Hakuna Matata Lodge

Hakuna Matata Amazon Lodge in Ecuador

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A unique spot for pleasure-lovers. In the heart of Ecuador, off the beaten tourist paths, you will find a place where nothing is obligatory, but everything is possible! From absolute relaxation to total adrenaline.

At  only  10  km  from  Tena,  capital  of  the  absolutely  safe  Napo  Province,  this  private  hacienda  of approximately  150  ha  is  the  perfect  place  to  enjoy  to  the  fullest  a  never-ending  series  of  activities, which this area lends itself to more than any other. Hakuna Matata lies on the shores of the crystal-clear Inchillaqui River, at an altitude between 1968 and 2789 feet, which makes it free of all tropical diseases.

We  contrast  with  all  other  destinations  in  the  Amazon  because  of  our  dedication  to  real ecotourism (the property itself and selected excursions), respect for our employees, culture, nature conservation and improvement (reforestation, etc).We  also  offer  a  personal  service,  high-quality  accommodation,  superior  meals,  unique activities and excursions. Hakuna Matata has a unique swimming pool, for guests only. Warm spring water (about 77° F / 25° C) flows into the 88 feet long and 72 feet wide pool night and day. With a depth ranging from 1 to 7 feet the pool is great for swimming, diving or just splashing around. From the pool, there is a spectacular view of the Llanganati mountains. Deck chairs nearby hammocks and a massage bench are perfect spots for relaxing.

Cabañas  Hakuna  Matata’,  ‘Hakuna  Lodge’ and  ‘Hakuna  Supreme’  offer  you  spacious rooms  with  hot  shower  and  toilet.  Excellent mattresses  and  a  mosquito-free  stay guarantee you the rest you deserve!

Our  famous  restaurant  ‘Pangaea’  serves absolutely  delicious  meals  from  all  corners of the world. You will be pampered with top- quality products. The  bar  offers  soft  drinks,  fresh  juices, cocktails  and  beers.  Our  liqueur  and  wine selection is truly unique in Ecuador! Hygiene  and  freshness  are  Hakuna  Matata’s priorities. Salads and ice cubes are no longer taboo here!

In the middle of the beautiful flora and fauna on our property, you can go for a walk, with or without a guide and ride a horse. All activities are adapted to the interests and possibilities of our guests. The  crystal-clear  water  of  the  unpolluted  Inchillaqui  River  and  the  white  sand  beach guarantee you that real relaxation is no longer an illusion. Feel free to enjoy!
In  the  immediate  proximity  of  your  cabaña  and  the  beach,  you  will  find  Pre-columbian petroglives. Age-old tools and potsherds are regularly found on our property. Even anthropologists, biologists and ornithologists have lost their hearts in Hakuna Matata.  We  offer  several  kinds  of  jungle  trips:  compact  and  interesting  daytrips,  as  well  as customized adventure trips of several days. Our location near the Amazon, professional multilingual guides from the region and our motivation to offer added value, allows us to offer you a wide range of possibilities to discover and enjoy the flora, fauna, culture and adventure you have been looking for.

We work together with the organizer of the 2005 rafting world championship, for both rafting and kayaking. Our  specialized  guides  organize unforgettable  canyoning  trips,  and  unique ULM flights over the Amazon.


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Hakuna Matata Classic "3N/4D"

Hakuna Classic

Less than 125 miles away from Quito you will find our homelike Lodge nested in a lush surrounding including a tropical garden and a private protected forest and beach on the river. Due to the short distance to Ecuador’s capital you are able to enjoy a complete jungle experience, but in a classy way – our unique location at about 2,000 feet above sea level means there are no tropical diseases and no mosquitoes – ideal terms for a family trip with kids or for your first journey to the jungle.

This program offers you a superb time with the highlights of the Amazon rainforest – wildlife, plants, rivers and culture – “Experience the Luxury of Nature”. Hakuna Matata Wildlife

Day 1: Arrival – Journey to the Amazon Rainforest – Leisure or optional activities (D)

Hakuna Matata ClassicWithin 3 hours from Quito you will arrive in our exclusive Lodge. During  your  drive  you will  notice  how the vegetation  changes from the landscape of the Andes into the rainforest. After passing the  gate to the  Amazon  Rainforest  you will  be in a mountain jungle paradise – Hakuna Matata is your private hideaway in the tropical forest. During your trip you came closer to sea level by about 7,200 feet and are located on about 2,000 feet now. There are different options to reach our Lodge, you can take a public bus or order a private transfer. If you choose the last one you will have the option to stop at the hot springs of Papallacta to relax in these famous thermal waters (optional, entrance fee not included).

If you decide to skip the rest in the hot waters and arrive early in our jungle paradise you can add a tour by foot or by horse in the afternoon to your free day. If you decide on horseback riding you will  choose  one  of  the  hotel  owned  horses  and  take  a  tour through the forest and rivers. If you rather take a walk you can explore the area on different hiking paths. Your guide will explain the flora and fauna and share ancestral information about plants that are used for medical  reasons. However,  you can also participate  in our chocolate  tour (all tours are optional, please let us know if you want to add this tour to your program when booking).

If you arrive in the afternoon at the lodge or just want to spend the day without program, enjoying our lodge, go right ahead – the adventure can start now! You can begin exploring our 300 acre private reserve where you will find a private white sand beach by the Inchillaqui River, a tropical garden, a protected forest which belongs to the Lodge and a palm shaped pool which has a length of 88 feet and is 72 feet wide – only mosquitoes will be hard to stop! In the evening you will enjoy a delicious 3 course gourmet meal in an exclusive atmosphere surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.

Day 2: Local market in Tena – Canoe Tour – Jungle Walk – Animal Rescue Center “AmaZOOnico” – Indigenous Community (B/L/D)

Hakuna Matata hourseYou will start your day with a well balances breakfast, containing homemade bread, eggs, coffee, and fruit or granola.  Afterwards  you and your guide will enter the largest rainforest of the world – the Amazon Rainforest. You will drive to the provincial capital Tena to discover the local marked with its specialties. You will find exotic and domestic fruits and vegetables like mangos, bananas, yucca or guayusa. You will have the possibility to try various products, like the Chontacuro-worm  which is a culinary specialty in this area – they are offered from the bbq or alive – dare yourself! The guayusa leaves are used to prepare tea and are known for their ability to constrain hunger. You will get to know the leaves “hojas de bijao” better this afternoon, but feel free to buy them for your
own use. Additionally you can find “sangre de drago” – Dragon blood, a liquid extracted from trees bark that is used for curing wounds, stomach ulcers and devitalize germs and fungi in many South American countries.

After this first experience you will continue to your second stop, the  wide  and  formidable  Napo  River.  In  this  region  it  is  only possible to move along with a canoe, so that's what you will do! After the ride you will start to hike through the jungle and the protected forest “Selva Viva” for about 2 hours. During that time your guide will explain you the world of insects and the flora of the area whereat you will see impressive uniqueness like the strangler fig that is wrapping around trees to then kill them, the walking palm that moves up to 4 inches a year, the ceiba which is the giant of jungle trees and has impressive buttress roots or the lemon ants which can be part of your meal, if you like.

