YACHANA LODGE

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You will hike in Primary and Secondary rainforest with one of Yachana’s English/Spanish-speaking naturalist guides and discover the amazing symbiosis of the animals, birds, trees, plants and insects to name but a few. You will discover how the area’s peoples have coexisted with the forest for centuries. You will visit Yachana’s extraordinary and impressive Technical High School set up for the indigenous youth of the Amazon and learn about its organic farm. You will visit a traditional healer for a cleansing ceremony, stargaze from our stunning deck and visit our Butterfly House. You will have time to relax in your hammock and to swim in the River Napo or to sip a drink whilst watching a spectacular sun setting over the river. Whatever your motivation for visiting Yachana, you can be sure that your experience will be unforgettable.

ACTIVITIES

  • Hike deep into primary and secondary rainforest to discover wildlife (7 species of toucan, Great Potoos, Long-tailed Potoos and many more animals, birds, insects, snakes and spiders await!)
  • Discover native plants and trees including an extraordinary array of medicinal plants and their uses.
  • Early morning birdwatching on an island upriver and see over 30 species of birds in an hour including Whitehawk eagles and Blackhawk eagles.
  • Explore Yachana’s 4,300-acre (1,700 hectare) Protected Forest and visit our biological research station where biologists are documenting thousands of species and and new species.
  • Go on a night hike and discover another world that comes out only at night including the Tailess Whip Scorpion with its 20cm long antennae, snakes and frogs and enormous spiders.
  • Participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony led by a local medicine man and test your skills at the indigenous arts of blowguns and spears used for hunting.
  • Tour the Yachana High School’s campus and Organic Farm and interact with the students – learn about their lives in the rainforest that is their home.
  • Learn to make traditional ceramic bowls called “mokaua” from an indigenous woman with clays collected from nearby little streams and weave your own basket from plant fibers collected from the surrounding forest.
  • Visit the local community, elementary school, and the health clinic founded by Yachana and local villages.
  • Observe a local family panning for gold – this is a genuine activity practiced by the poorest Amazon families who will genuinely enjoy your company and teaching you what they do.
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim in the Napo River, one of the largest tributaries to the Amazon River.
  • Float downriver in a canoe and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest.
  • Stargaze from our fabulous riverside deck.
  • Watch stunningly beautiful sunsets from a high overlook.
  • Visit our butterfly house and learn about true symbiosis and the life cycle of a butterfly.
  • Enjoy the beautiful botanical gardens that surround the Lodge and identify some of over 90 species flowers with our photographic guide.

JUNGLE TRIPS​

Itinerary 5 days/ 4 nights

Day 1: You will fly from Quito to the city of Coca. From there you will take a private car that will take you to Yachana. When you arrive at Yachana Lodge, you will receive a warm welcome from our staff who will serve you a refreshing juice and snack while you are introduced to the Lodge facilities and the work of the Yachana Foundation. Dinner is served at 7:00 pm

Day 02: Your day starts early with bird watching in our open safari excursion truck. Breakfast will be served afterwards. You will then explore the work of the Yachana Foundation in sustainable development. These examples are part of our educational program for high school students from throughout the Amazon region.

After lunch you will take a motorized canoe to cross the Napo River to visit a traditional Kichwa family for a healing ceremony. You will learn and participate in many of their customs from making and drinking chicha to practicing with a blowgun and spear. Return to the Lodge to relax and have dinner at 7:00. After dinner you will help make chocolate from the cacao beans to experience pure chocolate over bananas.

Day 03: After a traditional breakfast youwill go to visit a local farm to see and harvest a variety of local produce. You will then return to the Lodge and actually be involved in cooking your lunch. This is a continuation of our National Geographic Conservation Trust project to involve our visitors in the Lost Foods of the Amazon.

In the afternoon you will go for a hike in our 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) rainforest. Eighty percent of the forest is primary rainforest. After dinner you will take a night walk to discover a different rainforest life.

Day 04: After breakfast you will have the opportunity to participate in an artisan activity of making sugarcane syrup over a wood fire. You will be involved in the harvesting, cleaning, pressing and cooking of the juice to make syrup (trying samples during the process).
After lunch you will spend time floating on the Napo River in inner tubes and stop along the way to pan for gold.

Day 05: After an early breakfast you will start your journey back, you will take a private transport to Coca where you can take a flight to Quito.

NB: Please read all itineraries as a guide only. All routes and programs can change without notice due to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife encountered during the travel. Flexibility is the key to the success of any tour. Nevertheless the safety and the interest of our passengers is always our first priority.

