The Yachana lodge won the 2004 Condé Nast magazine eco-tourism award, and also earns glowing praise from the Lonely Planet as one of the leading eco-tourism projects within South America. This adventure trip offers a wealth of wildlife spotting opportunities, a visit to a traditional shaman healer, as well as learning about the ground-breaking environmental, educational, medical and agricultural projects in the local community.
The lodge itself is extremely comfortable offering double bamboo cabins built in the style of the local Quichua people, equipped with bed, mosquito netting on windows, private toilet and shower. There is also a communal dining area, bar and lounge.
This tour is particularly suitable for:
* wildlife enthusiasts
* an adventure getaway
* cultural tourists
* bird watchers
* those interested in eco-tourism
Day 1: pickup at Quito airport and transfer to Hotel Patio Andaluz in the historic centre of Quito. Patio Andaluz is an exquisitely renovated old colonial building with charm and character in abundance! It will make for a memorable stay.
Day 2: a full day to acclimatise to your new surroundings in Quito and become accustomed to the south American way of life. Enjoy a full day guided tour of both the colonial splendors of the city as well as a trip north to stand on the equator. Overnight at Patio Andaluz.
Day 3: transfer to Quito airport for your flight into the rainforest. On arrival there is time to relax in the comfort of the lodge and to meet the guides. A delicious meal is followed by a night walk to look for nocturnal species.
Day 4: Breakfast. A primary forest hike to discover the immense biodiversity of the jungle. Although it takes time to tune into the jungle, many of the rainforest secrets are easy to discover with the aid of your guide's keen eyes! Photo opportunities are endless. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you can partake in cultural activities followed by a canoe ride for bird watching. Barbecue dinner on the Napo River.
Day 5: Bird watching early in the morning - the best time of day for birdlife. After breakfast a secondary forest hike to learn about the plants which have served people's daily needs such as: building homes, making baskets, twine, weapons, clothing and food. Lunch and time to relax. Afternoon visit to a family gold-panning on the river as well as free-time to swim (with guide's supervision). Dinner.
Day 6: Bird watching early in the morning. After breakfast a cultural visit to a traditional shaman healer to witness a traditional healing ceremony, as well as a chance to test your skills at using a blow gun and throwing a spear. Lunch and free-time. In the afternoon a visit to an Indian house to learn about the typical way of life in a Quichua indian community. Dinner.
Day 7: transfer out of the lodge and back to the capital city of Quito. Transfer from the airport to Hotel Patio Andaluz.
Day 8: tour ends. Transfer to airport for your flight home.
PAST CLIENT FEEDBACK
"A wonderful trip and awe-inspiring experience - many thanks for all of the help in putting it all together!" (Terri Black, USA)
"We never expected to find such a luxurious place to stay in the Ecuadorian jungle! The service and food were exceptional and the trips highly enjoyable" (James & Helen Hunter, UK)
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