Amazon Biodiversity Station
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Educational features: Environmental Science, Earth Science, Biology, Natural History, General Anthropology, Physical Geography, Ecology, Conservation
The Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS) is located adjacent to the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve in one the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots.
Primary activities at the Station are associated with research and environmental education. While visiting Tiputini, students will be able to better understand nature so that appropriate and effective conservation strategies may be implemented.
Amazon Biodiversity Station Highlights
- Lecture series by recognized local experts or professors of the most prestigious local universities.
- Explore Quito, the first World Cultural Heritage City.
- Explore the most biodiverse ecosystem in the planet.
- Learn about the animal’s behavior.
- Stay at a Biological and Biodiversity station and learn about their current research projects.
- No restriction of dates, however please note June and July are the busiest months of the year and the station gives priority to USFQ student.
- Bookings for months mentioned above, must be done with a year in advance.
- TBS 5 days visit operates exclusively Monday to Friday.
Itinerary – Day by Day
Day 1: Arrive in Quito Welcome to Ecuador! Arrive in Quito and transfer to the Hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Quito; the first world heritage site.
Discover its Historical and Cultural legacy Explore Quito, the capital of Ecuador and the second highest capital in the world. It is a city surrounded by volcanoes, lying on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano. Quito not only has the largest best preserved and least altered historic center in America but also one of the most beautiful. Visit the famous Middle of the World and celebrate the ability to be in both hemispheres at the same time – a once in a lifetime experience. While visiting the Equator, learn important facts, myths and legends about the Geography of Earth as well as the history of the first group of scientists who had the hard mission to determine the Earth’s shape in 1743. Return to the hotel. Orientation meeting and introductory lecture to the Rainforest ecosystem and Tiputini Biodiversity Station. Dinner at the hotel. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 3: Tiputini Biodiversity Station.
Transfer to the airport for your flight (30 min) to Francisco de Orellana (Coca). Upon arrival in Coca, you will be met by the TBS staff and transferred to a motorized boat for a 2 hour trip downstream on the Napo River to the village of Pompeya and the entrance to the Repsol-YPF oil operation in Block 16. From here you will have another short trip (1 1/2 hours) by land to reach the Tiputini River. Passengers, gear and supplies are transferred to the TBS boat and travel continues (2 hours) downstream along a beautiful stream bordered by pristine rainforest where abundant wildlife is easily visible. Box lunch will be provided for the journey. Check in at the station’s lodge, orientation and dinner. (Meals: B, XL, D)
Day 4: Exploring the Rainforest Ecosystem
After breakfast enjoy a hike (up to 2 miles) accompanied by a professional guide to see flora and fauna as well as to receive explanations about the rainforest and the people who live in surrounding areas. Your guide will show you fascinating aspects of this important ecosystem. Return to TBS for lunch. In the afternoon Travel along the Tiputini River slowly (mostly without motor) to see wildlife from the same perspective as those early Spanish explorers back in the 1500s. It may be possible also to swim alongside the canoe, to cool off and to get a different look at Amazonia. Return to the station to freshen up and prepare for an afternoon lecture about the work done by the Tiputini Biodiversity Station and the importance of the scientific field research centers. Dinner and overnight. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 5: Exploring the Rainforest Ecosystem
Wake up early in the morning to visit the Canopy tower. You can climb to the top of one of the towers or the canopy walkway system to get another perspective of the forest; this means a different kind of access to different species that can only be heard or barely seen from the forest floor. You can also have the lifetime opportunity to see the sunrise in the Equatorial Amazon rainforest from the top of the tower. In the afternoon enjoy another nature walk to explore the wilderness and biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest. After the walk enjoy some free time to rest and recharge your energies. At night, after dinner, enjoy a small dugout ride along the lagoon where another different habitat is available for exploration. You will have the opportunity to observe caimans. Return to the station for overnight. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 6: Exploring the Rainforest Ecosystem
Today, enjoy your last exploration of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Discover the wonderful diversity of the Yasuni National Park and the importance of its conservation to the future of mankind. In the afternoon enjoy a lecture about some of the current threats faced by the Amazon region. At night, enjoy a walk in the Amazon in order to see a very different group of organisms and discover the nocturnal life of the jungle. Farewell dinner at the station. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 7: Tiputini -Quito
Depart from Tiputini very early in the morning to start your journey back to Coca, and then take your flight to Quito. Arrive in Quito around midday. The rest of the afternoon is free to rest. Pick up at night for a farewell dinner in a local restaurant and celebrate the end of your Amazon adventure! (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 8: Departure flight.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home or to your next destination.
- Program starts and ends in Quito.
- Minimum Age requirement to enter to TBS 15 yrs. Old.
- Program operates with minimum 12 participants and maximum 20.
- Program can be modified or adapted according to your specific study group.
The program includes:
Private transportation, local tour leader throughout the program, station guides, accommodation (shared), meals according to itinerary detail (menu meals), excursions and activities as per itinerary detail.
The program does not included:
International airfare, personal expenses, and gratuities. Travel or Health Insurance. Entrance to the Yasuni National Park US$25 per person
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