Kayak Tour

5 Day Tour Starting Every Monday

2022: $1250 per person
2023: $1310 per person
Limited to 5 persons
(available also as a private tour)

DESCRIPTION

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.

Day 1: Arrival at Mandari Panga

Upon arrival in Coca (airport or bus terminal), you’ll be met by your local guide. Depending on your arrival time, you’ll have a chance for breakfast (not included) at “Maitos del Yasuní,” a typical restaurant created by the association Challuwa Mikuna to benefit indigenous women.
We’ll then begin a journey of about an hour and 45 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 paddle. 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.
When we return to camp, a delicious dinner served by candlelight will be ready for you.
amazon yasuni kayak
amazon yasuni rainforest

Day 2: Hiking the "Pecary Trail"

After an early breakfast (6:30), we will cross to the other side of the Tiputini river in a traditional canoe and start a walk of approximately 4 hours along a loop trail passing through spectacular virgin jungle. We'll return to camp for lunch, and you'll have time to relax in your hammock or tent, walk around the campsite and even cool down with a swim in a tranquil tributary of the Tiputini river.
In the afternoon, we'll enjoy a pleasant afternoon kayaking in the Pishña lagoon (giant otter oxbow lagoon) for about 2 hours. This black water lagoon is a fascinating ecosystem, a blackwater lake where unique species live. We'll enjoy the sunset and then return to the campsite for dinner.

Day 3: Exploring the Anaconda Lagoon

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 4 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 one of the largest snakes on the planet, the anaconda. With luck, we might see this fantastic 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’ll have a packed lunch on a river beach. After a quick rest, we cross to the other side of the Tiputini river to hike back to the campsite 2 hours. We’ll return to camp at sunset, with the chance to experience the amazing night sky of the Amazon, and we may spot other wildlife active at night, such as capybaras, pacas, and frogs. Our chef will have a delicious dinner ready for us when we return to camp.
amazon yasuni kayak
amazon yasuni kayak rainforest

Day 4: Parrot Clay Lick and Casa de la Abuela

After breakfast, we’ll embark on our motorized canoe. It will leave us on the shore of the Rumiyacu river; then, we will begin a hike of about 1 hours through the primary forest of Yasuni National Park along a trail that will take us to a parrot clack lick. 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 region’s medicinal plants. Commonly many birds can be seen during the hike, and at the clay lick, there are typically various colorful species of parrots that we can observe.
After we leave this site, we will take our kayaks from the Rumiyacu river to the Tiputini river until reaching la Casa de la Abuela. We are here to visit the home of the founder of the community. Considered the Harpy 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 community’s history and traditions. We’ll learn how the traditional drink, chicha, is made, and we’ll also learn how to make chocolate from the harvest of cacao. Here we will enjoy a delicious typical lunch. At the end of the day, We’ll enjoy the incredible sunset while kayaking down to the campsite with the spectacular radiant colors of the Amazon. Return to camp for dinner.

Day 5: Return to Coca

Breakfast will be served early in the morning (depending on the time of the group's flight departure). We'll begin our trip in our motorized canoe for about an hour and a half; during the relaxing trip, you can say goodbye to the beauty of the Amazon rainforest. We'll then be met at the shores of the river and travel overland for about an hour and a half back to Coca, where you'll be dropped off at the airport or bus terminal for your return to Quito or travel to your next destination.

Included in the amazon kayak tour: 

  • 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

Not included in the amazon kayak tour:

  • 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)
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel insurance

Packing list (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
  • 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

CLIMATE:
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 season in 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).

ELECTRICITY:
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.

LUGGAGE:
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.

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