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Hakuna Matata Adventure Tour

per person

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…

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!

4 days
Any+ Age
  • Departure
    Archidona, Ecuador
  • Departure Time
    14h00
  • Return Time
    11h00
  • Dress Code
    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
  • Include
    Hotel accomodation
    Entry Fees
    English Speaking Guide
    Mentioned meals
  • Not Included
    Other expenses
    Transportation
    Not mentioned meals
    Airport Transfers
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Day 1: Arrival – Journey to the amazon rainforest – Leisure or optional activities

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. D
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Day 2: Jondachi Canyon hike – Caving

You 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. If 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. B,L,D
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Day 3 (day of departure): Leisure – Optional activities at the lodge

Today 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. B,L,D Optional tour:  Rafting day
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Day 4: Check out

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