The Amazon Jungle is known for its exceptional biodiversity and the peoples who have lived there for centuries. The trip starts and ends in Quito, Ecuador's capital which sits high in the Andean foothills at an altitude of 9,325 feet. From there a flight to Coca City and an hour canoe ride down the Amazon starts the adventure. You'll spend four days in the jungle learning about the flora and fauna as you walk on different trails, led by the local guide who knows the area intimately. You'll learn about the customs of the people who live there, the medicinal uses of plants, and how to use a blowpipe and fish for piranha. And even if you're not a birdwatcher now, the chance to see birds in the forest and above the forest canopy may turn you into one.
This trip can be taken as an extension of our Galapagos trip or as an amazing adventure in its own right. Group size max: 14 participants
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Not included: Travel to and from Quito, alcoholic beverages, gratuities for the AGC guide, travel insurance, meals not noted on itinerary, optional activities not on the itinerary.
NOTE: Travel insurance is NOT included, but it is required for this trip.
Ecuador's Amazon Jungle trip is appropriate for women in good physical condition who want to spend 3 to 6 hours every day actively exploring the Amazon Jungle. None of the days are strenuous; however, the days are full, and some will involve early mornings. Please note, as in all international travel, flexibility is an absolute must and the ability to set aside our western expectations and enjoy the culture and country will make for a wonderfully enjoyable trip. Rating: 1  3 4 5
Our trip to the Amazon Jungle combines short hikes, cultural learning, and wildlife watching. All activities are at a moderate level.
We will spend two nights at the Wyndham Airport Hotel with airport shuttle service for arrival and departure convenience. In the Amazon we'll spend four nights at the Yarina Lodge, an ecolodge situated on the Napo River in the Amazon RainForest. Started 10 years ago as a program to teach the importance of conserving wildlife and our environment with the local community and located in an area of great diversity of micro-habitats, the lodge has steadily expanded its services and is part of one of best rescue centers of wildlife in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The rooms are double occupancy with ensuite bathrooms unless you have chosen a single supplement.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
Very friendly group of women and the knowledge of the local guides.
Everything - the location, the guides, the lodging, the activities. Livio, the local Ecuadorian guide was wonderful. His knowledge and experience was extensive. He was friendly, inclusive, and always made sure I got the best pictures.
The guides for this trip had a wealth of knowledge, and lots of enthusiasm to share that wealth. Very inspiring and informative.
The AGC guide and the Amazon guides, very knowledgeable and special people.
Our guides, Alexa and Livio, were just amazing. Their collective knowledge of the jungle, birds and insects was phenomenal. The accommodations were great.
I have always wanted to visit the Amazon Rain Forest and get an idea of how different it is from our forests in the U.S.
Seeing the spider monkeys come down from the trees to help themselves to the bananas the staff had set out for them. Seeing the birds - especially the hoatzin and the oro pendelo with their hanging basket nests.
Yarina Lodge was just a fantastic place to spend the week! The staff couldn't have been more accommodating, the food was fabulous; 3x/per day!!! My cabin with it's own bathroom & hot water shower was so comfortable and clean. The grounds were beautiful...everything was perfect, in my view!
I liked the idea of staying in the jungle, hearing the howler monkeys in the early morning, experiencing a wild jungle thunderstorm at night, and being able to take early morning walks and/or evening canoe rides.
Well planned, great local guide, enjoyed the group.
The lodge was five star all the way. Given location, It was fabulous.
Besides being in the Amazon itself, it was the sounds, in the evenings and early mornings
Our local guide was totally amazing, added extra AM bird watching and PM adventures also!
At 6 a.m. gliding along in a canoe on a small river surrounded by the jungle and its sounds. Had REALLY looked forward to seeing the fireflies. It rained and they didn't show up. Drat!
It was a great group of women and the camaraderie on the trip was wonderful. In addition, the location-the Yarina Ecolodge- was beautiful and all of the hikes were fun and interesting. Our local guide, Livio, did a great job of sharing his culture with us and I felt like I learned so much.
Livio was amazing
Very knowledgeable jungle guide taught us many unique things about living in the rainforest. (From blowing a blowpipe, pirranah fishing, using palm leaves to make hats and a backpack, night hikes and paddles, birding towers.ý