Learning Kichwa Life in Yanchana

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4 Days . 3 Nights
Availability : Oct 17’ - Dec 18’
Yachana . Coca
Tour Details

“Yachana” means “a place for learning” in the indigenous Kichwa language. Since 1995, the mission of the Yachana Foundation has been dedicated to finding sustainable solutions in the struggle between the ideals of rainforest preservation and the realities of life in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Yachana Lodge was created to be a source of financial support to projects of the Yachana Foundation and 100% of the proceeds from your visit will go to supporting the foundation’s non-profit programs. Projects include education, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and entrepreneurialism that benefit local indigenous and mestizo youth from the Amazon region.

Departure & Return Location

Quito, Ecuador (Google Map)

Departure Time

Depends in the hour of the flight from Quito to Coca.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Unlimited water, coffee and tea
  • Full board

Price Excludes

  • Airfare Quito - Coca (USD 190.- per person)
  • Transfer from Quito´s airport to the hotel
  • Alcoholic and non - alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Internet Wi - Fi
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any other service not mentioned herein
What to Expect

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  • Prices depends of the accommodation and are per person
  • You may incluide other services
  • The itinerary is subject to change according weather conditions.

Day 1Getting to Yachana

Your journey into the Amazon Jungle begins at Quito, during the 30-minute flight over the Andes from Quito to the jungle town of Coca, on a clear day, you’ll enjoy amazing views of snow covered mountains and the endless green expanse of the rainforest
as you begin your descent into the Amazon. At Coca airport you’ll be meet by your Yachana guide, and then transported to the river port to board our 57 ft. (18 mt.) motorized canoe for a 2-1/2 hour trip upriver. A box lunch will be served as we navigate the Napo River. Life vests are provided so you can fully relax and enjoy your ride along one of the largest tributaries to the legendary Amazon River.
At Yachana Lodge, you’ll receive a warm welcome from our native staff that will serve you a refreshing beverage and snack while you are introduced to the Lodge facilities and issued rubber boots to use during your stay with us.
After you’ve had a chance to rest in your room, your guide will take you on a short hike;
first onboard the open bus, then the hike to a place where there is a beautiful and very large Ceibo tree. Your guide will be explaining a lot of things along the way.
Enjoy a cocktail or other refreshing beverage while witnessing a spectacular sunset from
your balcony or dining hall. Dinner is served between 7:00 – 7:30 PM. (B/L/D)

Day 2RainForest Trek

After breakfast, you will board our ranchera (typical local bus) and accompany your guide as he leads you on a journey into the rainforest stopping to observe birds, and possibly monkeys, along the way. During your rainforest trek your guide will explain the uses of various medicinal plants and amaze you with his knowledge of the several species of birds and animals that inhabit the rainforest, which he calls home. Return to the lodge for lunch and an opportunity to rest before the next activity.
In the afternoon you take our ranchera to Agua Santa community in order to board a raft
downriver to observe a local family panning for gold.
From there, using either inner-tubes, a small rubber raft or just life jackets, you can float/swim as you continue down river to the Puerto Rico port for pick up to return to the
lodge, a relaxing way to enjoy the spectacular scenery thatsurrounds you.
On your way to the river you will have a chance to visit the Yachana Training Center. The
Administrative will give an explanation of the activities to be carried out there.
After dinner on one of your evenings at the lodge your guide will offer to take you on a night walk to discover a totally different side of the forest that only comes alive after dark.
On this walk, you have the chance to see many small insects, amphibians, reptiles and other animals.

Day 3Amazon Culinary Delights

You have the option to start your day early by participating in a bird watching excursion or sleep little longer before enjoying another splendid breakfast, the first of the day’s
Amazon culinary delights. After breakfast, you will board our ranchera to go to a farm where you can see and harvest some products you have probably never seen or prepared
before. Return to the lodge and learn how to make chocolate using organic cacao harvested from the localfamilies. Turn the cacao beans into delicious jungle chocolate, one of the main ingredients for several of the delectable deserts served at the lodge and drink a delicious coffee made with the roasted coffee beans picked by you.
You will be fixing your own lunch.
Afer lunch, you will travel by canoe to the home of shaman and his family to learn about local Kichwa culture and traditions, and to participate in a cleansing ceremony. Afterwards, try your skills at using a typical blowgun and spear. This is a wonderful cultural activity to know a local family.
Return to the lodge for dinner. Rest before dinner and enjoy the sunset from your balcony or dining hall.Egret.
After breakfast, you will take a walk, approximately 2 hours with stops, where you can learn about the benefits and uses of the palms to the Achuar and the important ecological role played by insects and animals in the forest. Lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon you will enjoy piranha or catfish fishing. Also you could learn the art of making crafts with staff Achuar lodge.
After dinner, you will explore the Kapawari river in search of nocturnal animals such as monkeys, alligators and birds.

Day 4Return Day

After a hearty breakfast and then travel by canoe or ranchera from Yachana back to the city of Coca for your flight back to Quito. If traveling by land, you’ll have the chance to observe Amazon life other communities and if by river, have one last opportunity to appreciate the vastness of the rainforest and reflect on your experience at Yachana.

*Please be aware that Yachana Lodge cannot guarantee that you will see wildlife because
of the unpredictable nature of animals and due to the fact that the area around the Lodge has been impacted by human presence. Lodge activities may vary in order or due to
weather conditions but rest assured your guide will do everything possible to maintain the established itinerary whenever possible.