Planning and Preparation - Before You Go
- ORIGINAL PASSPORT (in waterproof plastic bag)
- Fast drying, lightweight clothing, a long sleeve shirt and/or light long sleeve jacket is recommended as well.
- Thick, cotton socks
- Camera and Binoculars
- Sandals or walking shoes
- Swimming suit
- Hat or cap
- One small (waterproof) daypack
- Insect repellent
- Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries
- Notebook, Swiss Army knife, books to read
Payment can be made online through PayPal, by bank transfer or by cash or credit card in our offices.
There really is no “best” time to visit the Amazon, anytime of year offers a great chance to experience the jungle. May and June tend to be the wetter months, but the climate is slightly cooler as well.
Yes, but when possible we suggest leaving what you don’t need in the Amazon at your hotel or hostel in Quito; most will store luggage for you with no problem.
There are no necessary vaccinations to visit the Amazon, although we suggest consulting with your doctor before your visit. Most vaccinations are the same as those recommended for a visit to Ecuador, including typhoid and hepatitis. Yellow fever is not present in the Yasuni National Park.
No, tents with mattresses and bedding are provided.
This depends entirely on your luck. Some clients see plenty of different species, others may see only a few wild animals, but there is plenty to see in the area if you’re lucky.
Malaria exists in the region, but cases are extremely rare even among residents of the zone, and our own opinion is that medication to prevent malaria is not necessary. However, this is a decision best made between you and your doctor.
At the Camp
The tour includes transportation from Coca to and from the lodge, all meals, accommodations in tents with mattresses and bedding, use of rubber boots for the hikes, purified water, bilingual Amazon guide, and activities during your tour.
Not included are transportation to and from Coca, any additional meals in Coca, additional snacks, rain ponchos, alcoholic beverages, and travel insurance.
Our tour begins in Coca. To get to Coca from Quito, there are daily flights from Quito which currently cost about $180 round trip and take about 40 minutes each way. There are also frequent buses departing from the Quitumbe terminal in the south of Quito which cost about $12.50 each way, and there is an office in the Mariscal district where bus tickets can be purchased up to 3 days in advance. Most clients traveling to Coca by bus take a night bus, these depart Quito around 23:00 daily and arrive in Coca around 6 AM.
There are also direct buses to Coca departing from Tena.
Once in Coca, we’ll be met and begin our journey in private transportation traveling south along a major paved road for about 40 minutes. We then turn onto a dirt road used primarily by oil companies, and we’ll travel along this road for about 45 minutes to the entrance of the Yasuni National Park and the Tiputini river. There, we board a motorized canoe and begin our journey to the camp. At the beginning of our journey, the National Park will be on the right bank of the river, while we’ll see a few homes and small farms on the left bank. After about 30 minutes, we’ll pass the Mandari Panga community and enter into the into the untouched rainforest of the Yasuni National Park, and after another 20 to 30 minutes we’ll arrive at the Mandari Panga camp. The total travel time is about 2.5 hours.
Beer is offered for sale at the camp. Apart from alcohol and tips, there will be no additional expenses during your tour unless you choose to purchase an item made by the artisans of the community. Tipping is at the discretion of our guests, but is much appreciated by your guide and the staff at the camp.
The camp has a solar panel which is sufficient to charge batteries, but otherwise there is no electricity at the camp
Mosquitos are present in the area, but during most of the year they are not a problem. We do recommend bringing and using an effective insect repellent during your stay.
While there are always risks in the Amazon, care is taken to assure the safety of our clients. In case of any emergency, there is a medical clinic one hour away by canoe with ambulance service to larger hospitals if necessary.