Our Tours

Activities and Itineraries

Our itineraries are flexible and can be modified according to the interests of the group. There are numerous possible activities, including walks through the primary rainforest during the day and night, exploring by paddle canoe, fishing (for piranhas and other species), observe caiman around the nearby lagoons, and much more.
A visit to the Mandari Panga community offers the chance to learn about their customs and daily life, including using the blowpipe, making chicha, the production of artisan chocolate and more.

We can also arrange specialized itineraries for birders with a professional birding guide, and can arrange special tours for groups as well.

Among the animals that can be seen at Mandari Panga are: the white lizard, 10 different types of monkeys (including howler monkeys, woolly monkeys and spider monkeys), sloths, armadillos, more than 550 different species of birds (including curassows, hoatzins, vultures, parrots, toucans and many more).
Walks through the forest not only offers the chance to see wildlife, but to observe the remarkable flora of the zone, ranging from orchids to the famous giant millennial ceibos trees, medicinal plants, unique mushroom species, strangler figs known as “matapalos” and much more.

Itineraries can be for 4, 5, 6 or more days; 3 days is possible but not recommended as you would have very little time to explore the zone. Please note: Departure from the camp on the final day is after breakfast.

SAMPLE ITINERARY FOR MANDARI PANGA

Day 1: Quito - Coca - Mandari Panga

Upon arrival at Coca Airport, or if you take a bus to Coca, you’ll be met by a representative of Mandari Panga and we’ll begin our journey to the Mandari Panga camp inside of the Yasuni National Park, designated a World Biosphere Reserve for its remarkable biodiversity. We travel for about 2 hours in ground transport, then we board a motorized canoe for about 1.5 hours to the campsite. At the beginning of our trip into the park, we travel along the Tiputini River with the Yasuni National Park on our right; when we pass the community we’ll enter completely into the National Park. Along our way, we’ll have a box lunch, and when we arrive we’ll settle into our tents (on elevated, covered platforms) and have a welcome beverage and an introductory briefing. Later we’ll travel in a canoe along the river to enjoy the sunset.

Day 2: Exploration in the Amazon

After breakfast, we’ll depart the Camp by canoe along the Tiputìni River and start a trek along the Maquisapa trail through virgin jungle to get to know and see wildlife at its best, possibly accompanied by the roar and the screams of the howler monkey. We’ll hike for 4-5 hours, returning to the river at the end of our hike and returning to the lodge in our canoe. After lunch and a rest, we will go fishing for piranhas and then return to the Camp to watch the sunset. Dinner, then a night walk to enjoy the creatures of the night; with luck, we’ll see night monkeys, spiders, frogs, snakes and other nocturnal animals.

Day 3: Exploration in the Amazon (Community visit and an observation point)

We’ll depart in the morning to visit the community of Mandari Panga, and have a chance to share with the children of the school and the commune of Mandari Panga. If you’d like, bring photos of your country to show to the children and be part of an unforgettable cultural experience. Return to the camp for lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll hike along the Puka Puma Trail, along a small stream and a lagoon with abundant bird life. During the afternoon, we will climb to the top of a hill, only 20 minutes away from the camp, to look for toucans, macaws, parrots and probably some groups of monkeys.

Day 4 (4 day program): Departure


Departure from Mandari Panga at 7 a.m. back to Coca ́s airport for the flight to Quito.

Day 4 (5 day program): Hike and black water navigation

e start the day early with a delicious breakfast with Amazonian coffee, then we depart for a hike along the Tapir trail and enjoy the jungle at the peak of activity of the fauna. On our way to a spectacular mammal clay lick, our guide will explain traditional hunting methods and survival techniques. After our visit, we return to the camp where lunch will be served. In the afternoon we take the motorboat to explore a small blackwater lagoon with abundant fauna, where we’ll have a good chance to observe the largest predator in the lakes: the Anaconda.

Day 5 Mandari Panga - Coca


Departure from Mandari Panga at 7 a.m. back to Coca ́s airport for the flight to Quito.

TOUR INCLUDES:

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.

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Transportation to and from Coca, any additional meals before or after your tour in Coca, additional snacks, rain ponchos, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance.

