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Amazon Rainforest and Jungle Lodge

5 Days & 4 Nights
  • Travel to the depths of the Amazon rainforest and stay at a remote jungle lodge
  • Explore Yasuni National park, a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve
  • Observe 565 registered species of birds from an observatory perched in the trees
  • Stay at the remote Sani Ecolodge for an authentic jungle adventure
  • Paddle to a lagoon to view nocturnal wildlife and listen to a symphony of sounds
Based at Sani Lodge, enjoy full days of guided excursions through Yasuni National Park and the Napo River, while staying at private palm-thatched cabins each night. Upon arrival to Quito, fly into Coca and travel into the center of the Amazon rainforest to fully explore Yasuni National Park, a designated UNESCO international biosphere. Discover animals, plants and indigenous communities native to the region and the Napo River by kayak and foot. Return to the lodge each night to savor delicious chef-prepared dinners at the open-air restaurant. Grab a cocktail at the Buhos Bar, a little corner of civilization, to watch the golden colors of the sunset before retiring for the evening.

What To Expect

This tour is perfect for photographers, birders, naturalists or lovers of wildlife who want to explore the heart of the Amazon rainforest in comfort. This tour is graded easy with full-day guided excursions via jungle dirt trails, kayak or motorized canoe. Based at Sani Lodge, learn about the eco-rich biodiversity of Yasuni National Park and the Napo River while staying at private palm-thatched cabins each night.

Tour Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

Walking, Wildlife Watching, Cultural Activities | Walking as part of a multi activity trip., Trip includes wildlife watching as part of the itinerary, Trip includes cultural activities in the itinerary

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Elegance & Unique Stays, Wildlife, National Parks & Trails

Activity Level & Terrain

This trip is graded moderate and includes daily hikes and some kayaking while exploring the Amazon. To get the most from your trip, you should be in decent physical shape and are able to climb stairs and walk four to six hours every day. The hiking is mostly on dirt trails or local paths. The kayaking is on gentle river waters and consists of one to two persons per boat. No prior experience is necessary, although your ability to swim is a must.

Accommodations

We hand-select boutique hotels or converted local estates, so you can enjoy your stay in historic Quito. Quito is a year-round destination with a large volume of travelers. As such, we may at times have to accommodate you at alternative locations due to availability. We regularly use the following properties, but will accommodate lodging of equal standard should any of the following be unavailable.

While in the Yasuni National Park and jungle, we have carefully selected the Sani Lodge, for a truly unique Amazon experience. The Sani Lodge is the only lodge of its kind within the region. Please take this into consideration when booking. We are proud to support this ecolodge, its efforts towards preservation and its support of indigenous communities.

In both locations, we book standard rooms that provide comfort, modern amenities, exceptional service, multilingual staff and individual character and charm.

Solo Travelers & Single Rooms

This trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required.

If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us during booking so we can request this option.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning and ranges from buffet-style to a set menu or a la carte. A typical breakfast includes juice, tea, coffee, yogurt, granola, breads, jams, eggs or a selection of hot dishes. Please notify us of dietary restrictions at the time of booking.

Three lunches and dinners are included in this trip. Lunches consist of a packed lunch upon arrival, a picnic lunch for when you are exploring the jungle remotely and a meal prepared during the cooking class and community visit. Dinners are provided by Sani Lodge and held at the open-air restaurant.

All other meals are not included, so you can choose to dine at your hotel or from available nearby cafés or restaurants.

Extra Nights

You can request to add extras nights during this itinerary. For further details, please ask us at the time of booking.

Included
  • 3 Nights at the Amazon Sani Lodge
  • 1 Night at boutique hotel in Quito
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches and dinners
  • Private transfer to/from Quito International Airport to downtown Quito
  • Flights to/from Coca
  • Transfers per the itinerary
  • English-speaking Amazon tours and guides
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 telephone support from our office
  • Telephone support from our local, English-speaking representative
Excluded
  • International flights
  • All other lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities and tips
Extras
  • Extra Nights in Quito or Sani Lodge
  • Private Taxi from Quito International Airport to Quito
  • Twin Beds
  • Room Upgrades (only where applicable)

When To Go

Traveling between the months of September to May is recommended to get the most out of these regions.

Availability

This trip is available year-round. As these regions are popular destinations with a large volume of travelers, we may at times have to substitute you with an alternative location due to availability.

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized to ensure availability for specific dates.

Getting to the Start

By Air

The best airport to arrive at is Quito International Airport, which has flights from international and national destinations.

By Private Taxi

Included in this trip is a private transfer from the airport to your overnight hotel in Quito and back. A private taxi will pick you up directly from Quito International Airport, outside the arrivals exit, after passing through customs, baggage claim and security, and will drop you off at your overnight hotel (approx. 1 hour). 

The following day, a private taxi will pick you up directly from your overnight hotel and transfer you to the domestic departures terminal at Quito International Airport.

Getting to/from Coca

By Air:

Included in this trip is a domestic flight from Quito International Airport to Coca, Francisco de Orellana Airport and back. We typically book flights to Coca using the domestic airlines Tame or Avianca (approx. $180-$250 per person). Due to a long travel day, via many methods of transportation to the Amazon, we typically choose the earliest flight out of Quito to allow plenty of time to get to your Amazon lodge. Should you have any specific requirements for flights, please inform our team here at Macs Adventure during booking.

Getting from the End

The best airport to depart from is Quito International Airport, which has flights to international and national destinations.

Luggage Transfer

Baggage transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person. Please note that we have a luggage limit of 50 lbs. per person.

General Information

While in the Andean Highlands, a private English-speaking guide is provided for the Quito city tour and when hiking from lodge-to-lodge, for in-depth local knowledge of significant sites and Ecuadorian culture. All other hikes within the Highlands are self-guided and supported by the Macs Adventure Navigation App and route notes, so you can enjoy an independent, go-at-your-own-pace.

English-speaking guides and expert naturalists are provided for each day’s activities while exploring the Amazon Rainforest.

A daily guide is available to hike with you at all times while in the Andean Highlands if desired. Please let us know during the time of booking if you prefer this option.

Getting Around

All boat transfers and transportation services related to the itinerary are included in this trip.

For additional transportation services outside the provided itinerary, such as a taxi to a specific restaurant or location, the host at your evening’s accommodation can help assist you in making the necessary arrangements.

Visas

Please check your visa requirements with the foreign office or the embassy in your country of residence before traveling to Ecuador.

For US and UK residents, proof of travel or health insurance and a valid passport for at least six months past the planned date of departure from Ecuador is required. Visas are not required unless you are planning to visit longer than 90 days. You may be asked about your reason for travel and provide evidence of a return or onward flight upon arrival.

Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard gear such as durable hiking boots, quick-dry clothing, layers, wide-brimmed hats, insect repellent, sunscreen, binoculars, water shoes, rain gear and a day pack.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Quito Day 2 Travel to the Amazon Day 3 Wildlife Hike & Forest Canopy Discovery Day 4 Explore Yasuni National Park & Local Communities Day 5 Onward Travel

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