RAINFOREST ENCOUNTER ECUADOR

Custom Dates Sunday-Friday

Natural beauty and cultural immersion in the Amazon of Ecuador

A 6-day trip starting in Quito where you will take in the fresh mountain air at our charming B&B nestled in the hills. After a short domestic flight the next morning, you'll make your way down the Napo river into the Amazon where the friendly staff awaits at our gorgeous, community-run ecolodge. Spend the next few days on wildlife hikes, medicinal plant walks, and viewing life from the treetops from the lodge’s 118 ft observation deck. Enjoy a day cooking & crafting day with a local women's cooperative whose work is vital to cultural and environmental preservation. Departures can be any dates Sunday-Friday with no minimum group numbers and children welcome.

Starting at $2495 per person

add on to the Galapagos

Trip includes:

  • Accommodations

    • 1 night Quito B&B on an organic farm + 4 nights community-run eco-lodge in the Amazon rainforest

  • Transportation

    • Airport transfers + domestic flight Quito-Coca + boat & canoe transfers to the lodge

  • Activities

    • Daily excursions including hikes, canoe rides, medicinal plant walks, and wildlife viewing

    • A dedicated, tri-lingual local guide

    • Entrance to the Yasuní National Park and parrot clay lick

    • Cultural exchange at the local Kichwa women's center to learn about permaculture and participate in traditional cooking, chocolate preparation, and artisan craft making + donation to their project

    • Education on how sustainable income generated from tourism is used to protect the rainforest

    • Time to soak in the energy of the forest to rest, relax and enjoy nature

  • Meals

    • All meals included, starting with dinner on arrival day and ending with lunch on departure day

  • Additional

    • Flexible travel dates Sunday-Friday with no group minimums

    • Dedicated rainforest ecolodge staff 24/7

    • Traverse representative assisting you from booking to departure

    • Optional add-on nights in Quito to explore the city

    • Optional 3, 5 and 10-day Galapagos add-on option with a sustainability focus

    • Small group experience

    • Singles, groups and families welcome! See details below.

I travel a lot (over 60 countries), including spending three months in southern Africa doing almost 30 safaris – this trip totally blew me away. If you are not timid or fearful, you MUST go on this adventure with Traverse Journeys!
— Sheryl

Itinerary:

Day 1: Sunday

Arrive at the Quito airport and meet your driver as you exit customs. You will be transferred to your local B&B about 15 minutes from the airport where you'll have time to settle in before dinner. You can explore the permaculture gardens on site with herbs, a fruit orchard, berries and vegetables and numerous patios and peaceful spots to relax in. 

Day 2: Monday

Get up bright and early as we head back to the airport for our 35-min domestic flight to Coca where your community guide will meet you. You'll take a 2½ hour boat ride on the Napo River followed by a short walk and paddle canoe across the Challuacocha Lake to take you to the lodge. After lunch, you'll go on a medicinal plant walk with time for a siesta before dinner. Enjoy the evening talking with your guide and other travelers to learn more about Ecuador, the Amazon, and the surrounding Sani Islas community of about 650 people. 

Day 3: Tuesday

After breakfast we'll take a canoe to the lodge’s 118 ft high observation tower to view life from the tree tops. More than 565 bird species have been registered, including the chestnut-fronted macaw, orange-winged parrots, and the wire tailed manakin, where they have a special viewing point for this rarely spotted bird. You'll likely also hear howler monkeys and might even see a sloth. After lunch and a siesta, you'll have additional wildlife viewing opportunities from the canoe or go on a night ride after dark to spot caimans.

Day 4: Wednesday 

Today you’ll head out to the clay lick, an exposed cutoff of land where hundreds of parrots gather in the early morning to get salt and minerals from the rocks. Afterward, you’ll go on a 2-3 hour hike in the Yasuní national forest where you’ll learn about various plant species in the park biosphere and may see frogs, monkeys or possibly peccaries. Afterward we’ll go to the Sani Warmi lodge, where we’ll see their permaculture farm that includes plantains, cacao, and yucca as well as tilapia and turtles. After lunch you’ll have the opportunity to view their artisan craft shop where they make accessories, bowls, and bags from materials from the forest and learn how their work generates additional income for the community. Regroup at the lodge for a siesta, dinner and an optional night walk. 

Day 5: thursday

After breakfast you’ll go on a special excursion back to the Sani Warmi lodge to spend a day of cultural exchange. You’ll participate in making plantain, yucca and fish for a traditional preparation called maito and also prepare chocolate & coffee grown on site. Your English, Spanish and Kichwa-speaking guide will translate so that you can chat and share with the women. After lunch you’ll learn traditional crafting methods using seeds & fibers from plants in the forest. The trip donation included in your cost goes directly to the Sani Warmi lodge to support their conservation and permaculture efforts, tourist program, and education facility. We’ll return to the lodge mid-afternoon with time for you to rest up before dinner. 

