Ecuador Rainforest: 4 Days Hakuna Matata Lodge, Tena

Tour/Activity in Quito, Ecuador

About this activity

This program offers you a superb time with the highlights of the Amazon rainforest

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Day 1

Arrival at Hakuna Matata

Optional Private Transfer: On the way to Tena, we recommend making a stop at the Papallacta hot springs - the world's highest hot springs at 3,800 meters. The sprngs have an enchanting setting and offer a beautiful view while you soak your troubles away. You may also choose to enjoy lunch in Papallacta's restaurant before continuing on your way to Archidona / Tena.

Arrival at HosterĂ­a Hakuna Matata at 3pm.

Walk in the Rainforest

This guided hike of approximately 3.5 hours is a unique experience. A professional nature guide leads you through the jungle, explaining in detail about the medicinal properties of plants and trees as well as about insects and ancient traditions of the indigenous people.

Dinner at Restaurante Panguea

Day 2

Tour Day: Introduction of Amazon Rainforest

Rise bright and early to a well-balanced breakfast with home-made bread, eggs, coffee and fruits or cereals. Canoeing is the only means of transport in this region, so between stops you will discover the river with your nature guide on the canoe.

Visit a local indigenous family belonging to the tribe of the Quichuas. You will learn about the lifestyle, traditions and customs of the people, help in the production of the typical drink "chicha" and taste it afterwards. After this refreshment, explore the family's vegetable garden, prove your skills in blowgun shooting, and then go into a wetland to look for the primitive bird Hoatzin, also known as the stink bird.

During the day to come a variety of interesting activities are available and your knowledgable guide will take you to the best spots for the day depending on the weather and the interests of the group.

Dinner at Restaurante Panguea

Day 3

Optional: Rafting tour through the jungle (extra charge)

Departure from Hakuna Matata after breakfast. It takes about 45 minutes (25 km) by car to drive up the Jatunyacu. During the rafting tour on this mighty river, you will discover wonderful landscapes and waterfalls in the virtually untouched jungle. Lunch will take place on a beach on the riverbank.

  • This trip costs USD $65 and must be paid directly to the rafting company. Credit card payment is possible.

  • Optionally you can also book a chocolate tour for a surcharge.

Day 4


After enjoying breakfast, you return to Quito.

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