Now that you have learned about the flora, the fauna will follow. Therefore your guide will bring you to the “AmaZOOnico”, a rehabilitation center for rescued animals. Here you will be able to spot different kinds of monkeys, parrots, toucans, tapirs, ocelots, anteaters, anacondas and many more. Afterwards you will be back in your canoe in search for a quiet place to have a picnic lunch on the banks of the river. You will enjoy a typical jungle lunch, Maito,
which is rice and chicken wrapped in the leaves “hoja de bijao”. Also you will have a variety of fruit with it.

Strengthened  by  this  delicious  and wholesome  meal, you will continue  your adventure  and visit an indigenous  family that is part of the “Quichuas” tribe. You will get to know them in their urban settlement and see how and where they live their everyday life. Due to that you will get to know the traditions and customs of the tribe, witness how and help to make “chicha”, a typical drink,  and  try  it  afterwards.  After  this  refreshment  you  will explore the vegetable garden, test your skills at the blow gun and fade out your trip in a marsh to watch out for the hoatzin bird. After all these exciting experiences you will return to the Lodge and enjoy your 3 course dinner in the special atmosphere of the jungle again.

Day 3 or 4 (Day of departure): Leisure – Optional activities at the lodge – Departure (B)

Hakuna Matata PoolToday your time in Hakuna Matata Lodge comes to an end. After enjoying breakfast you still have time to take part in a Chocolate Tour (optional, not included). You will learn to produce chocolate from the bean to the bar, starting with the pure fruit, the cocoa beans and ending up with the brown gold. You could also use your time differently and relax at the pool, in a hammock or just keep exploring the area. When you head out of the Lodge you
have two options,  either you go back on the same road to Quito or you drive back to the Andes on an alternative route to the quaint town of Baños to keep on traveling from there.


 

Day 3 (as extension): Rafting Tour through the Jungle (B/L/D)

Hakuna Matata FoodAfter taking pleasure in a rich and flavorful breakfast again you will have the strength you need for this day full of adrenalin. You will enjoy wild water rafting on the Jatunyacu River. On this 15.5 miles route with a level of 3 / 3+ you, as a beginner or advanced rafter, will enjoy the ride. Given that you will be introduced to paddling,   behavior   on   board   and   safety   instructions   by   a professional team, there is no previous knowledge needed. In the language of the Quichuas the name of the river means “big water” which indicates the waves and rapids that will bring us a jubilant day! But don't worry, there will be time for recovery in the natural pools and throughout your journey you can enjoy the landscape of the jungle – on clear days you might even see the mountainous landscape of the Andes.
If you desire a little bit more tranquility it is possible to ride on the Anzu River which offers a level 2 / 3 of rafting – ideal for families with kids. On both tours you will have a break to enjoy your lunch on the waterfront in form of a picnic. Afterwards you will hit the water again and drive to your ultimate destination Puerto Napo.

After being back in the lodge you will enjoy a 3 course mean in a special atmosphere again.

The price includes:

  • Accommodation in chosen room category (Cabañas, Lodge, Supreme)
  • Local, Spanish speaking field guide
  • All activities mentioned in the program
  • All entrance fees for activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals (starting with dinner on the day of arrival until breakfast on the day of departure)
  • Use of all lodge facilities, including swimming pool, beach area, hiking trails
  • Rubber boots up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men)
  • Taxes

Rafting extension

  • Internationally certified rafting guide, bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Quality equipment (paddles, helmets, life jackets, spray jackets)
  • Transportation between starting /end point of the rafting and the Lodge with a vehicle.
  • Lunch (picnic), including water and soft drinks.
  • SPOT Satellite Messenger for emergencies.
  • Kayak for safety.
  • First aid kit

The price does not include:

  • Transport from / to Quito or from / to Baños (following prices are for one way tickets)
  • Private transportation with stopover – about 2 hours – in Papallacta
    - 1-3 persons: 120 US$ per vehicle
    - 4-6 persons: 150 US$ per vehicle
    - Private transportation without stopover
    - 1-3 persons: 90 US$ per vehicle
    - 4-6 persons: 120 US$ per vehicle
  • Public bus (approx. 6-8 US$ per person), additionally the costs for the cab drive from Archidona to the Lodge (approx. 5 US$ per cab)
  • Lunch on the day of arrival and day of departure in the Lodge (15 US$ per person)
  • All activities which are not mentioned or are optional
    - Entrance fee hot spring of Papallacta (8 US$ per person)
    - Guided walk through the private Rainforest Reserve (20 US$ per group)
    - Horseback riding through the Jungle (27 US$ per person)
    - Chocolate Tour (20 US$ per group)
  • Drinks and meals that are not mentioned
    Personal spending and tip

Packing List:

  • Passport and copies
  • Personal medications
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera equipment (including memory card, cables and batteries)
  • Fast drying clothes (Shirts and shorts; for the evenings and mornings you need light colored long-sleeved clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Lightweight raincoat
  • Rubber boots (up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men) are in the lodge available)
  • Fitting socks for rubber boots
  • Sturdy footgear
  • Sandals / flip-flops / crocs

In addition, for the excursions

  • Daypack
  • Small towel and shirt to change
  • Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Loose change (in small shops it’s only possible to pay with up to 5 dollar bills)

Hakuna Matata Adventure "3N/4D"

Hakuna Adventure

This expedition through the Amazon rainforest is for all the bold, brave, fearless, energetic and venturous people out there! Your adventure in the rain forest is waiting for you! You will enjoy a hike down the Jondachi- Canyon. You will explore caves in the Amazonian lowland – experiences in caving are a benefit, but definitely not a must! All these exciting events are framed by the stay in our comfortable Hakuna Matata Lodge which is located less than 125 miles away from Quito. The Lodge is build amidst the lush Amazonian flora and offers a private beach, 300 acre of private protected forest, a pool shaped as a palm and a tropical garden – all in all a program full of adventure and excitement!

Day 1: Arrival – Journey to the Amazon Rainforest – Leisure or optional activities (D)

Within 3 hours from Quito you will arrive in our exclusive Lodge. During  your  drive  you will  notice  how  the  vegetation  changes from the landscape of the Andes into the rainforest. After passing the  gate  to the  Amazon  Rainforest  you  will  be in a mountain jungle paradise – Hakuna Matata is your private hideaway in the tropical forest. During your trip you came closer to sea level by about 7,200 feet and are located on about 2,000 feet now. There
are different options to reach our Lodge, you can take a public bus or order a private transfer. If you choose the last one you will have the option to stop at the hot springs of Papallacta to relax in these famous thermal waters (optional, entrance fee not included).

If you decide to skip the rest in the hot waters and arrive early in our jungle paradise you can add a tour by foot or by horse in the afternoon to your free day. If you decide on horseback riding you will  choose  one  of  the  hotel  owned  horses  and  take  a  tour through the forest and rivers. If you rather take a walk you can explore the area on different hiking paths. Your guide will explain the flora and fauna and share ancestral information about plants
that are used for medical  reasons. However,  you can also participate  in our chocolate  tour (all tours are optional, please let us know if you want to add this tour to your program when booking).

