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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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Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Arrive in Quito

Today, arrive in Quito, Ecuador on the flight of your choosing. You will have the evening to rest up after your international travels and prepare for the adventure ahead. 

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 Shiripuno River. As your guides prepare your equipment, enjoy a picnic by the riverside. The canoeing expedition involves paddling down this stunning river, surrounded by untouched nature and wildlife. During your journey, have numerous opportunities to spot river turtles, monkeys, caiman, and various bird species, including Oropendola, caciques, kingfishers, macaws, toucans, parrots, and more. Spend your first night in the deep Amazon with a local Huaorani family.

The Huaoroai tribe is undoubtedly one of the most distinct communities in the Amazon jungle, and it is said to be the final point of contact with Western civilization. This distinct group of people continues to rely on the forest for sustenance, and its traditions have been preserved to this day. Learn about local customs and traditions during your stay. 

Day 3: Explore Amazon River

This morning, wake up with the sunrise to join the Huarorani on an early morning forest walk, carefully gathering palm leaves, essential for crafting the most versatile natural fiber. Learn about plants that are commonly utilized on a daily basis, including medicinal herbs.

After an engaging morning, have lunch with the family before continuing the kayak journey down river, venturing further into the heart of the jungle.

Each day spent exploring the Amazon offers unique and thrilling experiences. Paddling further into the untouched wilderness, the jungle becomes increasingly wild and lively. Along the way, encounter a variety of wildlife such as different monkey species, capybaras, tapirs, swallows, flycatchers, herons, sandpipers, and hawks. After an eventful day, we arrive at our campsite situated along the picturesque Shiripuno riverside. Here, the chef will prepare a delicious a dinner before we wind down from the adventurous day. 

Day 4: Anaconda Lagoon | Flooded Forest

After a delicious breakfast this morning, start paddling down the Shiripuno river to reach the entrance to the Amarun – Cocha, which means Anaconda Lagoon in the native language. This lagoon is located in the most pristine forest in the area and with luck, it may be possible to spot the biggest and most beautiful snake on the planet. While there, enjoy the breathtaking landscapes with incredible dark and clear waters of this flooded forest, home to mythic piranhas, caimans, boas, and more.

In the afternoon, paddle back to the camp site and enjoy a well earned afternoon rest in the shaded hammocks, rest up before this evening's planned night exploration to view the jungle's nocturnal insects, frogs, and possibly snakes.

Day 5: Visit Animal Clay Lick (Saladero) | Jungle Hike

Start early in the morning with a stroll through the jungle to the clay lick. Visiting the Lamederos or Saladeros (Animal clay lick) is one of the best excursions for spotting wildlife. The clay licks attract a wide rang of animals such as peccaries and deer, as well as vibrant colorful birds such as parrots and macaws. These animals gather at the clay lick to nourish themselves with the mineral-rich soil, aiding in digestion and detoxification from the toxins found in their primary diet. These remarkable sites within the Amazon rainforest are unparalleled, providing an exceptional opportunity to witness a diverse array of wildlife species native to the region.

Following lunch, head out on another trek through the pristine junglet, this time with a focus on exploring the abundant flora and discovering the vital role of medicinal plants in the lives of the locals, along with their diverse applications in daily life. As you make your way back, take the opportunity to try your hand at  piranha fishing.

Later, board the canoe and navigate for a couple of hours to spend your last night with a local Huaorani family.

Day 6: Canoe Up the Amazon River | Coca | Return to Quito

Begin your journey back from the remote depths of the Amazon at the crack of dawn, navigating upstream along the river in a canoe for approximately 3 hours. During this scenic voyage, seize the final opportunities to catch sight of incredible wildlife, particularly the early risers such as birds and captivating creatures dwelling along the riverbanks. Afterward, return to Coca by car and proceed with your flights back to Quito.

Overnight in Quito this evening and rest up after your big adventure. 

Day 7: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Depart for home anytime today on the flight of your choice. 


Camping Yasuni National Park

Yasuni Camp
Yasuni Camp
Yasuni Camp

Quito - Hotels

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$1,699 2-3 travelers
Rate is based on a private group of 2. Group rates are available for set departure dates. Inquire with a Trip Planner.


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  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Double-seated inflatable kayaks, paddles, life jackets, and robber boots.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Private and comfortable land transportation in Coca, motorized canoe, dugout canoe.
  • 2 nights at a local Huaorani family and 2 nights at a comfortable and basic camping in Yasuni National Park.
  • Kayaking on Shiripuno River, Anaconda lagoon, Visiting the Yasuni National Park, Animals clay lick (Saladero), Hiking, Visiting the native Huaorani community, Piranha fishing, Wildlife spotting, Night hikes.
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Internal Flights: Quito - Coca - Quito 
  • My Own Room & Tent - single supplement option


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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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