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Huaorani Ecolodge

The Huaorani ecolodge started operation in 2008 and offers a very personal experience with both rainforest nature and the infamous Huaorani tribe.

The Huaorani are a timeless people – their origins are unknown and language has no relation to any other know language. For thousands of years they have made the lush Ecuadorian rainforest their home and now they are embracing eco-tourism as an opportunity for small groups of tourists to get to know their culture and traditions whilst supporting the community.

The lodge is built in an area of pristine virgin rainforest boasting a great diversity of wildlife and plant species – tours are accompanied by both a native Huaorani guide as well as a local naturalist guide to translate who together explain the wonders of the forest to guests.

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Lodge Background

The Huaorani Lodge was built small to accommodate only 10 people per visit – it was designed to be intimate, harmonious and ecologically sustainable whilst not impacting negatively on the Huaorani villagers.

Accommodation is provided in 5 comfortable double (or twin) cabins built in the traditional Huaorani style with thatched roof, mosquito netting, private bathroom with shower and flush-toilet, porch with comfy chairs, 24-hour electricity provided via solar panels, as well as environmentally-friendly soap and shampoo.

The restaurant provides nutritionally balanced meals hygienically prepared by the local chef, and fruit / tea / coffee / safe drinking water are on hand throughout each day.

Guests can also enjoy the bar providing beer, wine and soft drinks, and a hammock house overlooking the Shiripuno River.

Accommodation

  • Cabins: twin / double
  • Private bathroom: yes
  • Showers: yes
  • Mosquito nets: netting surrounds each hut
  • Electricity: Yes, solar-powered
  • Boots / Rain ponchos: Yes

Itineraries

4 DAYS
Day 1 An early start (hotel pickup) takes you by private bus down the valley of the volcanoes - descending slowly towards the rainforest you pass some of Ecuador’s most famous peaks on route with time for photo-stops on a clear day.

From the town of Shell your group will board a light aircraft for the 45-minute flight to the community of Quehueriono, and then a short canoe ride along the Shiripuno River to the lodge. An introductory briefing is followed by freetime to settle into your new lush green surroundings.
Day 2 An active morning 1 hour trek through the forest to site of the Huarani community - the rest of the morning is spent getting aqcuainted with your hosts and their way of life, and visiting a local family in their hut.

The afternoon is spent poling down the river in a dugout canoe looking for birds and wildlife. After dinner there is a special night-walk to look for nocturnal species.
Day 3 The morning is spent on a slow canoe trip down the Shiripuno River towards the tiny Huaorani village of Apaica spotting wildlife and enjoying the scenery as you flow. At Apaica there is time to meet the locals and to swim from the small beach.

Our final destination for the evening is the pictoresque Nenquepare campsite where you will sleep in tents erected on wodden platforms.
Day 4 The final stretch of your river journey sees you leaving the Huaorani territory and into the land of the oil companies (which used to be Huaorani territory!).

Here you witness firsthand the crude reality of our society's thirst for oil and the threat that faces Ecuadorian rainforest and the Huaorani tribe today - it is an emotionally moving end to the trip, but is necessary to see the reality of this region.

The trip finishes in the town of Coca with a flight back to Quito.

5 DAYS
Day 1 An early start (hotel pickup) takes you by private bus down the valley of the volcanoes - descending slowly towards the rainforest you pass some of Ecuador’s most famous peaks on route with time for photo-stops on a clear day.

From the town of Shell your group will board a light aircraft for the 45-minute flight to the community of Quehueriono, and then a short canoe ride along the Shiripuno River to the lodge.An introductory briefing is followed by freetime to settle into your new lush green surroundings.
Day 2 An active morning 1 hour trek through the forest to site of the Huarani community - the rest of the morning is spent getting aqcuainted with your hosts and their way of life, and visiting a local family in their hut.

The afternoon is spent poling down the river in a dugout canoe looking for birds and wildlife. After dinner there is a special night-walk to look for nocturnal species.
Day 3 An unforgettable morning out in the rainforest trails with a Huaorani hunter – here you will learn about jungle survival techniques such as setting traps, making a fire without matches, building a simple shelter, using a blowgun and machete, and how to catch fish in small creeks amongst others.

After an optional swim in the river the group heads for an informal social visit into the community which may include visiting local households, sampling a bowl of chucula (a sweet drink made from bananas), admiring their handmade artefacts, visiting a garden with local crops, and maybe you will even be invited to play a game of community soccer!
Day 4 The morning is spent on a slow canoe trip down the Shiripuno River towards the tiny Huaorani village of Apaica spotting wildlife and enjoying the scenery as you flow. At Apaica there is time to meet the locals and to swim from the small beach.

Our final destination for the evening is the pictoresque Nenquepare campsite where you will sleep in tents erected on wodden platforms.
Day 5 The final stretch of your river journey sees you leaving the Huaorani territory and into the land of the oil companies (which used to be Huaorani territory!).

Here you witness firsthand the crude reality of our society's thirst for oil and the threat that faces Ecuadorian rainforest and the Huaorani tribe today - it is an emotionally moving end to the trip, but is necessary to see the reality of this region.

The trip finishes in the town of Coca. You can either catch a bus back to Quito (10-12 hours) or ask us to reserve a flights for you (approx $90 extra).

The 8-day trip broadly follows the same itineraries as above but with more time visiting different hiking trails and is obviously a more indepth peak into the rainforest world.

2014 PRICES PER PERSON
4 days (Mon-Thu)
$730
5 day (Thu-Mon) $906

Inclusions:
  • Accommodation based on twin/double share
  • All meals
  • Activities as listed in itinerary
  • Local Huaorani guide + bilingual naturalist guide
  • Use of rain poncho / boots / umbrella
  • Bio-degradable soap and shampoo
Exclusions:
  • Transportation ($250 per person on regular trip start days plus optional $106 flight Coca to Quito on final day)
  • Entrance fee to Huaorani territory ($20 per person)
  • Single supplement
  • Drinks from the bar
  • Rubber boots larger than size 10UK / 10.5USA / 44EURO
  • Tips and other personal expenses

Access/Transport

The tour starts and finishes in Quito.

Transport route varies between the 4 and 5 day trips. Both start with a 5 hour bus ride down the Andes to the town of Shell followed by a small plane journey into the deep Amazon. The 4day trip makes the same return journey, whilst the 5-day trip continues onto Coca before flying back in a regular plane.

Transport costs amount to $250 per person (subject to change). One-way flight from Coca to Quito costs approx $106. A supplement may be charged for departures outside of the regular set days.

Past Clients Feedback

"At the Huaorani Ecolodge, I got a good sense of life in the Amazon. While the comfortable Huaorani-style cabins provided unexpected indulgence in the rainforest, I was able to experience many aspects of Huaorani culture and lifestyle. From walking in the forest searching for peccaries and learning to use a blowgun, to identifying edible fruits hanging off the trunks of forest trees, traveling up and down rivers in a dugout canoe poled by native guides, eating yucca and palm fruits, and enjoying the nightly serenades of frogs and cicadas, I learned both the art and the science of the jungle." (Abigail Rome, USA)

* All lodge information is correct at time of publishing but subject to change by the lodge owner.