$2965 per person

Experience a jungle expedition like no other! Live alongside the Huaorani tribe and have the Amazon Basin at your fingertips. This is the perfect excursion for nature lovers, jungle explorers and wildlife watchers who would like to experience the untouched Amazon in the most unique way possible. You will discover Ecuador’s Amazon in the Yasuni National Park, world famous for its tremendous biodiversity and its authentic indigenous cultures which are still very much alive. On this trip, while canoeing down rivers and lagoons, you will feel as if the animals are following you. You will see displays of parrots, toucans, macaws, king fishers, herons flying across the river; as well as, curious giant otters who will approach the canoe to have a look. Witness many different types of monkeys jumping through the forest, and have an opportunity to spot jaguars, the supreme predators of the jungle. The Huaorani native people will share their history and we will learn about their rich connection with Mother Nature.
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18+ Age
7 Days
  • Departure
    Quito / Ecuador
  • Included
    Land Transportation
    Fees and entrances to parks and museums
    Meals detailed in the itinerary
  • Not Included
    Domestic flights
    Airport tranfer in & out
    International flight

Meet your AJ trip leader and group at 6:00 pm. Welcome to Quito! The largest, best preserved colonial city of America - declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ADVENTURE JOURNEYS can help you to organize a day trip (please request in advance). In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel’s lobby for a welcome briefing at 18:00 hours. At this time, we will discuss the details and questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an acclimation and information day.

Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito or similar.

Meals included: none.

We travel early in the morning for 4 hours by car to the airport in Shell, then take a 1-hour flight to Bameno in the Huaorani territory. Here, be welcomed by one of the most remote tribes of the Amazon region and we will have the opportunity to visit some of the leaders from the Huorani, including Kempery the legendary shaman and leader of the Huaoranies. later we will travel for 4 hours upstream on the Cononaco river to the village of Omere, one of the most remote village of the Huaorani tribe and located in the hearth of Yasuni National park, close to the intangible zone.
Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner.


Today is full day and a very important highlight of this expedition because our Huaorani guide will lead a hike into the virgin forest, this trail will take us to the animal clay lick, and with some luck, we can spot wild pigs, howler monkeys, macaws, and jaguar tracks. Along the trail, we will also learn about many different varieties of medicinal plants that are important in the daily life of the Huaoranies. at night we will go for a night hike exploration.


Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


After breakfast cruise 20 minutes down the Cononaco River in a motor canoe until we reach a section where will take a short walk through the primary forest until we reach a secluded lagoon. Here, we paddle a small vessel to search for anacondas. In the afternoon, we travel back up the river to Omere for lunch and in the afternoon, we will learn about the ancient art of blowgun hunting and then try to catch piranhas in the nearby river or lake. After a nice dinner we go back in the canoe to the river to look for caimans that are regularly active in the night.
Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner.


After Breakfast we venture on a hike though the virgin jungle with the Huaorani warriors and learn about their survival skills, the local knowledge of plants with the local women.  Along the way, have the chance to view wildlife and follow the jaguar tracks. In the late afternoon we will have our cultural talk and demonstration of local handicrafts, local histories, their customs and traditions


Accommodation: Camping in Yasuni National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.


Early in the morning after breakfast will take the canoe for 4 hours going back to the airport in Bameno, in order to take our plane back to Shell, from where we will return by car to Quito. It is optional to stop in Baños to see some of the most impressive waterfalls of Ecuador.


Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito or similar.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.


Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!

Meals included: Breakfast.


Value For Money

What's Included?

  • Activities: Canoeing on the Cononaco River, Visiting the Yasuni National Park, Hiking, Visiting the native Huaorani communities, Piranha fishing, Wildlife spotting, Night hikes.
  • Accommodation based in double occupancy:  5* hotel in Quito, 4 nights in comfortable camping in Yasuni National Park.
  • Transportation: Comfortable land transportation, motorized canoe, dugout canoe. Airfare Shell - Bameno round trip.
  • Meals: 6 Breakfast, 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners.
  • Out-door gear: Life jackets, dugout canoe with outboard motor, rubber boots, tents, air mattresses, portable toilet.
  • Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides.

What is not included?

  • My Own Room & Tent supplement $353.
  • International flights.
  • Airport transfers to/from Quito airport (international flights).
  • Travel insurance (mandatory).
  • Required immunizations (mandatory).
  • Meals not described in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses & Tips


It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.

FLIGHT TIME: 1 hour flight one way (Bameno - Shell).

DRIVING TIME: 4 hours driving  from Shell to Quito

CANOEING TIME: From 1 to 2 hours per day.

SEASON: All year

PROVINCE: Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Pastaza provinces.

TERRITORY: Yasuni National Park, Huaorani Territory .

ALTITUDE: 220m (700 ft).

AVG. TEMP. : Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF

WEATHER TEMPERATURES: Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate to Challenging. This program is located in an undeveloped remote area, the canoeing is not difficult because the Cononaco River is slow with no rapids. The hiking is in irregular terrain that sometimes can be muddy and wet.

ADVENTURE GEAR: Dry bags, rubber boots, tents (EUREKA & HANNAN) air mattresses, portable bathroom and social kitchen tent.

ACCOMODATION: All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are traveling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.

MEALS: Traveling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.

Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free people are very welcome in our trip, our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants for substitute meals for them, as Ecuador is very well known for its great diversity of gastronomy.

YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES: All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed from the Tourism University to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid respondents. They all have approved several extra training courses for kayaking, rafting, biking and horse riding, besides this they all are Ecuadorian and have a fantastic personality. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips. In some locations and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service and make sure we practice sustainable tourism involving local indigenous people in our operation.

In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.

SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM: Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon rain forest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.

HEALTH INFORMATION: Please inform AJ of any existing medical conditions (i.e. pregnancy, diabetes, etc). Yellow fever, Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are mandatory for this trip. We strongly recommend to ensure that routine immunizations such as tetanus and diphtheria are up to date and to consider Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations. Please ask your doctor for advice.

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