5 Days 4 Nights Yacuma Tour

Day 1

NATIVESFrom 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

RIVER CRUISEAfter 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

BAT CAVEAfter 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 spe­cial din­ner and rest. Break­fast, Lunch, Dinner.

*The lodge has 4 Kayaks, each one for 2 people.

Day 4

CRUISE CANOEFor those inter­ested in bird watch­ing, we will get up early in the morn­ing (5.30am) in order to observe dif­fer­ent species of birds and some of the fam­i­lies located along the river. It is really inter­est­ing to observe how these indige­nous set­tle­ments have been relo­cated every year accord­ing to how the river changes its course due to the rain. After break­fast, we will also make a short walk to visit the Shaman of the com­mu­nity and to learn about his heal­ing pow­ers. We return to the lodge where we will have an inter­est­ing expla­na­tion and demon­stra­tion of the var­i­ous hunt­ing and fish­ing traps, one of the char­ac­ter­is­tic activ­i­ties prac­ticed by their ances­tors accord­ing to their world concept.

After a deli­cious lunch, the native guide will show you our lit­tle rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Kichwa cul­ture – a model house, which has ele­ments show­cas­ing their cul­ture 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 after­noon we will go to the look out, where we will enjoy the beau­ti­ful view of the sun­set in the Ama­zon Jun­gle. Return to the lodge for a short rest. In the evening, we will enjoy a spe­cial din­ner and finally we will have a farewell bon­fire. Break­fast, Lunch, Dinner.

Note: for the most adven­tur­ous peo­ple, we can arrange an extra­or­di­nary trekking inside our pri­mary rain­for­est reserve where we can enjoy on the shores of the Bueno river a deli­cious tra­di­tional lunch which is rolled up in a bijao leaf. This way we pro­tect the envi­ron­ment. More details info@​yacuma.​travel

Day 5

AMAZON TREKKINGAfter 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.

Included

  • 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
  • Canoes
  • 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 (*)

Pax Num­ber Pas­sen­gers Number
2 3 4 5 610 1115 16+ SS
3 days 370 330 310 300 290 285 280 60
4 days 440 390 360 340 330 320 310 90
5 days 495 435 400 375 360 350 340 120

The prices noted above are per per­son for indi­vid­u­als or groups. These pri­vate depar­tures can be arranged any time.

FIXED DEPAR­TURES SHARED (IN POOL) GROUP TOUR GROSS PRICES 2014

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

  • Taxes
  • 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.)
  • Tips
  • Extras
  • 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
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