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Tepapary Community Waorani tour in Yasuni - 4- to 8- DAYS tour
The community of Tepapary is a community of indigenous Waorani people who live in the heart of the jungle in the Yasuni Park area. To get to Yasuni, you go by car from Misahuali to the river Nushino where you take a motorized canoe to go down the river for 4 hours until you get to the Tepapary community. In that area, you have the chance to see different bird species in their natural habitat, 8 monkey species, turtles, caimans, falcons, eagles, anacondas, frogs and toads, peccary boars and lagoons. You can also go fishing for piranha and other fish and see tapir salt licks. It is also a perfect place for biologists and scientists. This tour is well organized and professional guides who know about jungle adventures are guaranteed. The campsites and food are of high quality. We treat all our tourists ethically and with a great deal of respect.

 

ITINERARY
DAY 1
We leave at 8 am from our office and drive for 2 hours until we reach the River Nushino bridge in Waorani territory. Then we will go down the river by motorised canoe for 4 hours. During this journey, we will be able to see beautiful virgin rainforest landscapes as well as bird species. We will then have lunch on a beach and continue on to Tepapary where we will camp for the night. Next we will engage in an intercultural exchange with the community and see how handicrafts are made, witness an ancestral fire ritual, practise using a blowdart (the silent weapon of the jungle) and go around the community to see the traditional houses.

 

DAY 2
We will continue on down the river until we reach the Ishpingo sector where we will walk through virgin rainforest for 4 hours. During the walk we will see monkeys, prehistoric Hoatzin birds and other species. We will see thousand-year-old trees: a giant ceibo and a mata palo. We will go fishing for fun in a lagoon. When we return, we will have lunch on a beach. In the afternoon, we will continue on to the sector of Pachin Cocha where we will camp for 2 nights on a beautiful white-sand beach.

 

DAY 3
We will walk through the jungle for 6 hours until we get to tapir and monkey habitat. During the walk we will see various trees that are over 1,500 years old. We might see peccary boars and monkeys. After lunch at the camp site, we will go fishing for fun for piranhas and other fish.

 

DAY 4
We will walk for 4 hours until the Palmeras de Morete marshland where if we are very lucky we will see anacondas, cappuccino monkeys and spider monkeys. After lunch at the campsite, we will go down the river to see different bird species. Then we will return, have dinner and after that go on a nocturnal walk to a lagoon to see caimans and insect species.

 

DAY 5
We will go down the river to the Yana Anga sector where we will set up another camp. In the afternoon, we will go on a short walk to a cave of petroglyphs and see the images carved into the rock. After dinner on our return, we will go on a nocturnal canoe trip then have a bonfire on the beach accompanied by Amazonian cocktails.

 

DAY 6
We will get to the river very early in the morning to see monkeys and birds including harpy eagles if we are lucky. After breakfast on our return, we will walk to tapir habitat, then return for lunch. In the afternoon we can relax or go fishing for fun.

 

DAY 7
After breakfast, we will pack up and return upriver to Tepapary where we will spend the night.

 

DAY 8
We will leave for the River Nushino bridge, have lunch on a beach and finally drive back to Misahualli where the tour finishes.

 

ITINERARY Chichico rumí  - 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS
DAY 1
We will drive for 15 minutes until we reach the Latas bridge. Then we will walk in the jungle for an hour and a half until we get to the Umbuni waterfall. Along the way, we will be able to see various species of butterflies, dragonflies, insects, ornamental plants, trees and palm trees. At the waterfall, we will swim in the natural pool.

Back at the river, we will have lunch on the banks of the River Napo and in the afternoon we will go tubing (descending the river on rubber tyres) for 45 minutes to get to the Ayllu Awarina community where we will witness a traditional dance. Then we will continue down the river by traditional canoe until we reach Chichico Rumi where we will stay in a cabin lodge. After dinner we will go on a nocturnal walk.

 

DAY 2
After breakfast, we will walk through primary rainforest for 4 hours to see thousand-year-old trees, medicinal plants, birds and monkeys. After lunch at the lodge, we will go down a pathway to see ancestral hunting and fishing traps and practise using a blowdart, the silent weapon of the jungle. Lastly we will have dinner and relax.

