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Kayaking the Amazon

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A true Amazon adventure! This kayak expedition takes you into one of the most important and biodiverse ecosystems on earth. Explore the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador located in the Yasuni National Park, which is renowned for its impressive biodiversity and thriving indigenous cultures. During this expedition, while kayaking on rivers and lagoons, you will feel as if the animals are accompanying you. Observe parrots, toucans, macaws, kingfishers, and herons soaring across the river, while giant otters approach the canoe curiously. There will be numerous monkey species jumping in the trees, and opportunities to catch a glimpse of jaguars, the most prominent feline predators of the jungle. Moreover, the Kichwa indigenous community will share their history, and learn about their profound connection with nature. Experience this adventure while promoting long-term conservation and sustainability in two of the world's most invaluable and diverse ecosystems.
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  • Kayak though two wildlife-filled nature reserves in the depths of the Amazon
  • Explore Amazon rivers and lagoons in Yasuni National Park
  • Enjoy kayaking with Giant Otters and Pink Dolphins
  • Visit Parrot Clay Lick, with hundreds of parrots from four different species
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Day 1: Arrive in Quito

Overnight in Quito 

Day 2: Fly to Coca | Yasuni National Park

Begin the adventure by boarding a morning flight to the town of Coca. From there, take a picturesque drive to the entrance of the Yasuni National park at the Tiputini River. As your guides prepare our equipment, enjoy a picnic by the riverside. Kayaking expedition will involve paddling down this stunning river, surrounded by untouched nature and wildlife. During your journey, we will have numerous opportunities to spot river turtles, monkeys, caiman, and various bird species, including Oropendola, caciques, kingfishers, macaws, toucans, parrots, and more. Spend the night at our campsite.

Day 3: Explore Amazon River

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, we board our kayaks and paddle out to explore Amazon river venturing further into the jungle. Each day in the Amazon offers a unique adventure: as we paddle, the jungle becomes increasingly pristine and untamed, with new and exciting opportunities to encounter diverse wildlife, such as various monkey species, capybaras, tapirs, swallows, flycatchers, herons, sandpipers, and hawks. Additionally, take hikes to learn about local flora and their medicinal properties. As evening approaches, reach the campsite, situated on the banks of the Tiputini River. 

Day 4: Anaconda Lagoon | Flooded Forest

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, begin your kayaking journey down the Tiputini River to reach the entrance of Amarun-Cocha, also known as Anaconda Lagoon in the indigenous language. This area is situated in the most untouched forest of the region, with some chance, you may catch a glimpse of the most magnificent and largest snake in the world, the anaconda. In addition, we will be able to enjoy awe-inspiring landscapes with stunningly clear and dark waters in a flooded forest. Here, we will discover the legendary piranhas, caimans, boas, and other wildlife. Afterward, kayak back to our campsite and take a pleasant break in the hammocks before embarking on a night exploration to observe insects, frogs, and potentially, some snakes.

Day 5: Jungle Hike & Kichwa Community Visit

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, embark on a hike through the untouched forest to discover the diverse flora and medicinal plants in the region. After lunch, take a canoe trip to visit a nearby Kichwa community, where you learn about their way of life in the jungle, listen to their stories, and experience their traditions. Additionally, witness the process of making the traditional beverage called chicha. Later in the day, engage in fishing activities.

Day 6: Visit Parrot Clay Lick | Transfer to Quito | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
This activity requires an early start as you aim to arrive at the clay lick. It is considered one of the most thrilling experiences in the jungle, as we visit the Lamederos or Saladeros (parrot clay lick), where numerous species of parrots and macaws gather to feed on clay from mineral-rich ground, which aids in digestion and detoxifies them from the poisons found in their primary food sources. These locations are rare in the Amazon rainforest and offer a fantastic opportunity to observe a vast array of Amazon wildlife species. Return to Coca and depart for Quito via either flight or land transportation.


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  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Gear Rental: Kayaking & Camping Gear (except sleeping bags)
  • English Speaking Guide
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  • Additional excursions during free time
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  • Internal Flights: Quito - Coca - Quito 
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