Amazon Rain Forest Of Ecuador
Day 1: You will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel near the Quito airport.
Day 2: Quito Full day.
A day to explore Quito the capital of Ecuador. We will visit the Colonial city that was declare World Heritage site in 1978, been the first city receiving that honor. We will enjoy it ́s colonial architecture, churches, plazas. We will also visit the Guayasamin Chapel of the Man and the modern city.
Day 3: Quito – Puyo
From the inter-Andean valleys we will ascend and cross the Eastern range to the Continental Water Division (division of waters, going either to the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean. From there, we descend to the Upper Amazon Basin, through the Pastaza river gorge. We will arrive to Puyo, the last town before the vast Amazon forest area, most of still untouched and where there is no oil exploitation, mining, cattle ranching or timber activities.
We will have dinner and spend the night in the wonderful Hotel El Jardin.
Day 4: Puyo – Kapawi
From Puyo/Shell airfield we will fly in a small aircraft over the Amazon forest, going from populated areas to pristine primary forest. Landing on the airstrip in the Achuar community of Kuzutkau which is located on the shore of the Capawari River, we will then travel downstream in a motorized canoe to Kapawi Eco- Lodge.
After getting settled we will do an introductory hike in the rainforest.
Due to the isolation and lack of hunting in this area, there are wonderful possibilities for viewing wild life: howler monkeys, macaws, marmosets, tamarind monkeys, an incredible variety of bird life, and possibly, the pink dolphin. Kapawi Lodge is a project that now belongs to the Achuar Nation. It was built through an alliance with a private tourism corporation in Ecuador. The corporation invested $1.7 million US dollars, without buying the land, and with the obligation to give back the Lodge (and the business for the Lodge) to the Achuar after 15 years. This happened in 2011, now the Achuar are the owners and operators of this community-based tourism project.
Day 5: Kapawi
After dinner we will do a nocturnal walk to observe the insects and reptiles that come alive at night. It will be the perfect opportunity to hear the sounds, feel the air and enjoy the sensuousness of the tropical rainforest at night.
Day 6: Kapawi
The Lodge offers many varied options: jungle hikes (for all levels), night hikes, bird watching (every morning), wildlife viewing, cultural experiences with the Achuar, kayaking, canoeing, tubing and swimming. Most activities include an Achuar guide who will provide information about the wildlife, plants and trees of the forest. The system of trails open for hiking offers a variety of ecosystems: terra firma forest (small hills that have never flooded); varzea (forest which floods seasonally); igapos (forest which is always flooded). We will explore the river/ lake system and small tributaries of the Capahuari River, a beautiful river where the lodge is located. Here it is possible to see pink dolphins (fresh water river dolphins), and float with the easy current near the Lodge.
Today we will hike in primary forest (easy 3 hours hike) and visit an Achuar community to learn about their environment, their culture, gastronomy and their everyday life. In addition, they are very curious people and will want to hear all about us.
Day 6: Kapawi
Today is a ceremonial day which will allow us to share the spiritual world of the Achuar. At 4am, we will gather in the communal hut of the Lodge for a Wuayusa tea ceremony, where we will share with the Achuar elders our dreams.
The Achuar is a “dream sharing” culture. For them their dreams rule their daily life. They do the Wuayusa ceremony every morning, during their whole life. It is a moment to share dreams among each other and, and also to transmit the oral tradition – to teach the children how to make baskets, fishing nets, and ceramics, to relate stories and ensure that their customs and rituals are carried on. Another important function of the Wuayusa ceremony is to provide the time and space for important negotiations, solution of conflicts, decisions about alliances and political arrangements and other important issues that affect the entire community.
After breakfast, we will fast for the rest of the day (there are flexibility for those who have special needs). Then we will have a couple of hours of free time to meditate, and prepare for the day. In the afternoon will do a river trip to the Shaman’s community, and then hike with him to a waterfall – a sacred ceremonial site, where we will have the opportunity to participate in a purification bath. We will return through the forest in silence (time for personal meditation). In the Shaman’s community our camp for the night will be waiting for us. Everything you will need will be there for you – camping mattress, sheets, blanket, pillow, towel and mosquito net in addition to your personal necessities. After dark, we will participate in a Natem ceremony (optional).
Day 7: Kapawi
After breakfast, we will be invited into the Shaman’s house to visit with him and his family, and also to share our experience of the ceremony from the night before. We may receive insights from the Shaman about our experience. After saying goodbye to our hosts we will take the canoe back to the Lodge for rest and relaxation.
In the afternoon there will be time for swimming and floating down stream in the river – very relaxing! There is a good possibilities to swim with the pink dolphins.
Dinner and a sharing circle.
Day 8: Kapawi – Puyo – Quito
We will fly back to Puyo/Shell for our drive back to Quito. We will travel north through the “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” If the weather is clear, we will see the volcanoes: Antisana at 18,874 ft. (5,753mts.), Sincholagua at 16,069 ft. (4,898 mts.), Pasochoa 13,776 ft. (4,199mts.), Rumiñahui at 15,459 ft. (4,712mts.) and Cotopaxi National Park, the home of the tallest active volcano in the world at 19,347 ft. (5,897mts). This route allows us to see and learn firsthand about the Andean volcanoes.
Note: the heights listed represent the altitude of the summits of the mountains.
We will celebrate in the evening with our farewell dinner.
Day 9: Quito Airport for international flights
Everyone will be transferred to the Quito Airport for your international flight back home.
Single Supplement: $1,175.00
Reservations: All reservations are subject to availability. For information about how to reserve your space and make your deposit for the journey, please contact Linda Leyerle at firstname.lastname@example.org. In Ecuador it is not possible to reserve rooms without the traveler’s passport information. To reserve your space a $1000 deposit is required. The second payment of $1700 will be due May 1, 2017. Time is of the essence so please respond as soon as possible if you are interested in this journey.
Cost includes: Private aircrafts in the Amazon, private tour bus or van for travel during the journey, all meals, hotels, tips for restaurants and hotels, water during meals, local guide and/or community leaders to share history and cultural information.
Cost does NOT include: Roundtrip airfare to Quito, Ecuador, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, tips for the local guides, shaman (healings), and private bus driver, personal items, souvenirs. This journey is for individuals ready to have an educational/experiential experience. Persons with physical or psychiatric challenges may find this journey too difficult or uncomfortable. We recommend a visit with your doctor at least 6 weeks in advance of departure. No immunizations are required unless you will be entering Ecuador from a country with Yellow Fever – in which case you will need a Yellow Fever immunization and be prepared to show proof.
No visas are required for most people entering Colombia (US, Canadian, EU, Australia and New Zealand citizens). If you have questions about this, please let Linda know. Your passport must be valid at least 6 months after the date of your return (January 18th, 2017).
Once you have reserved your space, we will send you more information – packing lists, info about the country, etc. You will be fully prepared for the journey. Also, Linda is always available by email for any questions or concerns – whatever they may be.
Cancellations & Refunds: Due to availability of space on our journey and the time required to process trip reservations, your deposit will not be refundable if received after April 1, 2017. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance in order to protect yourself in case extenuating circumstances force you to cancel your trip. Travelex or CSA are two respected possibilities.
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