 

DAY 3
We will go by traditional canoe for 35 minutes until we reach the Kachi Wañushka community to visit an indigenous Kichwa family home. From there we will walk for two hours accompanied by a family member to learn about their customs and ancestral knowledge about agriculture and the harvesting of yucca, bananas, cocoa and the planting of various crops. Back at the house, we will make chicha de yucca, traditional chocolate and a traditional lunch which we will eat with the family to learn about Amazonian gastronomy. In the afternoon we will leave for Misahualli by motorized canoe, where the tour finishes.

 

ITINERARY Chichico rumí - 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
DAY 1
We will drive for 15 minutes until we reach the Latas bridge. Then we will walk in the jungle for an hour and a half until we get to the Umbuni waterfall. Along the way, we will be able to see various species of butterflies, dragonflies, insects, ornamental plants, trees and palm trees. At the waterfall, we will swim in the natural pool. Back at the river, we will have lunch on the banks of the River Napo and in the afternoon we will go tubing (descending the river on rubber tyres) for 45 minutes to get to the Ayllu Awarina community where we will witness a traditional dance. Then we will continue down the river by traditional canoe until we reach Chichico Rumi where we will stay in a cabin lodge. After dinner we will go on a nocturnal walk.

 

DAY 2
After breakfast, we will walk through primary rainforest for 4 hours to see thousand-year-old trees, medicinal plants, birds and monkeys. After lunch at the lodge, we will go down a pathway to see ancestral hunting and fishing traps and practise using a blowdart, the silent weapon of the jungle. Lastly we will have dinner and relax.

 

DAY 3
We will go by traditional canoe for 35 minutes until we reach the Kachi Wañushka community to visit an indigenous Kichwa family home. From there we will go on a short walk to see medicinal and ornamental plants, orchids, bromeliads, banana species and cocoa plantations and also visit a vantage point to see beautiful panoramic views of surrounding landscapes and the banks of the River Napo. After lunch at the community, we will see people going panning for gold with wooden bateas and see how pottery and chicha de yucca is made. In the evening, we will witness a shamanic ritual.

 

DAY 4
We will walk for two hours accompanied by a family member to learn about their customs and ancestral knowledge about agriculture and the harvesting of yucca, bananas, cocoa and the planting of various crops. Back at the house, we will make chicha de yucca, traditional chocolate and a traditional lunch which we will eat with the family to learn about Amazonian gastronomy. In the afternoon we will leave for Misahualli by motorized canoe, where the tour finishes.

 

ITINERARY River Blanco Lodge - 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT
DAY 1
We will go down the river Napo until we reach the lodge and get settled into our rooms. Then we will go on a 2-hour walk through the jungle, return and have lunch. In the afternoon, we will go tubing (going down the river on rubber tyres), then have dinner and go on a nocturnal walk.

 

DAY 2
We will walk through the jungle for 4 hours until we reach the Coto Urku vantage point. Along the way we will learn about medicinal plants and different tree species. Then we will go back to the lodge for lunch and leave for Misahualli where the tour finishes.

 

ITINERARY River Blanco Cabin Lodge - 3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS
DAY 1
We will go down the river for 35 minutes until we reach the lodge where we will settle into our rooms. Then we will walk through primary rainforest for 6 hours until we reach the River Blanco where we will bathe in a natural swimming pool and have lunch. In the afternoon we will rest.

 

DAY 2
We will walk for 2 hours to learn about trees and medicinal plants. After lunch at the lodge, we will visit an indigenous family to make chocolate, see how chicha de yucca is made and go panning for gold with wooden bateas. Finally we will have dinner.

 

DAY 3
We will go down the river for an hour until we reach the Sacha Samay cultural museum where we will learn about traps used for hunting and fishing and practise using a blowdart. Next we will go around the Amazoonico animal rescue centre. After lunch, we will travel to Misahualli by canoe where the tour finishes.

 

ITINERARY Limoncocha Nature Reserve - 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS
DAY 1
We will leave Misahuallí along the river Napo by motorised canoe for six hours until we reach Coca; along the way we will be able to enjoy beautiful jungle landscapes along the riviera. We will stop on a beach to have lunch and to bathe in the refreshing water. When we arrive in Coca we will continue on by car for two hours until we reach the Limoncocha reserve. We will cross the river by motorised canoe to reach the Supay Cocha cabins where we will camp for 4 nights.

