7 Days 6 Nights Huao­rani Camp

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This is an excit­ing and unfor­get­table tour, full of adven­ture to this tribe that still pre­serve their ancient tra­di­tions. With this tour you will see the cus­toms and tra­di­tions of an authen­tic Huao­rani tribe through hikes full of typ­i­cal wildlife of the Ecuado­rian Ama­zon.

Note: It must be a min­i­mum of 2 peo­ple to go for this Tour

7 Days/​6 Nights Huao­rani Expe­di­tion Yacuma Lodge & Camp­ing Program

This pro­gram cre­ates a very unique expe­ri­ence, where vis­i­tors will learn about the Kichwa and Huao­rani cul­tures and their close rela­tion­ship with the for­est, with the pos­si­bil­ity to observe Ama­zon wildlife in the hikes and dif­fer­ent activ­i­ties, and receive a con­ser­va­tion­ist inter­pre­ta­tion of the ecol­ogy and actual sit­u­a­tion of the Ecuado­rian Ama­zon rainforest.

Day 1 Quito – Yacuma For­est Reserve

birdFrom 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.

Day 2 Yacuma For­est Reserve

modo vidaAfter break­fast in the lodge, we will make a walk of 30 min­utes to visit our host­ing Kichwa indige­nous com­mu­nity. On the way you will observe the dif­fer­ent kind of trees, plants and palms cul­ti­vated by this com­mu­nity and also try fruit such as bananas, plan­tain, cas­sava, papaya, pineap­ple, orange, sugar cane, etc.

We will con­tinue to the small set­tle­ment where we can observe (we sug­gest our kind guests to buy) beau­ti­ful pot­tery made by the indige­nous women of the Chon­tay­acu Com­mu­nity, later on we will go to visit the SHAMAN of the com­mu­nity, where we will learn about their ances­tral secrets, cus­toms and the way of living.

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.“
After we will try fish­ing the famous car­ni­vore small fish, known as “piranha” (Pygo­cen­trus nat­tereri). (If you like kayak­ing you can go fish­ing or nav­i­gate on our bi-​personal Kayaks)

Canoe back to the lodge for a deli­cious din­ner and have a rest for the excit­ing next day that it will take us for an expe­di­tion to the land of one of the most enig­matic and ances­tral Tribe of the Ecuado­rian Ama­zon Rainforest.

Day 3 Yacuma – Huao­rani Camp

huaroaniAt about 7 am, we will start canoe­ing on the Napo River for about 1:30 hours to the small river set­tle­ment called Comu­nidad de Los Rios. From here a 30 min­utes pick-​up ride will take us to the small set­tle­ment known as Selva Amazónica where our porters and helpers are wait­ing for us. From here we will start a 6 hours hike into the pri­mary rain­for­est towards our Huao­rani Camp in the Huan­taro territory.

The Huao­rani, Wao­rani or Wao­dani, also known as the Waos, are native Amerindi­ans from the Ama­zon­ian Region of Ecuador (Napo, Orel­lana and Pas­taza Provinces) who have marked dif­fer­ences from other eth­nic groups from Ecuador. The alter­nate name Auca is a pejo­ra­tive exonym used by the neigh­bour­ing Kichwa Indige­nous, and com­monly adopted by Spanish-​speakers as well. Auca – awqa in Kichwa – means “enemy”. Their pop­u­la­tion is esti­mated in 4,000 inhab­i­tants and speak the Huao­rani lan­guage, a lin­guis­tic iso­late that is not known to be related to any other lan­guage. In the past, Huao­rani were able to pro­tect their cul­ture and lands from both indige­nous ene­mies and settlers.

This hike crosses pri­mary rain­for­est and it is full of adven­ture. On the way we will be cross­ing small streams, rivers and dif­fer­ent kinds of hilly ter­rains and we can observe sev­eral species of plants and trees, some of them more than 600 years old. With some luck and depend­ing on the weather, we may see some mam­mals (capy­baras, armadil­los, dif­fer­ent species of mon­keys, etc.) and dif­fer­ent kinds of jun­gle birds. On the way we will have a box lunch in the rain­for­est before we arrive to the main attrac­tion of this day, the Huao­rani Tribe Camp. While the Huao­ra­nis give us a friendly wel­come with a tra­di­tional dance and the typ­i­cal drink called chicha (prepa­ra­tion is based on cas­sava and ripe plan­tain), the staff mem­ber of our camp (mem­ber of the Huao­rani tribe) will pre­pare the din­ner. After din­ner we will have a rest in our com­fort­able tents to recover the energy for the next day.

Day 4 Huao­rani Camp

cazaEarly morn­ing, we walk into the pri­mary rain­for­est accom­pa­nied by an expert Huao­rani native guide to see the nat­ural min­eral salt lick (Collpa in Span­ish). Here you will be able to enjoy the fas­ci­nat­ing spec­ta­cle of birds lick­ing the Collpa. The num­ber of birds and species will depend on the weather, the sea­son and the time of the year. The best time for bird watch­ing is July — Sep­tem­ber. Return to the lodge for break­fast. Our next hike will take us to the shores of a small lagoon where we can observe tur­tles (charapas).

From here we go to the shores of the Shiripuno River where we take our canoes for a short nav­i­ga­tion to a very spe­cial place where we can observe dozens of Hoatzins. The Hoatzin (Opistho­co­mus hoatzin), is the Amazon’s weird­est and rather shy bird, except in breed­ing sea­son. It has a punk hair-​do, and a bright blue face. Added to that, it smells really bad, so that is why it’s also called the “Stink-​bird.” It eats only leaves and it is rather heavy, and hence a clumsy flyer.

