AAEJ01  Yacuma Ecolodge       4D/3N   

Yacuma-600During the 3-hour drive from Quito to the town of Tena, you will experience a dramatic change in climate, terrain and scenery. From Tena, we will drive (2 hours more) for the indigenous village of San Pedro, where our canoe will be waiting to take us on a 30-minute journey down the Napo River to Yacuma Lodge. Located on the riverbank in a wonderful spot of the Ecuadorian rainforest, Yacuma Ecolodge is a comfortable, cozy and the perfect destination for nature lovers.

Day 1: From the city of Tena, our guide will take you to the small Indigenous village of San Pedro, from where and using a dugout canoe, we navigate for about 25 minutes downstream along the Napo River arriving at Yacuma Lodge in the early afternoon. Here our guides welcome you with a typical cold drink and will be time to settle in the lodge's typical Quechua bungalows for two people. After lunch and a short rest, by canoes and with the company of one of our expert's Indian guides, we go to the Birds Island where we make a hike in the forest around the Laguna Escondida (Hidden Lagoon). This is a special place where we can observe different species of jungle birds: river Garzas (great egret), Great Blue Heron, King Fisher, Garrapatero, Oropendolas, etc. One of the most interesting bird is The Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoatzin), the Amazon's weirdest birds and rather shy except in breeding season. It has a punk hair-do, and a bright blue face. Added to that it smells horrible, so it has also called the "Stink-bird." It eats only leaves, so is rather heavy, and hence a clumsy flyer. Later on, we canoe back to the lodge for a well-deserved dinner. Afterwards and weather permitting we will go for a night canoe ride with a silent navigation on the nearby lagoon and looking for wildlife.

Day 2: After breakfast in the lodge, we will begin a 3-4 hour trek through the deep primary rainforest. Along the way, an indigenous guide will show us the many species of plants and trees and describe their medicinal purposes and uses. With luck, we perhaps will see monkeys and birds such as oropendolas and parrots. Return to the lodge for lunch and after a short rest we will make a walk in the forest to observe the different kind of trees cultivated by the locals including bananas, papaya tree, pineapple, orange trees, sugar cane, etc. Then we continue to the small settlement where we can observe (and buy) pottery made by the locals. Later on, we continue our walk for a visit to the Quechua indigenous community of Chontayacu, where you will have the opportunity to learn about local customs and the way of life of the native people of the jungle. Later in the afternoon, return to the lodge for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

 

Day 3: In the morning, we will start a 3 hours walk into the primary rainforest. Crossing small streams and different kind of terrains with several species of trees and plants, we will arrive to the main objective of this day: la Cueva de los Tutapishco (Amazon Bats (Saccopteryx bilineata) Cave). This is a special place and considered by the locals as a sacred place where the shamans (medicine man) come to enter in contact with the spirits. We then continue our walk for about 2 hours until we meet our canoes on the shores of the Napo River. We will canoe back to the lodge for lunch followed by a short rest. In the afternoon we go for a navigation in the Napo River where we will you will have the rare opportunity to try panning for gold on the shores of the river. Later on, we will also take you to a perfect spot for bathing beside one of the sandy shores of the Napo or Chontayacu Rivers. Then we return to the lodge late in the afternoon and after dinner, we invite you to have a drink at our informal social farewell evening. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4: After breakfast, we say goodbye to our Indian friends and then we will begin our return journey along the Napo River to San Pedro Village from where you can take your transport (on your own) back to Tena and from there back to Quito. Breakfast.

Fix Departure Tours (in pool shared services):

We offer guaranteed departures with minimum 2 passengers every week and at the following special rates.

3 Day Tour:    Every Friday        us$ 185. - Per person.

4 Day Tour:    Every Friday        us$ 240. - Per person.

• 5 Day Tour:    Every Monday      us$ 300. - Per person.

Included: Public bus transportation Quito – Tena – Santa Rosa (or San Pedro) and return, Taxes, Full Board in the lodge (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner); in - out canoe transfers (San Pedro – Yacuma Lodge – San Pedro). Native guides, English/Spanish speaking companion. Chontayacu Community entrance fee.

 Not included: Private Transportation, Alcoholic or soft drinks. Tips, extras, personal expenses, personal travel insurance.

 Children under 12 years: 50% discount. (Children under 4 years free – in the same accommodation with their parents).

• Single Accommodation Supplement: US$ 15.00 per night.


Tour Operators Commission: 10%

PRIVATE CAR TRANSPORTATION NET PRICES (from or to Quito)

From 1 to 2 passengers:         us$ 110. - 1 way

From 3 to 6 passengers:         us$ 120. - 1 way

From 7 to 10 passengers:       us$ 150. - 1 way

From 11 to 15 passengers:      us$ 170. - 1 way

From 16 to 20 passengers:      us$ 200. - 1 way

Return flight Quito – Tena (Monday, Wednesday, Friday): us$ 180. - pp.

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