoi EcoTours you decide to shorten your stay with us once the tour has started, we will refund half the cost of each night you shorten your tour by. Please contact us to book your reservation.
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