Ecuador - Rainforest

AAEJ: Jungle Tours

A trip to the Ecuadorian rainforest is a unique experience. Because of its location near the Andes, the Ecuadorian jungle is known as tropical humid forest, one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world with a high number of endemic species of flora and fauna.

AAEJ01 Yacuma Lodge 4D/3N

During the 3-hour drive from Quito to the town of Tena you will experience a dramatic change in climate, terrain and scenery. From Tena, we will head (2 hours more) for the indigenous village of San Pedro, where our canoe will be waiting to take us on a 30-minute journey down the Napo River to Yacuma Lodge. Located on the riverbank in a wonderful spot of the Ecuadorian rainforest, Yacuma Lodge is simple, yet cosy and the perfect destination for nature lovers.

Day 1: We’ll leave Quito early in the morning and travel in the direction of Baeza by public bus (or private bus at extra cost). Our guide-companion will take us to the city of Tena and after lunch, we will continue our journey to the indigenous village of San Pedro. From here, by canoe we will travel downstream along the Napo River, arriving at Yacuma Lodge in the late afternoon. You’ll have time to settle in the lodge’s bungalows, where sleep two people. After dinner, if weather permits, you will have the opportunity to explore the surrounding forest by night (a torch is a must). (D).

Day 2: After breakfast we’ll begin a 3 hour trek through the rainforest. Along the way an indigenous guide will show us the many species of plants and describe their medicinal purposes to us. With a little luck we will see monkeys and birds such as oropendolas and parrots. After lunch we’ll visit the Quechua indigenous community, where you will have the opportunity to learn about local customs and the way of life of the native people of the jungle. Later in the afternoon, you may like to enjoy a refreshing swim in the river or try your hand at fishing. (B, L, D).

Day 3: In the morning, we’ll travel further along the Napo River towards the mouth of Huambuno River. We navigate o this river till we arrive to the small lagoon where we make a short trek to observe caymans and hoatzins. Our crew will serve a box lunch on the way. Later in the afternoon, you will have the rare opportunity to try panning for gold on the shores of Napo River. We’ll return to the lodge late in the afternoon and after dinner we invite you to have a drink at our social evening. (B, BL, D).

Day 4: After breakfast we’ll begin our return journey along the Napo River to Santa Rosa. From here transport will be provided back to Tena and from here to Quito. (B).

Included: Native guide, English speaking tour companion, all entrance fees, noted meals, accommodation in the lodge, public bus transportation.

Grading: easy - moderate