Day 1: Quito fly to Coca/ Pañayacu/ Pañacocha. From Coca, we will take a motorized canoe and begin our trip along the Napo River until we reach the Pañayacu River. It will take approximately five hours, with lunch along the way. Our final destination will be Pañacocha Lodge, where we will take a short walk before dinner and bed.
Day 2: Pañacocha. After breakfast we will go for a walk through the rain forest, looking at and learning about different kinds of medicinal plants, trees and insects. Later that afternoon we will navigate up the Pañayacu River in canoe for about two hours, experiencing some of the incredible flora and fauna of the area. This will be a perfect time to bird watch, take pictures and see many wild animals in their natural habitat.
Day 3: Pañacocha and the surrounding lagoons. In the morning we will go by dugout paddle canoe through the lagoons and mangroves where we will see several types of native birds such as “caciques”, “oropéndolas” and “hoatzins”. In the late afternoon you will try your hand at piranha fishing and get the chance to see pink fresh water dolphins.
Day 4: Pañacocha. After breakfast we will do some birdwatching around Pañacocha and then walk for about two hours through the rain forest. Later that evening we will go out in the canoes to spot caimans.
Day 5: Pañacocha/ Rio Napo/ Coca. There will be a chance for early morning activity before departure. Later, we will navigate upriver to Coca, with a chance to visit a native Amazonian family along the way. We will stop for lunch on the river before arriving in Coca.
Recommended Personal Equipment:
- Mosquito repellent
- Plastic bags
- Long pants for hiking
- Long-sleeved sweater for evenings
- Light shoes and/or sandals
- Sun cream or sun block
- Light-weight clothing
- Sunglasses and sun hat
- Biodegradable soap
- A lot of film and a camera.
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