 

DAY 2
We will walk through the jungle for four hours to learn about fauna, medicinal plants and trees used for timber and see monkeys and birds. A highlight of the walk is seeing a giant ceibo tree which is about 600 years old. After lunch we will go fishing for piranhas.

 

DAY 3
We will walk for three hours to see monkeys, macaws, toucans and other bird species. After lunch at the camp we will have the afternoon free where we can go by traditional canoe to go fishing or see birds. Then we will go on a nocturnal canoe trip to see black caimans and frog species.

 

DAY 4
We will go down the river to Limoncocha's tourist centre where we will go on a two-hour walk to see different trees used for timber. After lunch we will have the afternoon free and then have dinner. Then we will go on a nocturnal walk.

 

DAY 5
Very early in the morning we will get into the canoe to see monkeys and various bird species. Then we will have breakfast and go to the tourist centre where will go by private car to Coca, have lunch and here the tour will end.

 

ITINERARY Pañacocha Lagoon, Yasuni Park - 5 to 6 DAYS
DAY 1
We leave Misahuallí along the river Napo in motorised canoe for six hours until we reach Coca. Along the way we will be able to enjoy beautiful jungle landscapes along the Riviera and stop on a beach to have lunch. When we arrive in Coca we will stop for 25 minutes and then continue on to the sector of Primavera where we will camp on a beautiful white sand beach. Finally we will have dinner accompanied by a bonfire.

 

DAY 2
We will go along the river for four hours until we reach the Pañacocha lagoon in Yasuni Park where we will set up camp in the sector of Piwali Cocha. After lunch we will go around the Pañacocha lagoon by canoe to see monkeys, birds and pink dolphins.

 

DAY 3
We will go for a walk in the jungle to see its flora and fauna and will have the opportunity to see bird and monkey species. After lunch we will go fishing for piranhas and other fish.

 

DAY 4
We will go along the river Pañayacu to the sector of Achanga where we will go on another walk to learn about medicinal plants and thousand-year-old trees. After lunch we will have the afternoon free or can do optional activities. After dinner we will go on a nocturnal walk.

 

DAY 5
Very early in the morning we will go around the lagoon to see birds such as macaws, parrots, toucans, woodpeckers, oropendolas and caciques. If we are lucky we will see anacondas. In the afternoon we will go for a walk through the jungle. After dinner we will go on a nocturnal trip around the lagoon to see caimans.

 

DAY 6
After breakfast, we will leave with all our equipment, have lunch on a beach and go to Coca where the tour finishes.

 

ITINERARY tours on wooden rafts from Misahualli to Coca - 4- or 5-DAYS tour
DAY 1
Before we leave on the expedition, we will have a safety talk. Then we will go down the River Napo to the sector of River Blanco where we will go on a wonderful walk through the jungle for 4 hours to learn about medicinal plants, palm trees and timber-yielding trees. A highlight of the walk is the Coto Urku vantage point. Then we will return to the river to have lunch on a beach. In the afternoon we will go down the river to the mouth of the River Cusano where we will camp the night on a beach.

 

DAY 2
We will go around the Sacha Samay cultural museum to learn about ancestral traps used for hunting and fishing, medicinal plants and hallucinogenics used by shamans. We will practise using a blowdart, the silent weapon of the jungle. Then we will carry on down the river until we reach the Amazoonico animal rescue centre. On our return to the river, we will have lunch on a beach. In the afternoon, we will go tubing (going down the river on rubber tyres) until we reach the sector of Varadero where we will set up another campsite on a beach.

 

DAY 3
We will walk through the jungle for 4 hours to visit a beautiful giant ceibo tree which is about 1,500 years old and we will go around a lagoon to see prehistoric Hoatzin birds. Then we will go back to the river to have lunch. In the afternoon we will go fishing for fun and bathe in the river.

 

DAY 4
We will continue our descent and stop along the way to see families who go panning for gold with traditional wooden bateas. After lunch we will carry on until we reach an indigenous family where we will spend the night. After dinner with the family, there will be a shamanic ritual.

 

DAY 5
We will carry on down the river towards Coca, have a goodbye lunch on the way and finally arrive in Coca where the tour finishes.