Later on we go back to the camp for a well deserved lunch and after a short rest we will con­tinue with our unique tour on the Huao­rani ter­ri­tory where you will be able to see how they light up fire in their own unusual way, as part, of their secret way of liv­ing. Then we will have time to learn the process of how to make the curare (par­a­lyze poi­son) and prac­tice the tra­di­tional way of hunt­ing of the Huao­rani tribe with the blow­gun (cerbatana).

Day 5 Huao­rani Camp

casacadaAfter a deli­cious lunch, we will go to a very spe­cial place, the Huao­rani Sacred Water­fall, a beau­ti­ful spot where this tribe cel­e­brate their rit­u­als and cer­e­mo­ni­als fes­tiv­i­ties, and where the shamans (med­i­cine man) enter in con­tact with the spir­its. Here you can have a refresh­ing bathing to take out all the bad ener­gies, as it is their tradition.

After­wards we will do a 2 hours hike into the rain­for­est look­ing for wildlife and birds. With lit­tle luck, we will be able to observe dif­fer­ent kinds of mon­keys, capibaras, per­haps spot ana­conda snakes and other wild ani­mals. Return to the camp for lunch. In the after­noon, we will focus on learn­ing the way of liv­ing of the Huao­rani Tribe. They will show us their own tech­niques of mak­ing pot­tery. In the evening, the host­ing tribe will invite you for dinner.

Try the local drink while shar­ing your impres­sions at our social farewell meet­ing known by the Huao­rani in their native lan­guage as Kacha­rina, which means share all your feel­ings and expe­ri­ences. Our main Wao guide and chief of the Huan­taro Tribe will tell us some leg­ends of the region.

Day 6 Huao­rani Rain­for­est — Yacuma Lodge

canoeAfter break­fast, we say good­bye to our native Huao­rani friends and then we will begin our return hike through the pri­mary rain­for­est reserve of the Wuaos tribe. Here we will have a box-​lunch.

Our 6 hours hike will take us back to the small com­mu­nity called Selva Amazónica, where a pickup truck will be wait­ing for us. We ride towards the vil­lage of San Pedro from where our canoe will take us back to Yacuma Ecolodge. In the evening, we will enjoy a spe­cial din­ner and finally we will have a farewell bon­fire together with the Kichwa Indige­nous Com­mu­nity of Chontayacu.

Day 7 Yacuma — Quito

despedida comunidadOn this day, we will have our last break­fast and say­ing good­bye to our Indige­nous friend, after­wards we will begin our canoe ride along the Napo River back to Santa Pedro de Sum­ino, where our guide will help you take the pub­lic bus to the city of Tena. (The pas­sen­gers tak­ing the flight option will be trans­ferred to the new air­port in Tena for the after­noon flight back to Quito, extra cost).


- Tents with mat­tress placed on a wooden plat­form with bath­room (toi­let and sink)
- Meals (1st and 2nd day fresh food and /​or typ­i­cal dish, day 3 con­sump­tion of non-​perishable (canned and /​or sim­i­lar)
- The camp has a land­ing strip for small planes leav­ing from /​to Shell or Tena.


  • Pick up from bus sta­tion in Tena
  • Pub­lic bus trans­porta­tion Tena– San Pedro — Tena
  • Spanish/​English speak­ing companion
  • Indige­nous com­mu­nity entrance fee
  • Indige­nous Kichwa guides at Yacuma For­est Reserve
  • All meals in Yacuma Ecolodge and at our Huao­rani Camp
  • 2 accom­mo­da­tion nights at Yacuma lodge in bun­ga­lows for 2 people
  • 2 tents accom­mo­da­tions nights at our Huao­rani Cam­pHuao­rani ter­ri­tory entrance fee
  • Huao­rani Indige­nous guide
  • Noted excur­sions
  • Canoes

Not Included

  • Pri­vate transportation
  • Return flight Quito-​Tena-​Quito
  • Soft or alco­holic drinks
  • Per­sonal expenses, tips, etc
  • Per­sonal equipment
  • Per­sonal travel insurance



Oper­ado­ras de Tur­ismo Comisión: 20%


PAX NUM­BER 2 3 4 5 612 SS
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PAX NUM­BER 2 3 4 5 612 SS
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Note: above prices are com­mis­sion­able for Tour Oper­a­tors and Travel Agents.


  • Accom­mo­da­tions (accord­ing with the pro­gram) in Yacuma Ecolodge and in con­fort­able tents in our Huao­rani camp
  • Eng­lish /​Span­ish speak­ing companion/​translator
  • All meals while in Yacuma Lodge and Huao­rani Camp
  • All entrance fees
  • Indige­nous Guides (Kichwa and Huaorani)
  • Canoes
  • Soft drinks (water, tea, coffee)
  • Pri­vate trans­port Selva Ama­zon­ica – Santa Rosa

Not included

  • Pri­vate transport
  • Flight Quito – Tena – Quito (us$120.- per person/​one way)
  • Per­sonal equipment
  • Extras
  • Tips
  • Alco­holic and bot­tled beverages.

Note : You can also take the flight Quito – Tena – Quito at extra cost (us$120.- one way). Flights are avail­able on Tues­day, Thurs­day and Saturday


We offer guar­an­teed depar­tures with min­i­mum 2 pas­sen­gers every week and at the fol­low­ing spe­cial gross rates and dates.

6 Day Huao Tours Sat­ur­day 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 and return

All Rates not include

  • Pri­vate Trans­porta­tion Quito — Tena and return.
  • Alco­holic or soft drinks
  • Chon­tay­acu Com­mu­nity entrance fee ($3, 00 p.p.)
  • Tips
  • Extras
  • Per­sonal expenses.

Chil­dren under 12 years: 50% dis­count. (Chil­dren under 4 years free — in the same accom­mo­da­tion with their parents).Single Accom­mo­da­tion Sup­ple­ment: 30% of tour cost


  • 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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