Amazon Wildlife & Biodiversity
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Cross black water rivers, surrounded by endless tropical forests. Hike through tall trees, hundreds of years old while listening to the sounds of nature. Discover the beauty of the Amazon wilderness and the wisdom of its flora and vegetation. The Ecuadorian Rainforest is considered one of the most bio diverse areas on the planet, with the largest number of plants, invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles and birds per square kilometer in the world; this diversity is also unpredictable making each excursion in the area totally different.
The Amazon Rainforest is considered a natural pharmacy, due to its greatest natural resources with medicinal properties, its herbs and extracts are used to elaborate natural medicine and also some of the conventional medicine. Learn more about this amazing place on earth by exploring it!
Itinerary – Day by Day
Day 1: Arrive in Quito
Arrive in Quito, transfer to the hotel.
Day 2: Explore Quito’s historic center.
Explore Quito’s colonial center; the best preserved historic center in America. Learn about Quito’s rich history and its artistic legacy. Admire the wonderful architecture of its colonial buildings and the uniqueness of religious art pieces from the famous Quitenian School of art, which combines the European Renaissance and Baroque styles with the indigenous and mestizo influences. Enjoy traditional Ecuadorian food for lunch in one of the most renowned local restaurants. Return to the hotel for an informative briefing about the Amazon Rainforest. Rest of the afternoon on your own. (Meals: B, L) Note: It is highly recommended to arrive in Quito at least 48 hours before your flight to the Amazon in order to avoid any inconveniences due to international flight delays or baggage delay.
Day 3: Reaching the Amazon
Transfer to the airport for a 30 min flight to Puerto Francisco de Orellana (Coca). Once in Coca, board a motorized boat that will take you on a two and a half hours ride down the Napo river; a relaxing boat ride surrounded by endless vegetation. Arrive to the lodge around 4pm, time to freshen up. In the afternoon visit the butterfly farm to watch hundreds of colorful butterflies of different species. After dinner, enjoy a nocturnal walk through the rainforest to view hundreds of different species of animals that can only be found at night. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 4: Hike in the rainforest
Morning activities start early in the morning (around 6 am). Today enjoy spectacular views of the tropical rainforest canopy and spot many different species of colored birds, dozens of animals and plants seldom seen from the ground. Continue on a hike into the primary rainforest accompanied by a naturalist guide who will explain the different species of medicinal plants and its ancestral uses to treat different type of illnesses. Along the hike you will discover the vital importance of this amazing ecosystem for wildlife and humans, and why the Amazon rainforest is considered a World’s natural wonder. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 5: Lake canoeing – Yasuni National Park
Another day to explore this amazing ecosystem. Take a tranquil canoe ride through a natural swamp, which is the home of anacondas, caimans, and capybaras. Observe the biodiversity around the lagoon, where different species of birds can be seen as well as some fish (piranhas), and good chances to spot capuchin, howler or squirrel monkeys playfully jumping through the trees.
Visit the Yasuni National Park, the most biodiverse spot on Earth, to enjoy one of the most amazing displays of the wild world. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops and later come down to a clay bank to eat the soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy the experience. At night, enjoy a canoe ride on the lake to view the spectacled and black caimans with their glowing orange eyes as you silently paddle across the lake to get a closer view. (Meals: B, L, D)
Day 6: Leaving the Amazon
Breakfast and a departure from the lodge early in the morning. One last walk on the boardwalk to the river, and from there a 2 and a half hour canoe ride back to Coca for your 30 minute flight back to Quito. Transfer to your hotel, rest of the afternoon free to rest and pack. (Meals: B, L)
Day 7: Departure
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home or to your next destination.
- Program starts and ends in Quito.
- Please note that rainforest itineraries may vary slightly so as to maximize wildlife sightings, depending of the reports of the naturalist guides, your main interests and weather conditions.
- The lodge does not operate on Sundays for arrivals or departures.
The program includes:
Airport transfers in Quito and Coca. Accommodation & meals according to itinerary detail. Visits and Excursions. Canoe transportation. Naturalist and Native guides.
The program does not included:
International airfare, personal expenses, insurance and gratuities.
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