3-Day Ecuadorian Amazon Tour from Tena

3-Day Ecuadorian Amazon Tour from Tena

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3 days
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What You'll Do
  • Canoe down the Napo River in the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Stay in typical Quechua bungalow accommodation at the acclaimed Yacuma Eco Lodge
  • Hike through the rainforest with indigenous guides, learning about the medicinal uses of trees and plants
  • Watch local pottery craft and purchase unique gifts
  • Paddle the jungle at night to see and hear wildlife after dark
  • Meet a Quechua community and learn about life in the jungle
Overview
Experience life in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest on a 3-day tour with indigenous guides and accommodation in the Yacuma Eco Lodge. Learn about medicinal plants, see, hear and smell unique birdlife, watch locals produce pottery and more.
What to Expect
DAY 1: QUITO – YACUMA LODGE

From Quito, early in the morning, travel at your own expenses to the city of Tena, the capital of the Napo Province. You can use public transportation, private vehicle (4 hours) or you can fly by plane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The land journey starts from Quito and crosses the Andes where, if you are lucky, the beautiful Antisana Volcano can be seen. Further on, you will pass by the town of Baeza, from where you will descend towards the stunning jungle of the Alto Amazonas. Upon arrival to Tena, your guide will be waiting for you at the BUS STATION in Tena with a Sign of YACUMA lODGE he will give you all the instructions how to get to the entrance of the Lodge by bus or private taxi at extra cost. The meeting point is the community of San Pedro de Sumino located along the shores of Napo River. From San Pedro, you will board a canoe and in 30 minutes of a pleasant ride you will arrive at your Ecolodge. It is located on the banks of the river Chontayacu – a rainforest reserve of 300 hectares. In the lodge you will be greeted with the typical local drink known as “guayusa” and then you can make yourself comfortable in our traditional Amazon-style bungalows accommodation. After a short rest, you will have the possibility to practice the use of a blowgun and you will have an interesting explanation how to use the “curare”, natural poison that was used by the Kichwa Community for hunting. Next in the program, the native guide will show you a little representation of Kichwa culture – a model house, which has elements showcasing their culture. Dinner will be at 19:00 and if passengers wish, they could take a night walk to observe insects and enjoy the sounds of the jungle. Dinner.

DAY 2: YACUMA RAINFOREST RESERVE

After breakfast in the lodge, you will begin a walk in the primary rainforest of the Yacuma reserve. For this activity, there are various alternatives. A short two hours walk where the native guide will show you many species of plants and describe their medicinal purposes. The second will take around four hours crossing small streams and different kinds of terrains with several species of trees and plants. The second one will aim for the visit of the main attraction of the day – the”Tutapishku Cave” (bats cave) in combination with the explanation of medicinal plants.

In the cave which has not been fully explored yet, you can watch an interesting and exciting show of one of the species of the Amazon bats (Saccopteryx bilineata). This cave is considered by the locals as a sacred place, where “The Shamans” (medicine man) come to renew their energy and then they make sacred rituals. With a little luck you will see monkeys, birds like “orioles”, parrots, and other animals. This walk is quite exciting and requires more effort, but at the same time it is rewarding for the experience of being in touch with the true primary rainforest. You will return to the lodge to have a delicious lunch and a short rest. Then, visit the members of the Chontayacu Kichwa Family, to appreciate their simple but quiet way of life. On the way the passengers can observe, interact and learn with their native guide about local crops such as coffee, bananas, cacao, cassava, papaya, pineapple, orange trees, sugar cane, among others. Also, you can observe (and buy) the pottery, necklaces and other beautiful crafts made by the Kichwa people. You will have the opportunity to taste the ancestral Kichwa drink “chicha”. The program continues with the activities like tubing and kayaking* or you can simply enjoy a refreshing dip in the Chontayacu or Napo river. Return to the lodge for a special dinner and finally we will have a farewell bonfire. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

*The lodge has 4 Kayaks, each one for 2 people.

DAY 3:

For those interested in bird watching you will make an early start at 05:30, in order to enjoy the view of different bird species existing in the vicinity of Yacuma Lodge. For this, climb to the look out, where you will enjoy the beautiful view of the Amazon Jungle. After breakfast say goodbye to your indigenous friends and begin your canoe ride along the Napo River back to Santa Pedro de Sumino where your guide will help you take the public bus to the city of Tena. Breakfast.

If you decide to make this amazing trip in private transportation, on your way back you could visit the small town of Misahaullí known for its monkey population and then you could enter the caves of Jumandy or you may continue until the Papallacta hot springs water.
What's Included
  • Spanish/English speaking companion from the city of Tena
  • Public transportation from Tena to San Pedro and back
  • Native guide and English interpreter
  • All meals
  • Accommodation in bungalows with private facilities
  • Canoes
  • Excursions mentioned
  • All entrance fees to the community
  • Rubber boots and purified water
  • Taxes
  • Full Board in the lodge (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Canoe transfers (San Pedro – Yacuma Lodge – San Pedro)
  • Public Transportation Tena – San Pedro de Sumino and return
What's Not Included
  • Private Transportation Quito – Tena – San Pedro (or Santa Rosa) and return
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Chontayacu Community entrance fee (USD 3 pp)
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Single accommodation supplement: 30% of tour cost
Meeting Point

Meet at Community San Pedro at 15:00. (Open in Google Maps)

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