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4.9
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Amazon Rainforest Adventure in Ecuador

6 nights
Moderate

Hike through wild jungle and voyage remote rivers in the untouched UNESCO Yasuni Biosphere Reserve

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with certified, English-speaking guides

Hotel & Rainforest Hut

2 nights in a hotel and 4 nights camping

Meals

All meals while in the Amazon, and breakfasts in Quito

Transfers

To and from the start and everything in between

Equipment

All camping equipment, life jacket and rubber boots

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.9
| 15 reviews
I did this tour in
May 2024
raymond M.
I did this tour in
May 2024
raymond M.
I did this tour in
May 2024
raymond M.
I did this tour in
May 2024
raymond M.
I did this tour in
May 2024
raymond M.
I did this tour in
May 2024
raymond M.
I did this tour in
May 2024
raymond M.
Authentic Amazon Adventure
March 2024
Lisa G.
Authentic Amazon Adventure
March 2024
Lisa G.
Authentic Amazon Adventure
March 2024
Lisa G.
Authentic Amazon Adventure
March 2024
Lisa G.
Authentic Amazon Adventure
March 2024
Lisa G.
Authentic Amazon Adventure
March 2024
Lisa G.
Ecuador is a beautiful but
January 2024
Imogen V.
Ecuador is a beautiful but
January 2024
Imogen V.
Ecuador is a beautiful but
January 2024
Imogen V.
Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides...
August 2023
Alice
Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides...
August 2023
Alice
Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides...
August 2023
Alice
Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides...
August 2023
Alice
Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides...
August 2023
Alice
Great trip for all abilities...
July 2023
Sam
Great trip for all abilities...
July 2023
Sam
Great trip for all abilities...
July 2023
Sam
Amazing trip. The wildlife was insane, the...
February 2023
Chloe
Amazing trip. The wildlife was insane, the...
February 2023
Chloe
Amazing trip. The wildlife was insane, the...
February 2023
Chloe
Amazing trip. The wildlife was insane, the...
February 2023
Chloe
Amazing trip. The wildlife was insane, the...
February 2023
Chloe
It was a great experience. The trip is a mu...
February 2023
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Trek through primary rainforest teeming with wildlife, eyes open for peccary, giant otters, anaconda and jaguar

Float along the Shiripuno River and wind your way into the wilderness, looking out for piranha along the way

Camp on the river’s edge in the heart of the Amazon Basin and fall asleep serenaded by the hum of the jungle

Key Information

Day 1

Touch down in Quito

Welcome to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quito! The rest of the day you are free to explore the colonial city and shake off any jet lag. There will be a group meet-up at 18:00 to get to know your guide and fellow adventurers.

Day 2

Welcome to the jungle

Host photo

Driving

6hrs

Settle into the van for a road trip bound for the city of Coca, in Orellana Province - the starting point for your Amazon jungle adventure. You'll continue into Yasuní National Park heading deeper into the jungle, including a two-hour motorised canoe down Shiripuno River. Along the way, you'll have opportunities to spot river turtles, monkeys, caiman, and many species of birds like the oropendola, caciques, kingfishers, macaws, toucans, and parrots. Your remote base for the next 4 nights in the Amazon is Noneno community, a unique experience staying with a Huaorani tribe.

Day 3

Huaorani Village & Jungle Hike

Hiking

2-3hrs · 4km

Wake up at sunrise and spend the morning with your host family in the rainforest, collecting palm leaves and learning about medicinal plants and their uses in the community. After lunch, continue on a hike led by a Huaorani warrior that takes you deeper into the jungle. Every day in the Amazon is a new adventure with the natural environment providing new exciting opportunities to encounter more wildlife, such as different types of monkeys, capybara, tapir, swallows, flycatchers, herons, sandpipers and hawks. 

Day 4

Black Water Lagoon

Canoeing

2 hrs · 3km

Hiking

3 hrs · 6km

An early morning start as you'll take to the river on canoes and enjoy a birdwatching activity en route to the Black Water Lagoon. The lagoon is located in a pristine area of rainforest where you'll discover a series of endemic aquatic species, giant otters, piranhas, caiman, boas, and with any luck, anacondas. Canoe back to the lodge for a rest before setting out on a night walk exploration to explore the jungle's nocturnal life.

