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Visit Huaorani Lodge and the Huaorani people on this 7-day Amazon lodge tour. The Huaorani have remained isolated in the midst of the Ecuadorian Amazon for centuries until recently. Explore the flora and fauna of the region while you interact with the local community. Enjoy a canoe trip to a nearby campsite along the Shiripuno river as you learn more about the rainforest and the community's efforts to preserve their way of life.
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  • Hike and explore the rainforest around the Huaorani Lodge
  • Interact with locals and learn about their daily life
  • Learn Huaorani history & myths that have been passed down for centuries
  • Camp overnight in a local community
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Arrive Quito

Arrive to Quito and overnight.

Day 2: Off to Huaorani Lodge

This morning depart Quito, driving along the Avenida de Volcanos towards the town of Shell. From here board a small plane towards Quehueri'ono, located a little over thirty minutes across magnificent rainforest panoramas! Upon arrival board a dugout canoe which takes you the rest of the way by river to the lodge. Keep your eyes open along the way to catch your first glimpse of the the jungle wildlife, including many unique birds. Set out on a short guided hike this afternoon to explore the rainforest around the lodge and enjoy dinner this evening.

Day 3: Huaorani Hunting Trail and Community

This morning set out with a Huaorani guide for a long nature hike into the forest. Learn first-hand the connection with the forest and animals that the Huaorani share. Learn how they hunt and use the forest's natural resources to sustain their health while living in the rainforest. You may even have time to enjoy a swim in the fresh river water before lunch.

This afternoon visit the local Huaorani Community, Quehueri'ono. Spend time interacting with the locals, watching the children play, and communicating with these people who are so committed to preserving their homeland. Have the chance to join them in some of their daily activities, as well as learn of their history as a people and myths that have been passed down for centuries.

This evening, return to the lodge by canoe in time for dinner.

Day 4: The Ceibo Trail and Oxbow Lake

Embark on the Ceibo Trail this morning, a three hour hike that winds through towering trees, across streams, along the swamp to the Giant Ceibo tree. Continue on through the forest enjoying beautiful views, watching for wildlife all the while. Follow the lake back to the river where you are met by a canoe and transported back to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch at the lodge, canoe to an oxbow lake formed by the Shiripuno River. From here you can explore the forest in search of anacondas, capybaras and the extraordinary Hoatzin. Climb the hill to the salt lick where you may be lucky enough to view the local wildlife feeding on the mineral rich clay.

Return to the lodge this evening.

Day 5: Canoeing the Shiripuno River

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you rise early for your embarkation in canoes along the Shiripuno River. Keep your eyes and ears tuned for the sounds and sights of the forest wildlife coming alive in the early morning hours along the river. Enjoy your time while listening to Huaorani stories your guide tells as you float along. Paddle for about seven hours today, stopping mid-way to visit the community of Apaika. Here you have the chance to explore a small interpretation center about Yasuni National Park and Bioreserve as well as enjoy a rest and a snack. Continue by canoe the rest of the way, or you can opt to hop into the accompanying dugout canoe. Paddle the rest of the way to the community of Nenquepare and rest after the long journey. Camp overnight here in permanent tent structures.

Day 6: Return Quito

This morning you may opt to hike to a nearby natural waterfall before you leave the Amazon. Travel from Nenquepare along the Via Auca towards Coca for your return flight home. Along the way note the changes in the environment as you enter lands that are not owned or protected by the Huaorani people, as well as see firsthand the impact that oil drilling is having on the region. Fly back to Quito and overnight.

Day 7: Return Home


Huaorani Lodge

Huaorani Lodge's twin bed cabin
Comfortable dining and delicious traditional food at Huaorani Lodge
Learning to shoot a blow dart at Huaorani Lodge

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Departure from the Lodge back to Quito not possible on Sundays.
  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • Camping Gear, Rain poncho, Rubber boots, Canoe
  • Both Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights
  • Meals not Included
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Park Entrance Fee
    • Huaorani Territory Fee


When to Go

Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.


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