Ecuador Amazon: Yasuni Kayak Tour (6)

Tour/Activity in Quito, Ecuador

About this activity

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, most well-preserved colonial city of America. 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 your 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure Alameda or similar

Day 2

Flight to Coca and enter the Yasuní National Park

Catch a morning flight to Coca town and begin your adventure with a scenic drive to the Indillama River at the entrance of the Yasuní National park. While the guides prepare your gear, you can enjoy a riverside picnic.

Your first kayaking expedition will be paddling down this fantastic river surrounded by nature and wildlife. On the way, you will have the opportunity to spot river turtles, monkeys, caimans and many species of birds like Oropendola birds, caciques, king fishers, macaws, toucans, parrots and more.

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

Day 3

Amazing encounters with wildlife while Kayaking

After a healthy breakfast, head deeper into the jungle. Every day in the Amazon is a new adventure: the more you 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. You will also take hikes to learn more about local plants and their medicinal qualities. In the late afternoon, arrive at your camp site, located on the Indillama River banks. A chef will prepare a special gourmet dinner tonight.

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

Day 4

Kayaking in Pañacocha flooded forest

After breakfast, paddle down the Napo River to reach the Pañayacu River. In the afternoon, explore the Pañacocha lagoon as well as on the Pañayacu River, where you will enjoy breathtaking landscapes with incredible dark and clear waters in the flooded forest. You will discover the legendary piranhas, caimans, anacondas. You may also try your hand at Piranha fishing here.

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

Day 5

Educational Hike and vist to a native Community

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

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

Day 6

Visit to the parrots-clay lick - Back to Quito

Rise and shine early today to get to the clay lick in time for the bird's activity. One of the best adventures in the jungle is 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, and 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

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