Amazon Wildlife Paddling Expedition $1250

Departure Date

Every Monday

Duration

5 days 4 nights

Views

1030

Maximum Seats

10
Overview

This paddling expedition takes place in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon. A natural wonder and immensely diverse, it is home to fresh water pink dolphins and an array of curious and playful monkeys. Let us take you on a one-of-a-kind and off-the-beaten path adventure. Paddle in search of wildlife, hike into pristine forest, be sung to sleep by the gentle sounds of frogs and awaken to bird calls, all of this while sharing time with a local indigenous community. Help us practice sustainable travel and encourage locals to protect their environment from mining and deforestation.
  • Paddle the wetlands searching for dolphins

  • Hike in the Amazon Jungle and search for medicinal plants

  • View unique wildlife species

  • Look for animals and birds at the clay lick

  • Catch a piranha

  • Stay in a place surrounded by nature

  • Learn about the Culture of the Amazon

  • Make organic chocolate fondue with your hands

  • Learn how to use a blowgun

  • Share time with the local indigenous people

  • Be led by top Activexpedition experienced guides at every step you take

  • Support sustainable travel to preserve culture and nature

  • Kayak or paddleboard

  • Hiking

  • Birdwatching

  • Canoeing

  • Swimming

  • Culture

  • Wildlife

Easy To Moderated
  • Year around

  • 8 years old

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to the Reserve and Hiking Exploration

Departing the city of Coca in the AM we start our day traveling by canoe down the Napo River. We should arrive at the reserve in the early afternoon where will hit the ground running on an educational hike to learn about medicinal plants, an important part of indigenous culture. Keep an eye out along the way as this area is filled with colorful macaws that glide gracefully though the tree cover. After our exploration in the forest, we will go back to the lodge for a delicious dinner before heading out on a late night excursion searching for caimans, small alligator like creatures common to the region. Overnight: Basic Lodge Meals included: Lunch and dinner
Day 2

Kayaking to search for dolphins

Glide across the gentle waters of Amazonian wetlands in search of the elusive pink dolphin. Found throughout the Amazon’s branching system from Ecuador down into Bolivia, these dolphins are grey or pink in color and hide beneath the mineral rich waters of the zone. If luck is on your side, you will get to witness the breach of these majestic creatures. While kayaking we will also be on search for other water animals like otters, caimans and anacondas. We will also have the opportunity to fish for piranhas! We will cap off the night with a jaunt into the forest in search of small amphibians and insects. Overnight: Basic Lodge Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3

Kayaking to view wildlife and visit a kichwa family

As morning breaks and light pokes through the dense forest canopy, we venture out look for other wildlife that gives the Amazon such life. Monkeys swinging from the trees that line the banks of the river as well as a variety of birds like, cormorants, king fishers, herons, among others, are common along the route. In the afternoon, we will visit a local indigenous Kichwa family, who will teach us about their way of living, culture and traditions. Here we will help them make chicha, a fermented beverage that is typical in the region and a staple in the lives of the indigenous people who reside here. This is also a prime opportunity to purchase handicrafts made in the village, which proceeds go to support the local families. If we are fortunate enough to visit in the time when the Shaman is in town, we will also learn about local spiritual beliefs and healing-knowledge passed down through generations and a living reminder of the past. Overnight: Basic Lodge Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4

Clay Lick Trek

Start your day with a 45-minute ride by canoe down the river and do as the locals do by visiting the Clay Lick, a mineral rich mud pit. Many animals that reside in the region sustain themselves through a diet of seeds and other small plants but supplement their diets with minerals from the clay. With some luck and patience, we may sight peccaries or even a family of colorful macaws! We will spend some time here in hopes of spotting one of the many animals that frequent the zone before returning to the village and then back to Coca for a farewell dinner. Overnight: Auca Hotel Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
Day 5

Departure

Today ends our services but if you wish to stay longer, we can help you organize an extension trip to places you did not see during this week. Otherwise if you are ready to go back home after an amazing Acivexpedition we wish you safe travels. Meals included: Breakfast
  • Top Experienced Certified English-Speaking Guide

  • Water Transport

  • Accommodation for four nights

  • Meals according to the Itinerary

  • Water and snacks at all time

  • Water bottle

  • Paddling gear: NRS expedition kayaks, NRS paddleboards, paddles and life jackets

  • 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: We use, wooden and fiberglass canoes that belong to the local families, the time of the rides depend on the level of the water.

  • 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 paddling we use NRS, AIRE and Werner.

  • 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: You must have vaccination of yellow fever and malaria medication to enter this region.

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 the Amazon, the weather can change drastically from very sunny to super rainy so better to be prepare.

  • Passport

  • Credit card

  • Two pairs of lightweight hiking pants

  • Two pairs of shorts

  • Two bathing suits

  • Three non-cotton T-shirts

  • Two water T-shirts

  • One light fleece

  • Two rain jackets

  • One pair of rain pants

  • Two buffs

  • One pair of robber boots (you can buy them in Coca city for 10usd)

  • One pair of snickers

  • One pair of water sandals

  • One cap or hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Camera

  • Head lamp

  • Optional binoculars

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