Amazon Encounter Ecuador
October 29th-November 3rd, 2017
February 19th-24th, 2018
Exprience natural beauty and cultural immersion in the rainforest of Ecuador.
$2995 per person
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$2995 per person, based on double occupancy
+250 Per night add-on in Quito (includes extra transfers to/from airport)
+$350 Single supplement, your own room with private bath
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!
Your traverse REPRESENTATIVE:
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 25+ countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe 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 $500 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler. Deposits may not be refunded, but can be transferred to another traveler of the same gender for $100.
Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $500 deposit on booking + remainder due 30 days after booking. Payments will be invoiced by e-mail for credit card payment online. To pay by check, please indicate on registration and make check payable to Traverse Travels.
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 $100 admin fee. Please notify us immediately in the case of a transfer.
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.