Killa: Moon Goddess of the Night – 5 Days / 4 Nights
Day 1: Quito (or Baños) => Yacuma Jungle Eco Lodge
Our Guide will be waiting for you in the city of Tena, the Capital of the Province. From here, we will drive for proximately one hour and a half more until we reach the community of San Pedro de Sumino, a small jungle town located in the banks of the Napo River, one of the main effluents of the great Amazon River.
We will get a chance to buy the last required things at the local shop (batteries, candy, snacks, etc.) before hopping in the fresh water canoe to head deep into the Yacuma Natural Reserve. A 20-30 minutes ride will take you to the small Chontayacu River, where Yacuma EcoLodge is located. Depending on the time of the year and the amount of water running through the rivers, the boat ride can turn into a fun activity, as collectively, we all push the canoe through sand banks and up river to get to the lodge.
The Yacuma Forest Reserve totals 275 hectares of Primary rainforest, bordering the Chontayacu River next to the cabins, and going deep into the jungle surrounding the cabins. This natural heaven will be your home for the next few days, as you explore and connect with nature and the communities of the jungle. At the lodge, you will be welcomed with a glass of the traditional beverage called “Guayusa” this tasty beverage has a lot of caffeine and vitamins in much larger concentration than coffee, making it an ideal drink for the morning to have a very productive day in the jungle. After a short welcome talk, you will be taken into your comfortable traditional style bungalows. Solar panels provide hot water in the showers, as well as ambient lighting for the night.
After a short rest, we will have a short navigation to the “hidden Lagoon”, where we will do a short hike ideal for bird watching in their natural surroundings, such as: King Fishers (martin pescador), Great Egrets (garzas de rio), Great Blue Herons (garzas reales), and perhaps one of the most strange and interesting birds of the amazon, the Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoatzin), that have a blue face and a punk-hairdo. The smell is quite pungent, giving it the nickname of the stinky bird. In this place we will also try fishing for the legendary Piranha, which you can have for dinner at the lodge if you catch one!
We will go back to the lodge, for dinner, and if everyone feels in good conditions a night walk for about 40 minutes can also be arranged after dinner.
(Dinner included in the price)
Day 2: Yacuma EcoLodge and the Forest Reserve:
After a nice hearty breakfast we will begin a hike deep in the primary jungle of the Yacuma forest reserve. For this activity we have various alternatives. The first alternative is a short 2 hour walk in which the native guide will show us various species of birds, medicinal plants and their usage in shamanic healing rituals, and if we are lucky animals such as monkeys, tapirs, or capybaras. A second alternative of 4 hours across streams and different types of terrain will take us through various species of trees and plants with the objective of reaching the Tutapishco Cave, a.k.a. “the Bat Cave”. We will also get to see many species of plants used for healing as well as food and shelter within the deep primary rainforest.
Within the cave, which has not been fully explored yet, a very interesting display of the inhabitants of the cave can be seen: The exiting dance of the amazon Bat (Saccopteryx Bilineata). This cave is considered sacred by the locals, and as the locations where the Shaman will come to renew energy for their sacred rituals. Many animal and birdlife can be observed in this walk, and with some luck, some very interesting mammals from the deep jungle such as monkeys, rodents, etc. exploring the primary rainforest is a very gratifying and fulfilling experience for all travelers. We will return to the camp for a delicious, locally produced lunch, and after resting for a short period, we will visit the home of one of the members of the Kichwa Chontayacu community, where we can appreciate their simple and calm lifestyle. During the walk travelers can learn interact and observe the various crops that grow within the jungle of secondary forests of The Napo Basin. Crops such as Coffee, Bananas, cacao, cassava, papaya, pineapple and oranges are some of the locally produced agricultural products that provide sustenance for the inhabitants of the jungle. Visitors can also observe and buy the locally produced handicraft such as vases, small pots, necklaces, bracelets and many more beautiful crafts. The traditional Chicha drink will also be explained and passed around for everyone to try.
If time permits, we will do some fun water based activities such as kayaking or tubing in the river. Conversely we can head back to camp and have a nice bonfire with music and enjoyment after dinner. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 3: Yacuma EcoLodge and the Forest Reserve:
Chontayacu, the small river that flows next to the cabins, gives the name to the local kichwa community that work in the Lodge. This river has a beautiful waterfall upstream that we will visit this day. This 3 hour jungle hike will take us across beautiful amazon landscapes and into the waterfall, as we ascend through difficult and complex jungle terrain. We will be able to hear the amazing calls of the “Oropendola” bird, as it tends to its nets hanging from the trees like drops of water. We will go through secondary and primary forest, viewing species of tree life that is very useful for the communities. After we get to the waterfall we return to the lodge for lunch and a well-deserved rest, after which we will go down to the river to learn the traditional ways of gold panning in the river. This fun activity will be followed by a lesson in the usage of the blow gun, as well as the creation of Chocolate with locally grown beans. We will get to produce a very fresh and high quality cup of hot chocolate. We will enjoy a nice dinner and a night bonfire to relax.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 4: Yacuma EcoLodge and the Huaorani Jungle Community:
The location of Yacuma EcoLodge is very near to the Yasuni National Park, the most biodiverse region on the planet. This place harbors the most species of flora and fauna per square mile than any other location in the world, and due to the proximity of the cabins, it can be readily accessible for our visit. The huaorani community has made this their place for hundreds of years, living of nature, and having little to no contact with the outside world until very recently. We will visit a settlement of this community leaving Yacuma at 8am on the canoe (30 minutes of navigation) followed by a one hour car ride into a place known as The Bridge, where the Konimpade community is settled. At the border of the river Nushiño, we will walk through primary forest observing plant species, large trees of the jungle and various species of birdlife and if lucky mammals of the jungle. The two hour walk is very fun and interesting for all visitors to enjoy, ending in the home of the Huaorani Goya Nenquino family where we will have the opportunity to observe a traditional dance offered by the members of the community we will enjoy our box lunch here and after a short break, we will have a 20 minute walk to a salt link where, if lucky, we can find the Guanta (Cuniculuc paca) feeding. After enjoying the company of the Huaorani Family, we will begin our return by canoe (1 hour ride) until we reach our departure location. Where we will get our car and head back to Yacuma EcoLodge. A farewell dinner is set up for you to enjoy as you spend your last night in the jungles of Ecuador.
