Our name, Yachana, means “a place for learning” in the indigenous Kichwa language.
The concept of Yachana has been operating since 1995.
The original lodge operated for seventeen years across and up the Napo River in the community of Mondaña.
In 2012 this infrastructure was sold to the Canadian foundation, Free The Children giving them a ready-location to operate in the Amazon.
The new Yachana Lodge culminated in its opening, fall of 2013; the new lodge construction is located within the 2500-acre (1000 hectare) reserve of the foundation.
Nestled in the forest, it offered serenity and beauty coupled with spectacular views of the forest and Napo River.
In 2018 this infraestructure was also sold to a private investor because the Yachana Foundation wants to concentrate and focus on the new projects at the Yachana Training Center, wich will also apply the concept of “Geotourism” to continue helping to discover to visitors the hidden secrets of the Amazonia acummulated through so many years of experience in tourism segment.
For over 23 years the Yachana Foundation has created many opportunities through its work in education, conservation, ecotourism and health care along with its countless community development initiatives.
Building our History
These pictures can give you and idea of the beginning of Yachana Lodge and Yachana Foundation. (Click the pictures to enlarge)
For over 25 years the Yachana Foundation has created many opportunities through its work in education, conservation, ecotourism and health care along with its countless community development initiatives. Our success is measured in the number of people we have helped to improve their health, education, and incomes while at the same time providing tourists with a unique exposure to the Amazon rainforest.