If you arrive in the afternoon at the lodge or just want to spend the day without program, enjoying our lodge, go right ahead – the adventure can start now! You can begin exploring our 300 acre private reserve where you will find a private white sand beach by the Inchillaqui River, a tropical garden, a protected forest which belongs to the Lodge and a palm shaped pool which has a length of 88 feet and is 72 feet wide – only mosquitoes will be hard to stop!

In the evening you will enjoy a delicious 3 course gourmet meal in an exclusive atmosphere surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.

Day 2: Jondachi Canyon Hike – Caving (B/L/D)

Hsakuna Matata Hourse rideYou will start your day with a balanced breakfast with homemade bread, eggs, coffee and fruits or granola. Energized by a good night sleep and a nutritious breakfast, you will be picked up around 9 am and start your drive from the Lodge to the “Gran Cañón del Jondachi” which is found in the Sumaco Reserve. In this enchanted place there are a lot of rivers which descend from the Sumaco volcano, as example the big Jondachi River or its branch, the Hollin River. The intricate trail will lead you to an old-growth forest, then passing by the edge of the canyon to next bypass a confluent stream of the big Jondachi River. On this 1.5 hour hike you will see lots of small birds, waterfalls and vegetation that is influenced by the volcanoes and is only found around here.

When you arrived in the lowest part of the canyon you will see a setting that you have never seen before: huge, natural pools that are  fed  by  many  different  small  waterfalls,  surrounded  by periwinkle vegetation. Now you have time to relax,  enjoy the silence  and  enjoy  a  delicious  snack  surrounded  by  this  idyllic setting. If you want to refresh yourself, just jump off some little rocks into the water!
But you also can be more adventurous and climb up the waterfall and explore a small cave!

On your way out of the canyon  you are passing the impressive Jondachi River with its smoothen giant stones. When you arrive in Mondayacu you will continue until you reach the “Cavernas Templo de Ceremonias”. When you are there you will enjoy your delicious lunch before the adventure begins. Equipped with helmets and headlamps you are ready to start! The dark, partly narrow caves are inhabited  with  small  critters  like  bats,  fireflies  and  spiders…all waiting for you.

Now  you  can  choose  between  two  chalk-caves:  either  you discover the cave “Templo de Ceremonia” or the “Cueva de Elefante”. If you decide for the first one, you will be underground for about 30 minutes. This cave provides a lot of space and is comparatively easy to walk-on – in the most parts you are able to walk standing up, only in one part you have to crawl. Due to the packing list, that you read beforehand, you are dressed to get wet
and dirty in the caves. The rewards are stalagmites and stalactites! To exit the cave you will mobilize all your strengths and climb up a rock wall some feet. In case that is nothing for you, you are welcome to turn around and walk back out the way you came in.

Hakuna MatataIf you decide for the second cave, you will be underground  for about 45 minutes. This cave is a so called “water cave” and has narrow aisles, cracks, small steps, belly deep water pools and even some sections where walking is not possible and you have to crawl. The highlights  of this cave are the reliefs on the walls and the fragile   formations   of   stalactites.   If   it   was   raining   heavily beforehand, it is only possible to visit the first cave.

After exploring the caves, your guide shows you a rock-labyrinth close by and on a short walk you will discover the giant ceiba tree, the walking palm, a liana which is classified in the family of ayahuasca and the tree from which “sangre de drago” is made. In a lot of South American countries this is used to heal wounds or
fight germs and fungi.

 

Day 3 or 4 (Day of departure): Leisure – Optional activities at the lodge – Departure (B)

Hakuna MatataToday your time in Hakuna Matata Lodge comes to an end. After enjoying breakfast you still have time to take part in a Chocolate Tour (optional, not included). You will learn to produce chocolate from the bean to the bar, starting with the pure fruit, the cocoa beans and ending up with the brown gold. You could also use your time differently and relax at the pool, in a hammock or just keep exploring the area. When you head out of the Lodge you have two
options, either you go back on the same road to Quito or you drive back to the Andes on an alternative route to the quaint town of Baños to keep on traveling from there.

Day 3 (as extension): Rafting Tour through the Jungle (B/L/D)

Hakuna MatataAfter taking pleasure in a rich and flavorful breakfast again you will have the strength you need for this day full of adrenalin. You will enjoy wild water rafting on the Jatunyacu River. On this 15.5 miles route with a level of 3 / 3+ you, as a beginner or advanced rafter, will enjoy the ride. Given that you will be introduced to paddling, behavior on board and safety instructions by a professional team, there is no previous knowledge needed.

In the language of the Quichuas the name of the river means “big water” which indicates the waves and rapids that will bring us a jubilant day! But don't worry, there will be time for recovery in the natural pools and throughout your journey you can enjoy the landscape of the jungle – on clear days you might even see the mountainous landscape of the Andes.

If you desire a little bit more tranquility it is possible to ride on the Anzu River which offers a level 2 / 3 of rafting – ideal for families with kids. On both tours you will have a break to enjoy your lunch on the waterfront in form of a picnic. Afterwards you will hit the water again and drive to your ultimate destination Puerto Napo.

After being back in the lodge you will enjoy a 3 course mean in a special atmosphere again.

The price includes:

  • Accommodation in chosen room category (Cabañas, Lodge, Supreme)
  • Local, Spanish speaking field guide
  • All activities mentioned in the program
  • All entrance fees for activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals (starting with dinner on the day of arrival until breakfast on the day of departure)
  • Use of all lodge facilities, including swimming pool, beach area, hiking trails
  • Rubber boots up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men)
  • Taxes

The price does not include:

  • Transport from / to Quito or from / to Baños (following prices are for one way tickets)
  • Private transportation with stopover – about 2 hours – in Papallacta
    - 1-3 persons: 120 US$ per vehicle
    - 4-6 persons: 150 US$ per vehicle
    - Private transportation without stopover
    - 1-3 persons: 90 US$ per vehicle
    - 4-6 persons: 120 US$ per vehicle
  • Public bus (approx. 6-8 US$ per person), additionally the costs for the cab drive from Archidona to the Lodge (approx. 5 US$ per cab)
  • Lunch on the day of arrival and day of departure in the Lodge (15 US$ per person)
  • All activities which are not mentioned or are optional
    - Entrance fee hot spring of Papallacta (8 US$ per person)
    - Guided walk through the private Rainforest Reserve (20 US$ per group)
    - Horseback riding through the Jungle (27 US$ per person)
    - Chocolate Tour (20 US$ per group)
  • Drinks and meals that are not mentioned
    Personal spending and tip

Packing List:

  • Passport and copies
  • Personal medications
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera equipment (including memory card, cables and batteries)
  • Fast drying clothes (Shirts and shorts; for the evenings and mornings you need light colored long-sleeved clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Lightweight raincoat
  • Rubber boots (up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men) are in the lodge available)
  • Fitting socks for rubber boots
  • Sturdy footgear
  • Sandals / flip-flops / crocs

In addition, for the excursions

  • Daypack
  • Small towel and shirt to change
  • Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars
  • Water bottle
  • Insect repellent
  • Loose change (in small shops it’s only possible to pay with up to 5 dollar bills)

Hakuna Matata Explorer "3N/4D"

Hakuna Explorer

Experience unforgettable days of adventures off the beaten track. Explore culture, animals and plants of the rainforest and engage yourself in an undiscovered world of a rainforest community. All of that you find less than 125 miles away from Quito in our comfortable Lodge on a spacious terrain including a tropical garden and a private protected forest and beach on the river.