 

 

ITINERARY bird watching in Tepapary in the sector of Gareno - 4 to 8-DAYS tour
The community of Tepapary is located in the province of Napo adjoined to the Yasuni National Park and Pastaza.

Ornithology is a complex pastime. It is the art of recognising different bird species according to their plumage or birdsong. Many create lists that show the quantity of birds in a given area whilst others create life lists i.e. they list all the species that they have seen in their lives. Everyone has their own way of approaching ornithology. Some are simply happy to enjoy the richness of the natural environments they find themselves in whilst others are fascinated to study the science behind the study of birds which is also known as birding or birdwatching.

 

Tepapary: is an off-the-beaten-track place not visited by other tour agencies or guides. In this jungle there exists a great variety of birds from those who eat worms to larger species. There are toucans, macaws, oropendolas, jacamars, hoatzins, owls, cuckoos, herons, woodpeckers, cocois, trogons, bucos, nunbirds and caciques. With luck you can see harpy eagles and more. All these species inhabit the banks of small lagoons, estuaries and rivers so can be found easily. The land is flat and so easy to walk around and suitable for all ages. We guarantee that in this Waorani reserve, 100% of the forest is virgin and primary and you can find nearly all bird species found in Yasuni or Cuyabeno and other areas near Coca.

 

Amazon Fishing Tour - 4 to 8 DAYS
There are different places to go fishing for fun in the Amazon region.

Our fishing tours are available all year round and there are different varieties of sizes and fish. We can choose big or small fish, the place we go to, techniques, and whether to fish with other smaller fish, worms, grubs, red meat or fruit. We can advise which fish to choose according to the time of year and the area. The group will plan their activities when they arrive, choosing the type of fish they want according to conditions such as the height of the river or time of year, month or day and relying on our experience. There are different species in different rivers and lagoons. Some fish such as catfish, pike and araipama weigh up to 120kg.

 

ITINERARY Balsa Raft Adventure and Trekking along the River Nushino – 4 to 5 DAYS
DAY 1
We will drive from Misahualli for an hour until we get to the sector of Rio Rodriguez. Then we will walk through virgin rainforest of 6 hours and have lunch along the way. In the afternoon we will continue walking to the River Nushino where we will set up camp on a beach.

 

DAY 2
We will get up very early to cut balsa wood trees to make our raft. Then we will go down the river for the rest of the day. During our descent we will see bird and monkey species and will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we will set up camp on another beach. We will go nocturnal fishing and then have dinner.

 

DAY 3
We will go on a short walk through the jungle to see flora and fauna. After lunch at the campsite, we will carry on down the river until we reach another beach to camp on.

 

DAY 4
We will go down the river until we reach a Waorani family home where we will have dinner all together and spend the night.

 

DAY 5
We will leave for the bridge and then drive to Misahualli where the tour finishes.

 

 

Animal Rescue Center - Walk - Tubing - Museum - 1 DAY tour
We will go down the River Napo for 45 minutes until we reach River Blanco where we will walk through the jungle for 2 hours, during which time we will learn about palm trees, medicinal plants, insects and birds and also visit a beautiful vantage point. Then we will carry on tubing (going down the river on rubber tyres) until we reach the River Cusano beach for lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the Sacha Samay trap museum to learn about ancestral traps used for hunting and fishing and practise using a blowdart, the silent weapon of the jungle. Next we will do around the Amazoonico Animal Rescue Centre to see different species of monkeys, macaws, toucans, turtles, snakes, peccary boars, capybara, tapir etc. Finally we will take the canoe back to Misahualli where the tour finishes.

 

Waterfall - Pottery - Panning for gold - Dance - 1 DAY tour
We will leave the agency at 9am, head for the beach and take a motorized canoe for 45 minutes until we reach the River Umbuni. Then we will walk through the jungle for an hour and a half towards the waterfall. During the walk, it is possible to see various butterfly species, ornamental plants and trees. At the waterfall we will bathe in the natural swimming pool. When we get back to the river, a delicious lunch will be waiting for us. In the afternoon, we will continue down the river to a Kichwa family to see how pottery and chichi de yucca is made as well as go panning for gold with traditional wooden bateas. Lastly we will go to the Ayllu Awarina community to watch a traditional dance and a shamanic ritual before heading back to Misahualli where the tour finishes.

