Family Friendly Kayaking Trip in the Amazon 2 days $480

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2 days 1 nights



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Embark on an unforgettable family adventure as you explore the stunning Amazon Rainforest on a 2-day kayaking trip. This responsible tourism experience begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador, with a scenic car journey to the beautiful Arajuno River near Tena. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Kichwa community, indulge in traditional meals, and experience the breathtaking beauty of the rainforest. With basic lodging next to the community and top-of-the-line gear and professional guides, this trip promises an authentic and educational experience for the whole family.
  • Kayaking on the Arajuno River: Set off on thrilling kayaking excursions along the scenic Arajuno River. Paddle through lush rainforest landscapes, marvel at the diverse flora and fauna, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Amazon.

  • Responsible Tourism with the Kichwa Community: Engage in responsible tourism practices as you interact with the Kichwa community. Learn about their traditional way of life, participate in cultural activities, and contribute to their sustainable development.

  • Parrot Claylick Experience: Witness a mesmerizing natural spectacle at the Parrot Claylick. Observe colorful parrots and other bird species gather at the clay lick to feed, providing a fantastic opportunity for birdwatching enthusiasts.

  • Wildlife Encounters: Encounter a myriad of unique wildlife species during your kayaking adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for playful river otters, curious agouti, and maybe even spot monkeys from a distance.

  • Authentic Traditional Meals: Indulge in delicious and authentic traditional meals prepared by the Kichwa community. Sample local delicacies and savor the flavors of the Amazon, giving you a true taste of the region.

  • Visit to the Local School: Make a positive impact by visiting the local school and engaging with the children. Contribute to their education by providing supplies or sharing knowledge, fostering a sense of community and cultural exchange.

  • Kayak

  • Swimming

  • Culture

  • Birdwatching

Easy - Moderate
  • Year around

  • 5 years old

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Kayaking to the Kichwa Community

Begin your day by driving from Quito to Tena, which is approximately a 4-hour journey. Tena is a gateway to the Amazon rainforest and offers several opportunities for adventure activities.Upon reaching Tena, you will embark on a kayaking adventure on the Arajuno River. This river is known for its rich biodiversity, including various bird species, otters, and monkeys. Enjoy the serene beauty of the Amazon rainforest as you paddle along the river.

Take a break from kayaking and enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the natural surroundings. This will provide an opportunity to rest, refuel, and appreciate the stunning scenery.

After completing the kayaking portion, you will stay at a basic lodge located near the community. The lodge will provide you with a comfortable place to rest and immerse yourself in the rainforest environment. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet the locals and learn about the traditions of the Kichwa indigenous community. Engage in conversations, observe traditional practices, and enjoy a traditional meal illuminated by candlelight.

Overnight: Basic lodge or similar
Meals included: Lunch and dinner
Day 2

Parrot Clay Lick

Start your day by visiting a claylick, which is a natural formation where parrots gather to consume mineral-rich clay. Witness the colorful spectacle of parrots and other bird species as they gather and interact with each other. Return to the lodge for a fulfilling breakfast, enjoying the peaceful ambiance of the rainforest.

After breakfast, visit a local school near the lodge and engage in a friendly soccer match with the children. This will provide a unique opportunity to connect with the local community and experience their daily lives.

Resume your kayaking adventure on the Arajuno River, exploring the river for approximately 3 hours. Enjoy the picturesque landscapes and keep an eye out for any wildlife sightings. After completing the kayaking portion, meet the car and begin your journey back to Quito. On the way, make a stop in Tena for lunch before continuing the drive back to the city.

Throughout the entire trip, you will be provided with top-of-the-line kayaking gear and accompanied by professional guides who are knowledgeable about the area and can ensure your safety and enjoyment.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

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    • Top Experienced Certified English-Speaking Guide

    • Private Land Transport

    • Accommodation for one night

    • Meals according to the Itinerary

    • Water and snacks at all time

    • Paddling gear: Double or single inflatable kayaks, lifejackets and paddles

    • All fees to reserves and museums

    • 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: The Accommodation in this expedition is basic with shared bathroom and shower, but located in a beautiful environment surrounded by the jungle, there is a social area with hammocks and a fire place.

    • 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, while in the Galapagos the speed boat from Santa Cruz to Isabela can be a bit challenging if you are not use to travel by boat, so we highly recommend to carry some seasickness medicine with you.

    • Level of Activity: This trip is considered as 2 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 kayaking in the Amazon is class I, this means there are not big rapids, so it is very easy to do paddle.

    • Weather and Elevation in Mainland: In Ecuador the weather can be vary greatly depending on which side of the Andes you are traveling to, so it is highly recommended to come ready for all kinds of weather. When they say “Ecuador, All in One Place” they mean it! The altitude determines the temperature and the higher you go the colder it gets. Don’t let the geographic location of the country fool you. Even at a mere 15,000 feet the temperatures can feel like those of a winter in the northern United States. The coastal lowlands in the western part of Ecuador are typically warm with temperatures in the region of 25 °C (77 °F). Coastal areas are affected by ocean currents and between January and April are hot and rainy. The weather in Quito is consistent with that of a subtropical highland climate. The average temperature during the day is 70 °F (21 °C), which generally falls to an average of 50 °F (10 °C) at night. The average temperature annually is 64°F (17.8°C). There are only really two seasons in the city: dry and wet. The dry season runs from June to September and the wet season is from October to May.

    • 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 so please be ready.

    • Passport

    • Credit card

    • One pairs of lightweight hiking pants

    • Two pairs of shorts

    • One bathing suits

    • Two non-cotton T-shirts

    • One water T-shirt

    • One fleece

    • One rain jacket

    • One pair of rain pants

    • Two buffs

    • One pair of tennis shoes

    • One pair of water sandals

    • One pair of flip flops

    • One cap or hat

    • Sunscreen

    • Sunglasses

    • Mosquito repellent

    • Camera

    • Head lamp

    • Optional binoculars

    Price based on number of guests:

    2 - 3 guests

    $480/per person

    • All premium features

    • Daily departures

    4 or more guests

    $310/per person

    • All premium features

    • Daily departures

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