The short distance to Ecuador´s capital is one of the reasons you can enjoy the complete jungle experience in a relaxed way including some advantages – due to the location at about 2,000 feet above sea level there are no tropical diseases and no mosquitoes – ideal terms for a stay in the jungle. This program offers you a remarkable experience of ancestral cultures and the highlights of the Amazon jungle.

Day 1: Arrival – Journey to the Amazon Rainforest – Leisure or optional activities (D)

Hakuna MatataWithin 3 hours from Quito you will arrive in our exclusive Lodge. During  your  drive  you will  notice  how the vegetation  changes from the landscape of the Andes into the rainforest. After passing the  gate  to the  Amazon  Rainforest  you will  be in a mountain jungle paradise – Hakuna Matata is your private hideaway in the tropical forest. During your trip you came closer to sea level by about 7,200 feet and are located on about 2,000 feet now. There are different options to reach our Lodge, you can take a public bus or order a private transfer. If you choose the last one you will have the option to stop at the hot springs of Papallacta to relax in these famous thermal waters (optional, entrance fee not included).

If you decide to skip the rest in the hot waters and arrive early in our jungle paradise you can add a tour by foot or by horse in the afternoon to your free day. If you decide on horseback riding you will  choose  one  of  the  hotel  owned  horses  and  take  a  tour through the forest and rivers. If you rather take a walk you can explore the area on different hiking paths. Your guide will explain the flora and fauna and share ancestral information about plants that are used for medical  reasons. However,  you can also participate  in our chocolate  tour (all tours are optional, please let us know if you want to add this tour to your program when booking). Spot!
 
If you arrive in the afternoon at the lodge or just want to spend the day without program, enjoying our lodge, go right ahead – the adventure can start now! You can begin exploring our 300 acre private reserve where you will find a private white sand beach by the Inchillaqui River, a tropical garden, a protected forest which belongs to the Lodge and a palm shaped pool which has a length of 88 feet and is 72 feet wide – only mosquitoes will be hard to

In the evening you will enjoy a delicious 3 course gourmet meal in an exclusive atmosphere surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.

Day 2: Canoe Tour – Parrot Clay Lick – Breakfast in an indigenous Community – Jungle Walk – Monkeys at

HakunaMatata LodgeAfter an early wake up you will leave the Lodge with your guide at 5.30 am to enjoy a day filled with adventures and experiences. You will  drive  to the calm  and small  Arajuno  River  which  is a branch of the huge Napo River, here you will board your canoe. The Arajuno River winds its way through the forest, passing high shores abundantly covered with vegetation. While watching birds you  will  realize  how  calm  and  little  sailed  the  river  is.  The
magnificence of birds will stun you – you will discover egrets, red-rumped cacique, tangaras and more species.

After landing with your canoe there will be a short walk to the salt lick which attracts birds. It is recommended to bring binoculars to better  observe  the  landing  of  the  birds  on  the  trees  and afterwards their way to the salt lick. There are a lot of parrots and parakeets, mostly the dusky-headed parakeet. You might be lucky and also see free living monkeys, but don't wonder about their noises that might fright away the birds. In case of rain your guide
will decide how to change the program and might switch around some points of the program.

Once you’ve had your fill of bird watching, your guide will lead you to the next station, the indigenous community Santa Barbara with
23 families who are adding up to 120 inhabitants. The leader of the  community  will  greet  you  and  introduce  you  to  some traditions and customs, including the production of “chicha”, a traditional drink that is up for tasting when it is done. Surely you are hungry by now and for that reason there will be a rarity for
you – you will join an original buffet of the rainforest with the community.

There will be carachama and bagre – both from the family of the catfish, bocachico – a fish from the salmon family, barbequed chontacuro-worms (optional) – a specialty in the region, yucca, maduro-bananas, salad from hearts of palm, tea from the guayusa leaves which is known for its ability to constrain hunger, fruits and cocoa.  All  of  the  above  is  harvested  or  caught  freshly  and prepared  for  you  on  the  spot  –  enjoy  this  once  in  a lifetime
experience! In case you do not feel filled up already the guide carries some sandwiches and fruits – also for the case if you feel a little bit hungry early in the morning.

Strengthened  by this wholesome  and organic meal, you will be able to immerse deeper into the culture of the community, typical dances will be performed by kids for you and you can test your skills at the blow gun as well as the javelin. During a short walk afterwards you will see the ceiba which is the giant of jungle trees and has impressive buttress roots before you have the opportunity to  buy  some  handicrafts  made  by  the  community.  The  sales
revenue will go all into the community cash point which is used to buy canoe parts, pens, cloth or other objects for the community.

Hakuna MatataAfter a short farewell by the mayor of the community you will head to the 6,200 acre big Jatun Sacha Reserve. This amazing protected area consists of tropical rain forest in which again you will discover new flora and fauna, like bamboo, the walking palm which moves up to 4 inches a year and the pampil palm which you already held in your hands today, in form of the 3.2 feet long blow
gun.

About 1.5 hours later you will be back in your canoe to get to the car which drives you to the little town Misahualli where you will eat a typical “almuerzo” – lunch – before you can take a walk to the beach to be greeted by many capuchin monkeys. At around 3 pm you will be back at the Lodge to take pleasure in relaxing at the pool or in a hammock with a cocktail or keep on exploring the area. In the evening another 3 course meal is waiting for you which you can enjoy in the special atmosphere of the jungle.

Day 3 or 4 (Day of departure): Leisure – Optional activities at the lodge – Departure (B)

Hakuna MatataToday your time in Hakuna Matata Lodge comes to an end. After enjoying breakfast you still have time to take part in a Chocolate Tour (optional, not included). You will learn to produce chocolate from the bean to the bar, starting with the pure fruit, the cocoa beans and ending up with the brown gold. You could also use your time differently and relax at the pool, in a hammock or just keep exploring the area. When you head out of the Lodge you
have two options,  either you go back on the same road to Quito or you drive back to the Andes on an alternative route to the quaint town of Baños to keep on traveling from there.

