5 Day Tour Starting Mondays
Price: $1320 per person
Limited to 5 persons
(available also as a private tour)
The Tiputini river crosses from west to east the national park on its north side. This intricate river is perfect for exploring the deepness of the jungle. Kayaking might be the best way to see wildlife inside the national park as we do not make noise when going downriver. Some groups have been lucky to see pink river dolphins, giant otters, and tapirs crossing the river while kayaking. This amazon kayak tour will blow your mind.
Activity level: moderate
Tour type: active – specialized
Day 1: Arrival at Mandari Panga
We’ll then begin a journey of about an hour and 40 minutes on land transport; then, we will arrive at the Tiputini river. There, a motorized canoe and our kayaks will be waiting for us. The first will bring your belongings to the camp, and we will embark on the kayaks for a 5-hour activity. Along the way, we will stop for lunch. When we arrive at the camp, you will have time to know the facilities and settle into your tent. Enjoy a welcome drink and snacks. Later in the evening a delicious dinner served by candlelight will be ready for you.
Day 2: Kayaking and hiking on the Spider monkey trail
After a well-deserved rest, we will take our kayaks and cross the Tiputini River to reach the entrance trail to Pishñacocha, a black-water lagoon. Here, we will enjoy the sounds of the jungle and observe several birds while kayaking around the lagoon. Afterward, we will have the opportunity to try our hand at fishing in the lagoon, where we might catch some of the many fish species that inhabit these waters. As the sun begins to set, we will make our way back to the lodge where a delicious dinner will be waiting for us.
A short night hike in the jungle is an unforgettable experience that awakens all your senses. As we walk along the trail, the sounds of the jungle change, becoming more alive and mysterious. The darkness heightens our other senses, and we may encounter nocturnal creatures such as frogs, tarantulas, or snakes, making it an incredible opportunity to experience the Amazon rainforest in a completely different way.
Day 3: Exploring black-water lagoons
After a full day of exploring the Amazon rainforest, we will head back to the campsite in our motorized canoe, enjoying the views of the lush jungle along the way. Once we arrive, we will have some time to freshen up with a shower, washing off the dirt and sweat of the day's adventure. Then, we'll have the opportunity to take part in a small cultural activity, learning more about the local customs and traditions of the people who live in this incredible ecosystem. Finally, as the sun sets over the Amazon, we'll gather for a delicious dinner, sharing stories of the day's adventures and looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.
Day 4: Parrot Clay Lick and Casa de la Abuela
In the evening, we'll take our canoe to La Casa de la Abuela, the home of the community's founder. Situated on a 50-meter-high hill, this traditional home offers an incredible view of the surrounding area and is considered the Harpy Eagle's nest of the region. Here, we'll learn about the way of life in the jungle and the community's history and traditions, including how to make the traditional drink, chicha. We'll witness the incredible sunset, and we will hike our way back to our campsite, or take our kayaks for a final activity of this Amazon kayak tour.
After a delicious dinner at our campsite, we can participate in a night hike through the jungle. This unique experience allows us to observe the nocturnal creatures of the Amazon, including frogs, snakes, and other wildlife that only emerge after dark. With the help of our guide and a flashlight, we'll walk along the trail, listening to the sounds of the jungle.
Day 5: Return to Coca
- Transportation Coca – Mandari Panga – Coca
- Bilingual guide
- Accommodation in tents complete with mattress and bedding
- Kayaks and gear
- 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
- Transportation Quito – Coca – Quito by bus
- 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)
- Personal Expenses
- Travel insurance
PACKING LIST (looking for our recommendations?):
- ORIGINAL PASSPORT (in waterproof plastic bag)
- Fast drying, lightweight clothing including long sleeve shirts and pants
- A light jacket for colder nights
- Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
- Sandals or walking shoes
- Thick, absorbent hiking type socks
- Hat or cap (MUST)
- Sunglasses, sunblock and repellent (no spray)
- Water bottle
- One small (waterproof recommended) daypack
- Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries
- Plastic bags to protect electronic equipment
- Camera and Binoculars
- Swimming suit
The Amazon Rainforest is characterized by rain, heat and more rain and heat (usually 72°-90°F, 22°-32°C), providing the perfect environment for plants and wildlife! The Amazon is always humid with generous amounts of rain occurring year-round. Both the rainy and “rainier” seasons are great times for an Amazon tour.
Sunshine and rain showers during the day and slightly chilly temperatures at night are a rule of thumb to go by on Amazon rainforest tours.
December and January are the driest months-with January and February being a shoulder season that leads to the months with the heaviest rainfall.
March, April, May, and June see the most precipitation in the Ecuador Amazon Basin. These months coincide with the wet seasonin the rest of the country. Rainfall in the Andes spills over into the Ecuador Amazon Basin-raising water levels of the Napo River and its tributaries.
July through December see a decline in the amount of rain that falls each month. The average temperature in the jungle remains around 25°C (77°F) year-round, but during the dry season, daytime temperatures can reach 40°C (104°F).
There is limited electricity at the camp; there is a charging station for electronics which functions from 6 pm to 10 pm. There is electric lighting at the camp during these hours.
There is no luggage limit weight that you can bring to the campsite
VACCINATIONS AND HEALTH TIPS:
Full Covid-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test is required to enter the Yasuni National Park.
Yellow fever and Malaria are the usual concern of our visitors. We haven’t had any cases at our campsite, but it is always recommendable to have a shot and bring medication for this, as well as a type of anti-biotic for Traveler’s diarrhea (TD).
Consult your doctor for the most current recommended health precautions for your time visiting the Amazon rainforest. The US Center for Disease Control is an excellent source for detailed information on preventing travel-related illnesses.
TRAVEL TO AND FROM COCA
- On the first day of the tour, passengers are met in Coca in the morning (approx. 10 AM).
- At the end of the tour, passengers will be in Coca by about 10 AM, and can take a flight or bus to their next destination. This may change upon flight availability.
- To get to Coca, there are currently flights departing from Quito on our operation days. There are currently 2 airlines flying this route, please ask us for options. If there are no early flights, passengers traveling to Coca should arrive the day before the tour. Exceptions can be made if necessary, please contact us. Regular bus service to/from Coca is also available, the trip is about 6 hours.
- Passengers beginning their tour in the morning will have the option to stop at a local restaurant for breakfast (not included), this restaurant is operated by a Kichwa women’s association to benefit community conservation projects.
- For those traveling by bus, there are day and evening buses as well as overnight buses departing at 11 PM or 11:30 PM.
- We can assist with purchasing flight or bus tickets.