Day 5: Yacuma EcoLodge- Tena
For those interested in bird watching, an early start is offered to catch the different species of birdlife rising for the day. At 5:30 am we will go up to the viewpoint close to the lodge to observe the jungle come alive. An impressive view of the amazon jungle from the same levels of the canopy is also very grand from this location. We will return to the lodge for breakfast. We will say goodbye to our friends after breakfast, and we will board our canoe to go back to San Pedro de Sumino. From here and with the help of our guide you will travel back to Tena and head along with your Ecuador adventure. (Breakfast included)
|Meals as noted in the programs (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
In/out canoe transfers (San Pedro – Yacuma Lodge – San Pedro).
Native guides, Spanish speaking companion (from Tena).
Public bus Transportation Tena – San Pedro– Tena, all noted excursions.
Chontayacu Community entrance fee.
|Return private (or public) transportation Quito to Tena.
Alcoholic or soft drinks.
Tips; extras; personal expenses.
Personal Travel Insurance.
English speaking translator/Guide.
What do we have to help our house at Yacuma Lodge?
Cotton shirts, 3 or more
Long pants, 3 or more (no jeans)
Shorts, 3 or more
T-shirts, 3 or more
Cotton socks, one day per day
Mountain shoes and sandals
Personal hygiene items
Small backpack (water resistant)
Cap or hat
Vaccines are not requested to enter Ecuador or the Yacuma Ecolodge. We have not had any case of tropical disease (malaria, yellow fever, cholera) reported near or outside the lodge. However, we always suggest that our passengers consult with their doctor to obtain information and advice before entering the Ecuadorian Amazon.
What is the best time of the year to visit?
Any time of the year is good to visit the lodge, the weather varies slightly from month to month. Yacuma is located in the Ecuadorian rainforest, which is characterized by heavy rains during the year with rainfall of 3,000 and 4,000 mm3 and humidity between 85 ° and 95 ° F. From December to March, it is the dry season, the rainy season goes from April to July; and from August to November the climate is moderate.
The temperature at night is 72 ° F. The average annual temperature is 25 ° C (77 ° F). The average temperature during the day is 88 ° F (31 ° C) and the temperature at night is 72 ° F (22 ° C) regardless of the time of year.
Terms & Conditions
DEPOSITS FOR RESERVATIONS
50% of the full payment has to be made 20 days prior to departure.
The full payment has to be made at least 15 days prior to departure along with the passport numbers, rooming list, and nationality of clients as well as food requirements. This information must be in written or by email to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If the tour is cancelled we will apply cancellation fees as follows:
Cancellations until 20 days before tour departure: there is not a cancellation fee
Cancellation made between 19 to 11 days: A cancellation fee of 20% of the total amount will apply.
Cancellation made between 10 to 06 days: cancellation fee of 50% of the total amount will apply.
Cancellation made between 05 and departure day: cancellation fee of 100% of the total amount will apply.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND REFUNDS:
The tour will be fully refunded only when YACUMA LODGE has cancelled the tour and due to unforeseen problems or external reasons.
The tour is not refundable if passenger does not arrive on specified dates.
YACUMA LODGE acts only in the capacity of agent regarding all matters of transportation and tour operation.
YACUMA LODGE or its agents are not liable for any delays, inconveniences, accident expenses or mishap of any kind whatsoever resulting entirely, or in part, from the negligence of others or from causes beyond its control. Yacuma lodge can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or change in air or others services, sickness, weather, strike, civil disturbances, government restrictions or regulation, war, quarantine, or other causes. All such losses or expenses will be borne by the passenger.
The right is reserved to substitute accommodations or modes of transportation and to make any changes in the itinerary when deemed necessary or caused by changes in the schedule of transportation (public or private). On some expeditions it is not possible to accommodate people with severe health problems or physical disabilities which involve walking and other activities.
Yacuma Ecolodge takes no responsibility for special arrangements or problems incurred by passengers physically unable to participate in the planned activities. No refund can be made for absence from the tour unless arrangements are made at the time of booking.
Yacuma Ecolodge will not discriminate against any individuals because of race, sex, or nationality.
This is an Adventure Trip which involves certain risks. By embarking upon his/her travel, the passenger voluntary assumes all risks, involved with such Adventure Travel, whether expected or unexpected. The passenger is hereby warned of such risk, and is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against them. The retention of tickets, reservation or bookings after issuance shall constitute consent to the above and the agreement on the part of the passenger to convey the contents herein to Travel companions or group members.