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
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.
Day 2: Parrot clay lick
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
Day 4: Exploring the Anaconda Lagoon and Deep Jungle Camping
Day 5: Deep Amazon Kayaking Adventure
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.
Day 6: Swamp Trail and Casa de la Abuela
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)
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)
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