Ecuador - Amazon - Yachana Lodge
Ecuador - Amazon - Yachana Lodge
Ecuador - Amazon - Yachana Lodge
Ecuador - Amazon - Yachana Lodge
Ecuador - Amazon - Yachana Lodge
Ecuador - Amazon - Yachana Lodge
Ecuador Amazon Yachana Lodge
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Yachana Lodge 3-Night Itinerary

This 4-day/3-night Amazon tour based at the Yachana Eco-lodge includes guided rainforest hikes, river tubing and rafting, nocturnal safaris, early morning birding and exotic wildlife tours, blowgun practice, a visit to the home of a local shaman, and more. This award-winning ecotourism lodge is located within its own 2,500-acre nature reserve, where you will stay in one of 14 cabins to enjoy your own porch with a hammock, comfortable furniture and your own private bathroom. South American travel at its best!


“My husband, daughter and I want to thank you again for making our trip to the Galapagos extremely awesome!”Herlena and Richard Orellana


Ecuadorian Amazon, Rainforest Trek, Rafting, Tubing, Night Walk, Farm Visit, Shaman, Blowgun Practice

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Quito – Amazon Rainforest
Day 2: Rainforest Trek – Yachana Training Center – Panning for Gold – River Rafting/Tubing – Night Walk
Day 3: Farm Visit – Visit to a Local Shaman – Blowgun Practice
Day 4: Canoe Trip Back to Coca – Quito
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Quito – Amazon Rainforest

AM: Your journey into the Amazon jungle begins at Quito, the capital of Ecuador. During the 30-minute flight over the Andes from Quito to the jungle town of Coca, on a clear day, you’ll enjoy amazing views of snow covered mountains and the endless green expanse of the rainforest as you begin your descent into the Amazon. At Coca airport, you’ll be met by your Yachana guide, and then transported to the river port to board  57 ft. (18 mt.) motorized canoe for a 2-1/2 hour trip upriver.

PM: A box lunch will be served as we navigate the Napo River. Life vests are provided so you can fully relax and enjoy your ride along one of the largest tributaries to the legendary Amazon River. At Yachana Lodge, you’ll receive a warm welcome from indigenous staff members who will serve you a refreshing beverage and snack while you are introduced to the lodge facilities and issued rubber boots to use during your stay with us. After you’ve had a chance to rest in your room, your guide will take you on a short hike; first on board the open bus, then on a hike to a place where there's a beautiful and very large Ceibo tree. Your guide will explain many of the details of the forest along the way. Upon your return to the lodge, you can enjoy a cocktail or another refreshing beverage while witnessing a spectacular sunset from your balcony or the dining room. Dinner is served between 7:00 – 7:30 PM.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2
Rainforest Trek – Yachana Training Center – Panning for Gold – River Rafting/Tubing – Night Walk

AM: You have the option of starting your day early by participating in a birdwatching excursion or sleeping in a little longer before enjoying a splendid breakfast, the first of the day’s culinary delights. After a traditional breakfast from the Amazon, you will board our "ranchera" (typical local bus) and accompany your guide as he leads you on a journey into the rainforest stopping to observe birds and possibly monkeys along the way. During your rainforest trek, your guide will explain the uses of various medicinal plants and amaze you with his knowledge of the several species of birds and animals that inhabit the rainforest, which he calls home. Return to the Yachana for lunch and an opportunity to rest before the next activity.

PM: In the afternoon an administrator will give an explanation about how the Yachana Training Center and the Yachana Foundation operate. After this, you will take the ranchera to the Agua Santa community to board a raft heading downriver to observe a local family panning for gold. From there, using either innertubes, a small rubber raft or just life jackets, you let the current carry you as you float downriver while enjoying the spectacular scenery that surrounds you. At some point, you will get back on board a motorized canoe to return to Yachana. After dinner in the evening, your guide will offer to take you on a night walk to discover a totally different side of the forest that only comes alive after dark. On this walk, you have the chance to see many small insects, amphibians, reptiles and other animals.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3
Farm Visit – Visit to a Local Shaman – Blowgun Practice

AM: After breakfast, you will re-board the ranchera to go to a farm where you can see and harvest some many products you have probably never seen or prepared before. You will take part in a culinary activity fixing your own typical lunch from the Amazon under the supervision of our chef.

PM: After lunch, you will travel by canoe to the home of a shaman and his family to learn about local Kichwa culture and traditions, and to participate in a cleansing ceremony. Afterwards, try your skills at using a typical blowgun and spear. This is a wonderful cultural activity to meet a local family. Return to the lodge for dinner. Rest before dinner and enjoy the sunset from your balcony or the dining hall.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4
Canoe Trip Back to Coca – Quito

AM: After a hearty breakfast, travel by private car from Yachana back to the city of Coca for your flight back to Quito. When traveling by land, you’ll have the chance to observe more Amazonian life and other communities.

NOTE: *Please be aware that because of the unpredictable nature of animals and due to the fact that the area around the lodge has been impacted by human presence, the Yachana Lodge cannot guarantee that you will see all of the wildlife mentioned above. Also, lodge activities may vary due to weather conditions, but rest assured that your guide will do everything possible to maintain the established itinerary whenever possible.

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Price per person
Jungle ViewRiver View
4US$ 567 PPUS$ 405 PPUS$ 706 PPUS$ 504 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • Airport transfer in and out of Coca
  • 3 daily meals with beverages
  • River transport (Coca -Yachana Lodge - Coca)
  • Guided excursions with bilingual guides
  • Use of rubber boots, rain ponchos and lifejackets
  • 10% donation to the Yachana Foundation to support its education and conservation programs in the Amazon
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-room Wi-Fi
  • Unlimited treated drinking water
Not included in the price:
  • Airfare
  • Alcoholic/bottled beverages
  • Laundry
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal items
  • Souvenirs
  • Donations to the microcredit program
  • 2-day Kichwa Immersion excursion

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