5 Day Yasuni Kayak Exploration

This paddling expedition takes place in the Yasuni National Park, the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon. A natural wonder and immensely diverse, it is home to many different species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Let us take you on a one-of-a-kind and off-the-beaten-path adventure. Paddle in search of wildlife, hike into the pristine forest, be sung to sleep by the gentle sounds of frogs, and awaken to bird calls, all of this while sharing time with a local indigenous community. Help us practice sustainable travel and encourage locals to protect their environment from mining and deforestation, by booking this trip you are contributing to projects for the school of the Kichwa community. Enjoy the amazon with our 5 day Yasuni Kayak Exploration tour!

Duration 5 days
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What's included :
  • 4x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • 4x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • Top Experienced Certified English-Speaking Guide.
  • Land and water transport.
  • Accommodation for four nights.
  • Gear: Paddling gear: NRS expedition kayaks, NRS paddleboards, paddles, and life jackets
  • Rubber boots for hiking.
  • All fees to reserves and museums.
  • All fees to reserves and museums.
  • 24/7 assistance in Dutch, English, and Spanish.
  • Water and snacks.
What's excluded :
  • International or domestic flights.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (mandatory).
  • Optional tips for the guide.
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.


Stop At: Yasuni National Park, Yasuni National Park
Your Yasuni Exploration trip begins in the city at the heart of the Amazon: Coca. You will travel by car for two hours to the upper Tiputini River. From road to the river, you will hop into a canoe and continue one hour to the center of the Mandaripanga community. Upon arrival, you will visit the school and share some time with the local children. In the afternoon you will kayak for about three hours down the river, looking out for wildlife. With some luck, you might see troops of squirrel monkeys as well as colorful birds such as toucans, macaws, flycatchers, and others. Our guides will teach you about the different species of plants that grow on the side of the river and their meaning to the local people. In the late afternoon, you will arrive at the campsite and have a delicious dinner.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Yasuni Campsite


Stop At: Parque Nacional Yasuni, Coca Ecuador
You start your day with a delicious breakfast before paddling along the river. Keep an eye out for more wildlife species that tend to make their way out at dawn. You might be able to spot a variety of birds such us trogons, eagles, hawks, tanagers, macaws, and others. You may also encounter a tapir before this nocturnal animal goes to sleep. After four hours of paddling, you will disembark on a short hike into a pristine forest where you will then go by canoe to a black water lagoon. Being their natural habitat, anacondas can be found resting upon the shore. The anaconda holds special importance to the local Kichwa people who believe it to be a powerful animal embodying the spirit of a god. You will also have the chance to go fishing for piranha, and if you are lucky catfish! In the late afternoon, you return to the campsite.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Yasuni Campsite


Stop At: Parque Nacional Yasuni, Coca Ecuador
Into the forest, you go to learn about medicinal plants. Throughout your two-hour hike, our guides will show you a variety of plants and their meaning and use. Your next stop takes you to the Clay Lick, a mineral-rich mud pit. Many animals that live in the region supplement their diets with minerals from the clay. For that reason, many animals frequent the area such as peccaries, tapir, howler monkeys, and parrots. Later you go back to the campsite for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit a local indigenous Kichwa family, who will teach you about their way of living, culture, and traditions. Here you will help them make chicha, a fermented beverage that is typical in the region. This is also a prime opportunity to purchase handicrafts made in the village and support the local families.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Yasuni Campsite


Stop At: Parque Nacional Yasuni, Coca Ecuador
Today’s adventure starts upstream on the Rumiyacu with a 45-minute canoe ride followed by a short hike to the hang out spot of local parrots. Almost daily black-headed parrots can be seen nourishing themselves through minerals from the water and mud in the area. After spending time taking in the splendid sight of these magnificent creatures, you will head back towards the Tiputini bridge and then travel by car to the city of Coca.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Auca Hotel or similar


Stop At: Coca, Coca, Orellana Province
Today, your Yasuni Exploration tour comes to an end. You will head back to Quito after an amazing expedition in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :
Hotel El Auca, Napo, Francisco de Orellana, Ecuador
Departure Time :
8:00 AM
Return Detail :
Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please take with you some plastic bags, to protect your Camera and important documents passports and ID from the rain.
  • Please bring your own rain poncho and take it with you for the activities, the weather could change suddenly in the rainforest and you might get very wet.
  • If you like to enjoy watching animals please get some binoculars (10×40 are much better).
  • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • It is important to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • Even though we have a detailed itinerary, changes can be made by your guides, due to weather or safety reasons. Please also note that none of the wildlife sightings mentioned on the itinerary are guaranteed.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We strive to use small and charming places that are unique and provide stellar service. Notice that this expedition takes place in a remote location and the accommodation is very basic, but our staff will try to provide the best service possible.
  • Level of Activity: This trip is considered as 3 out of 5. No prior experience is required and your guides will always brief you about safety and proper use of gear on every leg of the trip. The paddling is on flat water with minimum current and the hiking on irregular terrain that can be muddy.
  • Guides: All our guides have a professional background from the Tourism University; this means they have a degree in guiding, so their knowledge and skills when leading a group are top-notch. Each guide has many years of experience and they all have taken additional courses for other outdoor activities as well as have International First-Aid certifications. On top of all of this, they are all extremely personable and strive to deliver travel experiences of a lifetime.
  • You must have vaccination of yellow fever and malaria medication to enter this region.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Travelers must bring with them extra sanitary items to be used during the entire tour. Transportation: Passengers will be seated skipping a place to maintain the distance required. Medicine: Travelers should bring their medications from their countries.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Organised by Ecua Horse Rides

Activity ID: V-14070P45

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