On this tour, you’ll get the best of both worlds: Excellent facilities and catering at a first-class lodge in the Yasuní National Park, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. On the other hand, you will sleep in a comfortable tent nearby the lodge, but far enough away to be really immersed in the jungle – an unforgettable glamping experience!
By plane or by car, you will arrive to Coca (officially known as Puerto Francisco de Orellana), a last outpost of civilization and your gate into the rainforest. We board a motorized canoe that will take us deeper and deeper into the evergreen jungle. This 2-hours ride is already an authentic adventure in itself, you are going to see many of the exotic animals in the countless trees lining the Río Coca river. We will eventually arrive at the Challwa Cocha lake, which we have to cross paddling for an hour or so to finally reach our lodge, where staff is already waiting with an ice-cold drink for their newest visitors (that includes you!). Some time for relaxing, maybe take a nap, before we go on a short jungle hike in the immediate surroundings of the lodge. Back at the lodge in time for dinner, where our native guide will explain the program of the next days. Finally, it’s time to go to your comfortable tents not far from the lodge. Have a good night surrounding by the amazing sounds of wilderness!
So much to do, so much to see! After a healthy breakfast, climb the 35-meter-tall observation tower right across the lake (you’ll have to paddle to get there!) to get a good overview of the area. High up in the canopy you find the perfect vantage point for spotting one of the countless animal species found here: 550 bird species alone can be found in the Yasuní National Park and we are sure you will spot a couple of dozens of them during your stay (sometimes with the help of the trained eyes of your guide). Besides birds, with a bit of luck you will get to see some of the different monkey species and sloths. After lunch you can choose: birdwatching, some hiking on the lodge’s trails or just relaxing in the hammocks: it’s completely up to you!
Did you know that butterflies get up early? A good reason to pay a visit to the Yasuní butterfly farm right after breakfast, to see some of the colorful endemic species. Next up is a hike through the primary rainforest, where your naturalist guide will introduce you to a wealth of native animals and plants. In the afternoon, take a glimpse into the daily life and traditions of the indigenous people through a visit to the community center. After returning to the lodge, dinner is served. But the day doesn’t end yet, your guide will take you on a night walk to see all kinds of strange nocturnal insects and reptiles that only come out at night. We hope you can sleep a last night at your campsite after this!
It’s time to say goodbye! But wait, there is another highlight on the way back to civilization: A stop at a clay lick, where sometimes hundreds of individual parrots gather to extract minerals from the soil that are essential for their digestion – a really breathtaking sight to see! After returning to Coca, you will return to Quito or continue your travel southwards, surely with some unforgettable impressions from the Amazon rainforest!
- Accommodation on a tent near the lodge
- Personal Expenses