A true Amazon adventure! This kayak expedition takes you into one of the most important and biodiverse ecosystems on earth. Paddle in expedition kayaks and camp for two nights, and enjoy the Shiripuno jungle lodge in indigenous Huaorani territory in the vast Amazon basin. The Huaorani lived as hunters and gathers, entirely without outside contact until the end of the 1950s. Your trip helps encourage and promote long-term conservation of the traditional Huaorani community and the protection of their surrounding jungle environment. No experience necessary for this unique and adventurous Amazon tour!
Day 1 : Arrive Quito Day 2 : Into the Jungle Day 3 : Huaorani Community and Shiripuno Paddling Day 4 : Kayaking and Hiking Day 5 : Rainforest hiking and lake exploration Day 6 : Motorized Canoe to Coca | Overnight Day 7 : Fly to Quito | Overnight Day 8 : Return Home
Visit a local village and learn about Huaorani history and traditions
Kayak the Shiripuno River while watching for wildlife
A morning flight carries you over the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes and down into the Amazon basin to begin your Amazon tour. A three-hour drive takes you to your put-in on the Shiripuno River and the start of your amazing journey. Meet your Huaorani guide and spend time in a local community where you have the unique experience of learning about the Huaorani people, their traditions, their history, and their commitment to preserving the natural treasures of the region. Tonight's campsite is hosted by a local Huaorani family - enjoy a campfire dinner.
Day 3 Huaorani Community and Shiripuno Paddling
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Following breakfast, visit the nearby Noneno Community where the local Huaorani share more traditions and aspects of daily lifestyle. After your visit continue kayaking down the Shiripuno - you have nearly 25 km of river kayaking to do. It's a challenging trip, but along the way you are treated with the wonders of the Ecuadorian Amazon. This incredible region boasts some of the world's highest biodiversity and sustains the traditional lifestyle of numerous indigenous groups. On your silent journey downriver have an excellent chance of spotting monkeys, capybara, toucans, macaws, tapir and maybe even the elusive jaguar. There are plenty of short stops to stretch and rest your muscles. Expect a late arrival to this evening's campsite.
Today paddle to the remote Shiripuno Jungle lodge; the wooden buildings and thatched roofs blend into the surrounding landscape. In the evening, enjoy a hike into the forest as the wildlife becomes more active, where your naturalist guide teaches you about the complex ecology of the rainforest. Relax and overnight in the rustic jungle lodge.
A short trip upriver in motorized canoe takes you to the start of your rainforest hiking adventure. Explore old-growth and flooded (varzea) forest. Hike for 4-5 hours, keeping an eye out for monkeys, white-lipped peccaries, and jaguar tracks. During your walk the expedition guide and Huaorani guide explain their practical, medicinal and spiritual relationship with the Amazon jungle.
After lunch reach a series of small lakes, where you paddle in wooden canoes. Reach a region of flooded forest and small jungle lakes where you have the chance to spot the prehistoric Hoatzin bird and caimans (a relative of the alligator). There is also great fishing in the area. Tonight, return to Shiripuno where you can relax in a hammock and share stories about your Amazon adventures.
After a short wildlife hike in the morning to see a glorious sunrise -- and one more chance to spot some Amazon wildlife -- you head back upriver by motorized canoe, and transfer to Coca where you overnight before your flight back to Quito in the morning.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
When to Go
Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.