Huaorani Warriors Expedition Yasuni Deep Amazon 7 days
With the HUAORANI EXPEDITION trip, you will have the Amazon Basin at your fingertips. It is the perfect adventure for nature lovers, jungle explorers and wildlife watchers who would like to experience the untouched Amazon. 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. Many different types of monkeys will be jumping on the trees and there will be chances to spot jaguars, the master cat predators of the jungle. The Huaorani native people will share their history and we will learn about their rich connection with Mother Nature.
- Real encounters with wildlife
- Get inmerse into the Huaorani Culture
DEEP AMAZON EXPLORATION
WILDLIFE AT YOUR FINGER TIPS
CANOE RIVERS AND LAGOONS IN YASUNI NATIONAL PARK
HIKING INTO UNTOUCHED PRIMARY FOREST
HAVE THE CHANCE TO VIEW GIANT OTTERS AND PINK DOLPHINS
PARROTS CLAY LICK
ENCOUNTER WITH HUAORANIS
AMAZON LOCAL LIVING
DISCOVER MEDICINAL PLANTS
FOLLOW THE TRACKS OF JAGUARS
Day 1: Quito
Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys can help you to organize a day trip.
In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar
Day 2: Flight to Bohanamo
Early in the morning we will be transferred by car to the airport in Shell, and then take a flight of about 1 hour to Bohanamo in the Huaorani territory, here we will be welcome by one of the most remote tribes of the Amazon region, we will organize our campsite and later we will visit the chief of this community.
Day 3: Expedition Begins
Today is a very important highlight of this expedition because our local guide will lead a hike into the virgin forest, this trail will take us to the Animal clay lick, and where with some luck we could view wild pigs, howler monkeys, macaws, and jaguar tracks. Along the trail we will also learn about many different species of medicinal plants that are very important in the daily life of the Huaoranies.
In the afternoon we will learn about the arts of blowgun hunting and then try to catch piranhas in the nearby river.
Day 4: Bameno
After a very healthy breakfast we will take a motorized canoe for 2 hours down the Cononaco River, then we will go through the primary forest for a short walk till we reach an amazing lagoon, here we paddle a small boat to try finding the anacondas. In the afternoon we go back up the river to Bameno for lunch and visit Kempery the legendary shaman and leader of the Huaoranies. Later we canoe up the river to the Bohanamo Huaorani Community, at night we will go for a night hike exploration.
Day 5: The Heart of Jungle
Today we will hike though the virgin jungle with the Huaorani warriors and learn more about their survival skills, along the way we will have the chance to view wildlife and also follow the jaguar tracks, according to the Huaoranies this amazing cat walks on this trails.
In the late afternoon we will search for caimans..
Day 6: Back to Shell
After breakfast we will take a plane to Shell, then we will be transfered by car back to Quito. On the way, it is optional to stop in Baños to see the most impressive waterfalls of Ecuador.
Accommodation: Mercure Hotel or similar visit website
Day 7: Departure Day
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"!
- 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: 2 nights in first class hotel in Quito, 4 nights in comfortable camping in Yasuni National Park
- Transportation: Comfortable land transportation, motorized canoe, dugout canoe. Airfare Shell - Bohanamo round trip
- Meals Included: 6 Breakfast, 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners
- Out-door gear: Dry bags, life jackets, dugout canoe with outboard motor, rubber boots, Eureka tents, air mattresses, bathroom tent, portable toilet, social kitchen
- Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides
- My Own Room & Tent supplement $310
- International flights
- Airport transfers to/from Quito airport
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Required immunizations (mandatory)
- Meals not described in the itinerary
- Personal expenses & Tips
- Travel insurance,
- Airline tickets,
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money),
- Pocket knife,
- Fleece top,
- 4 shirts/t-shirts,
- 1 pair of short,
- 2 pairs of long trousers,
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants,
- Sport sandals,
- Toiletries (biodegradable),
- Watch or alarm clock,
- Quick dry clothing,
- Rain coat,
- Rain pants,
- Waterproof binoculars,
- Bug spray,
- Sun cream,
- Sun Hat,
- Waterproof camera if possible,
- Swimming suit,
- Waterproof back pack,
- Water bottle,
- Tennis shoes,
- Hiking shoes,
- Money belt,
- First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
- Dry bag for all your belongings
REMEMBER: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL 'LIGHT' !
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.
1 hour flight each way (Shell - Bohanamo).
4 hours driving each way from Quito to Shell.
From 1 to 2 hours per day.
Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua and Pastaza provinces
Yasuni National Park, Huaorani Territory
220m (700 ft)
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling 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.
Most of meals while in lodges are gourmet and buffets, for picnics we include, bread, cheeses, jam, tuna, salads, fruit, soda, beer.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips. In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the EPL trip leader service are required.
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF.
Dry bags, rubber boots, tents (EUREKA & HANNAN) air mattresses, portable bathroom and social kitchen tent.
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, and the hiking is in irregular terrain sometimes muddy and wet.
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest 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.
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.
We bring the majority of our food, including drinking water, from the city of Quito. Our staff freshly prepares gourmet meals for you. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, yogurt, granola, fresh fruits, cereal, bread, marmalade, butter and fresh coffee or tea. Picnic includes ham and chesses sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, fresh and fruits and vegetables, fresh fruits, soda and juices. Dinner includes fresh salads and soups, pop-corn, pasta, beef, chicken, fish, rice, potatoes, yucca, beans, vegetables, to drink soda, soda, juice, beer, water, and wine.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All EPL guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.
In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.