Day 5

Animal Clay Lick

Monkey Animal Clay Lick Amazon Ecuador Adventure Journeys

Hiking

3hrs · 6km

Fuel up with some breakfast and coffee before heading to a uniquely Amazonian clay lick for a spectacle of colours and sounds. You’ll hopefully get to see various species of parrots and macaws go to town licking the clay off the cliffs. Be on the lookout for predators such as snakes, boas and raptors. In the afternoon take a hike on a forest trail, then spot piranha along the river before sitting down to a traditional Ecuadorian dinner.

Day 6

Goodbye Amazon, hello hot springs

Driving

5-6hrs

Wave goodbye to the jungle as you take one more canoe ride (approx 3 hours) to connect with the van to make the long journey to Papallacta, a small village in the Andes. In the afternoon you are free to enjoy some well-earned downtime in the hotel's hot springs. You'll share a final evening together with your group, sharing memories, adventure stories and probably the odd photo of a giant otter from your time in the Amazon Basin.

Day 7

Bid farewell to Ecuador

Your adventure ends today as you enjoy a final breakfast in the natural surroundings at your hotel. You're free to head to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 5

Rainforest Hut · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

In Quito and Papallacta, there will be an array of traditional Ecuadorian food to sample. Traditional dishes tend to be meat-heavy, however, seafood ceviche is popular and there are plenty of vegetarian options using potato, plantain and local cheeses. You have one evening in Quito with no dinner included, allowing you to sample the local restaurants nearby.

Whilst staying in the Amazon you'll enjoy delicious, fresh cuisine of traditional foods of the Amazon prepared using locally produced, organically grown ingredients.

Vegetarians, vegans and most other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Quito

During your time in Quito, you'll stay at Hotel La Quinta by Wyndham. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the property provides all you need for a good night's sleep.

Noneno Community Camp Ecuador Amazon AdventureJourneys
Noneno Community in Yasuni National Park

Spend four nights deep in the jungle with members of Huarorani tribe, a unique and memorable experience. Facilities in this remote accommodation are basic, with shared bathroom facilities are ecological dry toilets. You'll camp in twin-share tents beneath thatched wooden huts with sleeping mats, sheets and pillows provided. There is no electricity at the camp so you should bring a charged power bank if needing to charge cameras/phones etc.

Papallacta

You'll spend your final night at the four-star Termas de Papallacta, a hot springs spa resort nestled in a majestic valley of the high Andes. Decorated with wooden walls and gabled roofs, rooms at Termas de Papallacta are fitted with wooden furnishing. You can relax in the thermal pools or try some of the several beauty treatments that are available at the spa.

If you prefer to relax a little bit longer in Papallacta rather than returning to Quito, you can book extra nights and arrange the airport transfer with your host.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Moderate

Anyone with a basic level of fitness can enjoy this trip. Hikes can involve thick forest at times but there will be plenty of breaks and time to take in the surrounding views, wildlife and enjoy the rainforest. The activities aren't strenuous, the aim on this trip is to breathe in and soak up the natural wonders of the Amazon while immersed in your surroundings.

There really is no “best” time to visit the Amazon, anytime of year offers a great chance to experience the jungle. May and June tend to be the wetter months, but the climate is slightly cooler as well. July through December see a decline in the amount of rain that falls each month. The average temperature in the jungle remains around 25°C (77°F) year-round, but during the dry season, daytime temperatures can reach 40°C (104°F).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Hotel La Quinta by Wyndham, Quito

18:00 on Day 1

Ends

Quito Airport

Morning on Day 7

Transfers

Arrival transfers are included, provided you have shared your arrival flight details in advance with the host. Your adventure begins at 18:00 on Day 1 when your host will meet you in the lobby at Hotel La Quinta by Wyndham, Quito.

On the final day of the trip, a group transfer from Termas de Papallacta to the airport is included in the trip cost and typically departs at around 13:00 hrs (approx 1 hour transfer). If you wish to book a private transfer departing Papallacta at an alternative time then your host can arrange this for an additional cost.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Quito from major airports across the UK, Europe and North America.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

  • All camping equipment
    Dry bags
    Rubber boots (wellies) Life jacket

What do I need to bring?

