Active Amazon $1200

Departure Date

Daily

Duration

6 days 5 nights

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Maximum Seats

10
Overview

Discover the lush Amazon basin, one of the most biodiverse and untouched places on earth! Join in on this expedition filled with everything you could ask for in an Activexpedition. Hike winding trails; paddle over the calm water between towering canyon walls; search for wildlife and immerse yourself into the local culture taking part in daily activities with real local families. Accommodation is provided at charming eco-lodges and homestay.
  • Explore the canyons of the Amazon

  • Kayak de Arajuno river class I

  • Raft the Jatunyacu river class III

  • Learn about the Culture of the Amazon

  • Make chocolate fondue with your own hands

  • Share time with the local indigenous people

  • Learn about blowgun hunting techniques

  • Soak in volcanic hot springs

  • Stay in unique and charming lodging in every location

  • Be led by top Activexpedition experienced guides every step of the way

  • Support sustainable travel to preserve culture and nature

  • Kayaking

  • Rafting

  • Canyoning

  • Canoeing

  • Swimming

  • Culture

  • Wildlife

Easy To Moderated
  • Year around

  • 8 years old

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

There are no activities planned for your first day for you to be able to explore the beautiful city of Quito on your own terms, but if you feel like having a guided day tour at extra cost, do not hesitate in contacting us. We are always more than happy to send you with one of our expert guides to learn more about the city or the surrounding areas. Please keep in mind that there is a meeting at 18:00 in the hotel’s lobby the first day to meet your guide and the rest of the group as well as learn about what’s in store for the days of your expedition! Overnight: Dann Carlton or similar Meals included: none
Day 2

Canyon exploration

Through towering mountains and endless seas of green we start our adventure by driving across the eastern Andean range at 13.000 feet. This scenic drive takes us through a panorama of rolling hills and volcanoes on a clear day, but even on a cloudy one we are gifted by views of hidden falls. Upon entering the Amazon basin, we will get ready to enter the canyon and have fun exploring through towering walls of smoothed rocked and green tree cover. Afterwards we will head to the lodge Overnight: Amazon Lodge Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3

Kayak the Arajuno river

We are greeted early by the song of birds as we enjoy a delicious breakfast traveling for one hour by car to the Arajuno river. This is considered a class I river--Calm and perfect for leisurely kayaking as the river is shallow with few rapids. Along the river we will be on search for river otters and colorful birds. A pit stop takes us to refuel our energy with a visit on the side of the river to a local indigenous community. They will teach us about their culture, and we will enjoy some of the local gastronomy. Afterwards we continue paddling down the river until we reach a bridge where our driver will be waiting for us to take us back to the lodge. Overnight: Amazon Lodge Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4

Swimming in natural lagoons and Canyoning in the Llanganates

Today we find ourselves daring to go deeper into the jungle! A fun start to the day takes us to a local swimming hole comprised of natural lagoons where we can swim and cliff jump. After starting the day off right with some fun in the jungle we will continue at the same pace towards our homestay. Our kichwa family awaits us with a very tasty lunch followed by an afternoon of canyoning. Scramble over river rocks, up waterfalls and through the enchanting forest where our energies will be cleaned, and souls revived on this exhilarating adventure. We end our day with a sweet treat making chocolate fondue out of local cacao as part our traditional dinner, a real opportunity to immerse ourselves and feel one with the culture. Overnight: Home stay Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5

Rafting and Hot springs

Day four brings us to one of the most action-packed days of our expedition as paddle down the Jatunyacu River. This river is a class lll sourcing from the Llanganates Mountains. Legend says there is a hidden Incan treasure in this area and although many explorers venture in trying to find it, it has yet to have been found. A yummy picnic will be served on the river’s bank and then we will drive for two hours to the hot springs, where you can soak in the volcanic pools to recover from all the exercise done in the past days. You will arrive back to Quito in the late afternoon. Overnight: Dann Carlton Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 6

Departure

As you depart, we thank you and wish you safe travels to wherever your destination may be! If you wish to continue exploring more of Ecuador, we can help you organize an extension trip to places you did not see during this trip. We thank you for choosing Activexpedition and hope to see you soon! Meals included: Breakfast
  • Top Experienced Certified English-Speaking Guide

  • Private Transport

  • Accommodation for five nights

  • Meals according to the Itinerary

  • Water and snacks at all time

  • Water bottle

  • Paddling gear: NRS rafts, paddles and helmets

  • Canyoning: Harnesses, helmets and ropes

  • All fees to reserves and museums

  • International or domestic flights

  • Airport transfers

  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Tips for guides and drivers

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)

  • Optional activities

  • Itinerary Disclaimer: Even though we have a detailed itinerary, changes can be made by your guides, due to weather or safety reasons. Please also note that none of the wildlife sightings mentioned on the itinerary are guaranteed.

