Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle

7 days,Quito to Quito

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.)
  • Local bus, motorized canoe, pickup truck, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local Quichua guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10
  • Rustic jungle lodge (4 nts), hotel (2 nts).

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Places Visited


Day 1Quito

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Quito/Tena(1D)

Travel by bus and truck into the Amazon Jungle. Spend the next 4 nights in rustic wooden huts with a local Quichua family in their small village. Walk to a viewpoint and get a natural mud face mask treatment.

Day 3Tena(1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Day 4Tena(1B, 1L, 1D)

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

Day 5Tena(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. Experience a shamanic healing ceremony and a mock jungle marriage ceremony during the final evening in the jungle.

Day 6Tena/Quito(1B)

Enjoy a blowgun demonstration and participate in a contest to show what you've learned. Say goodbye to Delfin and his family, then travel back to Quito.

Day 7Quito

Depart at any time.

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