The Mandari Panga Camp


Our Mission

To provide an alternative for the residents of our community to improve their quality of life while maintaining our customs, ancestral roots, and our native language, all directed towards the goal of contributing to the conservation and protection of the Yasuni National Park ecosystem.

The Mandari Panga Camp

Mandari Panga is a unique option for your visit to the spectacular Amazon region of Ecuador. Located in an isolated zone of nearly untouched rainforest within the Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, this is not a lodge but a comfortable campsite designed to give visitors the most authentic experience possible in this amazing region. Connect with the jungle in a way not possible in a traditional lodge; experience the sounds of the birds, animals, and rivers and sense your surroundings in your sheltered, elevated comfortable tent, complete with a mattress and bedding. A wide variety of activities are possible to explore the jungle, including trips along the rivers in a paddle canoe, hikes, night walks, and more.

Enjoy delicious and distinctive cuisine, prepared with locally grown, traditional products from the Ecuadorian Amazon, and great service from local community members dedicated to your satisfaction.

Your visit begins in the town of Coca where you'll be met at the Coca airport by our staff when your flight arrives. There you'll begin your journey to our camp located on the banks of the Tiputini river, at the junction of a smaller and tranquil river perfect for swimming. The camp consists of 9 sheltered, elevated platforms each with a tent (complete with a mattress and bedding, no sleeping bags needed), chairs and a hammock for relaxing. A main house includes the kitchen and is used for dining, briefings and socializing. The site includes shared bathrooms and shower facilities.

An expert bilingual naturalist guide will accompany you during your activities in the primary forest, helping to spot the remarkable diversity of life in the zone and explaining the traditional uses of various medicinal plants. You can try your luck fishing for piranhas and other types of fish, observe alligators at night around a lagoon, and take night walks through the jungle to observe the creatures of the night including amphibians, reptiles and many insects.

While privately administered, the goals of the Mandari Panga ecotourism project are to improve opportunities for the local people, providing encouragement to value the special and unique place they call home and to preserve and protect it for future generations. Profits will be largely be directed to projects in the community, designed primarily to improve education and health care for the residents of this remote area.

Every visitor to this project makes an important contribution on an even greater scale: tourism offers a strong incentive to say no to oil interests and sends a signal to local…and national…leaders that the Amazon region is something of great value to the people of Ecuador and must be protected.