- Spend a day sightseeing in the capital city of Quito
- Travel through the Amazon rainforest in a motorized canoe
- Camp under the stars and enjoy meals by the campfire
- Try your hand at fishing for piranhas
- Paddle through jungle waterways in a traditional canoe
- Spot pink dolphins on the beautiful lagoon of Delfincocha
|Day 1||Arrive in Quito & Sightsee||Quito|
|Day 2||Travel Through the Rainforest on a Motorized Canoe||Zancudococha|
|Day 3||Hike in the Jungle & Try Piranha Fishing||Zancudococha|
|Day 4||Spot Wildlife & Visit an Indigenous Community||Zancudococha|
|Day 5||Depart Ecuador - End of Trip|
Day 1: Arrive in Quito & Sightsee
Day 2: Travel Through the Rainforest on a Motorized Canoe
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Float past small settlements of indigenous tribes such as the Kichwa, Shuar, and Secoya. You will also be able to spot birds and turtles sunbathing by the river banks. Stop at one of the natural river beaches for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you will arrive at the mouth of the water channel that connects the Augarico River with the lake. Crossing this narrow channel, look for more wildlife. This is a good place to see the endangered giant river otter, for example.
Eventually, you'll arrive at tonight's campsite. After setting up camp, take a refreshing dip in the lake. With a bit of luck, you might be able to spot a pink river dolphin. You'll enjoy a delicious dinner, then you can join the naturalist guide on a night walk near the camp to look out for spiders, frogs, and a wide range of nocturnal animals.
Day 3: Hike in the Jungle & Try Piranha FishingAfter waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys, linger over a healthy breakfast that will give you strength for today's jungle hike. During the walk, your naturalist guides will point out wildlife and explain the jungle's plants and their uses. Back at camp, put on your swimming suit for a refreshing swim in the lake before lunch is served at the campsite. Then take some time for a siesta in a hammock.
In the afternoon, you can try your hand at fishing piranhas. When it gets dark, it is time to venture out on the lake to look for caimans. You'll sleep under the stars again tonight!
Day 4: Spot Wildlife & Visit an Indigenous CommunityStart this long day of adventures with a hearty breakfast. Then climb into a canoe to cross the channel from Zancudococha Lake to the Aguarico River while spotting as much wildlife as possible! Since you will be navigating silently without a motor, the task will be relatively easy. At the river's mouth, you will board a motorized canoe and head straight to the Lagartococha River, which forms the border between Ecuador and Peru.
Day 5: Depart Ecuador - End of Trip
Before breakfast, join your guide to observe birds, as this is the time they are most active. Then return by motorized canoe to Tierras Orientales. From here, you'll head back to civilization and the airport in Quito to catch a flight out. Safe travels!
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