Some of the more popular activities we offer are listed below and apply to either 4 or 5 days packages.
When not directly participating in daily tours please explore our beautiful gardens that surround the lodge or relax in your hammock and absorb the sounds, smells and environment of the area.
All formal activities include one of our experienced guides to ensure you get the most of your experience.
Activities are subject to change due to weather conditions, desires, logistical limitations and the duration of your stay at the lodge.
Local guides give expert interpretation of the varied flora and fauna you can expect to experience the rainforest of the Yachana Ecological Reserve.
Opportunities for hikes in both primary and secondary rainforest are offered.
Each hike has a different theme and you will learn about medicinal plants, trees, vines, and flowers and observe the wildlife found in both primary and secondary forests.
A nocturnal hike is also offered for those wanting to see what is around after dark.
Early Bird Tours
Yachana Reserve is home to over 750 different species including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies.
Early morning is the best time to find the largest number of birds.
Our guides can easily identify their calls and songs and will help you spot them in tree tops are in open fields.
Bring your binoculars to help aid in the experience.
Visit the Curandero – Traditional Healer
Visit the home of a local healer or curandero and his family and participate in a traditional cleansing ceremony before testing your skills in the indigenous art of hunting with a blowgun and spear.
You will also have the opportunity to make chicha, a fermented drink made from yucca.
Our guides offer an interpretation of the ceremony, teach about the making of the hunting equipment and will amaze you with their own skills of marksmanship.
Ask about options for a “full Kichwa Cultural Immersion” program activity.
Visit the Yachana Foundation Training Center
The Yachana Foundation believes in a practical, hands-on approach to learning.
When you visit the Yachana Foundation Training Center you will have time to talk to our students and to learn about their lives in the rainforest, the place they call home.
Visit the campus, see the excellent facilities and learn what some of the educational challenges are that the young people from the region face.
See some our new projects: Aquaponics, Composting Toilets, Banana Circles or work in the classroom with our students on english.
Tour a Local Farm
Participate in an extensive Amazon culinary Farm to Table adventure.
A visit to a local farm is where you will see the farming methods and variety of products being grown all organically.
You will harvest produce from the farm to take to our kitchen where you will spend the rest of the morning preparing your lunch under the guidance of our expert chef.
Learn to make Maito, taste Chontacuro [chonta palm larvae], make a salad of Stinging Nettles, and experience fresh Heart of Palm for the first time.
Our cooking class will provide you with the knowledge of traditional recipes and cooking techniques needed for adding authentic Ecuadorian cuisine to your repertoire.
In this program you will prepare several courses of “local” cuisine using the products harvested from the local farm (Chocolate).
Yachana’s head chef will lead you through the hands-on preparation process.
When finished you will eat all the courses as your lunch time meal of the day!
Learn About a Micro-credit Program
Visit a local village that has a micro-credit program, initiated by Yachana, where you will have the opportunity to actually visit the homes and farms of the beneficiaries of small micro loans.
You will be able to hear their stories and see their lives.
A additional contribution of $50 per person to help capitalize their bank is requested.
Other experiences may include: making chocolate from locally grown cacao beans while you learn of the economic importance of cacao in the area, take a 30 minute ride on the road to visit a spectacular waterfall, hike to visit a huge Ceibo tree, paddle a canoe on a small branch of the main river to see the wildlife and experience the jungle just before nightfall, visit a family panning for gold along the riverbank, or ask about our full Kichwa Cultural Immersion experience [extra cost] when you make your reservation.