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Hakuna Matata Explorer Tour

per person

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…

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.

4 days
Any+ Age
  • Departure
    Archidona, Ecuador
  • Departure Time
    11h00
  • Return Time
    18h00
  • 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). 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. B,L,D
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Day 2: Canoe tour – Parrot clay lick – Breakfast in an indigenous community – Jungle walk – Monkeys at

After 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. B,L,D
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Day 3 or 4 (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. 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. Optional Tour: Rafting full day. B,L,D
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Day 4: Check out

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