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  • Canoe ride
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  • Dining area
  • Hammocks
  • Napo river
  • River trip
  • Night wildlife

Yachana Lodge

If you take an active interest in eco-tourism then Yachana comes highly recommended! The lodge won the 2004 Condé Nast magazine eco-tourism award, and also earns glowing praise from the Lonely Planet as one of the leading eco-tourism players within South America.

The lodge itself is extremely comfortable, lots of wildlife spotting opportunities, a visit to a traditional shaman healer, as well as learning about the ground-breaking environmental, educational, medical and agricultural projects in the local community.

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USA & Canada: 1-8_00-269-0216 • UK: 0-800-051-7125

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The lodge offers double bamboo cabins built in the style of the local Quichua people, equipped with bed, mosquito netting on windows, private toilet and shower. There is also a communal dining area, bar and lounge.

Yachana Lodge

Accommodation

  • Cabins: single, twin, double ortriple.
  • Private bathroom: yes
  • Showers: yes - hot water
  • Mosquito nets: yes - on windows
  • Electricity: yes - solar panels, 110V sockets only in evenings
  • Boots / Rain ponchos: provided by lodge staff

Itineraries

It is usually possible to start this tour any day of the week - please contact our sale staff to check availability for your dates of travel.

4 DAYS
Day 1

You will be received at El Coca Airport and transferred by private car to Yachana. Here 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 facilities. After you’ve had a chance to rest in your room, your guide will take you on a short hike; this hike will take you into the jungle where you will see a giant and beautiful Kapok tree (Ceibo) and hopefully some wildlife on route. Your guide will amaze you explaining a lot of things along the way. Dinner is served between 7:00 7:30pm.

Day 2

You have the option to start your day early by participating in a bird watching excursion or sleep little longer before enjoying a splendid breakfast, the first of the day’s Amazon culinary delights. After a traditional breakfast from the Amazon, 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 Yachana for lunch and an opportunity to rest before the next activity.

In the afternoon the administrative will give an explanation about how the Yachana Training Center works and the strong support of the Yachana Foundation with his educational program. After this you will take our ranchera to Agua Santa community in order to board a raft downriver to observe a local family doing 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 enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds you. At some point you will get on board of a motorize canoe to head back to Yachana.

After dinner in the evening 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 3

After breakfast, you will board our ranchera to go to a farm where you can see and harvest some many products you have probably never seen or prepared before. You will be part of a culinary activity fixing your own typical lunch from the amazon under the supervision of our chef.

In the afternoon, 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 on the art of hunting using a typical blowgun and spear. This is a wonderful cultural activity to know a local family and learn more about the kichwa tradition and way of living.

Return to Yachana for dinner at 7:00 7:30 PM. Rest before dinner and enjoy the sunset from our dining hall. After dinner you will learn how to make cholocateusing organic cacao harvested from the local families. Turn the cacao beans into delicious jungle chocolate, one of the main ingredients for several of the delectable desserts served at Yachana. This is one of our highlight as you prepare chocolate in a traditional way.

Day 4 After a hearty breakfast, travel by a private car from Yachana back to the city of Coca for your flight back to Quito. When traveling by land, you’ll have the chance to observe Amazon life and other communities.
5 DAYS
Day 1

You will be received at El Coca Airport and transferred by private car to Yachana. Here 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 facilities. After you’ve had a chance to rest in your room, your guide will take you on a short hike; this hike will take you into the jungle where you will see a giant and beautiful Kapok tree (Ceibo) and hopefully some wildlife on route. Your guide will amaze you explaining a lot of things along the way. Dinner is served between 7:00 7:30pm.

Day 2

You have the option to start your day early by participating in a bird watching excursion or sleep little longer before enjoying a splendid breakfast, the first of the day’s Amazon culinary delights. After a traditional breakfast from the Amazon, 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 Yachana for lunch and an opportunity to rest before the next activity.

In the afternoon the administrative will give an explanation about how the Yachana Training Center works and the strong support of the Yachana Foundation with his educational program. After this you will take our ranchera to Agua Santa community in order to board a raft downriver to observe a local family doing 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 enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds you. At some point you will get on board of a motorize canoe to head back to Yachana.

After dinner in the evening 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 3

After breakfast, you will board our ranchera to go to a farm where you can see and harvest some many products you have probably never seen or prepared before. You will be part of a culinary activity fixing your own typical lunch from the amazon under the supervision of our chef.

In the afternoon, 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 on the art of hunting using a typical blowgun and spear. This is a wonderful cultural activity to know a local family and learn more about the kichwa tradition and way of living.

Return to Yachana for dinner at 7:00 7:30 PM. Rest before dinner and enjoy the sunset from our dining hall. After dinner you will learn how to make cholocateusing organic cacao harvested from the local families. Turn the cacao beans into delicious jungle chocolate, one of the main ingredients for several of the delectable desserts served at Yachana. This is one of our highlight as you prepare chocolate in a traditional way.

Day 4

After a wonderful breakfast depending on weather condition you may choose from: a) A deep hike on our 1000 hectares protected forest. b) Visiting a community bank (for this activity we will ask for a donation of 50 USD per person). c) Explore more deeply the Napo River enjoying a canoeing. Choosing from either activity you will come back to Yachana to have lunch.

In the afternoon you will get on board on our ranchera to visit the Cacao Collection Center and then you will hike for about 10 minutes to La Paz Waterfall. Time to enjoy the waterfall and if are lucky you will see a lot of parrots!!

Then you will hike back to the main road where the ranchera will be waiting for us to go back to Yachana for dinner.

Then after dinner sit around the campfire prepare some delicious coffee, be aware you have to roast, grind it then you will enjoy it as your guide tells you some of the stories and legends of the Amazon and be amazed by the sounds of the jungle at night.

Day 5 After a hearty breakfast, travel by a private car from Yachana back to the city of Coca for your flight back to Quito. When traveling by land, you’ll have the chance to observe Amazon life and other communities.
2017 PRICES PER PERSON
4 days $366 jungle view / $456 river view Request this Tour
5 days $488 jungle view / $608 river view Request this Tour

Cheaper rates are also available staying in the Yachana Training Centre: bungalow $228 (4 days) / $304 (5 days) or casita $273 (4 days) / $364 (5 days).

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation at lodge (twin or double share cabin)
  • 3 meals per day
  • All activities as detailed in itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Return transport between Coca and the lodge in canoe
  • Use of rubber boots, rain ponchos & lifejackets
  • Donation of $20 to Yachana Foundation projects

Exclusions:

  • Transport from Quito to Coca
  • Single supplement room charge 40%
  • Canoe surcharge (sometimes applies for groups of less than 4)
  • Tips / drinks from bar / other personal expenses

Access/Transport

Tour starts and finishes in the town of Coca.

Transport to Coca from Quito is possible either by bus (10-12 hours, $10 one-way) or plane (30minutes, approx $186 return fare). Your guide will meet you in Coca and the transport onto Yachana is a further 2 to 4 hours away by canoe.

Past Clients Feedback

"A wonderful trip and awe-inspiring experience" (Terri Black, USA)

"We never expected to find such a luxurious place to stay in the Ecuadorian jungle! The service and food were exceptional and the trips highly enjoyable" (James & Helen Hunter, UK)

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