Amazon Encounter Ecuador
February 4th-9th

Experience natural beauty and cultural immersion in the rainforest of Ecuador.
Sponsored by Peaceful Fruits

$2995 per person
Custom Dates Available by Request

Family rooms available

  • 1 night in Quito + 4 nights in a beautiful eco-lodge in the Yasuni rainforest
  • All meals included, starting with dinner on arrival day and ending with lunch on departure day
  • Airport transfers + domestic flight Quito-Coca + van and boat transfer to the lodge
  • Daily excursions including hikes, canoe rides, and wildlife viewing
  • Boat trip and entrance to the Yasuní National Park and hike with a local guide to describe the biodiversity of the flora and fauna
  • Cultural exchange at a local’s home to interact and learn how a typical Kichwa family lives
  • Interactive activities with the Sani Warmi women’s project and learn how the income they generate is used to protect the rainforest
  • Time to soak in energy of the forest for you to rest, relax and enjoy nature
  • Small group experience, max 14 people
  • Traverse representative 24/7 as well as a dedicated local guides
  • Optional add-ons including hiking, cooking, and craft making
  • Singles, groups and families welcome! See details below.

Sponsored By:

Peaceful Fruits is an açai-based fruit snack, dedicated to supporting rainforest communities though sustainable agriculture. Read more about our partnership on the Partners page!


Day 1: Sunday

Arrive at the Quito airport by 3 p.m. and meet your representative as you exit customs. You will be transferred to your local B&B style accommodations where you'll have time to settle in before our group Welcome Dinner. Get to know your fellow travelers and learn a bit about Ecuador, the Amazon and the adventures to come. 

Day 2: Monday

Get up bright and early as we head back to the airport of our 35-min domestic flight to Coca where our community guides will meet us. They will give a safety lesson before our 2½ hour boat ride on the Napo River during which you will learn about local communities and myriad bird species. We’ll follow up with a short walk and paddle canoe across the Challuacocha Lake to take you to the lodge. Enjoy dinner and a presentation to learn more about Ecuador, the Amazon, and the Sani Isla community as well as the lodge, which is 100% community owned. 

Day 3: Tuesday

After breakfast view life from the tree tops at the lodge’s 118 ft high observation tower. More than 565 species have been registered, including macaws, toucans and hummingbirds as well as howler monkeys and sloths. Eat lunch back at the lodge and choose your activities for the afternoon such as a hike to see much of the rainforest flora including orchids, ancient trees and bromeliads. 


Day 4: Wednesday 

After breakfast choose to join in an optional add-on cooking class with the Sani Warmi where you will learn to make plantain, yucca and fish for a traditional preparation called maito. You’ll learn about plants of the forest and culinary customs of the area. The rest of the group will join for lunch and enjoy music, games, and cultural exchange with local residents. Choose to stay the afternoon for an optional crafting class with the Sani Warmi woman’s project and learn about how their work generates additional income for the community. Regroup at the lodge for dinner and a relaxing evening. 

Day 5: thursday

Stay at the lodge and relax or join the group on a 7-hour hike along local trails to encounter wildlife up close in magical, untouched forest. You may see wooly or capuchin monkeys, tapirs or even peccaries. Lunch will be served out in nature where you’ll be surrounded by tree ferns, ancient kapoks, and palms. You’ll return to the lodge in the afternoon with time to rest or socialize before dinner our farewell dinner and debrief.


Day 6: friday

After your last breakfast at the lodge, you’ll board the boat and ride back down the Napo River to catch your flight back to Quito, arriving at 1:00 p.m. Schedule your flight home to leave after 5:00 p.m. or choose an additional add-on night and take time to visit Quito (see add ons below) You’ll have time to rest and relax or, if you’d like, take some time to venture into the city. 


Trip Price:

$2995 per person, based on double or triple occupancy

+250      Per night add-on in Quito (includes extra transfers to/from airport)

+$350    Single supplement, your own room with private bath

Family Pricing:

Kids under 5 free

Kids 6-11 25% discount

Groups of 4+ adults 10% per person discount


+$25       Chocolate making class

+$25       Cooking class

+$25       Crafting class with the Sani Warmi women


Trip Does Not Include:

  • International airfare
  • Additional excursions and activities
  • Required travel insurance


Ready to book? Download our registration form and get started! Or contact us with questions!




Ashley Blake is an avid traveler, cultural consultant and yoga enthusiast with a background in tourism,  entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has worked and traveled in 35+ countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa including tours she has led in Spain, Germany, China and Canada.

Ashley is passionate about connection, communication and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote self-growth and community engagement.  

Terms & Conditions

Please refer to registration for complete terms.

A $250 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.

Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $250 deposit on booking + payment schedule in registration. Payments will be invoiced via e-mail for credit card or Paypal payment online. To pay by check, please indicate on registration and make check payable to Traverse Travels and send to PO Box 40516, Austin, TX 78704.

Cancellation Policy
We get that life happens, and we wish we could compensate for unforeseen circumstances, but we begin to incur costs the moment you book (if not before). Therefore, cancellations are 100% non-refundable. However, we do allow for last minute transfers of the same gender for a $150 admin fee. Please notify us immediately in the case of a transfer.

Travel Insurance
Comprehensive travel insurance is required for all trips with Traverse, and must cover injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation as well as trip cancellation and trip interruption. Most insurance companies require purchase to be made within 2-3 weeks of booking for full benefits. Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days before trip start will result in trip cancellation with no refund. We can recommend a travel agent to assist you with obtaining insurance, or you can choose from any carrier that meets our requirements.

Documents, Personal Identification, Vaccinations
Traveler is responsible for all required travel documents including passport, visas, entry or exit fees, and vaccinations. Traverse does not cover the cost or assist in obtaining any of the above, and reserves the right to collect information on all.