Experience the rainforest of Ecuador first hand on a 4-days introductory tour; drive from Capital City of Quito or the lovely Town of Baños by private transportation with some stops along the way to enjoy the dramatic change of scenery from the Andes to the Amazon Basin.
Your Amazon lodge is strategically located in the upper Amazon basin overlooking the majestic Napo River. Because the Napo River has a low water level, you can take a refreshing swim or simply relax on the small sandy beach. The shore is also used for the canoe rides to the best natural sites that you will discover during your program: Cascades, secondary forest hikes & treks, wildlife & flora discovery, visit to Animal Rescue Center, visit to Indigenous Communities for lively experiences like gold rinse, blow-pipe usage, pottery making, typical “chicha” tasting and more. Also adventure upriver by canoe, visit a variety of native communities and have spiritual encounters with the shaman, who’s practicing centuries-old religions.
Journey to the Napo River, the most accessible of all the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest rivers, and allow our expert guides to direct your voyage of discovery deep into the jungle. Now, if you like to, depart earlier from Quito towards the Amazon so you can visit the charming Termas Papallacta Hot-Springs to enjoy a wonderful relaxing natural thermal-water or its amazing Spa area (private pools), then continue your way to Misahualli and to your Lodge.
Nature lovers will relish the chance to spot giant ceibo trees, as well as catch glimpses of rare and beautiful butterflies and exotic insects. This is a place where the sheer scale of life on display is overwhelming.
Afterwards, we will enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch by the river shore. We’ll have the opportunity to swim in the river or just resting peacefully surrounded by a wonderful natural atmosphere.
Head back to the Lodge, but first we will visit a Quichua family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as gold rinse in the river shoreline, traditional pottery making, making of typical drink “chicha” made of yuca (a traditional Ecuadorian manioc), and the use of the “serbatana” (blowpipe for hunting use). After this amazing encounter with Quichua culture, we return to the Lodge by foot over secondary jungle pads; enjoy a snack and refreshing natural juice. At night, after dinner, gather around the fireplace to share our day’s experiences.
After breakfast, we depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving to a small shore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marveling with the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna so bring your binoculars and camera. After our short walk, discover the breathtaking cascade “Las Latas” where we will take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it a unforgettable experience. Return for lunch at the lodge.
After lunch, put on your “wet gear” (boots & rain coat) to start an exciting walk in the jungle forest ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle, finding amazing plant species with medicinal properties, which will be fully explained by our expert native guide: their characteristics and how the jungle inhabitants used them in ancient times. Observe a great variety of insects and short monkey groups weaving around the giant trees, but stay very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colorful birds tag along with you during the hike whistling beautiful notes delighting our senses. After about three hours, return to the Lodge. At night, a delicious dinner and relax by the fireplace while enjoying an exotic cocktail or drink from the bar.