  • Visas and Passports: Make sure you check your visa and passport validity and requirements per country. It is important your passport is valid for at least 6 months before your travel.

  • Accommodation: We strive to use small and charming places that are unique and provide stellar service. Notice that this expedition takes place in a remote location and the accommodation is very basic, but our staff will try to provide the best service possible.

  • Single Supplement Costs: Generally this fee is not incurred as we match you with another person of the same gender in a twin room, but if you prefer not to share and have your own room, then there will be an associated fee.

  • Transportation: Driving time can take more than expected in Ecuador, as it is a small country with roads meandering through the Andes mountains. We assure your comfort during transit no matter the size of the group.

  • Gear: At Activexpediton we always make sure our guests have top of the line gear from well-known and reputable international brands as we understand that the best gear gives extra confidence to our riders. For water we have NRS and Werner brands.

  • Level of Activity: This trip is considered as 3 out of 5. No prior experience is required and your guides will always brief you about safety and proper use of gear on every leg of the trip. The paddling is on flat water with minimum current and the hiking on irregular terrain that can be muddy.

  • Weather and Elevation: Year-round temperature average is 82°F (28°C), however nights can be cooler. Since Ecuador is located right on the equator, the country does not experience extreme weather changes aside from a slightly rainier and wetter season. During a visit to the amazon region, in 4 or 5-day visit, you will often see more or less the same amount of rain and sunshine. The Rainier Season in the Amazon Runs from December to June, with temperatures ranging from 23°C (73°F) to 30°C (86°F) and frequent rains throughout April and May. The Rainy Season has its pros because many plants have evolved to fruit and flower during the rainy season, a phenomenon which often attracts birds and primates to the water’s edge and grants visitors the chance to observe them more frequently. The Drier Season in the Amazon Lasts from July to November, with temperatures from 26°C (78°F) to 40°C (104°F), with less rain, though showers are still possible. The Dry Season also offers its own set of benefits, for its during this time that the water gets lower and attracts animals that you won’t often see during the rainy season. Beach nesting birds are everywhere, as there are more beaches present during this time.

  • Sustainability: We do our best to not produce any trash; we believe that recycling is not enough so we try to avoid using any plastic or materials that pollute our environment. Every day we work towards being a zero waste tour operator and our staff is well trained to leave the least impact possible in our service areas. We also work with local indigenous communities in the different regions. By doing so we are able to teach our guests about the rich culture Ecuador, all the while helping the people preserve their traditions and lands. By working directly with local peoples, we are able to create a sustainable touristic income for the community.

  • Guides: All our guides have a professional background from the Tourism University; this means they have a degree in guiding, so their knowledge and skills when leading a group are top-notch. Each guide has many years of experience and they all have taken additional courses for other outdoor activities as well as have International First-Aid certifications. On top of all of this, they are all extremely personable and strive to deliver travel experiences of a lifetime.

  • Heath advices: no vaccinations needed for this trip

We do recommend travelling light for this expedition.  A duffel bag of 50 litters for your luggage and a backpack of 20 litters for daily activities should be sufficient. In Ecuador, the weather can change drastically especially when you are moving from the Andes to the Tropical rain forest.

  • Passport

  • Credit card

  • Two pairs of lightweight hiking pants

  • Two pairs of shorts

  • Two bathing suits

  • Three non-cotton T-shirts

  • One cotton T-shirts

  • One water T-shirt

  • One winter warm jacket

  • One fleece

  • One rain jacket

  • One pair of rain pants

  • Two buffs

  • One pair of tennis shoes

  • One pair of water sandals

  • One cap or hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Camera

  • Head lamp

  • Optional binoculars

NOTE: Laundry is available almost at every location and is cheap, this helps traveling light too.

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