Day 3 (as extension): Rafting Tour through the Jungle (B/L/D)

Hakuna MatataAfter taking pleasure in a rich and flavorful breakfast again you will have the strength you need for this day full of adrenalin. You will enjoy wild water rafting on the Jatunyacu River. On this 15.5 miles route with a level of 3 / 3+ you, as a beginner or advanced rafter, will enjoy the ride. Given that you will be introduced to paddling, behavior on board and safety instructions by a professional team, there is no previous knowledge  needed. In the language of the
Quichuas the name of the river means “big water” which indicates the waves and rapids that will bring us a jubilant day! But don't worry, there will be time for recovery in the natural pools and throughout your journey you can enjoy the landscape of the jungle – on clear days you might even see the mountainous landscape of the Andes.

If you desire a little bit more tranquility it is possible to ride on the Anzu River which offers a level 2 / 3 of rafting – ideal for families with kids. On both tours you will have a break to enjoy your lunch on the waterfront in form of a picnic. Afterwards you will hit the water again and drive to your ultimate destination Puerto Napo.
After being back in the lodge you will enjoy a 3 course mean in a special atmosphere again.

The price includes:

  • Accommodation in chosen room category (Cabañas, Lodge, Supreme)
  • Local, Spanish speaking field guide
  • All activities mentioned in the program
  • All entrance fees for activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals (starting with dinner on the day of arrival until breakfast on the day of departure)
  • Use of all lodge facilities, including swimming pool, beach area, hiking trails
  • Rubber boots up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men)
  • Taxes

Rafting extension

  • Internationally certified rafting guide, bilingual (Spanish and English)
  • Quality equipment (paddles, helmets, life jackets, spray jackets)
  • Transportation between starting /end point of the rafting and the Lodge with a vehicle
  • Lunch (picnic), including water and soft drinks
  • SPOT Satellite Messenger for emergencies
  • Kayak for safety
  • First aid kit

The price does not include:

Transport from / to Quito or from / to Baños (following prices are for one way tickets)

* Private transportation with stopover – about 2 hours – in Papallacta
* 1-3 persons: 120 US$ per vehicle
* 4-6 persons: 150 US$ per vehicle

- Private transportation without stopover
* 1-3 persons: 90 US$ per vehicle
* 4-6 persons: 120 US$ per vehicle

- Public bus (approx. 6-8 US$ per person), additionally the costs for the cab drive from Archidona to the Lodge (approx. 5 US$ per cab)
Lunch on the day of arrival and day of departure in the Lodge (approx. 15 US$ per person)
All activities which are not mentioned or are optional
 *Entrance fee hot spring of Papallacta (8 US$ per person)
 *Guided walk through the private Rainforest Reserve (20 US$ per group)
 *Horseback riding through the Jungle (27 US$ per person)
 * Chocolate Tour (20 US$ per group)

- Drinks and meals that are not mentioned
- Personal spending and tip

Packing List:

Passport and copies
Personal medications
Sunscreen
Sun hat
Sunglasses
Camera equipment (including memory card, cables and batteries)
Fast drying clothes (Shirts and shorts; for the evenings and mornings you need light colored long-sleeved clothing)
Swimwear
Lightweight raincoat
Rubber boots (up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men) are in the lodge available)
Fitting socks for rubber boots
Sturdy footgear
Sandals / flip-flops / crocs

In addition, for the excursions

Daypack
Nature colored (green, brown, beige), light cloth
Small towel and shirt to change
Plastic bags to protect cameras, binoculars
Water bottle
Insect repellent
Binoculars for bird watching
Loose change (in small shops it’s only possible to pay with up to 5 dollar bills)

Hakuna Matata Rafting "4D"

Hakuna Matata Rafting

This 4 day program is perfect for outdoor lovers and rafting enthusiasts. You will spend two out of four days paddling the Amazonian headwaters and will sleep one night in a tent in the jungle, sheltered by an indigenous community. To enjoy the rafting tour it doesn't matter if you are a beginner or advanced river hound. All these activities are framed by the stay in our comfortable Lodge that is less than 125 miles away from Quito and that offers you a tropical garden, private beach at the river and protected forest all on a spacious ground. In this trip you will find the perfect combination of a classical jungle tour and a tour full of adrenaline – the perfect alternative for the knowledgeable jungle visitor.

Day 1: Arrival – Journey to the Amazon Rainforest – Leisure or optional activities (D)

Hakuna MatataWithin 3 hours from Quito you will arrive in our exclusive Lodge. During  your  drive  you will  notice  how  the  vegetation  changes from the landscape of the Andes into the rainforest. After passing the  gate  to the  Amazon  Rainforest  you  will  be in a mountain jungle paradise – Hakuna Matata is your private hideaway in the tropical forest. During your trip you came closer to sea level by about 7,200 feet and are located on about 2,000 feet now. There
are different options to reach our Lodge, you can take a public bus or order a private transfer. If you choose the last one you will have the option to stop at the hot springs of Papallacta to relax in these famous thermal waters (optional, entrance fee not included).

If you decide to skip the rest in the hot waters and arrive early in our jungle paradise you can add a tour by foot or by horse in the afternoon to your free day. If you decide on horseback riding you will  choose  one  of  the  hotel  owned  horses  and  take  a  tour through the forest and rivers. If you rather take a walk you can explore the area on different hiking paths. Your guide will explain the flora and fauna and share ancestral information about plants
that are used for medical  reasons. However,  you can also participate  in our chocolate  tour (all tours are optional, please let us know if you want to add this tour to your program when booking).
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If you arrive in the afternoon at the lodge or just want to spend the day without program, enjoying our lodge, go right ahead – the adventure can start now! You can begin exploring our 300 acre private reserve where you will find a private white sand beach by the Inchillaqui River, a tropical garden, a protected forest which belongs to the Lodge and a palm shaped pool which has a length of 88 feet and is 72 feet wide – only mosquitoes will be hard to

In the evening you will enjoy a delicious 3 course gourmet meal in an exclusive atmosphere surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.

Day 2: Start of the Rafting adventure – Fun at the waterfall – Rafting – Camping in an indigenous community

Hakuna Matata HourseYou  will  start  your  day early in the morning with a balanced breakfast with homemade bread, eggs, coffee and fruits or cereal. Afterwards you already have to say goodbye to the Lodge again, but only for the next two days. You will go to the Llanganates National Park and to the Jatunyacu River which flows from the glacier of the Cotopaxi volcano. This river will be your source of fun and excitement for the next days.
After you crossed over the river with the boat you mastered your first adventure. Then, you will take a walk along the Iany River until you reach a hidden waterfall. Feel free to take a swim, climb up the rocks and then jump into the refreshing water, glide on the natural slides through the smooth rocks or just relax in the natural pools of the river.

Back to your boat, the real rafting adventure can now start! You will get an introduction in safety, behavior on board and how to paddle – now your tour can begin! Typically for a level 3 rafting, there are fast passages and parts where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. After rafting for about 45 minutes you will reach a river crossing. There, on the waterside of the Iluachin River at a
white sand beach you will enjoy your lunch.

