4 Days & 3 Nights Itinerary
The Yachana 4 Day & 3 Night Itinerary is a perfect way to explore a unique Ecuadorian rainforest gem.
This tour allows you time to fully enjoy the variety of activities that Yachana Lodge and Yachana Training Center are most famous for offering.
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).
Your guide will amaze you explaining a lot of things along the way.
Dinner is served between 7:00 – 7:30pm.
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.
After breakfast, you will onboard on 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 after lunch, 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 chocolate using 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.
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.
NOTE: *Please be aware that Yachana cannot guarantee that you will see wildlife because of the unpredictable nature of animals and due to the fact that the area around the Lodge has been impacted by human presence. Lodge activities may vary in order due to weather conditions but rest assured your guide will do everything possible to maintain the established itinerary whenever possible.