Combine and explore two of Ecuador’s natural wonders: the Amazon jungle rain forest and the Galapagos Islands. We can help you arrange your visit to the Amazon before or after visiting the Galapagos when we customize your combination tour specifically for your travel! In the Amazon Basin you’ll witness a complex ecosystem, where layers of dense vegetation harbor a truly mind-boggling number of species. Ecuador has more than 1,450 species of birds, many of which exist nowhere else. Accommodations are at Napo Wildlife Center, Sacha or La Selva lodges, which offer some of the top Amazon experiences in Ecuador.
From Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, the hub to travel to Galapagos and Amazon, fly a mere 25 minutes to get to the the Amazon region. Your destination is the port town of Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally known as Coca, where you will be met by a bilingual guide and taken to the river dock. Here you’ll pause for a snack and to use the rest rooms before boarding the covered motorized canoe for a 2-hour, 50-mile (80-kilometer) trip down the sediment-rich waters of the Napo, the largest river in Ecuadorian Amazonia. During the ride it is easy to spot handsome shore birds such as herons, kingfishers, spoonbills and ospreys between the scattered native huts as you travel steadily away from civilization.
This adventure takes you to the Amazon jungle excursion in an eco-lodge in the Napo region, just a short flight from Quito and one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. For small groups, couples or families, this trip is the perfect mix of outdoor activity, cultural exploration and natural history. It’s an exciting way to experience the varied cultures and landscapes Ecuador has to offer. Throughout experience flawless service from bilingual professional guides, drivers, hosts and Latin Excursions staff as we help you plan your trip from start to finish.
If you’re looking for:
The Amazon Basin experience, Ecuadorian cuisine, natural wonders, rain forest wildlife, hiking, canoeing, night jungle exploration, bird-watching.
Extend your trip:
The Galapagos Islands, the Andean Highlands, or Peru to visit Machu Picchu.
- Stay in exclusive Amazon lodges
- Dine on traditional Ecuadorian cuisine
- Explore the rich sights and sounds of pristine jungle from the comfort of an Amazon lodge in or just outside the Yasuni National Park
- Ideal for families
|1||Depart to the Amazon basinThe flight departs from Quito around mid-morning, after a 30 min flight arrive at Coca airport, a small town in the Ecuadorian rain forest. Board a motorized canoe and travel for about 2 hours through the Napo River, one of the many tributaries to the mighty Amazon River. Afterwards we switch to a dugout canoe and, with the assistance of a native guide and the English speaking naturalist guide, start discovering why the Amazon basin is considered one of the most bio-diverse regions in the planet. Quietly glide up a black water creek to arrive at the lake where our thatch roofed lodge sits on the shore of a lake. The journey can be accomplished in an hour but slowing to view monkeys, kingfishers, hoatzins, jacamars, hawks and more can slow our progress.Accommodation at selected lodge. L, D|
|2||A typical day in a jungle lodge begins at sunrise or earlier, in order to take advantage of the cool morning hours when the rain forest animals are most active. Activities are spread out over a wide area and allow visitors to explore several distinct but equally fascinating habitats. Several trails lead through pristine forest, where 150 foot kapok trees tower above and roots form huge buttresses to give trees support. Others follow strategically raised boardwalks in seasonally flooded forests, where walking on the ground would be nearly impossible during most of the year due to groundwater. One trail may choose to follow even leads across fallen tree trunks and a steel cable zip-line through rich swampland!A favorite activity of guests is to paddle dugout canoes along tannin-rich black-water creeks and lakes, where luxuriant lianas, orchids, bromeliads and palm trees thrive. And wherever an outing may lead the possibilities of spotting animals, from the tiny pygmy marmoset to the feared ocelot or puma, are endless.Accommodation at selected lodge. B, L, D|
|3||One of the original attractions and an all-time favorite of guests is the 135-foot (43-meter) kapok observation tower. Situated on a hill and constructed around a giant kapok tree for stability, this tower allows guests an opportunity to climb into and above the rain forest canopy for a magnificent view of the surrounding area. This tower has been a faithful delight for birdwatchers, where the specialist bird guides have on many occasions reported seeing more than 80 species in a single morning! With some luck, noisy howler monkeys or the gentle three-toed sloth may also be seen, especially with the aid of a powerful telescope provided by your guides.Since lodges are built on the shores of a lake, a very special night attraction is searching for caimans from a dugout canoe. An activity where silence and stillness are indispensable to avoid scaring the caimans away. On cloudless nights it is also a perfect opportunity for star gazing from the openness and darkness of the lake.Accommodation at selected lodge. B, L, D|
|4||Return to Quito.Depart from the lodge after a very early breakfast and travel back to Coca airport by motorized canoe. As the ride is counter-current it will take about 3 hours to reach Coca. The flight back to Quito departs around noon. B|
HOTELS IN QUITO:
|CATEGORY||COLONIAL AREA||MODERN AREA|
|Luxury||Casa Gangotena, plaza view||Hilton, La Pinta suite|
|Deluxe||Patio Andaluz, standard room||Mercure, deluxe room|
LODGES IN AMAZON BASIN:
|CATEGORY||NAPO WILDLIFE||SACHA LODGE||LA SELVA LODGE|
|Deluxe||Standard room||Standard room||Standard room|