Recovered and re-energized like this you will keep on going for 30 minutes on the wild water river until you reach the community of the  Shandia  who  are  settled  right  by  the  river  bank.  Before setting up camp there will be time to change cloth and get warm. Then it is time to light a campfire and you have a typical dinner with  the  community
– enjoy this special evening.  During  a  traditional  dance  performance  you  get  the chance for a cultural exchange and to see the habits and customs of the jungle folk. At the end of the day you will fall into a deep and recovering sleep, surrounded by the sounds of the rainforest.

Day 3: Indigenous community – Rafting-Tour through the jungle – Returning to the Lodge (B/L/D)

Hakuna MatataAfter a deep rest you will wake up in the morning and have breakfast with the community again. Now that you are ready to start your day right you will discover the garden full of organic jungle produce, called “chacra”. You will find papayas, sweet potatoes  and cocoa, to only name a few. Afterwards  they will show you the process of making chocolate.
After this culinary highlight you will go back to your original cause of the trip – rafting. Your second day will be the main part on the water and when you finished the whole tour, you will have left 25 miles behind you. In the language of the Quichuas the name of the river means “big water” which probably  results from the rapids that you will experience today – but don't worry, there are also slow and calm parts, where you can enjoy the landscape of the
jungle and on a clear day, even the mountainous landscape, of the Andes.

During a short lunch break after about 2 hours you will enjoy a picnic on the waterside of the river before you jump into the boat again to fight the waves on the second part of the trip today. After
2 hours more your will arrive in Misahualli, a little village in the jungle. There you will be welcomed by capuchin monkeys and can witness how two rivers become one, the Jatunyacu River and the Misahualli River. After changing into dry clothes and relaxing for a
bit you will drive back to the Lodge where your 3 course dinner is already waiting for you.

Day 4: Leisure – Optional activities at the lodge – Departure (B)

Hakuna MatataToday your time in Hakuna Matata Lodge comes to an end. After enjoying breakfast you still have time to take part in a Chocolate Tour (optional, not included). You will learn to produce chocolate from the bean to the bar, starting with the pure fruit, the cocoa beans and ending up with the brown gold. You could also use your time differently and relax at the pool, in a hammock or just keep exploring the area. When you head out of the Lodge you have two
options, either you go back on the same road to Quito or you drive back to the Andes on an alternative route to the quaint town of Baños to keep on traveling from there.

The price includes:

Accommodation in chosen room category (Cabañas, Lodge, Supreme)
Local, Spanish speaking field guide
All activities mentioned in the program
All entrance fees for activities mentioned in the itinerary
All meals (starting with dinner on the day of arrival until breakfast on the day of departure)
Use of all lodge facilities, including swimming pool, beach area, hiking trails
Rubber boots up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men)
Taxes

Rafting tour

Night in a shelter tent
International certificated rafting guide, bilingual (Spanish and English)
Quality equipment (paddles, helmets, life jackets, spray jackets)
Transportation between starting /end point of the rafting and the Lodge with a vehicle
Meals: 1x breakfast, 2x lunch (picnic), 1x dinner, as well as water and soft drinks
SPOT Satellite Messenger for emergencies
Kayak for safety
First aid kit

The price does not include:

Transport from / to Quito or from / to Baños (following prices are for one way tickets)
- Private transportation with stopover – about 2 hours – in Papallacta

*1-3 persons: 120 US$ per vehicle
* 4-6 persons: 150 US$ per vehicle
* Private transportation without stopover
* 1-3 persons: 90 US$ per vehicle
* 4-6 persons: 120 US$ per vehicle

- Public bus (approx. 6-8 US$ per person), additionally the costs for the cab drive from Archidona to the Lodge (approx. 5 US$ per cab)
Lunch on the day of arrival and day of departure in the Lodge (approx. 15 US$ per person)
All activities which are not mentioned or are optional
- Entrance fee hot spring of Papallacta (8 US$ per person)
- Guided walk through the private Rainforest Reserve (20 US$ per group)
- Horseback riding through the Jungle (27 US$ per person)
- Chocolate Tour (20 US$ per group)

Drinks and meals that are not mentioned
Personal spending and tip

Packing List:

Passport and copies
Personal medications
Sunscreen
Sun hat
Sunglasses
Camera equipment (including memory card, cables and batteries)
Fast drying clothes (Shirts and shorts; for the evenings and mornings you need light colored long-sleeved clothing)
Swimwear
Lightweight raincoat
Rubber boots (up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men) are in the lodge available)
Fitting socks for rubber boots
Sturdy footgear
Sandals / flip-flops / crocs

In addition, for the rafting tour

20-liter backpack for all clothing and personal belongings
Sleeping bag, mattress (available for rent)
An extra set of clothes and sleeping clothes
Warm clothes for the evening
Swimsuit and towel
Flashlight and change batteries
Dry Bag – waterproof bag – to keep the items inside dry and safe
Waterproof digital camera
Water bottle
Insect repellent
Some plastic bags (for dirty and / or wet clothes)
Loose change (in small shops it’s only possible to pay with up to 5 dollar bills)

Hakuna Matata Wildlife "8D"

Hakuna Wildlife

This 8 day trip is a combination of comfort and nature. The first two nights you will spend in our homelike lodge not even 125 miles away from the capital of Ecuador. It is nested in a lush surrounding including a tropical garden and a private protected forest and beach on the river. The third day you will discover the highest waterfall of Ecuador and sleep one night in a hotel before, on day four, you will go on a canoe tour through the jungle, paddling the whole time and camp the night in the middle of the rainforest. After that you will spend the next 3 nights in an Ecolodge located in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve from where you can explore the flora and fauna of the reserve on a daily base, either by foot or in your canoe. You will see many plants and animals that you have never seen before and experience an intensive and unique trip to the jungle that will put pictures and memories into your suitcase back home. 

Day 1: Arrival – Journey to the Amazon Rainforest – Leisure or optional activities (D)

Hakuna MatataWithin 3 hours from Quito you will arrive in our exclusive Lodge. During your drive  you will  notice  how the vegetation  changes from the landscape of the Andes into the rainforest. After passing the gate to the Amazon  Rainforest  you will be in a mountain jungle paradise – Hakuna Matata is your private hideaway in the tropical forest. During your trip you came closer to sea level by about 7,200 feet and are located on about 2,000 feet now. There
are different options to reach our Lodge, you can take a public bus or order a private transfer. If you choose the last one you will have the option to stop at the hot springs of Papallacta to relax in these famous thermal waters (optional, entrance fee not included).

If you decide to skip the rest in the hot waters and arrive early in our jungle paradise you can add a tour by foot or by horse in the afternoon to your free day. If you decide on horseback riding you will choose one of the hotel owned horses and take a tour through the forest and rivers. If you rather take a walk you can explore the area on different hiking paths. Your guide will explain the flora and fauna and share ancestral information about plants that are used for medical reasons. However, you can also participate in our chocolate tour (all tours are optional, please let us know if you want to add this tour to your program when booking). spot!
 
