4 Days – 3 Nights From $609.95
Hot Springs Amazon Experience
Day 1 – Quito – Papallacta– Itamandi Ecolodge
We take a two-hour drive east of Quito to the Papallacta Hot Springs Resort, located in the Andean highland, stopping at 4000 meters for a quick look at the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve. We will appreciate the high mountain “paramo” ecosystem, crossing the Virgin de Papallacta pass, before we continue our journey to the best hot springs in Ecuador. We can soak in the hot volcanic pools, surrounded by birds and flowers.
After a couple of hours, our next stop is at the Hummingbird Sanctuary at “Guango” Lodge, to observe all the different colorful species of these small creatures, as well as to have a healthy lunch.
On our way down the curvy road to the Amazon Rainforest, we stop at “Guacamayos Lookout” (Spanish for macaws), located in between the Sumaco and Antizana National Reserves (low-elevation Cloud Forest) to observe the magic blanket of clouds that covers the Amazon Rainforest, to finally descend into the steamy Amazon basin passing through Kichwa villages and tropical rainforest. Arriving at the Arajuno River we will take a motorized canoe for 20 minutes up river to Itamandi EcoLodge.
Once we arrive at the dock area of Itamandi EcoLodge, the resident manager will greet you. We continue to relax in the lounge area with a snack and a drink to have a short briefing, held by your bilingual naturalist guides with general information about the lodge and activities.
6:30pm Night walk (optional)
A flashlight and camera are the most important tools on this night excursion, which allows guests to hear the nocturnal sounds and to look for fishing bats, owls, some insects, tarantulas, toads and frogs, and possibly snakes. If the sky is clear, we might have the chance to do some stargazing.
5:45am – 6:00am (if the climate it permits) Parrot Clay Lick
Day 2 – Cultural Encounter
For bird lovers we take a canoe ride for 15 minutes upstream early in the morning to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). We appreciate a unique site where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops and later will come down to the clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy it.
7:00am – 8:30am Breakfast
9:00am or 9:30am Long hike
After a scrumptious breakfast we head out for a hike through the primary and secondary Rainforest. Our expert naturalists teach you about the ecology and flora and fauna of the Rainforest along the trail. You will observe a great variety of insects, a diversity of birds flying around us and with some luck reptiles or monkeys. This activity takes about 2 ½ -3hours.
Back at Itamandi EcoLodge for Lunch and a siesta.
3:00pm Visit to Native Community
In the afternoon it is time to enjoy a cultural activity. An Amazonian Kichwa community will receive us and we learn about their way of life and the interaction they have with the forest. This encounter is going to show you that part of the Amazonia that you do not find on the maps: the Amazon people.
Part of our visit to the community involves the demonstration of the famous “Chicha”, a fermented yucca drink that has become part of their festivals and daily use. We will take part in the preparation of this beverage and also try some of the local cuisine.
We finish the visit with a traditional dance performed by the kids in this community and you also have some time to buy some handicrafts, made by the indigenous. This little business is to support the indigenous people in their daily life.
6:30pm Making of artisanal chocolate (optional)
Day 3 – Amazon Wildlife
9:00am Visit to “Isla Anaconda” and “Amazoonico”
After our delicious breakfast buffet, we take a 40 min canoe ride downriver to visit the “Isla Anaconda”. We can observe the prehistoric bird “Hoatzin”, woolly monkeys, squirrel monkeys, just to mention a few. We also visit a family in one of the indigenous communities to learn about their farming habits, medicinal plants, as well as the ancestral way of hunting with blowguns (cerbatana) and handmade traps in the forest.
On this trip a delicious box lunch will be provided.
After lunch we will go to AmaZOOnico, which is sheltering a number of different animals, some in danger of extinction. AmaZOOnico is not a zoo but a rescue center for animals of the Amazon in Ecuador. We can observe a wide variety of monkeys, macaws, ocelots, capybara, toucans, parrots and much more animals in their natural habitat at close range.
Return to Itamandi EcoLodge to enjoy the facilities of the hotel.
8:00am – Breakfast
Day 4 – Itamandi Ecolodge – Quito
9:30am – Check out and motorized canoe ride for 20 Minutes to the Arajuno Bridge. Drive back to Quito across the eastern range of the Andes with drop off at your hotel or final destination.
PLEASE NOTE THAT RAINFOREST ITINERARIES MIGHT VARY SLIGHTLY SO AS TO MAXIMIZE WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS, DEPENDING OF THE REPORTS OF OUR NATURALISTS GUIDES, YOUR MAIN INTERESTS AND WEATHER CONDITIONS.
Prices Do No Include
|Private, comfortable transportation Quito – Tena – Itamandi Ecolodge – Quito||Bilingual Guide (English, French or German) available for an extra cost|
|Accommodation in double room||Personal Expenses & Tips|
|Full Board||Entrance fees|
|Motorized canoe to Itamandi Ecolodge||Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages|
|Various jungle activities and spectacular wildlife viewing by boat and rainforest hiking|
|Native Guide (Spanish Speaking)|
|Rubber Boots will be provided during your stay at the Lodge (sizes 36 to 44)|
Double Room | Main Complex
Cabañas | River View Premium
Departures every day with a minimum of two people.
Our naturalist guides are shared within each group of 10 – 12 people.
Private, bilingual guides are available upon request during booking and have an extra charge.
Take note that:
Prices include 12% TAX, do not include 10% service.
30% surcharge in double room for single use.
Children 8-12 years old 25% off.
Children 2-8 years old 50% off.
Children 0-2 years old free of charge.
Check-In: 3pm / Check-Out: 9:30am.