Amazon Adventure: Kayak Yasuní National Park and Cotopaxi(8)

Tour/Activity in Quito, Ecuador

About this activity

It is the perfect adventure for nature lovers, jungle explorers and wildlife watchers

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Day 1

Arrival in Quito

Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the cultural capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure Alameda or similar

Day 2

Mountainbike tour to the Cotopaxi

We begin our journey south of Quito along the famous "Volcano Road". When the sky is clear, we can see the peaks of several volcanoes from the road. As soon as we arrive at Cotopaxi National Park, we start with a short hike around the Limpiopungo lagoon, which is the home of many water birds. Then we start our mountain bike tour through the park. Our path takes us from the base of Volcan Rumiñahi, where the Limpiopungo Lagoon is located, across the high plain and around the southern side of the Cotopaxi to the Pucara Inca ruins. The ride is mostly downhill with some bends and a few short but easy climbs. As we drive over the Paramo high plateau, we can observe many animals and always have an incredible view of the snow-capped glacier of the volcano. In the afternoon we return to Quito. In the evening, you will meet one of our guides at the hotel to talk about everything important in the upcoming days. In addition, there will be time to discuss all the details and clarify questions.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure Alameda or similar

Day 3

Flight to Coca and enter the Yasuní National Park

Today we catch a morning flight to Coca town and begin our adventure. We take a scenic drive to the Indillama River at the entrance of the Yasuní National park and while the guides prepare our gear, we enjoy a riverside picnic. Our first kayaking expedition will be paddling down this fantastic river surrounded by nature and wildlife. On the way, we will have opportunities to spot river turtles, monkeys, caimans and many species of birds like Oropendola birds, caciques, king fishers, macaws, toucans, parrots and more. We spend the night at our campsite.

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuní Park
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4

Amazing encounters with wildlife while Kayaking

After a healthy breakfast, we continue our kayaking exploration, heading deeper into the jungle. Every day in the Amazon is a new adventure: the more we paddle, the more pristine and wild the jungle becomes with new exciting opportunities to encounter more wildlife, such as different types of monkeys, capybara, tapir, swallows, flycatchers, herons, sandpipers and hawks. We will also take hikes to learn more about local plants and their medicinal qualities. In the late afternoon, we arrive at our camp site, located on the Indillama River banks. Our chef will prepare a special gourmet dinner for us tonight.

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuní Park
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5

Kayaking in Pañacocha flooded forest

After breakfast we start navigating by canoe down the Napo River to reach the Pañayacu River. In the afternoon we go kayaking on the Pañacocha lagoon as well as on the Pañayacu River, where we will enjoy breathtaking landscapes with incredible dark and clear waters in a flooded forest. Over here we will discover the legendary piranhas, caimans, anacondas and more. Piranha fishing will be possible in this place.

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuní Park Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Educational Hike and vist to a native Community

In the morning we will take a hike in the pristine forest to learn about the rich flora of this area and the medicinal plants. After lunch, we will take a canoe ride to a local Kichwa community to learn about their way of life in the jungle, their stories and traditions. We will also see how they make the traditional drink called chicha. In the late afternoon we will go fishing and swimming in the Pañacocha Lagoon.

Accommodation: Camping in Yasuní Park Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Visit to the parrots-clay lick - Back to Quito

This is an early morning because we want to get to the clay lick the earliest possible. It is one of our best adventures in the jungle, visiting the Lamederos or Saladeros (parrot clay lick) where there is a big concentration of different species of parrots and macaws, and few predators surrounding the area. They come to feed on the clay from the mineral enriched ground, which helps them digest and detoxify from the poisons of their main diet. Such places are unique in the Amazon rainforest, because they offer a great chance to see a wide range of Amazon wildlife species. Later we will return to Coca by canoe and take the flight back to Quito

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure Alameda Hotel or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Day 8

Indivdual journey on

Indivdual journey on.

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