Yachana Lodge and Center for Geotourism Training is the only Ecuadorian Amazon lodge that hires virtually all local training staff to work with students along with native, naturalist guides. Both students and their trainers receive extensive and continuous professional coaching and have years of experience in providing a true eco-tourism experience and award-winning service. All guides are from the Amazon region, which means they have an intrinsic understanding of the rainforest. Additionally, they are fluent in English, Spanish, Kichwa and other indigenous languages.
Your professional guide will be by your side as you:
- Hike deep into primary and secondary rainforest to discover wildlife (seven species of toucan, Great Potoos, Long-tailed Potoos and many more animals, birds, insects, snakes and spiders await!)
- Discover native plants and trees including an extraordinary array of medicinal plants and their uses.
- Early morning birdwatching on an island upriver and see over 30 species of birds in an hour including Whitehawk and Blackhawk eagles.
- Explore Yachana's 4,300 acre (1,740 hectare) protected forest and visit our biological research station where scientists and researchers are documenting hundreds of species and studying human impact on the primary forest.
- Go on a night hike and discover another world that comes out only at night including the Tailess Whip Scorpion with its 20 cm long antennae, snakes, frogs and enormous spiders.
- Participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony performed by a local medicine man and test your skills at the indigenous arts of blowguns and spears still used today for hunting.
- Tour the Yachana Technical High School's campus and organic farm and interact with the students - learn about their lives in the rainforest they call home.
- Weave your own basket from plant fibers collected from the surrounding forest.
- Visit the local community, elementary school, and the health clinic founded by Yachana.
- Observe a local family panning for gold - this is a genuine activity practiced by the poorest Amazon families who will genuinely enjoy your company and teaching you what they do.
- Enjoy a refreshing swim in the Napo River, one of the largest tributaries to the Amazon River.
- Float downriver in a canoe and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rainforest.
- Stargaze from the fabulous riverside deck.
- Watch stunningly beautiful sunsets from a high overlook.
- Visit the butterfly house and learn about true symbiosis and the life cycle of a butterfly.
- Enjoy the beautiful botanical gardens that surround the Lodge and identify some of over 90 species of plants with a photo guidebook.