Hakuna Matata has it all: super comfortable rooms and cabins, delicious vegetarian cuisine (also on request), very nice and large pool with chairs to relax and hammocks, a nice restaurant with cocktail bar, lush surroundings (private beach river, piece of forest) and a wide range of activities in the place.



This is a 4 day adventure specially designed for white water enthusiasts. If you love the outdoors and are active, this program is for you. Two of our 4 days will be spent paddling on the Jatunyacu river, one of the main tributaries to the mighty Amazon river, we will spend a night camping under the stars surrounded by lush green forest just aside a native community village. This trip is full of adrenaline, active adventure and lots of excitement amidst the wild Amazon jungle. Our rafting journeys can be adapted for all ages and any skill level, from beginner to expert.

Day 1: Arrival – Free time or optional activities (D)

It all depends on your arrival time, but we suggest you take advantage of one of our optional activities at the lodge (not included), some possibilities include: a walk into our 120 hectare private reserve, swimming in our spectacular springwater pool or dipping into the crystal clear Inchillaqui river. Guided activity options: Explore our reserve with a native guide who will point out the main medicinal plants of the Amazon, a horseback ride to explore the amazing tropical scenery or an artisan chocolate workshop (from the bean to the bar). Please let us know your preferences in advance so we can book your prefered additional activities.

In the evening you will be able to enjoy a 3 course gourmet dinner.

Day 2: The Adventure begins: White water rafting – Jungle camp (B/L/D)

After a delicious breakfast we will head out to the infamous Llanganates national park to start our white water adventure, we will reach the put out at the Jatunyacu river. This beautiful crystal clear river is born from the glaciers of Cotopaxi volcano. The Jatunyacu (great water in kichwa) will be our road and the center of our attention for the next few days full of excitement and fun as we run the fast rapids, discover calm river pools and pristine vegetation all around us. We will have time to enjoy adrenaline on the runs and calm relaxing swimming moments in the many natural pools that form in between each section of rapids. At midday we will take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch at the riverbanks, after this we will paddle down river to the Shandia community where we will spend the night. We will setup camp at a clearing, we will share a typical dinner with the community and will have a once in a lifetime cultural exchange that will leave everlasting memories and emotions with us.

Day 3: Indigenous community – rafting – return to Hakuna Matata Amazon Lodge (B/L/D)

After breakfast we will be shown around the community village and we will be invited to participate in a traditional chocolate making workshop. Upon our return to the river we will continue our white water rafting adventure all the way to the port town of Misahualli leaving a 40 km. river run behind us. Tired but happy and full of satisfaction we will return to our lodge for well deserved three course gourmet dinner.

Day 4: Free Time – Optional activities at the Lodge – Departure (B)

As our time at Hakuna Matata Amazon Lodge comes to its end, it is still possible to take a last dip in the pool or take part in an optional homestyle chocolate making workshop.

Ecuador Travel Online reserves the right of making any change without previous notification, to the itinerary according to circunstances, this could be law reglamentations, weather conditions, availability, safety concerns or any other demanded condition which matters may cause the tour guide or administration to change the time or nature of visits.


Accommodation in the chosen category (Cabins, Lodge, Supreme)

All the activities planned in the program

All tickets for the activities planned in the program

All meals (from dinner on the day of arrival to breakfast on the day of departure)

Use of Lodge facilities, including swimming pool, river area, hiking trails



One night in double tent

First class equipment for the river (rowing, helmet, life jacket)

Transportation to the beginning of the rafting and back to the Lodge

Meals: 1x breakfast, 2x lunch (picnic), 1x dinner, water and soft drinks

International rafting certificate guide in Spanish / English

Means of communication for emergencies

Kayak security

First aid kit

Rubber boots (available up to size 47)

Transportation from / to Quito or from / to Baños

Public bus

Lunch at the Lodge on the day of arrival and departure

Personal expenses and tips

Entrance to the Papallacta hot springs

Walk through our private reserve with a native guide in Spanish

Guided horseback ride through the jungle

Chocolate craft workshop

Drinks and meals not mentioned

Expenses not mentioned and optional activities such as:

Entrance to the Papallacta hot springs

Walk through our private reserve with native guide in Spanish

Guided horseback ride through the jungle (USD 27 per person)

Chocolate craft workshop (USD 20 per group)






¿ What Brig ?
Passport and copies
Personal medications
Sun hat
Camera equipment (memory card, cables, battery, etc.)
Light clothes, easy to dry and preferably light colors (shirt, shorts for the morning and long pants, long-sleeved shirt for the afternoons)
Lightweight waterproof
Rubber boots (available at no cost in the Lodge up to size 47)
Stockings or socks for gaucho boots
Closed footwear
Flips flops
Additionally for the RAFTING
20 liter backpack for your luggage
Set of clothes to change
Warm clothes for the night
Swimsuit and towel
Flashlight and extra batteries
Plastic case for camera and cell phone
Waterproof camera
Water bottle
Insect repellent
Plastic bags for dirty and / or wet clothing
Loose money (stores can not accept tickets over 5 USD)

Terms & Conditions


29 – 16 days = 25% penalty

15 – 08 days = 50% penalty

07 – 00 days = 75% penalty

Possibility of changing the date within the following 3 months without penalty.

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