BAGS
Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
Daypack (25+ litres)

CLOTHES
Waterproof jacket and trousers (although these may feel sticky in the humidity and you may decide to embrface the wet) Breathable wicking layers
Fleece jacket or similar
Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
T-shirts
Underwear and socks
Swimwear
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Something cool to sleep in
Walking shoes (worn-in, although please note that rubber wellies are provided which you may find more practical) Sandals or flip-flops

OTHER
Lightweight travel towel Universal travel plug adapter
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel insurance documents
Insect repellent
Suncream
Headtorch or torch
Reusable water bottle (x1 litre)

OPTIONAL

  • Binoculars
  • Earplugs
    Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
    Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
    Alcohol hand-gel
    Energy bars and snacks
    Water purification tablets/treatment system (filtered water is provided but you may wish to bring your own treatment)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre-trip accommodation in Quito (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip accommodation in Quito (Single)

Per Night

Pre-trip accommodation in Quito (Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip accommodation in Quito (Twin/Double)

Per Night

Post-trip accommodation at Termas de Papallacta (Single/ Double) (except Saturday nights and holidays)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip accommodation at Termas de Papallacta (Single/ Double) (except Saturday nights and holidays)

Per Night

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Quito additional airport transfer (1 person)

Payable Before Departure

Quito additional airport transfer (1 person)

Quito additional airport transfer (2 or more people)

Payable Before Departure

Quito additional airport transfer (2 or more people)

Per Person

Papallacta to Quito additional transfer (1 person)

Payable Before Departure

Papallacta to Quito additional transfer (1 person)

Papallacta to Quito additional transfer (2 or more people))

Payable Before Departure

Papallacta to Quito additional transfer (2 or more people))

Per Person

raymond M.(May 2024)
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I did this tour in march ,it was fantastic. paulo and Diego were brilliant guides we saw monkeys birds galore cayman river turtles a giant river otter plenty of insects spiders an a couple of snakes Accommodation is very basic you really are in the jungle. Mama the chef was fantastic as was his food . I would highly recommend this tour

Lisa G.(March 2024)
Authentic Amazon Adventure
Authentic Amazon Adventure
Authentic Amazon Adventure
Authentic Amazon Adventure
Authentic Amazon Adventure
Authentic Amazon Adventure
Authentic Amazon Adventure

This is a really authentic taste of the Amazon. A great experience travelling along the river in a motorised canoe looking for wildlife. Lots of exotic birds, monkeys and insects and even an anaconda. Fishing for piranha and catfish was surreal. This trip is an adventure and an education all in one.

Laura G.(February 2024)
Yes!!!! Make this tour of a lifetime a bucket list “must do.”

Exceptional adventure on every level to include the learning curve, guide prowess, authenticity and deft planning and spontaneity.

This was the 50th country that I have spent time in by choice. Ecuador is spectacular. Gorgeous scenery and the local people are welcoming and kind.

Imogen V.(January 2024)
Ecuador is a beautiful but
Ecuador is a beautiful but
Ecuador is a beautiful but
Ecuador is a beautiful but

Ecuador is a beautiful but demanding country, this trip is for those who really want an adventure. The wildlife is stunning and this trip enabled us to see it up close and in beautiful detail. The living conditions are rustic, but the food was amazing and the support crew were fabulous. One criticism would be the long drive to Coca, maybe see about an internal flight to avoid long hours on a bus.

Additionally, the support from the Much Better Adventures team throughout this trip was superb, some of the best customer service I have ever received.

Alice(August 2023)
Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides...
Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides...
Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides...
Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides...
Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides...

Absolutely wonderful experience! The guides and people looking after us were all lovely, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and capable. Highlights were drinking water from a vine, waking up to the sounds of the rainforest and the camp fire, wonderful three course meals produced out of nowhere, fun treks, meditative canoe rides and all the wildlife we saw, a sloth, monkeys, turtles, caeman, tapier, capybara, tarantula, Salvin's Curassow.

Neil(August 2023)

An AMAZING experience! Our local guides, Marcello and Hector provided excellent support and were so knowledgeable. The food was exceptional and although the accommodation is basic, it's clean and totally in keeping with the Trips overall experience. I feel very privileged to have seen a small part of a vast unspoilt wilderness whilst it still exists. On this trip you really do get the chance to disconnect from the modern world and re-connect with nature.

Sam(July 2023)
Great trip for all abilities...
Great trip for all abilities...
Great trip for all abilities...

Great trip for all abilities

Judith(February 2023)

This was an experience I had not had before, going into an area that is lived the way it has always been lived. The opportunity to walk in primary forest, see new and beautiful things was exciting and a privilege - I was very aware