*Welcome to Yachana

Our name means “a place for learning” in the indigenous Kichwa language.

Yachana consists of 3 units:

a) Yachana Foundation

b) Yachana Lodge

c) Yachana Reserve

Yachana Foundation is located in Quito while Yachana Reserve and Yachana Training Center are located at the Amazonia, a beautiful place located on a bluff overlooking the Napo River within our Protected Reserve of 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) in the Napo Province of Ecuador.

Yachana Training Center is the tourism arm of the Yachana Foundation and actually receive tourists to help support the social efforts of the foundation.

The income from the Training Center has helped Yachana Foundation reach many of its project goals.

The Old Yachana Lodge inspired the path


The first thing you realize when arriving at Yachana  is the amazing views of the Napo River that snakes through the valley below the installations. During the evening hours the sun sets over the western horizon where the Amazon Rainforest  meets Ecuador’s Andes Mountains. On clear days the peaks of five volcanoes can be clearly seen on the horizon, as you peer out over the dense jungle from your cabin porch. 



Yachana Training Center Hotel-School was constructed within international guidelines of sustainable development.

The fundamental design of Yachana is one of ecological and environmental consciousness.

The on-going mission of the Yachana Training Center Hotel School is a commit to sustainable tourism and best practices that cover environmental, social, economic and cultural aspects of lodge operations.

Yachana was built by hand using local materials and local labor.

Today continues to employee local staff from adjacent communities or from the Yachana Foundation educational programs.

This helps to support local business practices and provides tangible benefits to the local communities.

Vegetables, fruits, fresh herbs and meats for meals are procured from local farms or in nearby villages.

Other sustainable efforts include ozone system for treating drinking water, LED lights and more.

What the experts says

“Many many thanks for having allowed me to experience the amazon by Yachana sides. Your name doesn’t lie, it was a stay full of learnings!! As far as from now (50 hotels and lodges visited from Mexico to Ecuador), I believe that you are my best example of sustainable tourism!!”
Florie Thielin


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