Our guests are encouraged to get involved during their visit and work alongside the students on the various projects within each area. The high school strives to implement best practices and systems that do not have a negative affect on the environment. Solar panels, compost, biodigestors and recycling are used at all times and are very much a part of what the students learn during their time at Yachana.
Traveling to Yachana, there are two ways to reach Yachana Lodge:
By plane: Guests can take a short 30-minute flight from Quito to the jungle city of Coca. If weather conditions permit, you will have a spectacular view of the Andes mountains and the Amazon rainforest. Upon your arrival in Coca, you will meet your Yachana guide who will be waiting for you at the airport. Your guide will escort you to the river port to board a motorized canoe for your trip up the Napo River to the community of Mondaña in the province of Napo where Yachana Lodge is located.
The canoe is 17 meters long and constructed of fiberglass designed to minimize any contamination of the environment. Each guest will be provided with a life jacket. The trip will take approximately two and a half hours depending on river conditions and you will be served a box lunch to enjoy during your journey. Upon arrival at the Lodge, you will be welcomed by the staff and given a brief orientation designed to ensure a pleasant stay.
Note: Your Yachana representative will reserve your plane ticket and coordinate your trip. The ticket costs $136 round trip per person.
Ground transport: You can take private transportation from Quito to the jungle city of Tena (approximately four and a half hours away) where you will continue your journey for another three and a half hours to the community of Los Ríos. Your Yachana representative will coordinate a canoe to pick you up for your 20 minute trip down the Napo River to Yachana Lodge.
Note: Your Yachana representative can coordinate ground transportation and the cost may vary depending on the number of passengers. If you have organized your own transport, we will send you a map with the directions that will guide you to Los Ríos.