Minimum 2 passengers for all departures; if you are a single traveler contact us and you can join an existing departure.

4 DAYS5 DAYS6 DAYS
TOUR PRICE PER PERSON$495$580$665
Discount for children under 12 years: 25%
10% discount for groups of 5 or more

Payment Policies

If tour is booked 30 days or more in advance, we require a 50% deposit to confirm your reservation with the balance due 30 days prior to your departure
If tour is booked 29 days or less prior to departure, full payment is required to confirm your reservation
In the absence of written agreement or payment within these timeframes, we may consider the tour to be cancelled and may apply cancellation fees and retain any deposits paid. We must notify you in writing at least 3 business days prior to cancelling any tour for which a deposit has been received.
We accept payments through PayPal or by bank transfer, or you can pay directly in our offices in cash or by credit card. For payments in cash or by bank transfer, we offer a 4% discount off of published prices.

Cancellation Policies

If your tour is cancelled 30 days or more in advance, we will refund your full deposit less a 15% administration fee (based on the total tour price) and any bank fees charged.
For cancellations received between 29 days and 7 days prior to departure, we will refund 50% of the total tour price, less any bank fees charged
No refunds will be offered for cancellations 7 days or less prior to tour departure, however we will do our best to offer the tour on a different date (15% change fee may apply for last minute changes in tour dates).
We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy with cancellation coverage, such a policy may offer reimbursement for tour charges in case of cancellations due to emergency or family situations.
No refunds will be made if you voluntarily abandon your itinerary for any reason after the itinerary has begun. Refunds will be at our discretion if you are involuntarily forced to leave a trip for any reason

Physical Requirements and Health

Clients are responsible for determining if their physical condition is sufficient for this tour. While terrain is relatively flat, hikes, although at a slow pace, can be for up to 4-5 hours. Various parts of the tour, for example entering and exiting canoes, can involve the risk of a fall or other accident; clients must accept these risks when booking the tour. This is a moderately active tour, and please remember that immediate access to medical care is not possible and communication can be limited, so we do not recommend this tour for those with existing medical conditions that may require urgent treatment. It is your responsibility to notify us when booking of any known medical issues.

Insurance

NOTE: Proof of medical coverage may be required to enter Ecuador after October 2017.
Travel insurance and medical precautions are essential and should be put in place by you at the time of booking. We can not give specific advice on insurance matters and individual circumstances differ, therefore you will need to make sure that the travel insurance and medical precautions that you put in place are suitable for this tour and any other Ecuador travel. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE including medical, accident, trip cancellation and trip interruption coverage. Some insurance companies require cancellation coverage to be purchased before a payment is made for the tour.

Client responsibilities

You are fully responsible for arrival at the designated meeting point for your tour. We will assume no responsibility and will issue no refunds if you fail to arrive at the designated meeting point and at the designated meeting time for any tour departure or for any part of any tour, including instances caused by delayed international flights.
You will be visiting a traditional and somewhat isolated community with different norms and practices than you may be accustomed to, and will also be within a very pristine ecosystem. During the tour, please practice “leave no trace” policies while at the camp and on hikes, refrain from excessive drinking, minimize unnecessary noise and show respect for the people and traditions of the community.
You are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the itinerary and any pre-departure information and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised therein.
You accept and understand the risks and responsibilities relating to travel into the Amazon region, and accept any and all responsibility for such risks. You understand that, in case of emergency, communication and/or medical infrastructure is limited; and safety infrastructure and first aid skills may also be limited.
If you are prone to recurring illnesses, allergies or have any other disabilities or health problems potentially relevant to your holiday, you are responsible for informing us at the time of booking. The same applies to specific dietary requirements, either for medical or religious reasons, or for any other specific requirements or requests.

Disclaimer

We (Mandari Panga Yasuni Jungle Expeditions, EcuadorQuest Cia. Ltda., Latin Online Travel LLC, our employees, guides, drivers, contractors and all other service providers) will not assume any responsibility for accidents, injures, or other damages suffered by any passenger during any tour, or for the failure of a client to have valid medical insurance during their stay in Ecuador.