If you arrive in the afternoon at the lodge or just want to spend the day without program, enjoying our lodge, go right ahead – the adventure can start now! You can begin exploring our 300 acre private reserve where you will find a private white sand beach by the Inchillaqui River, a tropical garden, a protected forest which belongs to the Lodge and a palm shaped pool which has a length of 88 feet and is 72 feet wide – only mosquitoes will be hard to In the evening you will enjoy a delicious 3 course gourmet meal in an exclusive atmosphere surrounded by the sounds of the jungle.

Day 2: Rafting Tour through the Jungle (B/L/D)

Hakuna MatataAfter taking pleasure in a rich and flavorful breakfast you will have the strength you need for this day full of adrenalin. You will enjoy wild water rafting on the Jatunyacu River. On this 15.5 miles route with a level of 3 / 3+ you, as a beginner or advanced rafter, will enjoy the ride. Given that you will be introduced to paddling, behavior on board and safety instructions by a professional team, there is no previous knowledge needed. In the language of the
Quichuas the name of the river means “big water” which indicates the waves and rapids that will bring us a jubilant day! But don't worry, there will be time for recovery in the natural pools and throughout your journey you can enjoy the landscape of the jungle – on clear days you might even see the mountainous landscape of the Andes.

If you desire a little bit more tranquility it is possible to ride on the Anzu River which offers a level 2 / 3 of rafting – ideal for families with kids. On both tours you will have a break to enjoy your lunch on the waterfront in form of a picnic. Afterwards you will hit the water again and drive to your ultimate destination Puerto Napo.

After being back in the lodge you will enjoy a 3 course mean in a special atmosphere again.

Day 3: Drive to Lago Agrio – San Rafael Waterfall – Leisure (B/L)

San RafaelAfter  strengthen  yourself  with  a  balanced  and  nutritionist breakfast again you have to say good bye to our little lodge and you can begin your trip far into the jungle. Picked up by a car you start heading to your ultimate stop, Lago Agrio, which is a 5 hour drive away. Lago Agrio is the capital of the county Sucumbios and the starting point of your excursion into the great Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve. Lago Agrio was founded by settlers from Loja, a
city in the south of the country and therefore also has the unofficial name “Nueva Loja”. On your way you stop by at the highest waterfall in Ecuador, the “Cascada de San Rafael”. After a short hike about half an hour long, you reach the impressive cascade and see the spindrift splash in all direction. The Quijos River falls down about
500 feet at a cliff – an amazing spectacle. Surrounded by these impressive, periwinkle landscape you can sit down and enjoy your lunchbox while having an amazing view on this kettle like rock formation where the water falls into.

With these images in your mind you will keep on going until you arrive at your hotel in Lago Agrio. After checking in the evening is yours. You are free to choose one of the little restaurants and try a regional specialty, like maito which is steamed rice and fish wrapped in bijao leaves, salad of palm hearts or a meal made out of yuka or the green plantain. Afterwards you have enough time left to prepare yourself for the next days of your travel – not only the temperatures but the humidity will surely help you with that. The temperatures are between 73 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit,  like they have been in our Hakuna Matata Lodge, but the humidity  level rose and is between 95-100%.

Day 4: Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve – Starting the canoe tour – Jungle camping – Night walk (B/L/D)

CuyabenoToday your canoe tour begins! Right after breakfast you will head out to the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve which is named after the river that crosses through the region. The reserve was founded in
1979  and  is  part  of  the  national  program  of  preservation  of

unique places in Ecuador. With its 630,000 acre it is only 10,000 acre smaller than Luxemburg or as big as the land area of Rhode Island. The reserve is framed by the Aguarico River and the San
Miguel River. To reach one of the most speciose areas in Ecuador you will have to take a two hour drive. Then you can discover the unique flora and fauna within the reserve which is inhabited by 5 different indigenous tribes.

After arriving at the river you will switch to your Canadian canoe which you will move forward with the help of a single-bladed paddle and a partner. There will not only be one other person in the canoe with you, but also an extra person who helps you to navigate the boat. During the next 3 hours you will soundlessly float on the river and see incredible landscapes of a primary forest and its inhabitants. A primary forest is a forest which has not be
touched by mankind. Entirely free of the sound of a motor you even have the chance to see monkeys or toucans before you reach the tiger pass.

Directly on the waterfront within a small clearing in the woods you will build your tents. In these you will either sleep alone or with your traveling partner. Afterwards you will enjoy a hot and delicious dinner in the warm light of candles before you head into the jungle again to discover the nightlife of it – you will look for night active animals such as insects, spiders and frogs. When you have seen it all in the light of your flashlight you will return
to your tents, slip in and fall asleep surrounded by the sounds of animals such as the howler monkey.

Day 5: Canoeing on the Cuyabeno River – Igapó forest in the “Laguna Grande” (B/L/D)

MonkeyAfter a restoring night in the tent you will start your day right off with a strengthening breakfast just to get back into your canoe for 3 to 4 hours on the Cuyabeno River and paddle to the “Laguna Grande” (The Big Lake). This lagoon looks magical due to the trees that seem to appear out of the water. Here you switch to a canoe with a motor to arrive faster at our Lodge which will be your home for the next days. Depending on the level of water you will only see the treetops reaching out of the water or the whole tree starting with the trunk. The lodge is located in the heart of the wildlife reserve and works environmentally sound – you recycle, the power is produced by solar cells and no water heating systems are used due to the high usage of energy – a simple but authentic jungle experience.

After a delicious lunch you have some time to rest before you head to your next canoe tour in the afternoon. You will explore the flooded forest (Igapó) in the “Laguna Grande”. Paddling in your canoe you will navigate through the narrow paths between the trees and see giant macrolobium trees which are covered by epiphyte  plants.  These  plants  live  on  tree  to  receive  more sunlight and in the end the tree dies, because it doesn't receive enough sunlight anymore. But you will not only see impressive plants, but also monkeys, parrots and giant otters if you get lucky.

After learning about flora and fauna you can relax and enjoy the sunset which is mirroring itself on the plain water surface. Within this  impressive  atmosphere  you  can  just  lean  back  and  lose yourself in that special moment, or you jump into the refreshing water and follow the natural spectacle from there. On your way back to the lodge you can start looking forward to the dinner which is waiting for you to then cuddle up in your comfortable bed without being worried about nightly guests - the bed is fully surrounded by a mosquito net.

Day 6: Jungle Hike – Wildlife Observation in the Rainforest – Caiman Search (B/L/D)

SachaYou will wake up restored and enjoy the breakfast to start your day right. Afterwards you will head in a sporty day with a 3 to 4 hour hike through the rainforest. Your path will be framed by different plants that are unknown for you and thereby will be explained by your guide. As example you will see the giant of the jungle plants, the ceibo with its buttress roots, the walking palm which is moving about 4 inches a year, the pambil palm what
from blow gun are made, lianas of the ayahuasca family, bromeliads, heliconias or wild roses. In general there are about 60 kinds of orchids and about 240 kinds of trees spread all over the whole park.