 

Walk- Vantage Point - Community - 1 DAY tour
We will go by motorized canoe for 45 minutes until we reach the sector of Misi Cocha where we will walk through primary rainforest for 4 hours. Along the way we will learn about medicinal plants, timber-yielding trees and insect species as well as visit the Coto Urku vantage point which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Amazon jungle. On our return to the river, a delicious lunch will be awaiting us. In the afternoon we will visit the community of Muyuna to see a traditional dance, see how chicha de yucca is made and witness a shamanic ritual. The tour finishes in Misahualli.

 

Rafting Tour, 25 km - Rio Jatun Yaku - 1-DAY tour
The tour starts after breakfast at 9 am from our office. We will drive for 1 hour until we reach the community of Cando, which lies beside the mouth of the river Napo. Our guide will then give a safety talk and various recommendations and everyone will be given an oar, a life jacket and a helmet. During our descent, we will enjoy big white-water waves and beautiful natural pools where we can jump out of the boat and let the water take us downstream. At noon we will have lunch along the shores of the river on a white sand beach. In the afternoon we will go on a thirty-minute walk to see a beautiful 20-metre high waterfall and bathe in its refreshing waters. Next we will continue rafting until we get to the Puerto Napo bridge then drive to our starting point where the tour finishes.

 

6 hours Walk- Traditional Canoe Trip - 1 DAY tour
We will leave Misahualli at 8am to drive for 15 minutes to the Jatun Sacha reserve to begin our 6-hour walk through primary rainforest. Along the way, we will learn about medicinal plants, trees and birds. If we are lucky we will see monkeys and peccary boars. We will rest and have lunch on the banks of the River Yuchuna. Then we will carry on walking to the River Arajuno where we will go downstream by traditional canoe for an hour and a half until we reach the Campo Cocha bridge and finally drive back to Misahualli where the tour finishes.

 

Pottery- Tubing- Community - 3 hours excursion
We will go by canoe for 35 minutes until we reach the sector of Tiyo Yaku to visit an indigenous Kichwa family and see how pottery and chicha de yucca are made and go panning for gold with wooden bateas. We will return to the river to talk about tubing (going down the river on rubber tyres) and then go tubing until we reach the community of Muyuna where we will see a traditional dance and a shamanic ritual. There are optional photo opportunities with boas and the chance to buy handicrafts. End of the tour.

 

Tubing- giant ceibo tree- waterfall - 3 hours excursion
We will have a talk about tubing (going down the river on rubber tyres) and then drive for 30 minutes to the sector of Pununo where we will start our tubing experience. We will go past beautiful white-water rapids and waves making this an unforgettable adventure. Then we will stop to go on a 20 minute walk to a beautiful giant ceibo tree which is about 800 years old. Back at the river, we will carry on tubing and then make a third stop to visit an 80-metre high waterfall on the banks of the river. Finally we will carry on tubing until we reach Misahualli where the tour finishes.

 

Mini zoo- Botanical garden- Trap museum- Community - 3 hours excursion
We will go by canoe for 20 minutes until we reach the sector of Chchico Rumi which we will visit to see species of animals, birds and reptiles as well as medicinal, ornamental and hallucinogenic plants. Next we will visit the trap museum and then go to the Ayllu Awarina community to see a traditional dance and see how chicha de yucca is made. We will see cappuccino monkeys in the forest on the River Misahualli island. End of the tour.

 

Trip to Amazoonico - 3 hours excursion
We will go along the river Napo by canoe for an hour to Amazoonico, an animal rescue centre, which is on the banks of the River Arajuno in the heart of the jungle. This centre was created to rescue all Amazonian wildlife that are victims of illegal trafficking on a national and international level. The centre protects animals which are rapidly becoming extinct. The centre boasts a large area of protected rainforest where all animals are released once they recover. Amazoonico has a group of volunteers from different countries who carry out social internships. The centre receives funding from different charities. After our visit, we will return to Misahuallí where the tour finishes.

 

Walk and nocturnal canoe trip to see caimans - 3 hours excursion
We will leave at 7.30pm from the office and walk for 15 minutes until we reach the lagoon which we will explore by traditional canoe and be able to see caimans. Then we will walk through the jungle to see various species of insects, snakes and spiders.


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