Local Living Ecuador – Amazon Jungle
The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their village for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and walk to a jungle waterfall. Most importantly, you’ll befriend people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.
Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre and hone your blowgun skills.
• Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Biking & Community Experience, Shandia
• Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
• Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience, Tena
• Your Wellness Moment: Mud Mask Therapy, Tena
• Your Foodie Moment: Chocolate Culinary Experience, Tena
• Your Hands-On Moment: Blowgun Contest and Demo, Tena
• Visit to amaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre
• Walks to a viewpoint and a waterfall
• Medicinal plants jungle walk
• Shamanic ceremony
• Cultural night including a jungle marriage ceremony
• Transport between destinations and included activities
The Pimpilala Lodge is located in the Amazon jungle, 45 minutes from Tena. The lodge offers varied basic accommodation in rustic wooden huts or bungalows, both with mosquito nets. All travellers will have access to shared showers (no hot water) and toilets outside of the rooms, but located very near by. A local family lives in the main lodge and they encourage people to hang out and see how they cook. A common area with hammocks is a popular place to relax.
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Travel Style: Local Living
Intimate unpack-just-once adventures that bring out the best of the world’s best destinations.
Service Level: Basic
Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.
Physical Rating: 3 - Average
Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
Trip Type: Small Group
Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10
Age requirement: 12+
All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Day 1 - Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 - Quito/Tena
Travel by bus and truck into the Amazon Jungle. Spend the next 4 nights in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village. Walk to a viewpoint and get a natural mud face mask treatment.
Day 3 - Tena
Guided walk to a waterfall then return home for a cacao culinary experience and tasting. Learn about medicinal plants on an afternoon jungle walk.
Day 4 - Tena
Morning car and canoe ride to the amaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre. Free time in the afternoon to relax in the jungle.
Day 5 - Tena
Visit the local community in the morning and experience a shamanic healing ceremony and a mock jungle marriage ceremony. Later, cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide.
Day 6 - Tena/Quito
Enjoy a blowgun demonstration and participate in a contest to show off new found skills. Say goodbye to your Quichua family, then travel back to Quito.
Day 7 - Quito
Depart at any time.
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