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  • Yachana Lodge
  • Balcony view
  • Bathroom
  • Twin room
  • Yachana room
  • Room lounge
  • Canoe ride
  • Dining area
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  • Yachana Lodge, Amazon natives
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  • Yachana Lodge, canoe ride
  • Yachana Lodge, double room
  • Yachana Lodge, jungle river
  • Yachana Lodge, social area
  • 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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Lodge Background

The lodge offers double bamboo cabins built in th estyle 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.

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

The 4-day trip usually starts on Tuesdays, and the 5-day on Fridays. It is possible to start your trip on alternative days but this may be subject to an additional canoe transport surcharge - check with Happy Gringo for details.

4 DAYS
Day 1 A 30-minute flight over the Andes from Quito takes us to coca. On a clear day there is an amazing view of the mountains and jungle. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and head out to the lodge by canoe (approx 3 hours). A packed lunch will be served on-route. At the lodge you will be greeted with a welcome drink and trip briefing as as an introduction to FUNDESINs eco-tourism project sites. Your visit helps support developmental and environmental projects. After dinner there is a night walk to look for nocturnal species.
Day 2 Breakfast. Primary forest hike to discover the immense biodiversity of the jungle. Although it takes time to tune into the jungle, many of the rainforest secrets are easy to discover with te aid of your guide's keen eyes! Photo opportunities are endless. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you can partake in cultural activites followed by a canoe ride for bird watching. Barbecue dinner on the Napo River.
Day 3 Bird watching early in the morning. After breakfast a cultural visit to a traditional shaman healer to witness a traditional healing ceremony, as well as a chance to test your skills at using a blow gun and throwing a spear. Lunch and free-time. In the afternoon a visit to an indian house to learn about the typical way of life in a Quichua indian community. Dinner.
Day 4 Early breakfast. Depart Yachana Lodge for flight back to Quito from Coca.
5 DAYS
Day 1 A 30-minute flight over the Andes from Quito takes us to coca. On a clear day there is an amazing view of the mountains and jungle. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and head out to the lodge by canoe (approx 3 hours). A packed lunch will be served on-route. At the lodge you will be greeted with a welcome drink and trip briefing as as an introduction to FUNDESINs eco-tourism project sites. Your visit helps support developmental and environmental projects. After dinner there is a night walk to look for nocturnal species.
Day 2 Breakfast. Primary forest hike to discover the immense biodiversity of the jungle. Although it takes time to tune into the jungle, many of the rainforest secrets are easy to discover with te aid of your guide's keen eyes! Photo opportunities are endless. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you can partake in cultural activites followed by a canoe ride for bird watching. Barbecue dinner on the Napo River.
Day 3 Bird watching early in the morning. After breakfast a secondary forest hike to learn about the plants which have served people's daily needs such as: building homes, making baskets, twine, weapons, clothing and food. Lunch and time to relax. Afternoon visit to a family gold-panning on the river as well as free-time to swim (with guide's supervision). Dinner.
Day 4 Bird watching early in the morning. After breakfast a cultural visit to a traditional shaman healer to witness a traditional healing ceremony, as well as a chance to test your skills at using a blow gun and throwing a spear. Lunch and free-time. In the afternoon a visit to an indian house to learn about the typical way of life in a Quichua indian community. Dinner.
Day 5 Early breakfast. Depart Yachana Lodge for flight back to Quito from Coca.
2014 PRICES PER PERSON
4 days $759 (regular lodge) / $528 Sisa Wasi / $412 (Casa Quest)
5 days $1001 (regular lodge) / $704 Sisa Wasi / $560 (Casa Quest)

Sisa Wasi are more basic rooms available from June 2013, Casa Quest offers dorms with shared bathrooms available for student groups and volunteers..

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

Exclusions:

  • Transport from Quito to Coca
  • Single supplement room charge 30%
  • Canoe surcharge (sometimes applies for small groups)
  • 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, $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.