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
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.
Day 2 Yacuma Forest Reserve
After 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
At 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
Early 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
After 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
After 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
On 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).
INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE CAMP:
- 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
- Private transportation
- Return flight Quito-Tena-Quito
- Soft or alcoholic drinks
- Personal expenses, tips, etc
- Personal equipment
- Personal travel insurance
YACUMA ECOLODGE AND YACUMA HUAORANI CAMP
PRIVATE TOURS GROSS PRICES 2015
Operadoras de Turismo Comisión: 20%
6 DAYS PROGRAM (YACUMA LODGE 3 NIGHTS – HUAORANI CAMP 2 NIGHTS)
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5 DAYS PROGRAM (YACUMA LODGE 2 NIGHTS – HUAORANI CAMP 2 NIGHTS)
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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)
- Soft drinks (water, tea, coffee)
- Private transport Selva Amazonica – Santa Rosa
- Private transport
- Flight Quito – Tena – Quito (us$120.- per person/one way)
- Personal equipment
- 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
FIXED DEPARTURES SHARED (IN POOL) GROUP TOUR GROSS PRICES 2015
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
- 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 ($3, 00 p.p.)
- Personal expenses.
Children under 12 years: 50% discount. (Children under 4 years free — in the same accommodation with their parents).Single Accommodation Supplement: 30% of tour cost
PRIVATE CAR TRANSPORTATION NET PRICES (FROM/TO QUITO)
- From 1 to 4 passengers: us$ 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