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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!
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  • Visit a local village and learn about Huaorani history and traditions
  • Kayak the Shiripuno River while watching for wildlife
  • Spend an evening camping in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Take an early morning hike to watch the sun rise
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Day 1: Arrive Quito


Day 2: Into the Jungle

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

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.

Day 4: Kayaking and Hiking

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5: Rainforest hiking and lake exploration

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 6: Motorized Canoe to Coca | Overnight

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 7: Fly to Quito | Overnight

Day 8: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast


Shiripuno Lodge

Shiripuno Lodge
Shiripuno Lodge
Shiripuno Lodge

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Hotel El Auca

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Rubber boots are provided by your Amazon lodge. There are some size limitations at each lodge, and these can be seen below:

    -Casa del Suizo, Sacha Lodge: Maximum size 14
    -La Selva Ecolodge, Nenkepare Community Campsite, Kapawai LodgeShiripuno Lodge: Maximum size 10
    -Yachana Lodge: Maximum size 9
    -Napo Wildlife Center: Sizes 5-12

    Please ask your Trip Planner for any other inquiries about rubber boots.
  • Gear Rental: Kayaking & Camping Gear (except sleeping bags)
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal Flights: Quito - Coca - Quito 
  • Park Entrance Fee


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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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