More than 15 years working with young amazon people
INTEGRATIONAL AND INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGE
DAY 1.- QUITO – JUNGLE: Early in the morning (06h00) departure by bus for driving 228 kilometers (141 miles) to Yachana by a 99% asphalt road crossing by the Oriental Sierra and descending later to the amazing Amazonia. If time permits, you will see the spectacular Antisana Volcano 5,753 meters high. Will stop at Hollin Cascade. You will be received at Yachana with a warm welcome from our native staff that will serve you a refreshing beverage and snack while you are introduced to the facilities. After lunch, your guide will take you on a short hike; this hike will take you into the jungle where you will see a giant and beautiful Kapok tree (Ceibo). Your guide will surprise you explaining a lot of things 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. Dinner is served between 7:00 – 7:30 PM. After dinner will have a meeting with young natives around a fire for knowing ones with others and exchanging experiences of both worlds. Of course, myths, legends and traditions will be our special guests tonight.
DAY 2.- JUNGLE: You will start your day early by participating in a bird watching excursion along the way. If we are lucky will see also monkeys. Return to Yachana and after a traditional breakfast from the Amazon, our native guides will explain what they understand for Sustainability, Conservation and Biodiversity. At the same time you will see some of the new applied technology at the Yachana Training Center: Aquaphonics, Banana Circle, Ozone Water, Composting Toilets, etc. Lunch. 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. Diner. At night will learn how to make handicrafts using local materials from the rainforest. Everything you make will be your trophy and a nice souvenir to take home.
DAY 3.- JUNGLE: After breakfast, you will onboard on our ranchera to go to a local farm where you can see and harvest some many products you have probably never seen or prepared before. You will be part of a culinary activity fixing your own typical lunch from the amazon under the supervision of our chef. This activity was named by the National Geographic as “The Lost Food of the Amazon”. Lunch. In the afternoon you will get on board on our ranchera 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 are lucky you will see a lot of parrots!! Dinner will be served at 7pm. After dinner 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 4.- JUNGLE – QUITO: After breakfast, 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 hunting using a typical blowgun and spear. This is a wonderful cultural activity to know a local family and learn more about the kichwa tradition and way of living. Return to Yachana for lunch. Time to say bye to your new amazon Friends while boarding the bus to take back to Quito.
Investment and General Conditions
|PRICE PER PERSON, in USD||YACHANA TRAINING CENTER||YACHANA LODGE|
|4 days – 3 nights (Mínimum 20 pax)||399||561|
|OPTIONAL / ADDITIONAL: one way air ticket|
|Including transfer at Coca Airport||115||115|
• Touristic bus from/to Quito
• Full board, begining with lunch of the first day and ending with the lunch of the last day.
• Lodging based:
***Yachana Training Center: cuádruple/triple: 2 bungalows with 4 rooms each one. Each room with private bath and 2 bunk beds. Total capacity: 32 pax. (There is also posible to use aditional camp tents, sharing facilities).
***Yachana Lodge: double/triple: 14 independent cabins with private bathroom. Total capacity 32 pax.
• Native Guide from/to Quito
• Unlimited ozonized water
• Unlimited WiFi at dinning hall and reception of the Lodge.
• Every kind of transportation for visits, excursions and activities.
• Rain poncho, rubber boots and life jackets
• Biodegradable soap and shampoo
• Taxes and admission fees.
• Personal belongings (Lantern, towel, solar protection, Travel Insurance, etc.)
• Bottled beverages and laundry
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* NOTE: *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.
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