Itinerary 4 days / 3 nights
Day 1: Your journey into the Amazon Jungle starts in the jungle town of Coca, where you’ll be greeted by your Yachana guide, transported by bus to the river port and then board a 57 foot (18 meters) motorized canoe for the three hour trip up river. A box lunch will be served as you navigate the Napo River (please advice of any dietary restrictions in advance of your trip). Also, life vests are provided so you can fully relax and enjoy your ride along one of the largest tributaries to the legendary Amazon River. At Yachana Lodge, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the native staff who will serve you a refreshing beverage and snack while introducing you to the Lodge facilities. After you’ve had a chance to rest, your guide will take you on a short hike to an overlook where you can see the splendor of the rainforest reach out as far as the eye can see in every direction. On clear days you can even see Sumaco Volcano rising up in the distance. If you don’t want to take the hike up the hill to the overlook, you can also choose to visit the beautiful Butterfly House. L/D
Day 2: After breakfast, your guide will lead you on a journey into the rainforest where he’ll explain the uses of various plants and amaze you with the diversity of birds and animals that inhabit the rainforest he calls home. You’ll return to the Lodge for a traditional Amazon lunch. After lunch you’ll have an opportunity to rest or explore the Lodge grounds on your own. Later in the afternoon you’ll have the option of staying at the Lodge or visiting a local healer where you’ll participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony. This is an interesting cultural experience where you’ll also have the opportunity to practice your skills at using a blowgun and spear. Afterwards you’ll have time to rest before dinner. Dinner is served at 7:00pm. On one of your evenings, you’ll have a chance to take a night walk to discover a totally different side of the forest. On this walk, you’ll experience the small insects, amphibians, reptiles and other animals that only come out at night. B/L/D
Day 3: You have the option to start your day early by participating in a bird watching excursion before breakfast, or you can sleep a little longer before enjoying another splendid breakfast, the first of the day’s Amazon culinary delights. After breakfast, your guide will lead on a hike in search of the endemic hoatzin, a prehistoric bird found only in select areas of the Amazon, and then to the Yachana Technical High School, where you’ll have a chance to interact with the region’s next generation of leaders. This will take most of the morning and will give you an opportunity to see how a meaningful education is making a difference in the lives of many young people from the Amazon  region. If you want, you can return to the Lodge before lunch and participate in an Amazon cooking class led by our chefs. After lunch, there’s time for a siesta before you try your hand at making a natural fiber basket and a traditional ceramic bowl from Amazon clay. After dinner there’s free time for your own leisure activities or optional activities scheduled by the Lodge. B/L/D
Day 4: You’ll have a hearty breakfast and then travel by canoe from Yachana to the city of Coca for your travel back to Quito (according to your choice either by bus or plane). As you navigate downstream you’ll have one last opportunity to appreciate the vastness of the Amazon rainforest and reflect on your experience at Yachana. B/L
NB: Please read all itineraries as a guide only. All routes and programs can change without notice due to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety reasons and the wildlife encountered during the travel. Flexibility is the key to the success of any tour. Nevertheless the safety and the interest of our passengers is always our first priority.

River view – 4 days   $ 915.00
River view – 5 days   $ 1152.00

Jungle view – 4 days   $ 759.00
Jungle view – 5 days   $ 1001.00


per person / in american dollars

Private transportation Coca – Lodge – Coca
Accommodation in double rooms
Canoe rides
Meals as mentioned in the program (B= breakfast; L= Lunch/Box Lunch; D= Dinner) 
Water, coffee, tea
Daily excursion program
Naturalist bilinguals guide (English/Spanish).
Rubber boots (only until size 44) and rain ponchos for the tour.
Tips and personal expenses
Single Supplement
Everything that has not been included in the program
International flight airport tax Quito (USD 41.- per person)
Flight Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito 
Travel insurance

Yachana Lodge is the only Ecuadorian Amazon lodge that hires virtually all local staff and indigenous naturalist guides. Our personnel receive extensive and continuous training and have years of experience providing a true eco-tourism experience and award-winning service. All of our guides are from the Amazon region, which means they have an intrinsic understanding of the rainforest. Additionally, they are fluent in English, Spanish, Kichua and other indigenous languages.

Your professional guide will be by your side as you:

  • Hike deep into primary and secondary rainforest to discover wildlife (7 species of toucan, Great Potoos, Long-tailed Potoos and many more animals, birds, insects, snakes and spiders await!)
  • Discover native plants and trees including an extraordinary array of medicinal plants and their uses.
  • Early morning birdwatching on an island upriver and see over 30 species of birds in an hour including Whitehawk eagles and Blackhawk eagles.
  • Explore Yachana’s 4,300-acre (1,700 hectare) Protected Forest and visit our biological research station where biologists are documenting thousands of species and and new species.
  • Go on a night hike and discover another world that comes out only at night including the Tailess Whip Scorpion with its 20cm long antennae, snakes and frogs and enormous spiders.
  • Participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony led by a local medicine man and test your skills at the indigenous arts of blowguns and spears used for hunting.
  • Tour the Yachana High School’s campus and Organic Farm and interact with the students – learn about their lives in the rainforest that is their home.
  • Learn to make traditional ceramic bowls called “mokaua” from an indigenous woman with clays collected from nearby little streams and weave your own basket from plant fibers collected from the surrounding forest.
  • Visit the local community, elementary school, and the health clinic founded by Yachana and local villages.
  • Observe a local family panning for gold – this is a genuine activity practiced by the poorest Amazon families who will genuinely enjoy your company and teaching you what they do.
  • Enjoy a refreshing swim in the Napo River, one of the largest tributaries to the Amazon River.
  • Float downriver in a canoe and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest.
  • Stargaze from our fabulous riverside deck.
  • Watch stunningly beautiful sunsets from a high overlook.
  • Visit our butterfly house and learn about true symbiosis and the life cycle of a butterfly.
  • Enjoy the beautiful botanical gardens that surround the Lodge and identify some of over 90 species flowers with our photographic

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