Amazon Camping Kayaking Discover Yasuni 5 days
With the Amazon camping expedition, you will have the Amazon Basin at your fingertips. It is the perfect adventure for nature lovers, jungle explorers and wildlife watchers who would like to experience the untouched Amazon. You will discover Ecuador's Amazon in the Yasuni National Park, world famous for its tremendous biodiversity and its authentic indigenous cultures which are still very much alive. On this trip, while kayaking down rivers and lagoons, you will feel as if the animals are following you. You will see displays of parrots, toucans, macaws, king fishers, herons flying across the river, as well as curious giant otters who will approach the canoe to have a look. Many different types of monkeys will be jumping on the trees and there will be chances to spot jaguars, the master cat predators of the jungle. The Kichwa native people will share their history and we will learn about their rich connection with Mother Nature.
Flip to the Ecuador mainland and depart for the ultimate deep-Amazon kayak expedition in a remote and untouched area of the UNESCO YASUNI Biosphere Reserve & National Park. Experience the tremendous biodiversity and wildlife of the reserve and connect with a native Kichwa tribe still living in the authentic and traditional way, while camping in the heart of the dense rainforest. Live the adventure as you promote long-term conservation and sustainability in two of the most precious,diverse ecosystems in the world!
- Camp along the river shore in the heart of the Amazon rainforest and explore the jungle in the dark through an amazing night hike
- Share time with native Kichwa people, hearing their stories and legends and learning about their traditions, which are still alive.
DEEP AMAZON EXPLORATION
WILDLIFE AT YOUR FINGER TIPS
KAYAKING RIVERS AND LAGOONS IN YASUNI NATIONAL PARK
HIKING INTO UNTOUCHED PRIMARY FOREST
ENJOY KAYAKING WITH GIANT OTTERS AND PINK DOLPHINS
PARROTS CLAY LICK
ENCOUNTER WITH LOCAL SHAMANS
AMAZON LOCAL LIVING
DISCOVER MEDICINAL PLANTS
FOLLOW THE TRACKS OF JAGUARS
Day 1: Flight to Coca and Enter the Yasuni Park
FLIGHT TO COCA AND ENTER THE YASUNI PARK
Let’s board a morning flight to the town of Coca town to begin our adventure. We’ll take a scenic drive to the Tiputini River, at the entrance of the YASUNI National park. While the guides prepare our gear, we’ll enjoy a riverside picnic. Our first kayaking expedition will be paddling down this gorgeous river surrounded by complete nature and wildlife. Along the way, we will have opportunities to spot river turtles, monkeys, caiman and many species of birds like the Oropendola, caciques, king fishers, macaws, toucans, parrots and more.
We will spend the night at our campsite.
Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni Park
Day 2: Camping Yasuni Park
After a healthy breakfast, we will continue our kayaking exploration, heading deeper into the jungle. Every day in the Amazon is a new adventure: the more we paddle, the more pristine and wild the jungle becomes with new exciting opportunities to encounter more wildlife, such as different types of monkeys, capybara, tapir, swallows, flycatchers, herons, sandpipers and hawks. We will also take hikes to learn more about local plants and their medicinal properties. In the late afternoon, we arrive at our camp site, located on the Tiputini River side. Our chef will prepare a special gourmet dinner for us tonight.
Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park
Day 3: Anaconda Lagoon Exploration
After breakfast we will start navigating by canoe down the Tiputini to reach the entrance to the Amarun – Cocha, that means Anaconda Lagoon in the native language. This is located in the most pristine forest of the area and with luck we may see the biggest and most beautiful snake of the planet. We will also enjoy breathtaking landscapes with incredible dark and clear waters in a flooded forest. Over here we will discover the mythic piranhas, caimans, boas and more. Later we will canoe back to the camp site and after a nice break at the hammocks, we will go on a night exploration to view insects, frogs and possibly some snakes.
Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park
Day 4: Meet The Mandari - Panga local tribe
EDUCATIONAL HIKE AND VISIT TO A NATIVE COMMUNITY
In the morning we will take a hike in the pristine forest to learn about the rich flora of the area and the medicinal plants. After lunch we will take a canoe ride to a local Kichwa community to learn about their way of life in the jungle, their stories and traditions. We will also see how they make the traditional drink called chicha. In the afternoon we will go fishing.
Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park
Day 5: Coca - Quito
This is an early morning venture because we want to get to the clay lick the earliest possible. It is one of our best adventures in the jungle, visiting the Lamederos or Saladeros (parrot clay lick) where there is a big concentration of different species of parrots and macaws, and few predators surrounding the area. They come to feed on the clay from the mineral enriched ground, which helps them digest and detoxify from the poisons of their main diet. Such places are unique in the Amazon rainforest, because they offer a great chance to see a wide range of Amazon wildlife species. Later we will return to Coca and take the flight back to Quito.
Accommodation: Wyndham Garden Quito or similar
- Transportation: private and comfortable land transportation, motorized canoe, dugout canoe, kayak
- Accommodation based on double occupancy: 2 nights in first class hotel in Quito, 4 nights in comfortable camping in Yasuni National Park. (Our Campsite is very nice.- for the first night is in the woods, and for the three other nights is in a big open area with big tents, both campsites have proper toilets and showers, also the second campsite has solar panels to recharge bateries) we bring a chef with us that cook the best meals posible.
- Meals Included: 4 Breakfast, 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners
- Activities: Kayaking on tiputini River, Anaconda lagoon, Visiting the Yasuni National Park, Animals clay lick (Saladero), Hiking, Visiting the native Kichwa communities, Piranha fishing, Wildlife spotting, Night hikes
- Gear: NRS and AIRE Expedition and inflatable kayaks, Carlise and NRS paddles, dry bags, NRS life jackets, dugout canoe with outboard motor, rubber boots.
- Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and local guides
- Airfare Quito-Coca round trip
- My Own Room & Tent supplement $315
- International flights
- Airport transfers to/from Quito airport
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Required immunizations (mandatory)
- Meals not described in the itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Tips for guides and drivers
- In this journey, you will experience mostly hot and humid weather, sometimes at night gets a bit cold.
We recommend the use of a duffel bag (60 liters) for the main luggage and a daypack (20 liters) with rain cover for activities, if possible bring a 10 liters dry bag for your small belongings while SUP, the luggage will be transport by canoe to the campsite.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions, it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention of specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
30 min. flight each way (Quito-Coca-Quito).
From 4 to 6 hours per day.
15 kilometers - 10 miles per day.
1 hours driving each way to river.
Pichincha, Orellana and Pastaza provinces.
Yasuni National Park
220m (700 ft)
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF
Moderate to Challenging. This program is located in an undeveloped remote area, the kayaking is not difficult, because both Tiputini river and Amarum - cocha Lagoon have no big rapids, the hiking is in irregular terrain sometimes muddy and wet.
Double inflatable kayaks ( AIRE & NRS ) paddles (NRS) lifejackets, dry bags, rubber boots, tents (EUREKA & COLEMAN ) matresses.
Traveling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.
Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free people are very welcome in our trip, our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants for substitute meals for them, as Ecuador is very well known for its great diversity of gastronomy.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are traveling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed from the Tourism University to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid respondents. They all have approved several extra training courses for kayaking, rafting, biking and horse riding, besides this they all are Ecuadorian and have a fantastic personality. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.
In some locations and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service and make sure we practice sustainable tourism involving local indigenous people in our operation.
SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon rain forest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.
Please inform AJ of any existing medical conditions (i.e. pregnancy, diabetes, etc). Yellow fever, Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are mandatory for this trip. We strongly recommend to ensure that routine immunizations such as tetanus and diphtheria are up to date and to consider Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations. Please ask your doctor for advice.oid vaccinations. Please ask your doctor for advice.