4 Days – 3 Nights From $474.40
Itamandi Rafting Experience
3:00pm We start our trip to Itamandi EcoLodge at the Arajuno Bridge, where we will take a motorized canoe going upstream for 20 minutes to begin our great experience in the tropical forest. On this ride you can appreciate the magic and beauty of the Amazon rainforest driving along a zigzag river that flows in the jungle like a giant snake, considered the vein system of the Pacha Mama (mother Earth).
Day 1 – Arriving at Itamandi Ecolodge
Once we arrive at the dock area of Itamandi EcoLodge, the resident manager will greet you with a delicious welcome drink. From there we will continue to relax in the bar area with a snack and a short briefing will be held with general information about the lodge and activities, provided by one of our naturalist guides.
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 – Rafting
After a delicious breakfast buffet early in the morning, we head to the bridge of Rio Arajuno to start our rafting adventure on the Upper Napo, also known locally as Jatunyacu River, meaning BIG WATER in Kichwa. BIG is probably the best word to describe this river. On the way, we meet our expert guide, who will help us with the special suits, life jackets, and helmets. We also receive safety briefings and behavior in the river. In the course of the tour you will stop for lunch on the banks of the river, after enjoying the exciting rapids. In the afternoon we pack up the equipment and begin the return to Itamandi Ecolodge.
A great trip for beginners and experts alike, it has the perfect combination of exciting rapids, calm natural pools, and fabulous scenery of the jungle. No previous experience is necessary. 25 km / SEASON: All year
Day 4 – Time to say goodbye
9:30am Check-out and motorized canoe ride for 20 Minutes to the Arajuno Bridge
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
|Accommodation in double rooms||Bilingual Guide (English, French or German) available for an extra cost|
|8 meals||Personal Expenses & Tips|
|Guided excursions and activities as explained in itinerary||Entrance fees|
|Native guide (Spanish speaking)||Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages|
|Rafting equipment, safety kayaker, transportation to and from the bridge on the day of rafting||Transport Quito –Tena Rio Arajuno Bridge – Quito|
|Rubber Tubes||River transportation 4 people or less $15per canoe, more than 4 people free of cost|
|Rubber Boots will be provided during your stay at the Lodge (size 36-44)|
*Transportation (up to 4 people): Tena City Center – Bridge “Rio Arajuno”, one way $40
*Last day: additional activities and lunch $25p.p.
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.