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5 Day Yasuni Kayak Exploration

Duration5 Days
Price From $1149
Highlights
  • checkTiputini River KayakingPaddle down the Tiputini River surrounded by nature and wildlife.
  • checkPristine Forest HikingLearn more about the rich flora and fauna of the Amazon and its medicinal plants.
  • checkParrot Clay LickLook for lots of colorful parrots which gather at the clay lick for nutrients.
  • checkAmazon RainforestGo fishing, swimming, and enjoy the atmosphere of the beautiful jungle.
  • checkKichwa CommunityShare time with the local Kichwa indigenous people.
  • checkAnaconda LagoonSpot the biggest snake on the planet with a little bit of luck.
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Itinerary
  • DAY 1 ENTRANCE INTO YASUNI AND PADDLING THE TIPUTINI RIVER
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Yasuni

    Your Yasuni Exploration trip begins at our meeting point in the city at the heart of the Amazon: Coca. You will travel by car for two hours to the upper Tiputini River. From road to the river, you will hop into a canoe and continue one hour to the center of the Mandaripanga community. Upon arrival, you will visit the school and share some time with the local children. In the afternoon you will kayak for about three hours down the river, looking out for wildlife. With some luck, you might see troops of squirrel monkeys as well as colorful birds such as toucans, macaws, flycatchers, and others. Our guides will teach you about the different species of plants that grow on the side of the river and their meaning to the local people. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the campsite and have a delicious dinner.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Kayaking, Wildlife-watching.
    • TransportTransportBus, Canoe.
    • mealMealLunch, Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsYasuní Campsite or similar.
  • DAY 2 AN AFTERNOON WITH ANACONDAS
    Rebecca Adventure Travel paddling

    You start your day with a delicious breakfast before paddling along the river. Keep an eye out for more wildlife species that tend to make their way out at dawn. You might be able to spot a variety of birds such us trogons, eagles, hawks, tanagers, macaws, and others. You may also encounter a tapir before this nocturnal animal goes to sleep. After four hours of paddling, you will disembark on a short hike into a pristine forest where you will then go by canoe to a black water lagoon. Being their natural habitat, anacondas can be found resting upon the shore. The anaconda holds special importance to the local Kichwa people who believe it to be a powerful animal embodying the spirit of a god. You will also have the chance to go fishing for piranha, and if you are lucky catfish! In the late afternoon, you return to the campsite.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Wildlife-watching.
    • TransportTransportCanoe.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsYasuní Campsite or similar.
  • DAY 3 HIKING TO THE CLAY LICK
    Rebecca Adventure Travel parrots

    Into the forest, you go to learn about medicinal plants. Throughout your two-hour hike, our guides will show you a variety of plants and their meaning and use. Your next stop takes you to the Clay Lick, a mineral-rich mud pit. Many animals that live in the region supplement their diets with minerals from the clay. For that reason, many animals frequent the area such as peccaries, tapir, howler monkeys, and parrots. Later you go back to the campsite for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit a local indigenous Kichwa family, who will teach you about their way of living, culture, and traditions. Here you will help them make chicha, a fermented beverage that is typical in the region. This is also a prime opportunity to purchase handicrafts made in the village and support the local families.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Hiking, Sightseeing, Wildlife-watching.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsYasuní Campsite or similar.
  • DAY 4 PARROT PARADISE
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Yasuni Bird

    Today’s adventure starts upstream on the Rumiyacu with a 45-minute canoe ride followed by a short hike to the hang out spot of local parrots. Almost daily black-headed parrots can be seen nourishing themselves through minerals from the water and mud in the area. After spending time taking in the splendid sight of these magnificent creatures, you will head back towards the Tiputini bridge and then travel by car to the city of Coca.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Hiking, Wildlife-watching.
    • TransportTransportBus, Canoe.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsAuca Hotel or similar.
  • DAY 5 DEPARTURE – BACK TO QUITO
    Rebecca Adventure Travel sunset

    Today, your Yasuni Exploration tour comes to an end. You will head back to Quito on your own after an amazing expedition in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Transportation on the way back to Quito is not included in the program.

    • mealMealBreakfast.
Inclusions
  • Accommodation Accommodation for four nights.
  • Meals Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Meals Water and snacks.
  • Bus Transport Land and water transport.
  • Tour Guide Top Experienced Certified English-Speaking Guide.
  • Activities All fees to reserves and museums.
  • Gear Equipment Paddling gear: NRS expedition kayaks, NRS paddleboards, paddles, and life jackets.
  • Gear Equipment Rubber boots for hiking.
  • assistance 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.
  • Exclusion Exclusions

    + International or domestic flights.
    + Airport transfers and transfers from/to Quito.
    + Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
    + Tips for guides and drivers.
    + Travel insurance (mandatory).
    + Optional activities.

Additional information

TOUR SUMMARY

This paddling expedition takes place in the Yasuni National Park, the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon. A natural wonder and immensely diverse, it is home to many different species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Let us take you on a one-of-a-kind and off-the-beaten-path adventure. Paddle in search of wildlife, hike into the pristine forest, be sung to sleep by the gentle sounds of frogs, and awaken to bird calls, all of this while sharing time with a local indigenous community. Help us practice sustainable travel and encourage locals to protect their environment from mining and deforestation, by booking this trip you are contributing to projects for the school of the Kichwa community. Enjoy the amazon with our 5 day Yasuni Kayak Exploration tour!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The minimum age for this tour is 8 years old.
  • You can start this tour every Monday. Subject to availability.
  • This tour operates with a minimum of 2 guests. If you are a solo traveler, please contact us to check availability and additional details.
  • Even though we have a detailed itinerary, changes can be made by your guides, due to weather or safety reasons. Please, also note that none of the wildlife sightings mentioned on the itinerary are guaranteed.
  • We strive to use small and charming places that are unique and provide stellar service. Notice that this expedition takes place in a remote location, and the accommodation is very basic, but our staff will try to provide the best service possible.
  • Level of Activity: This trip is considered as 3 out of 5. No prior experience is required and your guides will always brief you about safety and proper use of gear on every leg of the trip. The paddling is on flat water with minimum current and the hiking on irregular terrain that can be muddy.
  • Guides: All our guides have a professional background from the Tourism University; this means they have a degree in guiding, so their knowledge and skills when leading a group are top-notch. Each guide has many years of experience and they all have taken additional courses for other outdoor activities as well as have International First-Aid certifications. On top of all of this, they are all extremely personable and strive to deliver the travel experiences of a lifetime.
  • Please take with you some plastic bags, to protect your Camera and important documents passports and ID from the rain.
  • Please bring your own rain poncho, or buy it here in Ecuador, and take it with you for the activities, the weather could change suddenly in the rainforest and you might get very wet.
  • Health advice: You must have vaccination of yellow fever and malaria medication to enter this region.
  • It is important to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
  • If you like to enjoy watching animals, please get some binoculars (10×40 are much better).
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions,  availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.
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Price Based on Number of Guests:
2 - 3 guests$ 1242 p.p.
4 - 10 guests$ 1149 p.p.
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