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Napo is an Ecuadorian province, located at the eastern side of the country. Its capital is Tena. The province contains the majestic Napo River, which is one of the main affluents of the “Amazonas”. The thick rainforest is home to many natives that remain isolated by preference: descendants of those who avoid the Spanish invasion in the Andes and the Inca’s years before. Tena, the capital, is known as the “Cinnamon capital” of Ecuador, originally founded by missionary explorers and is located at 420m above sea level with a temperature between 25˚C and 32˚C  (77˚F – 89˚F). Tena is famous for the rainforest and the rivers that surround it. It has some of the best rafting and kayaking activities in Ecuador.
The lodge of this program in located 20 minutes away by public or private transportation from Tena city, making it very easy to access and it is on the banks of the huge Napo river.

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Napo River, Ecuador

ITINERARY

Day 1 (D):
ARRIVAL AT THE LODGE
Arrival at the Eco-lodge. After a long drive (3-4 hours from Quito) you can relax for a while in the beautiful and spacious common areas. The lodge is built in a rustic native design, surrounded by gardens with colorful and big jungle plants and flowers. Later a delicious dinner will be served in a romantic candlelight-setting at the restaurant. Afterwards you can enjoy a special welcome drink and a relaxing chat with the administrator to coordinate and discuss next day’s activities.

Day 2 (B,L,D):
“LATAS” FALLS – JUNGLE TREKKING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY FOREST
After breakfast, you will depart by canoe upstream for 10 minutes, to arrive at a small shore, where you will begin a short walk for one hour. In here you will appreciate the jungle’s secondary forest, with its diverse flora and fauna species. After our short hike, you will find yourselves at a breathtaking waterfall: “La Cascada de Latas”. You can have a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and you can enjoy the surrounding views. Then you will return along the same way to have lunch at the lodge. After lunch, you will put on your rubber boots to start an exciting walk in the jungle’s primary forest. Get ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious Amazon jungle, discover amazing plant species with medicinal properties, which will be explained in detail by your expert native guide; their characteristics and how the jungle inhabitants used them in ancient times. You will also observe a great variety of insects and small groups of monkeys, weaving around the giant trees, although you will need some luck to find them. After about three hours of walking, you will arrive at the Lodge again. At night you can have a dinner and a well deserved rest.

Day 3 (B):
After breakfast, you will return to Quito or continue your trip to some other city. End of program.

*4 Days/3 Nights additional day activity (B,L,D):
ANIMAL RESCUE CENTER – INDIGENOUS FAMILY VISIT – HANDMADE CHOCOLATE
After our delicious breakfast you’ll be more than ready to start today’s adventure! You will start with a canoe ride down the imposing Napo River, you will cross Ecuadorian jungle in a interesting hike. You will arrive at Misahualli. You’ll continue your canoe ride until you reach the Arajuno River. Here you will visit the Animal Rescue Center “AmaZOOnico”. This is an organization dedicated to the rescue of wild animals and restoring them into their natural habitat. You will observe a great variety of species such as toucans, parrots, all kind of monkeys, Ocelots, Capybaras and much more. After your visit to this beautiful sanctuary, you’ll enjoy a healthy lunch by the river shore, picnic style. Afterwards, you can swim in the refreshing river waters or simply rest surrounded by peaceful environment. You’ll head back to our Lodge, making a short stop in one of the many local indigenous communities by the Napo River. One of the native Quichua families will show you their ancient costumes like gold washing, pottery techniques and the making process of the typical drink “chicha” made of yuca and blowpipe hunting. After this fascinating cultural exchange, you’ll continue your way to the Lodge by a secondary forest path. After dinner and a break you will make handmade chocolate for dessert.

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Amazon Lodge, Tena, Ecuador

INCLUDED
Accommodation 3 Days / 2 Nights in bungalows with double bed and private bathroom.
Spanish speaking local guide.
English guide
Meals as described in the itinerary (2x breakfast, 1x lunch, 2x dinner).
Activities and excursions as described in the itinerary.
Rubber boots and life jackets.
24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish.

NOT INCLUDED
Transportation: Quito – Tena – Quito.
English speaking guide
Personal equipment, flashlight, mosquito repellent, sun block, waterproof clothing.
Extra food and beverages.
Tips and alcoholic beverages.

PRICES
Luxury option (including semi-private transportation & English speaking guide)
3 Days / 2 Nights – $590 p.p. with 2 guests minimum
4 Days / 3 Nights – $750 p.p. with 2 guests minimum

* Semi-private Transportation: pick in hotel in Quito or Quito airport (4.00 PM)

Budget option (no transportation included & Spanish speaking guide)
3 Days / 2 Nights – $205 p.p. with 2 guests minimum
4 Days / 3 Nights – $325 p.p. with 2 guests minimum

ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVEL

  • Personal attention: the team would like to get to know the customers so they can create the perfect holiday;
  • The staff: the staff use their passion and own travel experiences to create tours of high quality;
  • Authenticity: the tours are personally selected by Rebecca and are a unique and authentic experience;
  • Tailor made: tell the team your preferences and they will create an unforgettable experience;
  • 24/7 assistance: our team can be contacted 24/7 by phone in case of emergencies or unexpected situations (they speak English, Spanish and Dutch!);
  • Insurances: customers will be traveling safely with Rebecca Adventure Travel because they are insured by Dutch guarantee funds (GGTO & VvKR).
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Jungle Toucan

Some important recommendations
* Please take with you some plastic bags, to protect your Camera, and important documents passports and ID from the rain.
* If you like to enjoy watching animals please get some binoculars.
* It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
* The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

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Capuchin Monkey

 

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