Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle

From$599USD
7 days,Quito to Quito
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Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre, hone your blowgun skills, experience a shamanic ceremony.

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 home 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 visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.

What's Included

  • Four-day Amazon Jungle homestay. Visit to AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Centre. Walks to a viewpoint and a waterfall. Jungle cooking class. Medicinal plants jungle walk. Visit to Cando School. Artisan crafts session. Cultural night including a shamanic healing ceremony and jungle marriage ceremony. Transport between destinations and included activities.
  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners. (Allow USD40-60 for meals not included.)
  • Rustic jungle lodge (4 nts), hotel (2 nts).
  • Local bus, motorized canoe, pickup truck, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local Quichua guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10
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Places Visited
Day 1 Quito

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Amazon Jungle (1D)

Travel by bus and truck into the Amazon Jungle. Spend the next four nights in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village. Walk to a viewpoint and have a natural mud facemask treatment.

Day 3 Amazon Jungle (1B,1L,1D)

Guided walk to a waterfall then return home for a cooking class to make one of many jungle treats such as chocolate, wrapped grilled fish or a chicha cassava beer drink. Learn about medicinal plants on an afternoon jungle walk.

Day 4 Amazon Jungle (1B,1L,1D)

Morning car and canoe ride to AmaZOOnico Animal Rescue Center. Free time in the afternoon to relax in the jungle.

Day 5 Amazon Jungle (1B,1L,1D)

Visit the Cando School in the morning and participate in a recess soccer match against the students before learning to make jungle artisan crafts in the afternoon. (Whitewater rafting is an option instead of the artisan crafts session.) Experience a shamanic healing ceremony and a jungle marriage ceremony during the final evening in the jungle.

Day 6 Quito (1B)

Enjoy a blowgun demonstration and partake in a contest to show what you've learned. Travel back to Quito.

Day 7 Quito

Depart at any time.

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