Itamandi Eco-Lodge Amazon Explore 4 days
Itamandi EcoLodge offers sustainable travel and ecotourism vacations to one of the most interesting and diverse places in the world: the Amazon Rainforest. It is only a 4-hour drive by car and a short canoe ride away from Quito, situated along the banks of the Arajuno River and 20min. away from Tena. Our eco-friendly destination is the perfect setting for an amazing jungle trip combined with luxury accommodation. Several activities and excursions are available during your stay. Activities include cultural visits to the Kichwa community, where you can enjoy folkloric dances by the local children, educational treks through primary forests, night walks, a visit to the parrot clay lick, bird watching, floating down the Arajuno River on tubes, artisan production of chocolate and more. Across the river you can find the famous scientific research station Jatun Sacha. Alternatively, just chill out in the lodge open-air leisure area with pool, full service bar and relaxation zone.
- HIKE IN THE RAINFOREST AND LOOK FOR THE SMALLEST MONKEY IN THE WORLD (PYGMY MARMOSET )
- VISIT A NATIVE LOCAL FAMILY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AMAZON JUNGLE AND LEARN ABOUT ANCESTRAL TRADITIONS
ITAMANDI JUNGLE ECO-LODGE
CULTURAL ENCOUNTER WITH AMAZON TRIBES
PARROTS CLAY LICK
LEARNING ABOUT MEDICINAL PLANTS
THE SMALLEST MONKEY IN THE WORLD
AMAZOONICO RESCUE CENTRE
VOLCANIC HOT SPRINGS
HUMMINGBIRD SANCTUARY IN THE CLOUD FOREST
Day 1: Papallacta - Itamandi Eco-Lodge
7H00 - pick up at your hotel in Quito by private, comfortable transportation with a naturalist bilingual guide.
Day 2: Amazon Itamandi Eco - Lodge
Day 3: Amazon Itamandi Eco - Lodge
After a healthy breakfast, we 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.
Day 4: Quito - Departure
9:00 am: Check out and motorized canoe ride for 20 Minutes to the Arajuno Bridge. We will drive back to Quito across the eastern range of the Andes with drop off at your hotel or final destination.
- Activities: Papallacta hot springs, Guango Hummingbird Sanctuary, Canoe riding in Arajuno river, Educational hiking in the Amazon, visiting local Kichwa Community, Wildlife encounters with monkeys, Amazoonico Rescue Center.
- Accommodations based in double occupancy: 3 nights in an Eco-Lodge in the Amazon rainforest.
- Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation, motorized canoe
- Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
- Out-door gear: Life jackets
- Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader
- Group size: Small groups' 2 to 12 people.
- My Own Room supplement
- International/local flights
- Airport transfers
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Meals, Snacks & Drinks not described in the itinerary
- Personal Expenses and Optional Activities
- Travel insurance
- Airline tickets
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
- Pocket knife
- Fleece top
- 4 shirts/t-shirts
- 1 pair of short
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants-Money belt
- Sport sandals
- Toiletries (biodegradable)
- Watch or alarm clock
- Quick dry clothing
- Rain coat
- Rain pants
- Waterproof binoculars
- Bug spray
- Sun cream
- Sun Hat
- Waterproof camera if possible
- Swimming suit
- Waterproof back pack
- Water bottle
- Snorkeling gear if possible mask
- Tennis shoes
- Hiking shoes
- Money belt
- First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking),
- Dry bag for all your belongings,
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 to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
4 hours driving each way to Quito to Amazon and back.
Quichuas from The Amazon (678,220 hectares).
400m (12500 ft).
Day 25-34ºC - Night 18-20ºC
Moderate to Easy
Guides are certified as Wilderness First Aid Responders. We carry a complete first aid kit.
Clients receive a conservationist interpretation of the ecology of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest and the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both Quichua cultural identity and their rainforest environment. Your visit will encourage the Quichua to support responsible ecotourism as a sustainable alternative to surrendering to the oil industry's destructive appetites. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage.
The Quichua are an indigenous tribe native to a small section of the Ecuador's Amazonian rainforest. They number only about 3000 individuals but speak a language unrelated to any other on the planet. The Quichua are extraordinarily spiritual, and make no distinction between the physical and spiritual. This people keep a tremendous knowledge about the jungle plants and animals. Part of this are used for the traditional rituals and local medicine.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling 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.
Travelling 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.
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips. In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.