Kayak Expedition

Kayak Expedition

7 day tour at $1490 per person

Maximum 5 person per guide

DESCRIPTION:

Kayaking on the rainforest rivers is amazing and one of the best ways to see wildlife in the Amazon, as you paddle silently downstream the Tiputini river without being heard. One can spot various animals during this activity. Take the Kayak Tour plus two nights camping: one night deep into the forest and the other on a river beach, and you will have an experience of a lifetime. Do not worry about comfort; you will have tents, mattresses, a pillow, a cook, and a private canoe with a driver during these two days.

Day 1: Arrival in Coca

Upon arrival in Coca, you will be picked up by your local guide who will take you to "Maitos del Yasuní", a typical restaurant created by an indigenous women association, where you can have breakfast (not included).
The journey begins with about 90 minutes in land transport and another 90 minutes in a motorized canoe along the Tiputini river. You will arrive at the camp, where you will have time to get to know the facilities and settle. Enjoy a welcome drink, then a delicious lunch will be served in the main house.
In the afternoon, we’ll cross to the other side of the Yitsu Yacu River for a walk of approximately 2 hours. You will end the afternoon enjoying the sunset on board our motorized canoe, and when you return a delicious dinner served by candlelight will be ready for you.
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Day 2: Parrot clay lick

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll pass through a part of the community of Mandari Panga where we can observe some small farms of yuca, plantain, coffee, cocoa, and other edible and medicinal plants. After our visit, we’ll walk along a community trail through the forest for about 40 minutes, crossing the small Rumi Yacu (“River of rocks”) and arriving at a spectacular parrot clay lick, a rock and clay wall with a high concentration of minerals where a number of parrots, parakeets, and papagayos come to lick the clay to detoxify and clean their systems of the toxins accumulated in their normal diets and to help with digestion. Other wildlife can often be seen here as well, this is an impressive attraction offering a close up view of many beautiful bird species, these “saladeros” are not easy to find and do not exist in all of the Amazon region.
After this spectacle, we’ll continue our journey in kayaks along the Rumi Yacu river to the Tiputini, and continue deeper into the jungle with the opportunity to observe many distinct species of animals such as species of monkey, capybaras, and other mammals, plus a great variety of birds such as herons, flycatchers, woodpeckers, wild turkeys, and falcons.
We’ll enjoy a lunch along the way, arriving at the Mandari Panga camp along the banks of the Tiputini and Yutzo rivers in the afternoon, when we’ll settle in to our comfortable tents. Our chef will prepare a delicious dinner, and afterwards we’ll finish the day with a marvelous night walk of about an hour to enjoy the immense variety of creatures that are active at night, possibly including snakes.

Day 3: Hiking the Huagana trail

After breakfast, we’ll begin a hike of about 4-5 hours through the primary forest of Yasuni National Park along a trail called the Huangana (the white lipped peccary in Kichwa). With luck we may encounter peccaries, large monkeys or other wildlife along the way. We’ll also learn about the rich flora and fauna of the zone and some of the medicinal plants of the region. We’ll return to camp for lunch, have some time to rest and then we’ll have a chance to practice with the blowgun, used for traditional hunting. We’ll then take a short trip in our canoe and have a chance to fish for catfish and piranhas. Return to camp at about 7 PM, a delicious dinner will be awaiting us.
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Day 4: Exploring the Anaconda Lagoon and Deep Jungle Camping

After an early breakfast, we’ll take our kayaks along the Tiputini until we arrive at the entrance for Amarun Cocha, “Lake of the Anaconda” in the local kichwa language. Our journey will be about 3 and a half hours, passing through pristine jungle along the way. This is a small blackwater lagoon in the heart of the pristine rainforest of Yasuni, and is home to the largest snake on the planet, the anaconda. With luck we might see this amazing creature while enjoying the stunning scenery of this region of flooded forest, where we might also see the legendary piranhas, caymans, boas and more. We will return to the main Tiputini River where a delicious lunch on the boat will be waiting for us, and after some time to relax we’ll continue to a camping spot near the river (no facilities). We’ll have a chance to spot other wildlife along the way and then enjoy the beautiful jungle sunset from our campsite. We may spot other wildlife active at night, such as capybaras, pacas, frogs, and possibly caymans..We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner with local fish, green plantain, spicy chilli salsa and local coffee, tea and hot chocolate available to enjoy. After dinner we’ll travel downriver in our canoe to observe the nocturnal activity in the forest, including cayman watching and other nocturnal animals.

Day 5: Deep Amazon Kayaking Adventure

Este es un elemento de encabezado personalizado After an early jungle breakfast we’ll kayak further down the Tiputini river for about 2.5 hours, then return back to our jungle camp (in motorized canoe) where our lunch will be ready. We’ll then navigate up the Tiputini River by motor canoe about an hour and go to the small piraña lagoon (a black water ecosystem). We’ll fish for piranhas for about an hour and then we will explore with our kayaks around the lagoon with a good chance to spot other animals.
We’ll then continue our navigation up the Tiputini river and return to the main camping area of Mandari at 4:30 pm. After a nice shower to help you to relax, at about 7 pm a delicious Amazonian dinner will be ready for you.
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Day 6: Swamp Trail and Casa de la Abuela

Breakfast at 7 am, then we will explore a different zone in the flat forest along the swamp trail with a hike of about 2 hours, where we will have the opportunity to learn about medicinal and edible plants and with luck we will see large macaws, parrots and other rain forest animals.
At 12:30 pm, we’ll have a delicious typical Amazonian lunch prepared with local products and ingredients. Some time to relax, then we’ll navigate in our motorized canoe for about 15 minutes upriver to visit the home of the founder of the community, the Casa de la Abuela. Considered the Harp Eagle’s nest of the area, this traditional home is situated on a 50 meter high hill with an incredible view of the surroundings. Here we’ll learn about the way of life in the jungle, and the history and traditions of the community. We’ll learn how the traditional drink, chicha, is made, and we’ll also learn how chocolate is made from the harvest of cacao. At the end of the day, we’ll enjoy the sunset from this incredible viewpoint with the spectacular radiant colors of the Amazon. Return to camp for dinner.

Day 7: Return to Coca

Breakfast will be served early in the morning depending on the time that your transportation leaves Coca for your return to Quito. The return trip will begin with your departure from the campsite in motorized canoe, lasting about one hour and a half, where you can say goodbye to the beauty if the Amazon rainforest.
You’ll then take land transportation back to Coca with a duration of approx. one hour and a half.

Included in the amazon tour:

Transportation Coca – Mandari Panga – Coca
Bilingual and native guide
Accommodation in tents complete with mattress and bedding
Use of rubber boots for hikes, life jacket for canoe travel
Three meals a day (starting with lunch on the first day through breakfast on the final day)
Purified water
Not included in the amazon tour:

Transportation Quito – Coca – Quito
Additional beverages and snacks; extra meals in Coca before and after the tour
Rain ponchos (can be purchased in Coca before the tour if needed; highly recommended for adequate protection from heavy Amazon rains)
Tips
Personal Expenses
Travel insurance

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