YOGA AND MEDITATION RETREAT IN THE AMAZONIA

Mental and physical detoxication workshop

Clean your mind while traveling !

5 Days & 4 Nights Itinerary

The Yachana 5 Day & 4 Night Itinerary allows a little more time explore the area and learn more about.

This tour allows you time to fully enjoy the variety of activities that Yachana Lodge and Yachana Training Center is most famous for offering.

Day 1. QUITO – YACHANA
In the morning departure by private car for a 5 and a half hours driving ascending the Oriental Cordillera up to 4200 meters high at Papallacta. From here we will descend to the town of Baeza where we will have a stop for lunch. If weather permits, Antisana Volcano will show us an impressive view of its eternal snow peak. You will not believe some many changes with so short travelling time!

At Yachana, you’ll receive a warm welcome from our native staff that will serve you a refreshing beverage and snack while you are introduced to the facilities.

After you’ve had a chance to rest in your room, your guide will take you on a short hike. The hike will take you to a place where there is a giant and beautiful Ceibo tree (kapok tree). Your guide will amaze you explaining a lot of things along the way.

Dinner is served between 7:00 – 7:30 PM.

Day 2: YACHANA
You have the option to start your day early by participating in a bird watching excursion or sleep little longer before enjoying another splendid breakfast, the first of the day’s Amazon culinary delights.

After a traditional breakfast from the Amazon, you will board our ranchera (typical local bus) and accompany your native guide as he leads you on a journey into the rainforest stopping to observe birds, and possibly monkeys, along the way.

During your rainforest trek your guide will explain the uses of various medicinal plants and amaze you with his knowledge of the several species of birds and animals that inhabit the rainforest, which he calls home. Return to Yachana for lunch and an opportunity to rest before the next activity. In the afternoon the administrative will give an explanation about how the Yachana Training Center and the Yachana Foundation with his educational program. After this you will take our ranchera to Agua Santa community in order to board a raft downriver to observe a local family doing panning for gold.

From there, using either inner-tubes, a small rubber raft or just life jackets, you can float/swim as you continue down river enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds you. At some point you will get on board of a motorize canoe to head back to Yachana.

Dinner is served at 7:00 – 7:30 PM. In the evening your guide will offer to take you on a night walk to discover a totally different side of the forest that only comes alive after dark. On this walk, you have the chance to see many small insects, amphibians, reptiles and other animals.

Day 3: YACHANA
After breakfast, you will onboard our ranchera go to a farm where you can see and harvest so many products you have probably never seen or prepared before like the cacao plants. You will be part of a culinary activity fixing your own typical lunch from the amazon under the supervision of our chef.

In the afternoon after lunch, you will travel by canoe to the home of shaman and his family to learn about local Kichwa culture and traditions, and to participate in a cleansing ceremony. Afterwards, try your skills on the art of using a typical blowgun and spear.This is a wonderful cultural activity to know a local family and learn more about the kichwa culture.

Return to Yachana for dinner. Rest before dinner and enjoy the sunset from or dining hall.

In the evening you will a spectacular opportunity to learn how to make dark chocolate using organic cacao harvested from the local families. Turn the cacao beans into delicious jungle chocolate, one of the main ingredients for several of the delectable deserts served at the Yachana. This is one of our highlight activities as you prepare chocolate in a traditional way.

Day 4: YACHANA
After a wonderful breakfast and depending on weather condition you may choose from:

*) A deep hike on our 1000 hectares protected forest.

*) Visiting a communitary bank (for this activity we will ask for a donation of 50 USD per person, directly to the local community).

*) Explore more deeply the Napo River enjoying a canoeing.

Choosing from either activity you will come back to Yachana to have lunch.

Then after dinner sit around the campfire prepare some delicious coffee, be aware you have to roast, grind it then you will enjoy it as your guide tells you some of the stories and legends of the Amazon and be amazed by the sounds of the jungle at night.

Day 5: YACHANA – QUITO
After a hearty breakfast departure to visit the Cacao Collection Center and then you will hike for about 10 minutes to La Paz Waterfall.

Time to enjoy the waterfall and if we are lucky you will see a lot of parrots!!

Then you will hike back to the main road where the bus will be waiting for us to go back to Quito.

SCHEDULED DEPARTURES:

• NOV: 02

• DEC: 03

• JAN: 06

• FEB: 15

• MAR: 17

PRICE PER PERSON, PER PACKAGE, USD

YACHANA LODGE (minimum 2 pax) JUNGLE VIEW RIVER VIEW
3 days / 2 nights (Scheduled departures) 382  496
4 days / 3 nights (Scheduled departures) 487 633
5 days / 4 nights (Scheduled departures) 602  782
Single Supplement 40% 40%
YACHANA TRAINING CENTER (minimum 10 pax)  BUNGALOW CASITA
3 days / 2 nights (Daily operation) 296 n/a
4 days / 3 nights (Daily operation) 380 n/a
5 days / 4 nights (Daily operation) 474 n/a
Single Supplement 60% 60%
OPTIONALS / SPECIALS (Min. 2 pax)
Each One Way Air Ticket(1) to Coca, including ground transfer from Airport to Yachana (Or viceversa) 105
01 night accommodation at Quito (pre/post package) with breakfast & taxes + 2 Airport transfers AIRPORT AREA HOSTERY 3*** (Double/Triple) 59
01 night accommodation at Quito (pre/post package) with breakfast & taxes + 2 Airport transfers QUITO NORTH DISTRICT HOTEL 4**** (Double/Triple) 118
(1) Apply Airline conditions

ALL OF OUR YOGA TOURS INCLUDE:

• Bilingual specialized and qualified instructors

• Daily Practices and Conferences

• First class EcoLodge

• Facilities and unforgettable atmosphere

• Vegetarian food including liquids

• Ground Transportation Quito – Yachana – Quito

• Taxes included

• Accommodation double / triple basis

• 3 daily meals; beverages with breakfast, lunch & dinner

• River transport for visits and activities, by motor canoe

• Guided excursions with bilingual guides

• Rubber boots, rain ponchos and lifejackets

• 10% donation to the Yachana Foundation to support its education and conservation programs in the Amazon

• Complimentary 24 hours Wi-Fi in room

• Unlimited ozonized water

• Admissions and Entrance Fees

CHILDS POLICY

• No children under 17 years of age will be accepted at scheduled departures.

• Childs of any age will be accepted only in case of compact groups (minimum 10 pax)

RESERVATION POLICY

• 50% deposit to be received within 7 days of our confirmation.

• Balance must be paid 15 days prior to beginning of services.

CANCELATION POLICY

• Notifications received 121 days in advance, no charges.

• Notifications received from 120 to 31 days in advance, will be charged 25%

• Notifications received from 30 to 15 days in advance, will be charged 50%.

• Notifications received from 14 to 0 days, 100% penalty.

NOT INCLUDED:

• Lunches at Baeza (On route), Alcoholic / bottled beverages, Tips, Laundry, Travel Insurance

NOTES:

*Please be aware that Yachana cannot guarantee that you will see wildlife because of the unpredictable nature of animals and due to the fact that the area around the Lodge has been impacted by human presence. Lodge activities may vary in order or due to weather conditions but rest assured your guide will do everything possible to maintain the established itinerary whenever possible.

*For groups of minimum 10 pax we offer daily operation

*Instructors in collaboration with: http://www.yogapuramente.com/

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