Today your lunch will not take part in the excursion, you will have your meal in the comforting site of the lodge to afterwards rest in a  hammock  and  relax  before  you  are  heading  out  into  the rainforest again. This time with the goal to see animals, especially birds. 560 different kinds of birds can be found in the wildlife reserve. With your Canadian canoe you will float on the river and discover the area to find different kind of species on land as well as in the air.

Before it gets dark you will sit together and enjoy your dinner. Afterwards you will go to look for caimans. In the light of your flashlights you will start searching for 3 different species of the caimans,  the genus caiman,  the black caiman and  the dwarf caiman.  Mostly  you  will  spot  the  yacare  caiman  and  the spectacled caiman which belong to the first species and can be up to 33 feet long. After this exciting excursion you will sneak
into your bed and fall into a deep comforting sleep.

Day 7: Siona Indigenous Community – Canoe trip to the Cuyabeno-Lagoon (B/L/D)

SionaToday you will start your day in a familiar environment, just to continue the day surrounded by a new culture – you are visiting the community of the Siona-Secoya, known as Siona people. This tribe  is  only  found  in  the  Cuyabeno  Wildlife  Reserve  and preferably lives  on  densely wooded  rivers. You will  use your Canadian canoe again to drive 2.5 hours downstream on the river to then arrive at the community.

At your arrival you will be greeted affectionately and jump into their lives right away: you are allowed to help to make the daily food, bread made out of yuka. Therefore, you harvest the root, wash it, peel it and then grate it. With this mash of yuka and some other ingredients you will prepare dough and then make a pizza over the open fire. Right off the flame you can try your homemade pizza bread – enjoy! With a full belly you can go and
visit the shaman if he isn’t in a session during that time. If he is free he will take the time to talk to you about his healing techniques and the usage of different plants for healing. He also will let you in his practices and rituals with which he helps the inhabitants of the small village. After this insight look to a foreign world you will drive back to the lodge with a motor canoe.

If there is more time you will again drive to the “Laguna Grande” to watch out for animals – especially for the anaconda. This is one of the biggest  snakes in the world and it likes to live in moody areas, to be more specific, in Blackwater Rivers. These rivers rise from everglades and humous rainforest grounds and get their typical  brown  color from  a high level  of humic and other acids. The anaconda weaves itself right under the water surface, just the head peaks out of the water – watch out for it! This snake does not belong to the poisonous snakes; it is a constrictor snake that strangles its prey, like capybaras and caimans. Back in the lodge you will enjoy your last dinner in the stunning surrounding of the rainforest before you head to bed.

 

Day 8: Birdwatching – Lago Agrio – Departure (B/L)

BirdwatchingToday you need to get up early – the birds are not waiting for you. With your canoe and paddling you are heading out to the big Cuyabeno river again to sight some of the over 500 different species of birds that are living in the area – we recommend to bring a telescope or binoculars. The most spotted birds are the quetzal, the blue-and-yellow macaw, the harpy eagle and the common kingfisher. Back in the lodge you will have enough time
– and probably hunger as well – to take breakfast before you have to say good bye to the paradise rainforest. With a motorized canoe you will head back to the entrance of the reserve and maybe spot some animals on your way, before you get into a car that is driving you back to Lago Agrio. From there you have the option to fly back to Quito within less than an hour or you head to Baños with a private transport.

The price includes:

Accommodation as following:

- 2 nights in the Hakuna Matata Lodge in chosen room category (Cabañas, Lodge, Supreme)
- 1 night in a Hotel in Lago Agrio
- 4 nights in the Wildlife Reserve Cuyabeno: 1 night in a tent; 3 nights in a rustic lodge

Equipment (canoes, aluminum paddle, waterproof bags for the canoe trips, rain ponchos, tents, camping mat, thin sleeping bags made of fleece, cotton insights, hammocks, camping shower, first aid set, etc.)
Private transportation from Hakuna Matata Lodge to Lago Agrio; Transportation Lago Agrio to Cuyabeno and back to Lago Agrio
Local, Spanish speaking field guide during the canoe tour in Cuyabeno
All activities mentioned in the program
All entrance fees for activities mentioned in the itinerary
All meals, except dinner on day 3 in Lago Agrio (starting with dinner on the day of arrival until lunch on the day of departure)
Use of all lodge facilities in the Hakuna Matata Lodge, including swimming pool, beach area, hiking trails
Rubber boots up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men) (*)
Taxes
(*) Please let us know your show size when booking!

Rafting tour

Internationally certified rafting guide, bilingual (Spanish and English)
Quality equipment (paddles, helmets, life jackets, spray jackets)
Transportation between starting /end point of the rafting and the Lodge with a vehicle
Lunch (picnic), including water and soft drinks
SPOT Satellite Messenger for emergencies
Kayak for safety
First aid kit

The price does not include:

Transport from / to Quito (following prices are for one way tickets)
Private transportation with stopover – about 2 hours – in Papallacta

* 1-3 persons: 120 US$ per vehicle
* 4-6 persons: 150 US$ per vehicle

- Private transportation without stopover
* 1-3 persons: 90 US$ per vehicle
* 4-6 persons: 120 US$ per vehicle

Public bus (approx. 6-8 US$ per person), additionally the costs for the cab drive from Archidona to the Lodge (approx. 5 US$ per cab)
Transportation from Lago Agrio to Quito / Baños (flight or bus ticket) – price on request!
Lunch on the day of arrival in the Lodge (approx. 15 US$ per person) and dinner on day 3 in Lago Agrio (about
10 US$ per person)

- All activities which are not mentioned or are optional
- Entrance fee hot spring of Papallacta (8 US$ per person)
- Guided walk through the private Rainforest Reserve (20 US$ per group)
- Horseback riding through the Jungle (27 US$ per person)
- Chocolate Tour (20 US$ per group)

Siona community fee (6 US$)
Drinks and meals that are not mentioned
Personal spending and tip
Personal equipment (flash light, binoculars)
Deposit for a waterproof safety bag for your luggage (20 US$ per bag)

Packing List:

Passport and copies
Personal medications
Sunscreen
Sun hat
Sunglasses
Insect repellent
Camera equipment (including memory card, cables and batteries)
Binoculars for bird watching
Flashlight and change batteries
Dry Bag – waterproof bag – to keep the items inside dry and safe
Daypack
Water bottle
Short and long trousers (linen or cotton are preferable as jeans are hard to dry)
T-shirts and long sleeved shirts (protect from mosquitoes at dawn)
Warm sweater or jacket (can get chilly on night boat trips and when it rains)
Lightweight raincoat
Swimwear and towel
Soap and shampoo (biodegradable if possible)
Rubber boots (up to size 12 (UK) / 14 (US – men) are in the lodge available)
Fitting socks for rubber boots
Sturdy footgear
Sandals / flip-flops / crocs

Vaccinations:

Tetanus
Hepatitis A
Yellow fever
Malaria prophylaxis (*)
(*) The risk of Malaria in this region is low; nevertheless there happened to be cases of Malaria (mainly vivax type malaria). There is no Chloroquine-Resistant Malaria.

Loose change (in small shops it’s only possible to pay with up to 5 dollar bills)

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