This is a fantastic Tour
Note: these itineraries are just a guideline. Final program will depend on weather conditions, river conditions or other unforeseen circumstances
Day 1 Quito — Yacuma Lodge
From Quito, early in the morning, you would travel at your own expenses to the city of Tena, the capital of the Napo Province. You can use public transportation, private vehicle (4 hours) or you can fly by plane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The land journey starts from Quito and crosses the Andes where, if you are lucky, the beautiful Antisana Volcano can be seen. Further on, you will pass by the town of Baeza, from where you will descend towards the stunning jungle of the Alto Amazonas.
Upon arrival to Tena, our guide will be waiting for you and in about 1h50 he will drive you to the community of San Pedro de Sumino located along the shores of Napo River. From San Pedro, we will board a canoe and in 30 minutes of a pleasant ride we will arrive to our Ecolodge. It is located on the banks of the river Chontayacu — our rainforest reserve of 300 hectares. In the lodge you will be greeted with the typical local drink known as “guayusa” and then you can make yourself comfortable in our traditional Amazon-style bungalows accommodation.
After a short rest, we will have the possibility to practice the use of a blowgun and we will have an interesting explanation how to use the “curare”, natural poison that was used by the Kichwa Community for hunting. Next in the program, the native guide will show you our little representation of Kichwa culture – a model house, which has elements showcasing their culture. When the activity finish we will have a dinner and rest.Dinner.
Day 2 Yacuma Rainforest Reserve
After breakfast in the lodge, we will begin a walk in the primary rainforest of our Yacuma reserve. For this activity, we have various alternatives. A short two hours walk where the native guide will show you many species of plants and describe their medicinal purposes. The second will take around four hours crossing small streams and different kinds of terrains with several species of trees and plants. The second one will aim for the visit of the main attraction of the day — the “Tutapishku Cave” (bats cave) in combination with the explanation of medicinal plants.
In the cave which has not been fully explored yet, you can watch an interesting and exciting show of one of the species of the Amazon bats (Saccopteryx bilineata). This cave is considered by the locals as a sacred place, where “The Shamans” (medicine man) come to renew their energy and then they make sacred rituals. With a little luck we will see monkeys, birds like “orioles”, parrots, and other animals. This walk is quite exciting and requires more effort, but at the same time it is rewarding for the experience of being in touch with the true primary rainforest. We will return to the lodge to have a delicious lunch and after a short rest, we will go to Laguna Escondida (Hidden Lagoon) where we make a short hike in its surroundings. This is a special place where we can observe different species of jungle birds: river Garzas (great egret), Great Blue Heron, King fisher, Garrapatero, Oropendolas, etc. One of the most interesting and strange birds of Amazon is the Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoatzin), which has bright blue face and punk hair-do, it smells horrible, so it is also called the “Stink-bird.” In this place we will try fishing for carnivore small fish, known as “piranha” (Pygocentrus nattereri).
Return to the lodge for dinner and if passengers wish, they could take a night walk to observe insects and enjoy the sounds of the jungle. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Note: Today’s excursion is demanding and requires very good physical condition. Those Passengers who do not wish to participate in this tour, they can stay in the Lodge and use the day for fishing, kayaking, swimming, or just relax and enjoy the beautiful nature.
Day 3 Yacuma Rainforest Reserve
After a delicious breakfast, we will visit the members of the Chontayacu Kichwa Family, to appreciate their simple but quiet way of life. On the way the passengers can observe, interact and learn with their native guide about local crops such as coffee, bananas, cacao, cassava, papaya, pineapple, orange trees, sugar cane, among others. Also, we can observe (and buy) the pottery, necklaces and other beautiful crafts made by the Kichwa people. You will have the opportunity to taste the ancestral Kichwa drink “chicha”. After that we can visit the Community School, which was built with the support of Yacuma and international tourism operators.
Return to the lodge, where we have lunch and a short rest. In the afternoon, we will go to the Napo River, where we will try panning for gold on the shores of this great river, one of the largest affluent of the Amazon River. The program continues with the activities like tubing and kayaking* or you can simply enjoy a refreshing dip in the Chontayacu or Napo river. Return to the lodge for a short rest and then we will have a great time learning step by step the process of the traditional chocolate preparation, from roasting the beans to grind. Everyone can participate and learn about this characteristic product of our beautiful Amazon. When finished, we will taste a delicious cup of freshly made hot chocolate. In the evening, we will enjoy a special dinner and finally we will have a farewell bonfire. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
*The lodge has 4 Kayaks, each one for 2 people.
For those interested in bird watching we will make an early start at 5:30 am, in order to enjoy the view of different bird species existing in the vicinity of Yacuma Lodge. For this, we will climb to the look out, where we will enjoy the beautiful view of the Amazon Jungle. After breakfast we say goodbye to our indigenous friends and we will begin our canoe ride along the Napo River back to San Pedro de Sumino where our guide will help you take the public bus to the city of Tena. Breakfast.
If you decide to make this amazing trip in private transportation, on your way back we recommend you to visit the small town of Misahaullí known for its monkey population and then you could enter the caves of Jumandy or you may continue until the Papallacta hot springs water.
Note: for your safety and comfort, we can arrange this private service with an extra cost.
- Spanish /English speaking companion from the city of Tena
- Public transportation from Tena to San Pedro and back
- Native guide and English interpreter
- All meals
- Accommodation in bungalows with private facilities
- Excursions mentioned
- Rubber boots and purified water at your disposal.
Note: these itineraries are just a guideline. Final program will depend on weather conditions, river conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Yacuma Lodge Gross Rates 2015 (Private Tours) per person (*)
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Note: The prices noted above are per person for individuals or groups. These private departures can be arranged any time.
PFIXED DEPARTURES SHARED (IN POOL) GROUP TOUR GROSS PRICES 2015
We guaranteed departures with minimum 2 passengers every week, at the following dates with special gross rates.
- 3 Day Tour: Every Friday us$ 185. — Per person.
- 4 Day Tour: Every Friday us$ 280. — Per person.
- 5 Day Tour: Every Monday us$ 360. — Per person.
- 6 Day Huao Tours Wednesday and Friday us $650. — Per person. (available flights
All Rates include
- Full Board in the lodge (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner); in — out canoe transfers (San Pedro — Yacuma Lodge — San Pedro)
- Native guides
- English/Spanish speaking companion (from Tena)
- Public Transportation Tena — San Pedro de Sumino and return
All Rates not include
- Private Transportation Quito — Tena — San Pedro and return
- Alcoholic or soft drinks
- Chontayacu Community entrance fee ($3, 00 p.p.)
- Personal expenses
Children under 6 years old do not have to pay the cost of the tour, if they stay with their parents in the same room and share the same bed.
Kids between 6 and under 12 years old pay 50% cost of the tour if they stay on the same room with their parents but with un bed extra.
Kids from 12 and more pay the complete cost of the tour.
Single Accommodation Supplement:: US$ 30.- per night.
PRIVATE CAR TRANSPORTATION NET PRICES (FROM/TO QUITO)
- From 1 to 4 passengers: us$ 250. — 1 way
- From 5 to 10 passengers: us$ 350. — 1 way
- From 11 to 15 passengers: us$ 450. — 1 way
- From 16 to 25 passengers: us$ 500. — 1 way
FLIGHTS (Not always available):
Flight Quito — Tena — Quito (available Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
- One way $ 120.- per person
- Round trip $ 200.- per person