Day 6: friday

After your last breakfast at the lodge, you’ll backtrack 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 nights and take time to visit Quito (see add ons below). 

 


Trip Price:

You'll be paired with a roommate of your same gender unless you request your own room.

$2495 per person - based on double or triple occupancy (must book together)

$2795 per person -   Single supplement, your own room with private bath

Family Pricing:

$1495 per person - Kids ages 6-11

$495 per person - Kids 5 and under

Galapagos add-on

Always wanted to visit the Galapagos? We offer several options that will have you exploring these incredible islands in a way that is sustainable and has a positive impact. Choose from:

3-day economy - Starting at $1250 per person - double occupancy

5-day small ship cruise - Starting at $4750 per person - double occupancy

10-day luxury small ship cruise - Starting at $11,995 per person - double occupancy

extra nights in quito, per person:

+$85 per person - Single occupancy

+$75 per person - Double occupancy

+$65 per person - Triple occupancy

+ $25 per person - Extra dinner in Quito, person

Breakfast & airport transfer included

US Traverse Journeys guide options:

  • Groups of 4-11 can add on a US Traverse Journeys host for an additional $200 per person

  • Groups of 12+ include a US Traverse Journeys host

Trip Does Not Include:

  • International airfare

  • Additional excursions and activities

  • Required travel insurance

 

About your hosts:

Your Local Guide:    José Antonio Shiguango Alvarado  is from the Kichwa community neighboring the Sani Islas along the Napo River, where our lodge is located. José started working in tourism in 2001, first as a boat driver then in the kitchen and as an assistant guide. After studying English and obtaining his official tourism license, José realized his dream of becoming a lead tour guide. José sees the Amazon as a paradise with incredible flora and fauna to learn from – the jungle is the school, and he is the professor. José loves to share his deep knowledge of the plants and animals of his home so that he can do what he loves and protect the forest for future generations.

Your Local Guide:

José Antonio Shiguango Alvarado is from the Kichwa community neighboring the Sani Islas along the Napo River, where our lodge is located. José started working in tourism in 2001, first as a boat driver then in the kitchen and as an assistant guide. After studying English and obtaining his official tourism license, José realized his dream of becoming a lead tour guide. José sees the Amazon as a paradise with incredible flora and fauna to learn from – the jungle is the school, and he is the professor. José loves to share his deep knowledge of the plants and animals of his home so that he can do what he loves and protect the forest for future generations.

Your Traverse Host:    Ashley Blake  is an avid traveler, cultural consultant and Traverse Journeys founder with a background in tourism, entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker with conversational Portuguese skills and is just starting to study Arabic. Ashley has worked and traveled in 45 countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa including tours she has designed and led in Spain, Germany, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, Morocco, Croatia and China.  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.

Your Traverse Host:

Ashley Blake is an avid traveler, cultural consultant and Traverse Journeys founder with a background in tourism, entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker with conversational Portuguese skills and is just starting to study Arabic. Ashley has worked and traveled in 45 countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa including tours she has designed and led in Spain, Germany, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, Morocco, Croatia and China.

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.

Deposit
A $500 non-refundable deposit is required for each traveler to secure the booking.

Payment
Payments can be made either by 1) full payment on booking 2) $500 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 Journeys and send to PO Box 40516, Austin, TX 78704.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations, less the deposit ($500) are refundable 90 days prior to trip start date. In case of cancellation, we can allow for last minute transfers for the rest of the trip for a $350 fee, which includes the re-purchase of the Quito-Coca airfare for the new participant. Please notify us immediately in the case of a transfer.

Travel Insurance
Trip protection-style travel insurance that includes travel medical coverage is required for all trips with Traverse. The coverage must have a minimum $200,000 of medical coverage and include injury, medical, evacuation, and repatriation. Most domestic US health insurance plans do not cover international travel claims or provide a global network of contracted doctors and facilities. We want to make sure you are covered in case of an emergency or non-emergency illness or injury while abroad. Trip protection coverage protects the investment of your trip, including benefits for items such as trip interruption, trip cancellation, delays, baggage and personal effects, and more. We do not have a required coverage amount, but typically coverage is based on your trip costs. We partner with Wanderwell, a B-Corp Certified provider who can offer both Travel Medical and Trip Protection. If you choose to purchase through Wanderwell, you can buy the trip protection directly from our Traverse Journeys partner page provided in your Welcome Pack, and a portion of your purchase will be donated to WeForest through 1% For the Planet to aid with carbon offset for your trip. With Wanderwell, the TripProtector Classic and TripProtector Preferred plans meet our minimum requirements for coverage. Once insurance is obtained, a copy must be sent to Traverse. Failure to provide proof of insurance within 30 days of booking will result in trip booking suspension until proof of insurance has been provided.

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.