Departure Date

Every Monday


5 days 4 nights



Maximum Seats


Have you ever wondered what it is like to live the past? To journey into the unknown, learn from elders and live as our ancestors did? This Expedition takes us to the home of the Waorani indigenous people-- fierce protectors of the past, of nature, and of their cultural identity. Join us on this adventure of a lifetime and explore one of the untouched areas of the Amazon. Spend time immersing yourself along side local warriors and learn about how they survive in the wild of the Amazon. A world away from the hustle and bustle of the city this is a truly unique experience to an area where few have dared to go!

Accommodation is provided at a campsite at the Waorani village
  • Share time with the Wuaorani warriors

  • Canoe the wetlands searching for wildlife

  • Hike in the Amazon Jungle and search for medicinal plants

  • Look for animals and birds at the clay lick

  • Catch a piranha

  • Stay in a place surrounded by nature

  • Learn about the Waorani Culture of the Amazon

  • Learn how to use a blowgun

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

  • Support sustainable travel to preserve culture and nature

  • Canoeing

  • Hiking

  • Birdwatching

  • Swimming

  • Culture

  • Wildlife

Easy to Moderated
  • Year around

  • 18 years old

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Enter the Waorani Territory and canoe down the Shiripuno

This morning we meet in the city of Coca, we will go by car for two hours to the entrance of the reserve, here we will get on a canoe into the Waorani territory. Along the route, it is possible to see a variety of animals such as colorful toucans and macaws. This ride will be for about three hours and our guides will give you some important information about the Tropical Rain Forest. In the afternoon, we will arrive to the campsite located next to one of the Waorani Families.

Overnight: Campsite
Meals included: Lunch and dinner
Day 2

Hike to the animal ́s Clay Lick and Lesson on Hunting Practices

Today we take a short canoe ride and then hike for a couple of hours to a popular hunting spot—the Clay Lick, a mineral rich mud pit. Many animals that live in the region sustain themselves through a diet of seeds and other small plants but supplement their diets with minerals by the clay. Due to it being such a popular spot for animals this is a prime area for hunters to catch their prized meal- the peccary, which according to locals is a delicacy. We will spend some time here in hopes of spotting one of the many animals that frequent the zone before returning to the village by foot.

Spend the afternoon with the hunters as we learn about blowguns, darts, and curare , a natural sedative, which are used in the hunting of monkeys before winding down for the evening.

Overnight: Campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 3

Canoeing down the Cononaco river

In the Early morning we will start canoeing down the Shiripuno and Cononaco rivers, at every corner we will be on search of wildlife, often we can see different species of birds such us: macaws, toucans, parrots, kingfishers, herons, hawks, etc. with some luck we might see caimans, otters, capybara and even jaguars that like to relax on the river banks, we will have lunch on the boat and then continue to the home of another Waorani family. This night we will go by canoe looking for caimans.

Overnight: Campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4

Anacondas at the Lagoon

This is a true adventure into the wild, as we delve even deeper into the enchanting jungle. A canoe ride, short hide and a paddle brings us to a black water lagoon, where on sunny days anacondas can be found resting upon the shore. Known for the 2017 BBC documentary filmed here about the anacondas, this area is also a great place to view the oatzin prehistoric bird and species of king fishers. After a day of exploration we will have some down time before delving into the mysteries of local spiritual culture and speak with the locals. At the lagoon we will have the opportunity to catch a fish, probably a piranha as they are popular in this ecosystem.

Overnight: Campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5

Culture and fishing

Our last day of immersion takes us into the lives of the women of the tribe as we walk along side them in their daily tasks. We will have the opportunity to make kene, a fermented beverage of yucca or chonta (depending on the time of year you may also be able to take part in the harvest of the yucca), to end the adventure we are bid adieu with a colorful and emotion-packed presentation by tribe through singing and dancing. You will also have the chance to purchase local handicrafts. In buying directly from the tribe, you help contribute to sustaining local families.
To leave the Wuaorani Territory we will take a short flight to Shell and the travel by car to Quito.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Let's design your adventure

    • Top Experienced Certified English-Speaking Guide

    • Water Transport

    • Flight from Bameno to Shell

    • Transport from Shell to Quito

    • Accommodation for four nights in a tent

    • Meals according to the Itinerary

    • Water and snacks at all time

    • Water bottle

    • All fees to reserves and museums

    • International flights

    • Flight from Quito to Coca

    • 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: 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 canoeing 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. Note that there are weight restrictions for the plane, according to the size of the group.

    • Passport

    • Credit card

    • Two pairs of lightweight hiking pants

    • Two pairs of shorts

    • Two bathing suit

    • Three non-cotton T-shirts

    • One water T-shirt

    • One light fleece

    • Two rain jackets

    • One pair of rain pants

    • Two buffs

    • One pair of robber boots (you can buy them in Shell 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


    SUMMER 2024

    $1680/per person

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    2 - 3 guests

    $2100/per person

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    • Every monday

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    $1500/per person

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    • Every monday

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